Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Yolen, Jane: The Last Dragon
144 pages, Dark Horse Comics
Master storyteller Jane Yolen ("Owl Moon" and "Sword of the Rightful King") and celebrated fantasy artist Rebecca Guay ("Swamp Thing" and "Magic: The Gathering") weave a textured and lyrical tale of adventure, homelands, and heroism the hard way. Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew - with only a healer's daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way.
To me, this was one of the best graphic novels I've seen in a while. Glorious, fairy-tale worthy illustrations, a plucky, determined heroine, and a hero who actually isn't a hero but willing to try all make this a worthy read no matter what age you are.
I also liked the detail put into making this story as authentic and magical as possible. The heroine's two, rather comical elder sisters, her heart-warming connection with her father - as well as the beautiful layout of the village and the old-fashioned dialogue - definitely makes this appealing for both younger readers just discovering the magic of the fantasy genre, as well as older readers looking for a taste of nostalgia.
A marvelous story, wonderful illustrations, and definitely friendly for all ages.