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The Griff: A Graphic Novel

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The alien's four-step plan to conquer our planet included the attack of minivan-sized griffin-like dragons and the destruction of all humankind. Into that ominous sounding onslaught wanders a trio of earthly survivors who don't seem to take anything too seriously. Writer Christopher Moore and artist Ian Corson have created a graphic novel that could probably keep even its

Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Jul 07, 2014 Amanda rated it did not like it
Shelves: crap, comics
Hey, Michael Bay, I found your next movie concept! And you can't screw this one up because it comes pre-fucked. Inexplicable, ridiculous threat to humanity? Check. Shallow characters? Check. Nonsensical plot with holes big enough to drive Optimus Prime through? Check. Cliche action dialogue? Check. Females who offer little more than T & A? Check and check.

Now, where do I go to pick up my finder's fee?

I love Christopher Moore's novels. His zany sense of humor, hilarious dialogue, and obvious
Dan Schwent
Jul 24, 2011 Dan Schwent rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, moore, 2011
Aliens resembling griffons attack the earth and decimate much of the population. Two groups of people struggle to survive. But why have the Griff come to earth anyway?

The Griff is a graphic novel based on a movie script Christopher Moore worked on with Ian Corson in order to get out of working on one of his other novels. True story. Says so in the introduction. The story is your standard Hollywood apocalyptic disaster movie, only with griffons flying around attacking people.

The two groups of sur
Mar 21, 2014 Vicious rated it it was ok
Having just come off reading (okay, listening to - but it was unabridged) Moore's "Fool" - I was in the mood for more of his manic, madcap voice.

I'm also a graphic novel junkie, and will give most stories a good benefit of the doubt if they're accompanied by serial artwork - it's two creative minds for the price of one!

So, this was disappointing.

The story was flat. I appreciated the set up, though. The world is invaded and destroyed by the dragon-like "Griff", which is done well enough - if not
Cool drawings, but it says a lot for my love of Christopher Moore that his introduction was kind of my favorite part. The story, for some reason, reminded me a lot of Deep Blue Sea (which is one of those movies that is always on TNT or USA or whatever at 2pm on Sunday afternoons).
Jul 26, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes graphic novels, everyone that likes Chris Moore
Recommended to Eric by: Christopher Moore
I pre-ordered this book for two reasons: 1) Christopher Moore is awesome, and I want to see how his humor and style translate to the graphic novel medium, and 2) I love graphic novels, and I want to see how they translate to the digital medium of the Kindle. So, lots of medium changing coming in late July.

As for 1), all I can say is wow. It was funny without being too farcical, with great characters and dialogue (which is what I've come to expect from Christopher Moore), and it was beautifully i
Donald Armfield
Mar 27, 2012 Donald Armfield rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I disagree with Moore saying he thought this was better as a graphic novel. Heck if he thought something needed a picture, he could of put it in the novel.

The world getting taken over by Griffs is better sounding right now instead of a plague or zombies. Christopher Moore should of made this a novel.

Overall I say the artist did some good artwork. And still had the funny Moore character background but just to short. Mo was a sexy looking piece of artwork as well
William Thomas
Oct 24, 2011 William Thomas rated it it was ok
Christopher Moore, the American answer to Terry Pratchett, takes the graphic novel out for a test drive and fails miserably. Moore has absolutely no idea how to script a comic book, and absolutely no idea how to transition from one page to another or one period of time to another. The book reads like a poorly made video game introduction rather than a memorable comic.
Elisa The-Bookie-Monster
Hmmm... I was expecting more. I'm a huge fan of Christopher Moore's work but I guess because it's co-written by Ian Corson it doesn't have the same feel. Kind of disappointed because the foreword was great, I felt like Moore was talking to me, but that's where it seems to stop until someone says "fucksocks".
Mar 28, 2015 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Alien invasion, 6 billion people dead from invading griffins - what's not to like?
And I did enjoy this graphic novel because of the plot idea but I didn't love it. It would have made a fantastic 600 page novel but that just wasn't enough room to fully explore the idea in one graphic novel so I was left wanting. Wanting more story, more answers, more depth.

So I'd say it was average - got it from the library so it didn't cost me anything and it was a fun way to spend an hour on a Saturday night.
It was fun. I could certainly see it as a movie script, which is what the authors originally intended, and I think it was a fun attempt as a first graphic novel for Moore. (I'm glad he did his own thing and didn't get pulled into an established franchise, that would have been a mistake.) I don't think he quite got the technique of differentiating the different voices, they did all kind of sound alike to me, without the visual clues I would have been pretty lost except for Mo. Pretty much everyon ...more
Sep 29, 2011 Susie rated it it was ok
As Costner has his "Waterworld", so too does Moore have his "Griff". (To be fair, I've never made it all the way through "Waterworld"- maybe it turns out to be an awesome movie towards the end...). I adore Christopher Moore, but this book was a bore. (hee hee) I don't actually pick up many, er almost any, graphic novels so I don't have much of a base for comparison. I just couldn't get into the story and I felt confused about what was going on when the storyline kept switching back and forth bet ...more
Alex Telander
Dec 19, 2011 Alex Telander rated it really liked it
Bestselling author Christopher Moore got to know Ian Corson some time ago, as they began working on the screenplay for his book, Coyote Blue, but the movie never happened. Years later Moore got this idea for a story that could best be told through the medium of the graphic novel. The image he had was of attacking alien dragons from outer space. He finally got together with his friend, Ian Corson, and they wrote The Griff.

Moore and Corson don’t spend long telling of the invasion, but before you k
Brittany Stevens
Aug 11, 2011 Brittany Stevens rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
As an avid Christopher Moore fan and an amateur graphic novel reader wanting to delve deeper into the medium, I picked up The Griff looking for a fun, snark-filled romp through the apocalypse. The story, however, leaves much to be desired. The artwork is beautiful, but that means nothing when so much is lost in translation. For instance, most of my reading experience came from trying to decipher what was going on within the panels. Part of this came from the fact that I had difficulty following ...more
Megan Hogue
Jul 24, 2011 Megan Hogue rated it really liked it
While the story was very entertaining (it's Christopher Moore... how can it not be?)... it was VERY choppy. From one page to the next five weeks had gone by and the reader didn't know about it until a character finally bothered to mention it. It was also very visual with not a lot of dialogue, which I kinda wasn't fond of (I LOVE Chris Moore, so I just wish there could've been more of HIM in there). I know this is a "graphic novel", but a lot of other graphic novels I read (ie: the "Fables" seri ...more
Jan Polep
Aug 10, 2011 Jan Polep rated it really liked it
...and now for something completely different, try the new adult graphic novel by Christopher Moore. Author usually writes witty man against supernaturals, sometimes set on the west coast but this one is set on the east coast as a few hardy misfits try to take down the Griffin type monsters who are eating their way through the planet Earth. This one was so much fun that I read it twice. Artwork is outstanding and author's toss away one-liners will make you laugh outloud...but you need a warped s ...more
Feb 13, 2016 M rated it did not like it
Writer Christopher Moore and artist Ian Corson come together to blend their talents for a half-assed alien invasion tale in The Griff. A rushed introduction sets up the premise: Earth has been invaded by dragon-like creatures. With the majority of the planet's populace deceased, readers are introduced to a New York City survivor named Steve. A stereotypical skateboarding kid, his daylight food run leads him to encounter stereotypical fanboy-fantasy geek girl game designer Mo. They are both saved ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Steve rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
There are some Christopher Moore books I've really enjoyed, and some that I've been "meh" about. I was intrigued by the idea of a graphic novel from the guy who created one of the more interesting vampire stories I'd read in a while. Unfortunately, this story did not live up to my expectations.

The foreword explains that this story came from a script that was supposed to be filmed. I can't even imagine how that would have gone - in theory, a graphic novel can be as long as you want it to be, and
Apr 14, 2014 Stefon rated it really liked it
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The Griff Review

This Graphic novel, The Griff by Christopher Moore, would be enjoyed by a person that enjoys action and adventure books because this book appeals to a sense of fiction and has many aspects that normal action novels have like explosions, guns, monsters, attacks on the human race, etc. If you like to read mystery or love books, then this is will not be very appealing to you.
The story is humorous and action packed although the characters are generally light minde
Richard Gartee
Dec 11, 2014 Richard Gartee rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a graphic novel based on a screenplay so it is a very quick read. Basically PG except one F word and no nudity (the hot babes are always strategically covered--although somewhat provocatively dressed.) Christopher Moore is best know for his humorous novels, but this one has only one or two funny lines of dialogue. The art work is well done and fans of graphic novels will not be disappointed in the quality.
The story would make a good movie, though the authors were convinced it'd never ge
Travis Mueller
Oct 15, 2015 Travis Mueller rated it it was ok
When I checked this back in at the library I work at, it triggered a memory that maybe I'd seen a recommendation for it somewhere, though I can't quite place where. And maybe I was mistaking it with something else, but it looked interesting-ish. Sadly not the case. The intro that I skimmed suggested that the story was originally conceived as a movie, and it feels like one: a dumb, sci-fi action flick that wouldn't be worth the cost of a discounted movie ticket. The premise is ridiculous, the cha ...more
Meh. This was okay, I guess. I'm not a big fan of either graphic novels or science fiction and only read this book because it was co-written by Christopher Moore, author of some excruciatingly funny books that I just love. But this book was neither funny enough nor scary enough to satisfy me. I probably would have appreciated it more if I were into graphic novels and books about alien invasions.
May 30, 2012 Patrick rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Christopher Moore's stuff, bordering on being a huge fan, really.....

So I was really looking forward to this graphic novel. But while I liked it well enough, it didn't really have the same sparkle and cleverness so many of his other books show. It didn't piss me off or anything, it was a perfectly adiquite story. But neither did it really thrill me.
Ralph McEwen
Nov 03, 2013 Ralph McEwen rated it it was ok
I am not a fan of graphic novels and this one has not changed my status. I picked it up because of the author hoping for some of his magic with stories to be able to combine with some art work and make a better novel. I was disappointed. While the art work is well done, the story is so disjointed, I was often left wondering what just happened.
Aug 24, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
It wasn't bad, but I was expecting much more laugh out humor given the Christoper Moore was listed as the main author. I could see this a summer blockbuster over the top Michael Bay sort of movie though.
Andrea Gatti
Feb 19, 2016 Andrea Gatti rated it it was ok
Meh. (e mi sa che non è il primo che recensisco così, nell'ultimo periodo)

Comprato usato per due soldi, visto che l'autore è in parte Christopher Moore, uno dei miei preferiti.
Che dire? È la prima Graphic Novel che leggo (se i fumetti Marvel non contano) e non mi ha impressionato molto:
· La storia è inesistente, un pretesto per far volare draghi mangiauomini.
· I disegni sono piuttosto brutti nel 90% dei casi.
· L'umorismo di Christopher Moore è praticamente inesistente e, quando c'è, è riciclato.
Afro Madonna
Oct 01, 2015 Afro Madonna marked it as to-read
This is horrible ! I couldn't even work up the energy to go through it all . Shitty shitty shitty.
Colona Public Library
This book has enjoyable illustrations and an amazing character named Liz who is an ocean world trainer. This book would have been amazing if it was just about her survival through this Griff Apocalypse. Liz manages to train monsters and keep her ocean animals alive while an alien invasion is going on. How cool!!

This book is really hard to place a time-line to this book. How long did the griff had attacked earth for? I have no idea. The characters (with the exception of Liz) aren't very interesti
David Skies
May 12, 2012 David Skies rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well . . . that was stupid.
As a huge fan of Christopher Moore, I was excited for his foray into the world of graphic novels. Unfortunately, this book isn't what I was hoping it would be. The story line is decent but not stellar with a few moments that give you the familiar, warm, silly feeling of reading Christopher Moore. However, the artwork left a lot to be desired. The actual look of the characters and overall art was pleasing to the eye but didn't feel terribly new, especially for a story of this kind. The real downf ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Jul 04, 2012 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was ok
Reason for Reading: I read every new book by the author and was quite excited about his first foray into the graphic novel.

The publisher's description of this book pretty much tells the whole story and makes it sound a lot more fun than it really is. Moore is well-known for his eccentric characters and I just didn't have any fun with those in this graphic novel. I found the story quite predictable, the usual run-of-the-mill, alien invasion story. There weren't any surprises and it just fell real
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Christopher Moore is an American writer of absurdist fiction. He grew up in Mansfield, OH, and attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.

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