Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy #3: Time Trout – Doug Savage

When I read this graphic novel a couple of months ago I didn’t find it anywhere near as funny as I’d expected. I thought the first two Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy adventures were very giggle-worthy when I discovered them two years ago so naturally I needed to reread them. Now that I’ve reintroduced myself to my favourite moose that shoots lasers out of his eyes and his sidekick rabbit I wanted to reread Time Trout.

In The Traveler we meet, well, the traveler. Obviously! They’re human and pretty happy to have succeeded in their mission to travel back in time.

Their awe at the beauty of their surroundings quickly morphs into panic as they fall into the water, losing their futuristic flux capacitor in the process. Naturally a trout swallows this time travel device and almost immediately travels through time.

If future guy had bothered to watch Back to the Future they’d know that Deloreans are the only way to time travel (unless you have a spare train laying around) and have the advantage of being too large for anyone to accidentally ingest.

Anyway, our trout finds himself in the past, just before the time he became an important part of a disco ball chain reaction. This chain reaction was possibly caused by an evil chickadee, if in fact he is as evil as Laser Moose suspects.

Meanwhile, Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy are taking Frank to Doc because Laser Moose zaps his leg off (again!) before the story officially began. Poor Frank! For the first time in the series we actually get to meet the doctor who sews all of Frank’s accidentally amputated limbs back on.

On another one of the trout’s time jumps he accidentally brings Aquabear with him to the present. Eventually Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy join the trout in the future, just in time to witness the aliens from The Invasion arriving for their return visit. They’ve brought some friends with them this time. Our time travellers come up with a plan to hopefully fix everything that’s gone wrong so far and jump back into the time stream.

In The Aquabear the plan doesn’t go how it’s supposed to but it does result in Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy meeting Frank for the first time. Again. Poor Frank! Off to Doc we go! Despite everything that keeps going wrong the trout decides he likes this time travel business and wants to keep doing it, which leads us to The Falls where we almost get to witness Laser Moose’s origin story. Things go very wrong again before possibly going somewhere in the vicinity of right. During the course of events Laser Moose meets a new friend, Gonk the dinosaur,

who I hope will make their way into future adventures.

I definitely enjoyed Time Trout much more during my reread. Without the necessary context provided by the two previous graphic novels, repeated jokes and background details don’t have any significance. I also appreciated the cameos made by the eagle, the evil chickadee, Mechasquirrel and Gus in this graphic novel more the second time around. Disco Fever remains my favourite read of the series.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity to read this graphic novel.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy return and just in time to save the day!     

A time-traveling fish is causing trouble for Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy in the past, present, and future. When the well-meaning Trout inadvertently changes the forest’s history, Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy need to set things right, with a little help from a raccoon doctor and a newly three-legged Frank the Deer. Along the way, they confront old enemies, new enemies, future threats, and Laser Moose’s own mysterious past. Get ready for an action thrill ride of time-bending fun!

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy – Doug Savage

I loved the first two Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy graphic novels so when I didn’t click with the third one, rather than move on and accept defeat, I decided I had to go back to square one to figure out what went wrong.

So, here I am at the very beginning, with Rabbit Boy casually admiring the beauty of the stars and Laser Moose suspicious of the dark because it’s “fraught with danger …”.

Both are oblivious to what is to come.

This Invasion chapter looks like it could use the expertise of Mulder and Scully!

Following on from their close encounter, it’s Day of the Aquabear, where we meet danger.

Oops! It was only Frank! Don’t worry. This is an ongoing gag. Frank will be fine.

Then we meet danger. We really do this time. It’s Aquabear, who was a regular brown bear merrily going about his business, preparing to eat a tasty fish, when he was slimed by some toxic waste and transformed into potential baddie material.

After making things worse, then a lot worse and then better (maybe), it’s time for our new favourite moose with the laser eyes and his rabbit sidekick to face the Terror of Mechasquirrel, but first we meet Cyborgupine,

who I assume is the epitome of evil. After all, he says, “MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!” With that many “HA’s” after his “MWA” you know he’s gonna be trouble, and he is. After all, he’s Laser Moose’s nemesis and he has a new trick up his sleeve.

It’s been just over two years since I first read this graphic novel and it’s easy to remember what I loved about it. It’s fun. It’s silly. It’s got a moose that shoots lasers out of his eyes!

I didn’t find it quite as funny during my second read, which is why I’m giving it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ instead of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ this time around. However, it’s still an enjoyable introduction to some unusual (but somehow still loveable) animals and I’m keen to reread Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy’s other adventures.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

The forest is full of danger … but help is here. Meet Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy, improbable pals who use their powers – laser vision and an unrelenting sense of optimism – to fight the forces of evil. Join the dynamic duo as they battle aliens, a mutant fish-bear, a cyborg porcupine, and a mechanical squirrel, learning along the way that looking on the bright side might be just as powerful as shooting a laser.

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy #2: Disco Fever – Doug Savage

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy: Disco Fever. Huh? Having never heard of Savage Chickens or Doug Savage before, I had to rely solely on my intrigue at the strange illustration on the cover in my decision to take a chance on this graphic novel. I am so glad I did! Although this book’s target audience is kids, don’t let that fool you! Adults will get as much, if not more, joy from this book as their kids.

Whenever the cute but obviously evil chickadee is around, bad things happen. Laser Moose, protector of the forest who shoots lasers from his eyes, and Rabbit Boy, his dancing sidekick, are on the case. Cyborgupine, Laser Moose’s cyborg-porcupine nemesis, makes use of a truckload of disco balls to attempt to defeat Laser Moose once and for all. Can Laser Moose still be a hero if he can’t use his lasers?

With Gus (a vegetarian wolf), Frank (a deer), squirrels, a fish, an eagle and a spider along for the ride, I couldn’t choose a favourite character. I liked them all! I even noticed a cameo appearance by Mechasquirrel from the first Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy book.

Doug Savage’s illustrations had me happily making a fool of myself by randomly bursting into laughter throughout the book. I particularly loved the chain reactions that evil chickadee caused. This graphic novel is the perfect example of a picture painting a thousand words. The details are important in Doug’s pictures and if you pay attention to what’s happening in the entire scene you’ll be rewarded. Something small and seemingly insignificant at the beginning of the story may well come back into play later.

As soon as I finished reading I searched for more graphic novels by Doug Savage. I found the first of this series along with plenty of Savage Chickens offerings available on my library’s digital comic book and graphic novel app. (What would I do without libraries?!) Needless to say, every single one has been downloaded ready for my amusement. Incidentally, as I’ve recently discovered my love for this publisher, I also downloaded as many Andrews McMeel Publishing titles as I had space to store and plan to go back for more once I’ve devoured this lot.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the opportunity to read this graphic novel.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Reread 23 September 2019

Following on from my reread of Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy I’m revisiting the one that started it all for me – Disco Fever!

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Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy’s new adventures begin with a Disco Avalanche. Laser Moose has been tracking a new evil in the forest, a really cute chickadee.

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It’s a good thing Laser Moose is so suspicious because that sweet little bird manages to set off a chain reaction that results in this!

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Poor Frank encounters another one of Laser Moose’s errant laser beams so it’s time for yet another visit to the Doc.

We learn that Mechasquirrel has been working on an evil nemesis type plan for the past two months in A Moose Without Lasers. Meanwhile, Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy are still debating whether that chickadee is a super villain or not.

In Disco Fever Mechasquirrel decides to involve other forest animals in his ongoing battle with Laser Moose by taking hostages. Poor Frank! Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy have a plan, or at least the beginning of one.

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I loved this graphic novel just as much as I did during my first read! I think I appreciated all of the chain reactions and background details even more during my reread and I smiled the entire time. I’m almost positive this is going to remain my favourite Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy read.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

Laser Moose and Rabbit Boy face a familiar foe, a terrifying new enemy, and the frightening possibility that lasers can’t solve everything in their biggest and most dangerous adventure yet.

An accident (involving a pine cone, a fish, and a truck delivering disco supplies) triggers a series of events that leads to the ultimate confrontation between Laser Moose and his nemesis Cyborgupine. And it’s a fight that Laser Moose can’t win with lasers. Especially when faced with a malevolent new enemy: a cute little chickadee.