Everyone loves a buddy comedy. The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book is a graphic novel by Joe Daly containing two stories, “The Leaking Cello Case” and “John Wesley Harding”, both set in Cape Town, South Africa. Each story takes the form of a rambling odyssey shared by best buds Dave and Paul, both laid-back and intermittently brilliant and willing to track capybaras, vaporize enemies, chill with Ozimandias and squeeze every last drop of animus out of the sponge, whatever that means, throughout the course of their escapades.
Daly is fond of sunbaked colors and intensely-detailed frames. His characters look funny, which is appropriate because they are funny. The Red Monkey Double Happiness Book makes for pleasant midday reading, maybe perched somewhere outdoors in the sun with a glass of ginger ale at your side. Read it in a lazy mood, identify with the slacker characters, and speculate on whether you could solve demented mysteries as well as they could. (Answer: probably not.)