Teresa Nielsen Hayden
Macmillan, May 30, 2006 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 352 pages
Caught in the crossfire of an interstellar war, our Earth was bombed to flinders--and then repaired. The mysterious alien Benefactors who healed the planet also offered "uplift" to our dolphins and gorillas. The dolphins turned them down. The gorillas said yes. As a result, we're now sharing our world with language-using, tool-making simians. Tensions are inevitable, in both directions, but it's gradually working out.
Decades later, teenage cadet Robin Plotnik has been assigned to Fist of Earth, a defense station high above Earth, keeping watch against further attacks by the interstellar Horde. Robin's a spacecraft mechanic-in-training, apprenticed to Chief "Mac" Gimbensky, a cranky but basically benign gorilla with issues of his own.
Fist of Earth is a challenging place to grow up. Robin and Mac maintain fighter craft for the all-woman "Barbarian Squadron", which constantly competes for prestige with the other squadrons based on Fist of Earth. Robin's trying to romance a young librarian, and he's far from sure he knows what he's doing. Most of all, he's constantly struggling to figure out his moody, mercurial boss.
Then he and his best friend become entangled in a burgeoning scandal over betting on the squadrons' standings. And just when things look like they've hit rock bottom, the worst thing imaginable arrives at Fist of Earth: an efficiency expert from Earth, determined to reorganize Robin's hard-won life, and the whole squadron system, out of existence.
Fresh and engaging, crammed with likeable characters and science-fictional inventiveness, Grease Monkey is like a classic "Heinlein juvenile" in sequential-art mode.
Introduction by Kurt Busiek, author of Astro City
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Review: Grease MonkeyUser Review - Dorene - Goodreads
I fell in love with "Grease Monkey" instantly. Each chapter about Mac and Robin and the Barbarians holds significance on many levels. You can read for the pure entertainment factor or for the deeper ... Read full review
Review: Grease MonkeyUser Review - Mckinley - Goodreads
I liked better than many comics. Perhaps because the focus is not on one individuals angstful young life. Loved the hero's subversive use of the space station library. Read full review
Foreword by Kurt Busiek
The Long Road
The Way of Art
Rewards Part 3
Bay M Layout
End of the World
Rewards Part 2
Flagship Fist of Earth
The Best of Times
Rewards Part 4
End of the Tunnel
The Whole History of Grease Monkey