Bunny vs Monkey: The Human Invasion, i.e. volume 2
Medium: comic, book
Year: 2014
Country: UK
Writer/artist: Jamie Smart
Keywords: The Phoenix, UK kiddie comic
Format: 256 pages
Website category: Comics UK
Review date: 2 April 2022
I enjoyed it, but I won't be writing volume-by-volume reviews. I'm getting the impression that they'll all be pretty similar. This book only has a sketchy, occasional approximation at a story arc, although there's nothing wrong with that. The Bunny vs. Monkey gang are all back and still almost brainless, in the best possible way.
The book's biggest problem is still that it's been collected as a thick-ish book. The best way to enjoy Bunny vs. Monkey is as weekly episodes in The Phoenix, but hey. Natsuki and Misaki love these books anyway. They made me laugh too. Bunny's still the only sane man. Action Beaver is still the greatest, although surely that's a porn name? Weenie and Pig still have negative brain cells between them. Monkey's still theoretically a goodness-hating scrooge, but he's also so happy and enthusiastic in his wanton vandalism that he's lovable anyway.
"Hey! Is it something that could destroy us all? I bet it is! How brilliant. Let me have a go on it!"
"Gerroff! It's not yours! You'll break it!"
There's character development, surprisingly. We learn Le Fox's big secret and there's an origin story for both him and Bunny when the latter steals Skunky's time machine. That story had a surprisingly brain-bending timey-wimey plot. (This series is capable of surprising you in the odd, occasional moment with something that goes beyond its usual expected kiddie parameters. There's a Lovecraftian monstrosity under Skunky's base, for instance. There's also a "what the !$#?" moment when we learn that Pig's favourite book ends with going home for eggs and ham. "Whee hee heeee!" laughs a happy Pig. Seriously, what is that?)
There's also a loose story arc about humans trying to build a road through the animals' forest, although if belts were that loose then all trousers would fall down.
To be honest, I'm not convinced that this is Jamie Smart's best work. I think I might prefer his Desperate Dan. It is, though, still a charming bit of fun from a cartoonist who's often brilliant.