The greatest band in the world has officially made a graphic novel. No, not Metallica. If you were thinking of the Rolling Stones, not them either. Even if you guessed Tenacious D you’re still probably confused, but yes, Tenacious D has released their debut graphic novel, Post-Apocalypto. The book is written by Jack Black and Kyle Gass with some Rick and Morty/high school freshman adolescent type imagery provided by Black.
If you’re unfamiliar with Tenacious D, they’re a comedic rock duo comprised of comedian actors/musicians Kyle Gass and Jack Black. The graphic novel’s humble beginnings stem from the 2018 album and YouTube series of the same name. The book follows Black and Gass as they navigate their way across a post-apocalyptic earth in a hilarious attempt to save the world. During their shenanigans-filled travels, they encounter horny cavewomen, a knockoff Terminator robot, and even Donald Trump Jr.
Tenacious D: Post-Apocalypto is a rambunctious 180 plus page rollercoaster ride that’s a blast from start to finish. Post-Apocalypto is just the kind of break from reality we all need to take our minds off bills, stress, and COVID-19. The book can be best described as Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back meets Dude Where’s My Car, but with Cheech and Chong instead of Ashton Kutcher and Sean William Scott. Black and Gass never miss a beat, delivering sensational dialogue and song jingles that’ll have you turning red in the face from laughing so much.
It is also worth mentioning that this is indeed not a book for children as some sexually explicit moments occur throughout the story. Aside from that, the storytelling remains pretty solid throughout and has a lot of smooth transitions from one chapter to another. In regards to the illustrations, Jack Black manages to pull together some very cool moments that make you laugh and say, what the heck did I just witness?
Overall, Tenacious D: Post-Apocalypto is a lot of fun. It’s silly, doesn’t take itself seriously but inspires all at the same time. Hopefully, this is the first of a very more graphic novel series to come from Black and Gass. Make sure you check it out the next time you go shopping at your local comic shop.
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