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.