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Last Unicorn: The Deluxe Edition (The Last Unicorn #1-6)

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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 ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by IDW Publishing (first published April 2010)
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Patrick
Sep 05, 2014 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Feb 29, 2016 Kat Stark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, reviewed


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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madamereadsalot
Dec 22, 2015 madamereadsalot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations are beautiful works of art and the story mostly keeps close to the movie. Now, I haven't read the book yet, so I can't judge how close it is to the original Story, but for a graphicnovel I think they did a good Job! Of course some of the scenes were cut short, but if again, you see it more as a little treasure for fans of The Last Unicorn to have, it certainly will do the job to make you marvel over the illustrations! What I felt a little disappointed in, was that especially in ...more
Kate
May 27, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Dec 10, 2012 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, comics
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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Sissy Lu
Feb 20, 2016 Sissy Lu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic tale!

This is probably one of my favorite childhood stories that isn’t quite a happily ever after in the typical Disney way. I would have to say it’s a close tie between The Princess Bride and The Last Unicorn as to what my favorite childhood film was. The Last Unicorn is has a bittersweet ending that is for sure and it’s composed of various characters. Quirky ones, comedic relief, pure evil, neutral, supporting roles and heroes. What more do you need? Oh, I know… UNICORNS.
Amalthea is suc
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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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Scott
Feb 18, 2016 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christina (GoodGirlKills)
Such a beautiful graphic novel. Amazing artwork and a great story. One of my favorites!
Marie
Mar 07, 2016 Marie rated it it was amazing
Omg!!! This was stunning!!!! I loved it!!! The art
eva
Oct 28, 2014 eva rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, comics, fiction
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
Megan
This graphic novel was everything I had hoped it would be. The story is the same beautiful story that we all know and love by Peter S. Beagle. I used to watch the movie obsessively as a child loving every moment of it. I would lose myself in the fantasy of it all. For years when asked what my favorite animal was I'd reply that it was a unicorn and when they would tell me that unicorns weren't real I'd adamantly disagree.
Reading this graphic novel brought me right back to that time. The artwork
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Jessica
Feb 09, 2012 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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AudryT
Oct 28, 2011 AudryT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lexi
Apr 04, 2016 Lexi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful. I loved every page of this story. It was dark and gritty, fantastical and romantic, gorgeously illustrated and full of rich characters. My only minor (and I mean minor) issue was that, having not read the full novel, I got a bit confused at certain plot points, but not enough to dampen my overall experience of this graphic novel. Might have to get my hands on the full novel - I loved it that much.
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
Aldi
Love it! The Last Unicorn is one of my favourite books, and although the graphic novel version seemed pretty much verbatim based off the movie script, the art was simply gorgeous and really added a new dimension.
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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Trina (Between Chapters)
This was a great dose of nostalgia. While the artwork was GORGEOUS and it was great to relive this story in a quick and easy way, I just don't think this story is suited to the graphic novel format. I haven't read the original book (I've only seen the movie) so maybe that's just how the story is, but the graphic novel made it feel too chopped up for me.
Travis
Mar 11, 2015 Travis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 - 4.

The story itself is kind of confusing, maybe because I didn't read the book? I probably will never read the book. Whatevs. The artwork is some of the best I've seen. For realsies. Also, this was much darker than I expected. No problem with that, just sayin...
Yaqueliné
Jul 15, 2015 Yaqueliné rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mountain View

I'm in love...

Wow! This is seriously the best graphic novel I have ever read! The drawings are so beautiful and I love just how it follows the story line without leaving out too much details. "The Last Unicorn" is a special book to me because it was my first fantasy book that I read and watching the movie made me love it even more. So when I find out that there was a graphic based on the novel I had to read it! (And I'm glad that I did too)

Usually I'm very picky with graphic novels because I don
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Stella Star
I love the novel, I love the movie and now I love the graphic novel! Great adaption! Beautyful artwork! But I think it is better to read the novel first.
Bonnie
I was first introduced to The Last Unicorn through the movie. I think my sister and I watched the VHS until is was ragged. And then in high school I found out that the movie was based off of a book. I have bought multiple editions of this book because I love it so much. I found out about the comic adaptation a little more than year ago when one of the teens at my library very sweetly bought a copy of the first volume for me. All that is to say that I went into this book pretty much prepared to l ...more
Carol
Jan 15, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Shadowlove3
May 30, 2015 Shadowlove3 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You can tell the Gillis put a lot of effort into this because it's beautiful to look at. i loved the drawings and also that he put in little pieces of writing from the book to narrate some of the scenes taking place and not just have the characters talking. Definitely recommend it for fans of the novel.
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.
Peacegal
Dec 22, 2015 Peacegal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children of the 1980s
Like many of my generation, I was alternately thrilled and terrified by the animated version of THE LAST UNICORN. This is a dazzlingly illustrated version of the story in graphic novel form.
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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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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