Grease Monkey

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Macmillan, May 30, 2006 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 352 pages
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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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User Review  - Matej - Goodreads

Grease Monkey is a collection of 24 episodes and a few vignettes that were originally published in late 90s. The stories are interesting enough, at times funny, and surprisingly connected, but ... Read full review

Review: Grease Monkey

User Review  - Goodreads

Grease Monkey is a collection of 24 episodes and a few vignettes that were originally published in late 90s. The stories are interesting enough, at times funny, and surprisingly connected, but ... Read full review

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Contents

Foreword by Kurt Busiek
4
Introduction
6
Art Lovers
8
The Price
19
Gorilla Tactics
31
The Gift
43
The Calling
55
Rewards
67
The Long Road
189
The Way of Art
203
Rewards Part 3
217
Bay M Layout
230
Politics
231
Stalemates
245
Election Day
267
Upheaval
279

Kismet
79
Gorilla Warfare
91
End of the World
103
Enemies
115
The Rival
127
F300 Fighter
140
Rewards Part 2
141
Exchange Day
153
Grail Time
165
Separation
177
Flagship Fist of Earth
292
The Best of Times
293
Rewards Part 4
309
Chaos
325
End of the Tunnel
327
Barfly
330
The Whole History of Grease Monkey
338
Acknowledgments
352
Copyright

About the author (2006)

Author and artistTim Eldred lives in San Diego, California.

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