Unbelievable True Stories.. or Not!

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! by Tony Isabella and Ben Meares
Genre: Graphic Novel |Comics
Length: 120 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Zenescope
Purchase: Amazon | BookDepository

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A 96-page anthology of some of the most astonishing oddities in the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! collection, written and illustrated by an equally mind-blowing mix of comic book legends and rising stars. A collection of 8-page stories and fun facts in the inimitable Ripley style! You’ll have to see it to believe it!

I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hadn’t heard a lot of Ripley’s stories, some of them I learned about during my bachelors since they were medical miracles. Most of them were still new to me, at least, the story behind them was.

While it was fun to learn more about Phinneas Gage and the tallest man, even about Beauty and the Beast, it all just feels a bit immature. Which isn’t bad, but since the only things I’ve heard about Ripley’s stories was that they were gory and unbelievable and astonishing, I guess I had expected something more.. gory maybe? And more astonishing?

I am a sucker for happy endings though and I’m glad some of the stories ended on a good note. I have no idea if it’s actually true, if they actually ended this way.. but at least I didn’t feel sad for all the people in the stories.

Another thing I liked was the sort of fact sheet at the end of every story. It contained a bit more backstory, or told the reader what happened after the story. It was great for people who came across these stories for the first time!

All in all the stories didn’t make me want to look up more after I finished it. I liked the stories but they weren’t all ‘unbelievable’. Maybe back in the day when so many things weren’t medically proven yet. I think I would have liked it more if this contained some more condensed versions of the stories and then more stories in general, aswell as more gore. It’s probably better if you’ve known more about Ripley’s before and wanted to read them again, or maybe for kids that want to know more about the stories. What I’m trying to say is that it just wasn’t for me.

22 thoughts on “Unbelievable True Stories.. or Not!

  1. sammers65 says:

    Oof balls, I’m sorry to hear that this one wasn’t enjoyable. Growing up we had a Ripley’s museum in our town so once every other year my brother would drag us all to go see the exhibits and read about all these different amazing people. I also loved the TV series so I was low key hyped when I heard about this one. Nicely gonna slide it off the TBR now though. hehehehehehehe

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  2. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites says:

    I had a very very minor Ripley’s phase in late elementary school – though maybe it was more FOMO because all my classmates were into Ripley’s and/or Guinness records at the time? anyway, with a title like “believe it or not” I would definitely expect some pretty outrageous stories, so I can definitely see where you’re coming from. hope your next read is much better!

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  3. Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts) says:

    Awww, sorry this one didn’t live up to expectations! To be honest, I don’t blame you since some of the things I occasionally read about seem a bit… I don’t know, I guess they’re not mature enough for me or not interesting enough for me. Some ARE interesting, I just don’t bother to look further into it as well. (Maybe it’s because I’m an adult now so I just brush it over.)

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