Reviewed as one of the best books for young adults in 2016.
Parks and Costa impressively evolve their tale into a compelling epic quest with deeper themes than the initial chapters hint. This trilogy opener is ideal for Nimona fans looking to see tried-and-true fantasy tropes get hilariously upended.
Conjuring up an entertaining bard’s tale, this adventure is sure to appeal to anyone who loves high fantasy punctuated with comedy, especially older fans of Jeff Smith’s “Bone.”
Costa and Parks’ script is imaginative and laugh-out-loud funny, unafraid to crack a well-timed, verging-on-naughty joke. Costa’s art is unfalteringly, vibrantly buoyant, with many sight gags that effortlessly turn the profane into something adorably laughable. A cliffhanger ending leaves readers poised for the sequel—they will be clamoring.
The illustrations are dark and foreboding, highlighting the extensive array of dangers that the two find themselves in, while retaining plenty of the sardonic, mature humor of the text. There is lots of intertextual cleverness going on that results in this book being both an homage to and spoof of the traditional fantasy hero’s quest, both in the illustrations and in the narration.
The world that’s been created is a gorgeously realized homage to fantasy-quest conventions, complete with knights in armor, unicorns, suspicious villagers, and ghostly evil presences, and the artwork reflects that in its bold colors and lively character designs. The jokes, on the other hand, are modern, funny, and sometimes bawdy. The first of a planned trilogy will have readers eagerly awaiting the next installment of Rickety’s adventure.
The goofy jokes leavened with existential musings recall Terry Pratchett and Patricia Wrede, and well-read fans of fantasy will appreciate the loving homage to the genre.
You know when you finish a book and your first thought is that more people need to know about this story? That’s how I felt finishing Rickety Stitch.
Ben Costa and James Parks create one of the weirdest buddy narratives you’re likely to encounter. Their mixture of humor, adventure, and dark overtones make this [comic] stand out in ways that others haven’t. This is a fun, fun read!
This pair of adventurers doesn’t exactly fit in with the ogres and brigands who overrun the world. The premise is made all the better by the wonderful visual humor of Costa.
Rickety Stitch is full of wonderful characters and pacing…and what surprises! Storytelling stripped down to the bare bones.
Dazzling, inventive and fun. Ben Costa and James Parks manage to both spoof and pay homage to the fantasy tradition, while creating characters we care about. A tour de force.
I laughed so loud I scared my dog while reading this. The art is superb, the characters are so engaging you’ll wish they could come to your summer backyard BBQs. (Who wouldn’t want to chill with a soulful, guitar-playing skeleton?) Rickety Stitch is dead — but really good at rocking a six-string — and the only clue to his former identity is a song he hears in a dream. He goes on a quest to find out who he was and along the way meets an incredible bunch of characters.