"Grease Monkey is a
well-wrought piece of work. It combines good humor and skillful art
by the accomplished hand
of Tim Eldred. A good, good
Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit
"Part SF adventure, part
coming of age story, part slapstick sitcom, Grease Monkey is a wonder--a
in comics form,
nuanced, involving and clever. I want a sequel already!"
Busiek, writer: Astro City, Conan the Barbarian
Remember when you were just a kid trying to figure out the adult
world? Remember walking through that minefield, never knowing when
you’d put your foot in the next one? Don’t you wish you
had an 800 lb. Gorilla on your side then? That’s exactly what
junior spacecraft mechanic Robin Plotnik is about to get.
Mac Gimbensky has been there, done that, and laughed it off. He’s
fussy, cranky, witty, clever, and the single best mechanic around.
Fixing space fighters is his passion and his art. The last thing
he needs is a cookie-cutter cadet nipping at his heels. But that’s
exactly what he’s about to get.
Mac and Robin get off to a shaky start, but when they survive their
first day together on the gigantic flagship Fist of Earth, they
become fast friends. In a world like theirs, that’s nothing
short of miraculous, because Mac isn’t human—he’s
that 800 lb. gorilla you wish you had on your side.
Together, this unlikely duo maintains fighter craft for the all-women
Barbarian Squadron, which constantly competes against the ship’s
other fighter jocks. Robin’s also looking for romance,
far from sure that he knows what he’s doing. Mac has
already found it, but a universe of obstacles stands in his
way. On top of
this, their worst enemy, a by-the-book efficiency officer,
seems determined to reorganize their whole lives out of existence.
Fresh and engaging, crammed with likeable characters and science-fictional
inventiveness, Grease Monkey is for adults who wish they "knew
then what they know now", and also for young people
who wish they had a guardian angel against the onslaught
of the mysterious,
and ridiculous world of adults. On behalf of all us, Mac
and Robin defy the rules, strike their own path, and poke
holes in the big
balloon of life. Occasionally, they even get to enjoy it.
"Clever, written with
passion and drawn with love."
Evanier, co-creator of Groo the Wanderer
good writing, humor and excitement. Who could ask for more?"
Robbins, writer/artist: Girls to Grrrlz, Wild Irish Roses
science fiction with a sense of humor, Grease Monkey is an all-ages
series that doesn’t write down to its readership—and
that’s much more rare than it should be."
Comic Shop News
"The identifiable characters
and the depth of the insights add up to something greater than the
sum of the individual episodes--a rare commodity in graphic novels:
"Eldred's writing is
filled with gentle comedy and wise personal insights. His artwork
is particularly good at conveying
This should appeal to readers who appreciate a universal
story and nuanced characterization with their space battles."