So many great jabs at historical figures, no one is safe. Sir John A. Macdonald, Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, writers, politicians, random criminals; everyone's story can be made humorous. It was no holds barred at some points.
Some jokes had me scratching my head, due to my lack of the historical knowledge behind the strip. However, Kate Beaton often had a paragraph at the beginning of each strip giving you a bit of much needed background. Useful for historical simpletons like I was some of the time.
It was definitely funny to put a modern spin on historical events. Like brooding over guys with 90's speech, but dressed in Victorian garb. Very sharp witted, with obvious disdain for certain people, like those who claimed creation of an invention when they obviously stole it (looking at you Edison!).
The Pirate and the Nemesis were just perfect. Pirates are overdone, but we cannot help but continue to be sucked into their stories; especially when two adversaries appear to clearly exist only for the other. Ha!
If you are not a fan of having your favourite classics ripped to shreds, than avoid this book. Especially those staunchly in love with Jane Eyre. Although, you should be aware of how creepy an wrong that story really is (no matter how wonderfully it may have been written). Looking back and remembering the jokes, I keep flip-flopping my rating between 3.5 and 4. There are some real zingers in there, but at the same time there were several where I got the joke but it only bought a smile, not a full laugh. I was not a fan of the Mystery Solving Teens, but I could understand why others might find it amusing and how it pokes fun at several novels that follow this very distinct structure involving teen detectives.
Every Poe reference, though, hit me right in the gut and had me rolling with laughter, because it is so out of character to equate Poe with humour.