February 24, 2024

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Bento Review: The Crogan Adventures: Catfoot’s Vengeance

Oni takes a stop to look at one tale from a long and colorful family tree in this installment of The Crogan Adventures.

Hey!  Look!  More pirates!

I don’t think you can go wrong with pirates, unless you’re Johnny Depp and you don’t quit while you’re ahead.

But cartoonist Chris Schweizer has a series of some kind called The Crogan Adventures, and one of the Crogans was a pirate.

So, what is The Crogan Adventures?  Well, the material at the beginning and end of the story show a modern day Crogan explaining to his son a life lesson by couching it in the adventures of one of their ancestors.  He’s apparently done this before, as there are many, many Crogans that seem to have lived a life of adventure.  To help prove this point, Schweizer included a family tree at the beginning and end of the book showing where various Crogans, from a wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities, lived and worked, and though the Crogan at the center of this pirate tale’s wife is seen in the tree, she doesn’t appear in the story…and quite frankly, it looks like the Crogan wives were every bit as colorful as their men.

A partial view of the family tree. Catfish is located near the top in the center-left area.

The Crogan at the center of this story is “Catfish” Crogan, who starts off as a sailor but soon finds himself a pirate.  He doesn’t necessarily want to be a pirate.  In point of fact, honor and respectability are important to him, but when the ship he’s on is overtaken by a pirate captain named Matthew Crane, Catfish–so called because of his rather impressive agility–takes something of a liking to his new captain who also has a firm set of rules for doing business, rules of a rather pragmatic sort, but rules nonetheless.

Unfortunately, the first mate, a large man named D’or, bristles at the rules and would like nothing more than to be captain of his own vessel…and he doesn’t much care for Catfish either.

Schweizer has a nice, fun, zippy style in both his art and his writing here.  It’s just a fun story, full of the requisite swashbuckling of a good pirate story, and would probably be fine for younger readers.  There do seem to be a few other Crogan books out there.  I may have to look them up.  Nine and a half out of ten cowardly governors.

NEXT BOOK:  Well, I predicted one from Aspen given the prominence of the Fathom character.  Let’s hope this one goes better than most of the Aspen books Comic Bento keeps sending me.  Be back soon for Fathom: Dawn of War.