The thing I found most surprising is that Derk and Betty are actual heroes – people who put themselves at risk to help others, and they’re presented sympathetically.  It’s an attitude you’d never see in ATHF, and it was refreshing to see a different tone from that sort of cynicism.  Maiellaro could have done a book that was nothing but the characters being awful to each other from cover to cover, and I would have bought it in a heartbeat.  But this is a departure from his other work, and it’s exciting to see that change.

Of course, I should point out that there’s a poltergeist named Gymjangle who’s hilarious, especially if you imagine Dana (Master Shake) Snyder reading his dialogue.

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