Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer is not the fairy tale you remember. After vampires invade his town and kill Geppetto, Pinocchio learns that he can use his extended nose to kill the undead. Accompanied by Master Cherry and the now much older Blue Fairy, Pinocchio attempts to show the townspeople that the vampires are real. Carlotta, a local girl and admirer of Pinocchio, is the only person who believes him. Pinocchio must keep his family safe and destroy the undead horde that infests his town.
Van Jensen’s story line is adorable, albeit occasionally disturbing. A cute puppet turned hardened monster killer, Pinocchio is filled with vicious lines that make him sound more like an action hero star than the title character of a classic fantasy story. Dusty Higgins artwork is all black and white shading that seems to go back and forth between a Mike Mignolia shadow theme and the off the wall art of 1990’s Roman Dirge or Jhonon Vasquez work. The art blends well with the story line.
Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer is not for children, but it is for disturbed adults and twisted senses of humor.
Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer is now available from Top Shelf Productions.