Ranked #42 on Rob Clough's Top 50 Books of 2010 at High-Low
One day Millennium Boy decided to grab his hobo stick, his bandanna,
and his Swiss Army knife, bid his mom goodbye, and head off on a quest for
adventure. Joined by his best friend Steve (weapon: baseball bat; clothing: wife
beater, cargo pants and sandals), they soon find themselves in a violent altercation
with two other adventure seekers. It ends badly for their antagonists
(“Whoa, check it out, dude! You actually knocked this dude’s brain right out
of his cranium!”) and Millennium Boy and Steve become the proud owners of
fancy weapons upgrades (a crowbar and a steel chain). So on they trek, and the
next inductee to their group is the muscle-bound Lash Penis.
And then things start getting weird!
Readers of 2009’s Red Monkey Double Happiness Book will recognize Joe Daly’s delightfully unique stoner/philosopher
dialogue and distinctive character designs, but the hilarious over-the-top Role Playing Game action (complete with periodic
updates for each character’s status in ten criteria, including “dexterity,” “intelligence,” and “money”) propel this new
story into a heretofore unachieved action-comedy realm. By the end of this book (the first chapter of a projected four-part
epic), the trio has been joined by Nerdgirl the Archer, Lash Penis has nearly had his arm cut off, they’ve acquired a
whole new nifty bag of tricks, and the menaces have become increasingly surreal and lethal. Where will it end?
"Daly’s parody of the trek
adventure — the template for ripping yarns from King Solomon’s Mines to King Kong to Indy Jones to
scads of video games — is a kind of slackers’ SpongeBob Squarepants, earthier (of course) but as
ingenuously absurd... [and] magnetically amusing."
– Ray Olson, Booklist
"...I had more fun reading this book than just about any other comic I’ve read so far this year. ... There’s a sort of Hergé-like mechanical perfection to his artwork; not only is it super-clean and super-crisp, but the panel-to-panel consistency is so strong that his characters sometimes don’t look drawn so much as stamped out by some sort of automatic drawing machine. ... Steve and Millennium Boy are funny — sometimes on purpose, sometimes not — and it’s a pleasure to walk around with them. ... I haven’t played an RPG since I was a teenager, but I think I’d play a Dungeon Quest one in a heartbeat." – J. Caleb Mozzocco, Newsarama
Praise for Joe Daly’s previous books, Scrublands and The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book:
"Working... in a comic realist mode
reminiscent of, say, the old TV series The Rockford Files (Daly’s Cape Town looks a lot like shorefront
Southern California), Daly couldn’t be any more entertaining. His visual-narrative skills are impeccable,
his ear for naturally funny dialogue nothing short of astounding." – Ray Olson, Booklist
"Joe Daly's cartoon style is great, and the colors work especially well in this book, containing two entertaining and humorous stories. Fun and goofy reading, that hints at a little more but is content to joke around as it pleases." – Jeffrey Brown
“South African cartoonist Joe Daly seems to have internalized
the full history of alternative comix, and in his story collection
Scrublands, he produces archly funny, unsettling surreal pages
that recall R. Crumb, Dan Clowes, and Jim Woodring.” – The Onion