visión de conjunto:Críticas PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (STARRED) - Allison is a triple threat: he plots deftly draws confidently and writes dead-on adolescent dialogue. Set in a grammar school in a British working-class community this first book in his Bad Machinery series--originally published as a webcomic--has three earnest boys wing against three sharp-tongued girls to solve mysteries. The framing story concerns a Russian owner of a U.K. football (soccer) team trying to bully an elderly homeowner to sell her house; as the title hints supernatural elements surface too. There's plenty of cynical commentary about British consumer culture and the students' sardonic banter provides a constant obbligato. About her mother's boyfriend's Velvet Underground albums Shauna yawns It's nice that you gave some money to people just playing music for the first time. Allison's adults are sympathetically drawn too--even the archvillain has a human side. A wry glossary defines British terms (Nuffink: The way you say 'nothing' if you were dragged up rather than brought up) but can't begin to illuminate the arcane mysteries of the British football-industrial complex; readers are on their own there. Dark fast-paced and riotously funny entertainment. Ages 10-up. (Mar.) Reseña del editor The first volume of the beloved Bad Machinery series now at a new size and $10 introductory price!The Case of the Team Spirit introduces readers to Jack Linton Sonny Shauna Charlotte and Mildred: six kids navigating the treacherous waters of school and adolescence while also exploring the strange mysteries that abound in their peculiar English town of Tackleford.Jack Linton and Sonny look for cures to their football club's unexplainable woes while Shauna Charlotte and Mildred try to find a way for compassion and justice to triumph in the face of die-hard sports fanaticism. But all of them should probably be more concerned with keeping on the good side of their history teacher Mr. Bough. That is if he has a good side... Biografía del autor Born in a hidden village deep within the British Alps John Allison came into this world a respectable baby with style and taste. Having been exposed to American comics at an early age he spent decades honing his keen mind and his massive body in order to burn out this colonial cultural infection. One of the longest continuously publishing independent web-based cartoonists John has plied his trade since the late nineties moving from Bobbins to Scary Go Round to Bad Machinery developing the deeply weird world of Tackleford long after many of his fellow artists were ground into dust and bones by Time Itself. He has only once shed a single tear but you only meet Sergio Aragones for the first time once. John resides in Letchworth Garden City England and is known to his fellow villagers only as He Who Has Conquered.