Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
The Wrenchies

The Wrenchies

Farel Dalrymple

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Trade Paperback


Sherwood and Orson should never have gone into that cave.

That day, a door was opened from our world into a dark and profane realm...and earth's destiny was changed forever.

In this demented future, whatever life remains on earth is oppressed by the evil shadowsmen. Only a gang of ruthless and powerful children called the Wrenchies can hope to stand against them. When Hollis, a lonely boy from our world, is magically given access to the future world of the Wrenchies, he finally finds a place he belongs. But it is not an easy world to live in, and Hollis's quest is bigger than he ever dreamed of.

Farel Dalrymple brings his literary and artistic powers to bear in this sprawling science fiction graphic novel about regret, obsession, and the uncertainty of growing up.

NPR Best Book of the Year, Harvey Award, Booklist Editors' Choice, Eisner Award Nominee, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year


Praise for The Wrenchies

“Readers immediately enter a world where epic violence is the norm, science fiction tropes abound, and kids may save one of a few different times/world - if they aren't murdered first . . . Fans of Rapp's Ball Peen Hammer will be equally enthralled by this nightmarish but impeccably rendered look at a few overlapping world and the kids who seem doomed despite their efforts.” —BCCB

“*Dalrymple takes a deep affection for comics and role-playing games and a deep distrust for adulthood itself and combines the two in an offering unlike anything else in the field today. For a certain demographic of angry, alienated, and demoralized older teens, this graphic novel will resonate powerfully . . . as vibrant and disturing as if David Lynch directed The Goonies.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“*The Wrenchies introduces readers to a twisted futuristic world filled with nonstop action, a bit of magic, and graphic battles against gruesome monsters, brought to life with Dalrymple's complex full-color art . . . a high-quality, original graphic novel.” —VOYA, STARRED REVIEW

“Dalrymple's art vibrates with violent action, awash in colors alternately lush and lurid . . . With its abundant violence, profanity, and drug use, The Wrenchies is not for the squeamish, but offers breathtaking adventure for those with a strong heart and a stronger stomach.” —School Library Journal

“Dalrymple's art is impeccable . . . It's beautiful, dreamy and nightmarishly violent . . . Not for the faint of heart, but what a ride for those who go with the flow.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Incredible. A deeply personal epic…a book that calls for rereadings.” —Craig Thompson

“AMAZING. Beautiful drawing and painting, great characters--it's pretty much everything I could want a graphic novel to be.” —Mike Mignola, author of Hellboy

“I've been a very enthusiastic admirer of Farel Dalrymple from the first moment I was introduced to his wonderful work. Now here comes his most epic work with The Wrenchies! This book is a stunning and original piece of work. The characters are richly authentic and their world is simultaneously exciting and horrific, filled with hauntingly beautiful detail. The Wrenchies is a masterpiece that will knock your socks off!” —Michael Allred, Madman

“Tremendously masterful, as to be expected of Farel Dalrymple. A work of art with fevered imagination and lush nightmares that should haunt every reader.” —JH Williams III (Sandman, Batwoman, Promethea)

“The years of love dumped into The Wrenchies is apparent on every page, every panel a work of high art. Lush worlds and fascinating characters drenched in originality and childhood nostalgia. The story is heartfelt, wildly imaginative and engrossing as Farel achieves something all too often lost in comics--pure fun. The Wrenchies is a game changer. I couldn't love anything more. ” —Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class)

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Farel Dalrymple

Farel Dalrymple is the creator Pop Gun War (Dark Horse Comics), which was a Xeric Grant recipient and won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. Dalrymple drew the critically acclaimed superhero comic book Omega the Unknown (Marvel) for author Jonathan Lethem and is also creator of the Eisner-nominated It Will All Hurt (Study Group Comic Books). He is a cofounder of and regular contributor to the comic book anthology Meathaus and has worked on a range of illustration and cartooning projects. Farel is currently residing in Portland, Oregon, but really would rather be living alone in the woods somewhere. The Wrenchies is his most recent graphic novel.

Farel Dalrymple

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