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Whimsical. Lyrical. Poignant. Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fe ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by IDW Publishing (first published 1968)
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Patrick

If you've been following me on social media for any amount of time, you probably know that the Last Unicorn is my favorite book.

You also probably know that I'm a bit of a curmudgeon.

So I went into reading this graphic novel with an unfair amount of skepticism. I wasn't just expecting to be irritated by a less-than-true adaptation of my favorite book. I was planning on it. I was pre-irritated.

Much to my surprise, I liked it. The art and the paneling were both complex and lovely. It's very true
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Kat Stark


Holyfuckballs. This Unicorn book was a dark one. I didn't see it coming. I expected sunshine and rainbows--only to get slapped in the face by Mommy Fortuna herself. She is one ugly bitch:



I thought that I would like this book as soon as I saw the intro where the author stated "I mostly read the DC stuff, with Batman far and away my favorite; no competition from Green Lantern, mighty-muscled Hawkman, or even Wonder Woman."

Alas, Beagle, we have something in common. I should have known this would ha
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Kate
"The Last Unicorn" was one of my favorite movies from my childhood, and a few years ago I got around to reading The Last Unicorn. When I saw that a graphic novel version had been published, I of course had to read it.

The story does not differ from the book or movie, but the illustrations alone are worth it. The style is similar to that of the movie, but care was taken to make each image beautifully rendered, and the way several scenes could be placed on a page while not chopping it up into littl
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Algernon
Did I really need to check the graphic novel after reading the book and watching the movie?

YES! I'm really glad I did, because this adaptation has gorgeous graphics and follows the storyline very well. The author was directly involved in the transcription, and one of the bonuses of the graphic novel is an extensive interview with Peter S Beagle about his start in the literary world and the genesis of the story, the difficult re-writes and the unexpected jump in popularity, the enduring succes of
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
As a child, I greatly adored horses and, even more, their mythological counterparts, pegasi and unicorns. It should come as no surprise then that one of my favorite movies as a child was The Last Unicorn. It is very much one of those kid's movies that you either watched as a child and will thus adore forever, but, if watched for the first time in adulthood, definitely comes off as incredibly creepy. I can totally see why others don't like it, but it will forever hold a dear place in my heart.

For
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Cheryl
Truly lovely. I don't appreciate graphic novels, didn't 'get' the original story of which this is an adaptation, and have no special affinity for unicorns... and yet I loved this. I might even go back and reread the novel! If you have any inkling to read this, I highly recommend you do. I don't want to say anything more for fear of spoiling the magic for you.

Ok, I will say one thing more. I *adore* the butterfly.
Scott
Conflicted feelings here. Peter B. Gillis' graphic novel adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's classic fantasy novel turns out to be, in my opinion, a very abstracted and broken narrative that is hard to follow, especially if you know nothing of the novel. I have indeed read the novel, and very much liked it, so I feel a bit let down that I didn't enjoy this as well. Characterization was flimsy, and don't even get me started on the Red Bull. What is the Red Bull? Why is the Red Bull? I wasn't looking ...more
eva
it pains me to give this a "meh" review because i've loved the book & cartoon since i was a kid, and i'm sure the adaptor & artist put a lot of heart into this. the art is very pretty, but not really to my taste - maybe a bit *too* pretty (certainly molly should have looked older, and schmendrick less cute). the bigger problem for me was that the layout & pacing just didn't jive. it read like a storyboard for a cartoon, not a comic book. i don't think the dialogue or plot would have ...more
AudryT
This is a graphic novel edition of THE LAST UNICORN. My generation grew up loving the animated version of this, and the original novel by Peter S. Beagle. All versions are amazing.

The graphic novel is just about everything you could want it to be. Gorgeous, with a touch of the otherwordly in its art. I had issues with a handful of spots where the adaptation was not clear about what was going on -- readers who have not known this story in another format could become confused at times because of
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Olivia Ambrose
Olivia Ambrose ~ Graphic Novel

“The Last Unicorn is the story of a unicorn who overhears that she is the very last unicorn. This leads her to leave her forest to go on a quest to discover what happened to the rest of the unicorns and if she can help them. She meets a magician, Schmendrick, and a girl, Molly who accompany on her quest. They end up in the kingdom of Haggard and must face off with the Redbull. In all honesty, I could not follow this story. It seemed disjointed and the plot was, to p
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Jessica
Perfection is the only word to describe this comic. It is the most wonderful adaptation I could ever have hoped for for a book as magical as The Last Unicorn. It captures the spirit and essence of the novel; all the important parts are in there, along with all its magic and emotions, its love and tragedy. Of course there were characters and scenes that have to be left out, but that doesn't take one bit away from this comic.

The art is absolutely stunning. It is one of the most beautiful things I
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Carol
I rated this five stars for two reasons.

First, the graphic adaptation of the novel I love so much was excellently done - beautiful, breathtaking art (most especially the ones of the unicorn herself) and just enough of the important parts of the novel to satisfy me, seeing as you can only put so much into an adaptation.

I both recommend and warn against reading the novel close to reading the graphic novel, as I did. Beagle's narrative is "filled with wonderful turns of phrase and sparkles of wit
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the golden witch.
Oh, my god. The art for this graphic novel is almost better than what I remember seeing in the film as a kid. I’m happy to say that this adaptation of “The Last Unicorn” not only totally does Beagle’s novel justice, but it tops it in its majesty.

The art just jumps off of every page, the colors are so rich. And even though the ARC I have is an e-galley, it’s like these pages are real, in my hands, and hand-painted. I seriously cannot flail enough over how lovely this edition is. Everywhere the Un
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Mothwing
I have to admit that I've only read the book two or three times and have seen the movie version so often that I have no memory of how well the book version translates into the movie, which is one of my favourites. So I was not so much worried about the book as I was about my memories of the movie, but it translates, as I suppose this book does into all possible media. The short passages of text seem well-chosen, although as I mentioned I don't remember the text well-enough to judge, but my gut s ...more
Sylvester
Hmmm..yeah. A little overwrought, in my opinion. Wonderful illustration, just as in the movie (a big deal in the 80's), but the story itself I find flimsy and too ethereal. The Red Bull?? What is the Red Bull?? The story lacks foundation, even as a unicorn-obsessed teen I could see that, and I was a real twit.
Amanda
I didn't intend to buy this, honestly, but when I was standing there at Dragon*Con, in my Ms. Scarlett costume, having waited in line to see Mr. Beagle and have him sign my Kindle (since I've already had him sign 2 dvds, 4 books and a several art prints in the last few years), I saw this, and that, as they say, was that.

This is a gorgeous rendition, and much larger than your average book/comic book. The pages are 3/4ths the size of the draft/finalized pages for comics so you get to see so much m
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Angela
Since I was a little girl I have loved Peter S. Beagle's story The Last Unicorn. I've been a huge fan of both the book and the movie. So when I saw this comic on NetGalley my heart jumped and I just had to request it.

Simply put, the comic book is brilliant. The artwork only adds to the beauty of this haunting tale. This graphic novel only added to my love of this wonderful story. Honestly? I don't know what more I can say. If you are a lover of comic books, unicorns, or just enjoy a great story
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Donald
Only barely remembered the cartoon being on HBO all the time growing up and seeing it in bits and pieces, never made an impression. So I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. I especially like how the bad king was more a a sad bastard messing things up with his self-absorbed ways, like real royalty, rather than some cliché, unbeatable evil with grandiose plans. The guy was trying to hold on to something that made him happy. Also nice to read a fantasy story that wraps things up in one book, rat ...more
Brian
This version of The Last Unicorn is actually not the original novel by Peter Beagle, but rather a graphic novel that closely follows the same story. The artwork is gorgeous and I thoroughly enjoyed this rendition of a story I love. I would recommend that anyone who has not yet read the original novel read that first. The graphic novel is pretty true to the story, but because of the format there are places I could see a new reader get a little lost. Besides, once you experience The Last Unicorn y ...more
Michael
Simply the best thing IDW has ever put out - but that not to the credit of the publisher, it's to the credit of the freelancers who put their hearts into only to told that IDW wouldn't for the concluding issue as it was not in their "budget" to pay for... the producers of the upcoming live-action film adaption stepped in and paid the staff.

Absolutely beautiful adaption by one-time Marvel, Dc, and First Comics regular Peter B. Gillis (Peter, where have you been all these years?) and strikingly go
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Megan
I can't seem to help it, I just love graphic novel adaptations of famous books. However, this is one of the first where I actually haven't read the real book involved. I've only seen the cartoon film version. Anyway, the artwork was beautiful and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing. Fans of the book will definitely enjoy the long interview series with the author. Maybe this will inspire me to finally pick up The Last Unicorn and read the damn thing after all these years.
Megan
This book was absolutely beautiful. I loved the illustrations as well as the story but I could tell there was a lot more that I was missing by not having read the original novel yet. Still, this graphic novel version was very satisfying and visually amazing. I guess I saw the movie when I was younger because it looked and sounded vaguely familiar. I definitely need to read the novel now to get the full effect. This is an awesome story for kids and adults alike.
Steve
So this is going to sound strange I suppose. I read the novel when I was in 5th grade or so, and saw the Rankin Bass animated film sometime that same year. I have since seen the film several times, to the point where I had forgotten how it differed from the source material in several ways.

The graphic novel brought those differences to the fore, and took me back to scenes from the book I had forgotten over the years. The artwork in the graphic novel is very much inspired by the film (and improves
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Tiffany Reisz
It's nearly impossible to take an entire full-length novel, distill it down into sixty pages, and do justice to the story in a few words and many pictures. Yet this graphic novel version of The Last Unicorn kept the heart and soul of the story alive. Beautiful drawn and written. A magical book. It made me want to babysit for a small child just to read it aloud to him or her. Highly recommended.
Sara Nia (Tea and Parchment)
A beautiful visual rendition of a classic tale. I absolutely adore the story of 'The Last Unicorn', and Peter Gillis absolutely captured the magic and beauty of the story in his artwork. I could just sit and stare at this book for hours. In fact, I have. One of my favorite graphic novels. My full review of 'The Last Unicorn' in novel form is coming soon...
Lacey Louwagie
Although this was a lovely way to revisit the story of "The Last Unicorn" (so lovely, in fact, that I felt compelled to reread the original), the storytelling felt a little fragmented, and I wondered if it might be hard to follow if I didn't already know the story so well. Much of Beagle's original, poetic language is retained, and the illustrations, while skewing too close to the animated version at times, are still nothing less than gorgeous. The little rabbit on the last page is an especially ...more
Kari Sommers
Reading this was kind of like watching the movie again for the first time. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, and while I still haven't read the book this and the movie are based on, I feel like it does a really good job of retelling the story (at least what I know from the movie).
Krystl Louwagie
This story is beautiful in every incarnation-novel, movie, graphic novel. They're all lovely. Reading the interview with P.S. Beagle at the end was interesting, too-now I want to read some of his short stories, and the original Last Unicorn, that one sounds pretty fun, too.
Nancy
Caveat: I'm more familiar with (and more attached to) the animated film than the book, and it's been a while since I read the book so I can't speak to how faithful (or not) this comic adaptation was.

I loved the artwork. There were some really great panel designs and the whole thing had a very fairy tale, otherworldly feeling. The design of the unicorn was very similar to the animated movie, which I liked, but the designs of the other characters and places were very different, which I also liked.
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Mao
I picked this up because the beautiful cover caught my eye while looking for graphic novels to read on Amazon. The graphics are indeed beautiful and colorful. The story, however, I did not really follow. I felt like I was always missing something important, and I found motivation behind each character's actions to be unclear.

After finishing this graphic novel, I read some reviews here on good reads. Many of them say that it is hard to follow if you have not read the original novel. So that may
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Peter B. Gillis is an American comic book writer best known for his work at Marvel Comics and First Comics in the mid-1980s, including the series Strikeforce: Morituri and the digitally drawn comic series Shatter.

Gillis' first work in the comics industry was as a freelance writer for Marvel Comics, where he worked on such titles as Captain America, Marvel Two-In-One, and Super-Villain Team-Up from
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