|Eerie Indiana Book Reviews [Part II]
||[Mar. 3rd, 2008|11:30 am]
Eerie Indiana #6 Fountain of Weird by Sherry Shahan
At Eerie's annual Swap-o-rama, a young boy asks for Simon's wagon. In exchange, he gives Simon what appears to be a baby food jar filled with water, leading to something of a 'fountain of youth' story.
Though, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The baby food jar is described as being just that -- a baby food jar, though the kid on the label looks like the kid who gave it to them. But when they look inside, it appears to have a holographic Barbie head in it. And it pulls them toward an old folks' home filled with young people. Turns out, the mad scientist who runs the place sucks the hormones out of teenagers(killing them in the process) and uses them to keep his clients young forever -- and the jar contains the hormones from a teenage boy.
First of all, biology doesn't work that way. Second, they imply that Devon was one of their victims. Er, no, it was pretty clear that the truck did him in. Third, why would such a vital substance be traded for a wagon? Fourth, that doesn't explain why the jar seemed to have a holographic Barbie head in it. Or why it pulled them around. Fifth, the guy makes the claim that he's doing it to keep the best and brightest minds alive forever -- artists, writers, great thinkers -- but all they seem to do is play games and eat candy and generally act like kids. And none of them see a dilemma in the fact that hundreds of promising young children have died to let them play soccer a few centuries after they should have croaked.
Marshall, Simon and their friend Sara Lee are captured. They manage to escape, of course, but when they leave the lab they were locked up in, they discover that the rest of the building -- and the entire seniors' center -- has been destroyed. It's said there was an explosion, but there's no explanation for what went off or why. There's a distinct lack of logic here.
Eerie Indiana #7 Attack of the Two-Ton Tomatoes Mike Ford
Eerie Farms starts growing giant fruits and vegetables! They're amazingly delicious, and everyone loves them. And it makes them turn into plants.
This story has a new slant, in light of recent reports on genetically modified foods -- and how they're accepted. If there's this much protest in allowing stores to sell corn that's only been modified to be more resistant to disease, it breaks the suspension of disbelief to have giant tomatoes that can grow to maturity in one day be shipped to grocery stores and restaurants all over Eerie without a word of protest.
They claim that, because you can actually watch these plants grow, it means they'll taste fresher when you get them at the store. But, logically, a plant that reaches maturity at a faster rate than normal would bear fruit that would become overripe at a faster rate than normal. And the only hesitation that people show in eating the food to begin with has to do with a dislike for vegetables, not out of concern for the fact that the peas are the size of ping-pong balls.
Eerie Indiana #8 Who Framed Alice Prophet? Mike Ford
A fairly good story about a painting that comes to life. I think I'll do more detailed secondary reviews on the ones I like, rereading the books on their own so that I'm not as biased -- after the pseudoscience used to explain Marshall turning into a giant squash plant, I'm left having trouble thinking of anything negative about this one.
Plus, the good ones should have better reviews to help out anyone who wants to pick 'em up now.
Eerie Indiana #9 Bring Me a Dream Robert James
Marshall is asked to call a delivery company to pick up a parcel his parents want sent to his uncle. Flipping through the yellow pages, he discovers that no company based outside of Eerie wants to deliver to or pick up from there. Left with one option, he gets the family signed up for a delivery service that will bring them their dreams. And nightmares.
It's inconsistent, though -- Marshall's first dream is of being chased by a giant toothbrush, and he gets a large but otherwise normal toothbrush. Later on, he has a nightmare of being attacked by pirates, and the pirates actually show up. And his family pretty much ignores the part where they were tied up in their own kitchen by pirates. Gah.
In the show, the reason his parents didn't believe him about Eerie? They never saw the weirdness themselves. Everything would go back to normal before they entered the room, frequently to Marshall's relief. Having them ignore events that occurred right in front of them without mental manipulation or something in play doesn't make sense.
Eerie Indiana #10 Finger-Lickin' Strange Jeremy Roberts
A new chef in Eerie is a witch who puts ground-up records and car parts in her meals, casting a spell to make everyone act weird. Er than usual. Old Beatles records make them act like they're in the sixties (oh, and by the way -- having your parents suggest you have a love-in? FREAKY AS HELL.)
Turns out, she just wanted people to like her for who she was. This, after she goes from a chef at World o' Stuff to opening her own restaurant to planning a new mall that'd put World o' Stuff out of business. Another characterization failure.