GRAPHIC NOVEL
Seaguy

Author: Grant Morrison
Artist: Cameron Stewart
Titan Books
RRP 8.99
ISBN 1 84576 006 9
Available 25 March 2005


A lone super-hero in a perfect, childlike world that's made his profession obsolete, Seaguy has only a floating, cigar smoking tuna and the cool blue glow of endless TV reruns to keep him company. When his burning desire for a taste of romance and adventure leads the naive young sailor into an unexpected epic quest across seven seas and seven skies, he soon learns that the awesome secrets of the universe come with a correspondingly terrible price...

Seaguy is one of the funniest and most original graphic novels I've read in a long, long time. Not only is it damn amusing, but it's also incredibly intelligent.

Read it once and laugh your socks off, read it again and smile at the subtle jokes that got lost the first time you read it - or maybe that was me being a little slow on the uptake.

Not only is Seaguy one of the coolest super-heroes (?) but he's also got the best sidekick on the planet - a talking tuna fish, called Chubby, whose afraid of water.

I couldn't help wondering whether the character Xoo, who appears in this collection, was a homage to The New Schmoo cartoon - remember that? Not only does the name sound similar (and they keep referring to it as "new Xoo") but Xoo can also change into anything it wants to. We also meet the chess playing, gondola owning, Death (there's a truly corny joke about him being black/white colour blind?!!?); we visit Atlantis; and meet our villain - whose base of operations will make you chuckle (well, it did me).

I really loved the moon/Egyptian mythology angle that author Grant Morrison took with this collection. It was a shame that this was only introduced in the last quarter of this release though.

If you want to be able to pick up a book and read it without having lived and breathed the character for 20 years (like some of the recent Superman collections, for example), then Seaguy is a must buy graphic novel. It might be quite thin, but what it lacks in size it certainly makes up for in content.

There's nothing fishy about this collection!

Nick Smithson

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