Stu Bear in the 25th Century is a fun, quirky little book that had me laughing most the way through. The title character is the laziest bear in the world, and all he wants to do is hibernate. After getting caught in an avalanche, he is frozen for 10,000 years. He awakens to find that bears have now evolved into the dominant species and no longer require months of hibernation. Stu Bear is horrified.
The story is filled with little one-liners and site gags that had me chuckling. I don’t want to ruin all of the jokes for you, so I’ll only give one example of the style of humor. Upon waking from his 10,000-year freeze, Stu Bear dubs the time span his “personal best for hibernation.”
Fans of Futurama and other sci-fi comedies will love this book. The future is filled with hairless bears, two-headed monkeys, sharp-shooting chickens, and dogs that have evolved to a point where they consist of nothing more than their tails. (Yeah, I still don’t get the dog tails thing.)
My favorite part of the evolution of the species is how man has become more primitive. Men and women are only able to communicate with their emphatic inflections of the word Dude!
As with many comedies, Stu Bear may not have as much lasting appeal as other types of stories. The real value of the book is in the surprise gags that are set up for you along the way. However, with a price of $7.95 for this small graphic novel, the book is worth the read–and worth passing on to your friends. One thing is for certain, Stu Bear is a weird, wacky ride, and it will keep you intrigued from cover to cover.