Emily the Strange: All Things Strange Review: Hits All the Right Chords

Emily the Strange is everyone’s favorite goth girl, rocker, witch, demon summoner, mad scientist and cat lover. The second you see her say a sarcastic remark while outsmarting a demon you’ll fall in love with her. One of the more recent incarnations is “Emily the Strange: All Things Strange,” which compiles the first three volumes of “Emily the Strange” and it is glorious for any “Emily the Strange” fan.

If you’re a fan of “Emily the Strange,” there is a lot of stuff that will please you. Even though each comic is not a continuation of each other, many of the stories will please anyone looking for super weird stuff from their comics. From Emily having a conversation with vampires in a graveyard, to bringing a cat back from the dead to even asking the devil to make better plagues.

There are also other neat goodies. These are “interviews” with rock/metal/goth legends like Marilyn Manson, Elvira and Karen O from “Yeah Yeah Yeahs,” “Scarytale Theater” which is a spoof of “Masterpiece Theater” top 13 lists and a whole lot more.

While some people may think this is a bit too much stuff for a collected edition, it actually makes sense. Emily is a character that works best in random situations than in a continued narrative. Yes, there have been novels and comic mini-series with Emily, all entertaining in their own right, but not as interesting as the mini stories.

There’s a lot of different art going on here. While all of it is either black, white and gray; black and red or black, white, gray and red, there is still some variety. There’s the normal cartoony look of “Emily the Strange,” then there’s the more gothic look and even a comic that looks like it belongs in “Tales from the Crypt.” On top of that, there are comics that are nothing but a bunch of phrases scattered on the page, burying Emily in the process.

Of course, there are some minor nitpicks about this collection. As with any collection, some of the stories are rather dull. The interviews themselves also lack focus, which makes their overall quality suffer. Not to mention some the humor is on par with the worst “Disney Channel” sitcom (too many jokes using the word “lost” for one.)

With everything added up, “Emily the Strange: All Things Strange” is a must own for any “Emily the Strange” fan. It has many different stories, lots of extra stuff and great art. While it may be too much take in at once and even has some minor flaws, it’s still worth getting.

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Rocco Sansone is a “man of many interests.” These include anime/manga, video games, tabletop RPGs, YA literature, 19th century literature, the New York Rangers, and history. Among the things and places he would like to see before he dies are Japan, half of Europe, and the New York Rangers win another Stanley Cup.

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