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The Wrenchies

3.26 of 5 stars 3.26  ·  rating details  ·  851 ratings  ·  235 reviews
Meet the Wrenchies.

They're strong, powerful, and if you cross them, things will quickly go very badly for you. Only one thing scares them—growing up. Because in the world of the Wrenchies, it's only kids who are safe... anyone who survives to be an adult lives in constant fear of the Shadowsmen. All the teenagers who come into contact with them turn into twisted, nightmari
Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 15th 2014 by First Second
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Raeleen Lemay
I couldn't bring myself to finish this, which makes me SO SAD. There was so much potential here, because the premise, the art, and the coloring (OH MY GOD THE COLORING) were phenomenal. However, the execution wasn't great in my opinion, and I was confused/irritated/bored the entire time.
Hoooooly shit, what was THAT.

I thought I'd be able to write something, but I can't. It's gonna need another reread, and a long think.

Suffice it to say you need to pick this up, and you absolutely have no idea what you're getting yourself into when you do.
I don't know how to comment on the book any further unless I take notes while I go, which is pretty much how I use Goodreads half the time anyway. I feel a little bad about it this time around because Wrenchies is so new, so as much as it feel
Magical? Mind-expanding? Evocative. All that just from chapter one.

Or maybe it's just distracted. Tangential. Unfocused.

I keep hearing Keith's review ( in my head, and it keeps haunting me with the promise of some mind-bending insanity. But the more I read, the faster I skim, as I get more and more impatient for something to surprise and delight (or at least unsettle) me.

These loosely-connected tales of these kids don't entirely like up in time - is this
Dalrymple draws and paints and means well. As a story, though, I found this almost unreadable. Lifeless characters, random plot developments, heavy-handed self-reflexivity - a mess!
First Second Books
Aug 19, 2014 First Second Books marked it as first-second-publications
I think this book is great!

One of the most interesting parts of Farel Dalrymple's THE WRENCHIES, for me, is how it deals with the violence of the post-apocalypse.

This book is full of characters who are children and teenagers, and they're dealing with the end of the world and magic!zombies wandering around everywhere who are trying to eat them. Because THE WRENCHIES is a graphic novel, it's difficult for the end of the world not to be in your face at every minute you're reading -- you can never
I was really into this at first, loved the art and was enjoying the plot and action. But less than a third of the way in it got WAY too vague and lost all its momentum. I'm willing to 'go with it' through a lot of vague and weird things, but it has to be interesting and at least vaguely follow-able. It also fell into characters just explaining the story for really long periods, rather than anything actually happening.
I honestly can not figure out what the plot line was. This book was just surreal. And not in a good way. Perhaps if I was under the the influence of some hallucinogens, I might be able to make sense of it. But I'm not, nor will I be. So it shall remain one of the graphic novels that I just shelve.

And now that I have let my mind rest an entire night's sleep on this novel, I am still completely baffled by what I just read. There are so many interweaving story lines, with tertiary characters that
This is one of those books that really doesn't lend itself well to summarizing, but I'll do my best. There are several groups of characters that exist in several different dimensions (realities?). We have our world, with two of the main characters. Then there's the world of the Wrenchies, a post-apocalyptic wasteland where only the children are technically "safe" from the Shadowsmen, a terrifying entity that attacks anyone "of age" with the purpose of turning their victims into more Shadowsmen. ...more
Actual Rating: 2.5

I felt sort of “meh” about this work.


Let’s start off with its appeal factors:

Visualization. Wrenchies has this distinct drawing style, that you will either love or hate, added with the underlying grotesque layer. It is not a pretty world (growing up never is) and the ambiguous themes that are presented throughout the book matches the drawing style.

Themes. There’s a lot going on in the world of the Wrenchies. There always is on the edge of adulthood and adolescence, especially
Mark Parsons
What if Philip K Dick wrote THE HUNGER GAMES?

What if David Lynch rebooted THE GOONIES?

What if the Gnostic Archons had created SCOOBY DOO?

If you like Grant Morrison's THE INVISIBLES and THE FILTH, then you may well dig this beautifully illustrated scifi-magick-timetravel extraveganza.

Warning: this book does not reinforce mainstream spoonfed consensus reality, even on a storytelling scale. Does the plot add up?
It is not intended to, but thematically, it all ties together wonderfully, especial
5 Stars for the art and story, 1 for the book. Average 3.
I'm a fan of Farel Dalrymple and have been waiting for this. I love the story, love the art, but sadly, the physical book is a major disapppointment. Why is it so small? Why are the images so muddy? The online samples look great, but in the book there are many panels that one can not tell what is going on. The details of the wonderful full page "panorama" shots of the Wrenchies' lairs are totally lost. Why didn't First Second print this at
Vinton Bayne
This little gem gets me on so many levels. First and foremost, the artwork is amazing. Every page begs for your attention with colorful detail that arrests your eyes from moving on in the story.
Oh but you will move on, because the story won't let you stop for long. The narrative will exercise your understanding of reality, it will test your need for the clear and obvious. You will be wondering how to connect it all, in fact a good part of the story will play out in your own mind as you fight for
There are two brothers who kill a shadow and find an amulet. One of those brothers grows up to write a comic called The Wrenchies. There's a world where shadowmen have killed almost everyone, and the best fighters who oppose them are a group of young'uns called The Wrenchies who read a comic called The Wrenchies. Then there's young Hollis, who reads a comic called The Wrenchies and then falls into the world of The Wrenchies. Confused? Welcome to THE WRENCHIES.

Honestly, I feel like I should read
So, the art was super epic and I loved it. Everything else was all over the place and was just terribly done. Nothing was clear and so many things were happening at once. The characters weren't bad but besides that and the art, this just wasn't for me, at all.
Review I posted in the WashRAG:

It begins with a single demon in a cave. Soon, the world is overtaken by violent creatures which prey on teenagers, turning them into monsters themselves. This graphic novel combines an apocalyptic world, superhero and comic book lore, and a gang of warrior children. Dalrymple’s aesthetic is raw, saturated – beautiful and terrible all at once. There’s an exactness to his scrawl. The reader will find themselves dwelling on his scenes, looking for the winking details
Starts out strong and has great art, but becomes a nearly incomprehensible mess. Some sort of story structure would have improved it.
Andy Shuping
Hollis is an unhappy young boy. Alone, bullied, and alienated, he finds a totem that gives him access to a parallel world. That of the Wrenchies. They’re strong, powerful, and take no gruff from anyone. And only one thing scares them...growing up. Because in their world, the Shadowsmen take them, and turn them into twisted, nightmares who are lost forever. But Hollis finds his home in this world. But soon...the two worlds are merging together, real and fantasy, and things are getting very, very ...more
I got a copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program to review. It was an interesting read. I thought the plot was way too convoluted and at times way too wordy. While I enjoyed some of the irony in the story in the end I don’t think it is something many people will enjoy.

These two kids wander into a cave and one of them, Sherman, gets an eyeful of evil and acquires an evil amulet. Then we are transported to a story in the future where the world has ended and a gang of kids dubbed The Wrenc
Whether or not you like The Wrenchies, you will not forget it. You will find some disturbing images in these pages that will sear themselves into your mind; and also, fascinating characters and human failings that will keep you turning the page.

I actually read the first 200 pages of this book twice before I finished it, the reason being that I was reading a few pages before falling asleep in bed, but I quickly figured out that I couldn't understand the narrative because I had missed subtle refer
Steev Baker
The Wrenchies opens with green gore and violence. Two young boys find a cave and destroy the creature that lives there, setting in motion events that will lead to a surrealistic future full of magic and darkness. Or do they? I was unprepared for the Wrenchies. Based on the reviews and the Amazon customer comments, I was expecting post-apocalyptic story about monsters--maybe something akin to Paul Pope's "Battling Boy." It was that, partly. But mostly it was something completely different. I'm no ...more
Seppo Alanissi
Wow, this was.. strange. Post-apocalyptic tale turning into sort of metaphysical meditation on one's fate and choices.. or maybe different sides of your spirit and persona.. or not. I might sound a bit idiotic saying I didn't wholly grasp all the ideas etc presented here but I still liked this a lot. That being said, I was sort of interpreting this all the time I went on and looked at it from many different views. I felt the story really encourages you to do it, not really emphasizing any speci ...more
David Schaafsma
So, the drawing and painting of this one is terrific. It's dark, in almost every sense, but I think it is still almost (not quite?) an all ages book, since, though it is pretty violent in places, it is not that violent, in my opinion. The art I love, actually, but everything is dark, visually and thematically, because it is a post apocalyptic or dystopian tale, where gangs of kids roam the blasted out world defending themselves against Shadowpeople, or Creepers, that all seem very much like Zomb ...more
Koen Claeys
On the one hand I admire the unbridled fantasy Dalrymple uses for this multilayered story, his cool drawings full of original visual ideas . On the other hand it is a very depressing , dark narrative that begins to weigh heavily as the end approaches. For some the crazy complexity will be too much and I balanced on the edge. In order to fully comprehend it, I should subject it to multiple readings. The extent to which people will enjoy this depends on how open they are to such a frenzied, dark f ...more
Dang, I liked this way more than I thought I was going to! I read Dalrymple's Pop Gun War and wasn't a fan because despite how innovative and stunning his art is, the story was hard to follow and I wasn't able to make sense of it. The Wrenchies really worked for me though; in addition to being a gorgeous vision of a dark, frightening dystopian future it also contains fascinating vignettes about various characters, namely Hollis. The cute and funny commentary about publishing comics lightened the ...more
The Wrenchies is the type of graphic novel that seems like it might be smart and literary and then takes a bit of a turn somewhere and just becomes overly complicated and a bit muddled as a result. At the beginning Orson and Sherwood walk into a cave, meet shadowsmen, Sherwood ends up with the evil in him, and they get split up. Sherwood takes a crazy trip and sees the future and tries to fix it, leading him to Hollis who wants to be a superhero and finally, sort of, gets to be one. Things happe ...more
A very surreal graphic novel that starts out like Mad Max meets Lord of the Flies, and if you do not pay close attention you will lose track of what is going on. I kinda liked the artwork in this, and I thought this had a strong start, but it got a little weird near the climax with all of the time traveling, and explaination of the demons that have conquered the future world. A comic within a comic concept was kind of interesting, and like I said before I can see how some people seemed to lose t ...more
Public library copy.

All right, I liked the book, but I didn't love it. Normally the publisher has an outstanding track record of publishing wonderful, all ages fare. This work looked neat, was more adult, and read like a drug induced dream. It seemed very stream of consciousness and wasn't an easy follow. It's a long book and about halfway in I remember thinking I felt like I'd read 3 or 4 different stories. I like the creator and have really enjoyed past work by him, too bad this was a book I c
A gang of children battle against a horde of evil zombies, vampires, and demons to save the world. And that's just the beginning!

I have really been looking forward to this guy's next big book ever since reading Popgun War. If Popgun War was a surreal and haunting dream, The Wrenchies feels deeper like a recurring, heart-pounding nightmare. One that is all the more visceral because the drama is laden with meaning. It is also by turns funny, sweet, beautiful and heart breaking.

I expect that some r
The Wrenchies was a beautiful read, if not a bit confusing. I loved the artwork, I loved the settings and the colors used to portray a post-apocalyptic world where only children survive. Once you close in on adulthood, the Shadowmen come for you. These kids form gangs and this one follows the Wrenchies, a group that is filled with interesting characters. Unfortunately, after killing some Shadowmen, they find their name written on a paper and know that they are after their gang, who seem too good ...more
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