Bad Machinery: The Case of The Team Spirit – Review
By John Allison
Published by Oni Press
There are peculiar and strange mysteries abound in Tackleford. Aside from being regular adolescents, Jack, Linton, Sonny, Shauna, Charlotte and Mildred also try to explore the strange ongoings in their town. They also are properly concerned about their football club. Unexplainable woes, compassion and justice. All with a side order of die-hard sports fanaticism. Yet, it would serve them better if they were a bit more concerned about staying on the good side of Mr. Bough, their history teacher. That is, if he has a good side…
The art in this comic is somewhat quirky but fun. It is colorful and simple but meaningful. It is also a type of descriptive art which prods the story along just nicely.
Bad Machinery has had the Publishers Weekly 2013 awarded for Best Books for Children as well as the Yalsa 2015 & 2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens. So I have to say you cannot really go wrong with purchasing this comic for your children.
This comic comes with a vast selection of additional material so much so that you will want to pick this up just for the bonuses. The list contains not only a Griswalds Grammer School yearbook page but also a complete comprehensive glossary for the international folks who might have trouble understanding some of the British words used. There are also a few pages of the Tackleford City Football Club – “A Gilded History”. And finally we can find a small bio of John Allison himself.
So overall, you cannot really go wrong here. Also The Case of the Good Boy is due to be released in Fall (Autumn) 2017. You will discover the other comics yet to be released in the back of the comic as well. It seems a promising time ahead for the fans of Bad Machinery.