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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  757 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
Can two young warriors defeat the walking dead?

Princess Zora of the Granitewings has traveled far to seek the reclusive Peryton Clan. But Peryton Peak is abandoned, and there's no sign of the civilization that once inhabited it.

No sign...but for a young warrior with no clan and no memory of his origins. His name is Broxo, and he is the key to a mystery that is far more da
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by First Second
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Mar 30, 2016 Anastasia rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

In this wildly entertaining fantasy debut we meet Broxo, the only surviving member of a tribe of barbarians who once occupied a now-desolate mountain. All alone in the world, Broxo spends his time on the mountain hunting and avoiding the man-eating walking dead that periodically drag themselves out of a fetid lake.

Everything changes when Zora, a foreign princess, arrives on the mountain seeking Broxo's lost tribe. Can the two young warriors together defeat the living dead?

Seth T.
Nov 02, 2015 Seth T. rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Broxo by Zach Giallongo
[This isn’t a picture of my body exactly, but perhaps consider it a rough approximation.]

I used to be pretty athletic. Hiking, skimboarding, boogieboarding, skateboarding, running, jumping, destroying things that weren’t my body. It was an awesome time to be alive. I was reckless and wild and harboured little care for decisions that entailed in some form or other the principal question of How much is this going to hurt? Twenty years later, nearly every activity I choose to engage revolves distin
First Second Books
Dec 20, 2012 First Second Books marked it as first-second-publications
Doesn't every like a good zombie-barbarian teen love story?

(Okay, wait. The zombies and the barbarians don't fall in love. Just to be clear. I feel like love + rotting falling apart bits = not the best combination.)

This book is the story of Broxo, a barbarian who is the last of his clan. When a (girl) barbarian from another clan comes along on a quest to discover what's happened to his clan, all the secrets of his past start bubbling up and causing trouble for everyone.

This story has: witches,
Oct 31, 2013 Melki rated it it was amazing
Wow - this was a delight! The art, the story, the warm, evocative colors! Strong female characters, including a kick-ass granny.


This book should be eaten alive by Bone fans.
Dec 19, 2012 Nick rated it really liked it
Daybreak by Brian Ralph and Broxo by Zack Giallongo

Why did I read it?

Daybreak: I referenced this book in my Teen Literature class for my Master's in Information and Library Science.

Broxo: It was an advanced reader copy that looked interesting.

What happened?

Daybreak: Your eyes snap open and you see a one-armed man walking toward you. He mentions that you don't want to be out in the open when night falls, so you follow him. After grabbing some food and meeting his dog, you settle in for the nigh
GRPLTeens Grand Rapids Public Library
Appeal Characteristics: strong female protagonist, humor, animals, undead human creatures, survival, homesickness, adventure, bravery, honor, spirits, outcast, stand a lone

This book is like Bones by Jeff Smith. It is kept in the Juvenile area...but it would be more appealing to YA readers. Due to the layout and just abstract concepts, I felt this book has potential to go either way. There was just a lot of implied stuff (that I love) and the storyline isn't necessarily linear so you might find i
Jennifer Haight
Oct 08, 2012 Jennifer Haight rated it liked it
Broxo is the debut fantasy graphic novel by Zack Giallongo and it is released today October 2, 2012. Although it is beautifully illustrated and does have brief moments of intensity and story clarity, there are too many confusing frames and sub-stories for me to fully recommend this title.

Broxo is the lone survivor of his village which was slain by their own ancestors who had become zombies because they didn’t blow on the Wylern to summon the Stag who would lead them to the underworld. Confused?
Zora really wasn’t supposed to be there. In fact she kind of… snuck away from home. Her family might think she’s dead.
She climbed Peryton Peak in search of the Peryton Clan, hoping to forge an alliance that would make her own clan proud. But instead the Peak is deserted and the land defiled, with little to eat or drink.
That’s when she meets Broxo, who calls himself King. But where is his clan? He seems young to be a king, and while he’s proficient at using swords and axes to chop up the walking
Dec 26, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this more. I mean it's zombies, barbarians and a witch. It fell flat and needed a bit more characterization and plot.
Jennifer Green
Feb 15, 2016 Jennifer Green rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the illustrations and the story. The plot was smooth and does present a full story without needing a sequel. Although a sequel isn't out of the question.
Melissa Chung
Nov 11, 2016 Melissa Chung rated it really liked it
This was a really good story. I'm guessing it's the middle ages? I had to look up clans. Clans are mostly associated with families in the Scottish Highlands. But, the wing headband Zora wears looks more roman to me. Romans did depart Scotland in the 5th century, but Broxo doesn't seem roman so I'm not sure when this story takes place.

Anywho, back to the review. Zora is on a mission to find Peryton Peak to find the Peryton clan. If she can bring the Peryton clan back with her, the princess will
Jan 27, 2017 Toastkat rated it it was ok
Eh. It was...cliche. It reminded me of a brief DnD game when you only have two players available and a grand, epic adventure planned out. If this were made for an older audience and given more space to let itself bloom and develop, this could have been better. But condensed into one book for pre-teens, it felt lack-luster and generic cliche. I guess this would be a recommended read for a younger audience, but I can think of better graphic novels I'd rather recommend.
Jan 13, 2017 Machaia rated it liked it
A fun read, although nothing too deep or original. It was darker than I anticipated, and the ending was quite open.
Dani Shuping
May 27, 2012 Dani Shuping rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Princess Zora is lost in a strange and desolate land. She's been looking for the Peryton clan so that she can lead them back to her father who hopes to unite all five clans together...and where she hopes to win the approval of her family. But at the moment she’s lost, cold, and far from home on a desolate mountain where she's being chased by beasts and by zombies coming from all directions. And the only person that she finds on that mountain is Broxo, a young warrior with no memory of his origin ...more
Brenda Lower
Feb 01, 2013 Brenda Lower rated it really liked it
This review, and others, can be found on my book blog at:

Princess Zora is climbing the mountain to look for the lost tribe. After being chased by some really large, furry animal, losing all her supplies, and sleeping in the rough, she is ready to be welcomed by the clan. Instead of finding a thriving village, she finds nothing but decay, death and one lone boy who claims to be the king of the tribe.

Meet Broxo, the lone survivor of a tragedy that eliminated t
Jessica at Book Sake
Oct 14, 2012 Jessica at Book Sake rated it it was amazing
Graphic Novel Review by Chris
There is a really subtle brilliance with Broxo. The story is simple fare with an appropriate climatic ending, but the real power of this book is the moments in between the story. The characters feel alive in this book. The relationship that blossoms between the two main characters is tangible. Even the back story of secondary characters and the villain gain a life of their own. I could really see Broxo and Zoro being a kid's favorite new characters.

The book is very e
Travis Mueller
Jan 23, 2015 Travis Mueller rated it really liked it
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Aug 21, 2013 Erica rated it really liked it
Princess Zora risked it all to prove herself and help save her kingdom by finding the reclusive Peryton clan. But it was all for nothing. There is nothing left of the clan but a boy named Broxo who doesn't have any memory of the past. In the clan's place is a horde of walking dead. As Zora and Broxo fight for their lives they try to get to the center of the mystery of what happened to the Peryton clan, but it looks like Zora might have to go back empty-handed, if she survives to go back at all. ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Bry rated it it was ok
This story is about Broxo, a boy who is the last of his clan, and Zora, a princess from a neighboring clan. They meet one another when Zora travels to the mountain where Broxo lives with his pet, and "Creepers" or zombies or Broxo's dead clan members.

The art is ok. The colors are extremely muted and muddy. The details are average in that the characters have enough to always be recognizable, but the backgrounds are simple, with very little shading or shadowing.

The characterization is ok but bor
May 30, 2013 Raina rated it liked it
Professional review:
In a fantasy world filled with unfamiliar animals and zombies, a girl is looking for a lost tribe. She soon meets a boy who claims to be a king. These two characters then find themselves bound together in a quest to save a cursed people. Giallongo is a strong new voice in graphic novels. His illustrations are lushly colored and filled with unique creatures and beautiful landscapes. With a sensibility reminiscent of Doug TenNapel, Giallongo creates a whole new world which begs
Jan 16, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Appeal Characteristics: strong female protagonist, humor, animals, undead human creatures, survival, homesickness, adventure, bravery, honor, spirits, outcast, stand a lone

This book was shelved under juvenile. I felt it could kind of go either way. It was sorta tweeny because of their "implied" relationship (or that they at least like each other) and the bathing scene where he doesn't get why she is yelling at him not to come in because she's naked. You see she's developing some curves. Anyway,
Wandering Librarians
Princess Zora has left the safety of her own clan, the Granitewings, to look for the Peryton Clan, who no one has seen in years. Upon her arrival, Peryton Peak seems to be abandon. There's no one there at all...except for Broxo, who can't, or won't, tell Zora what happened to his people.

When we first see Zora, she seems like a pretty tough girl. She's trekking alone through the mountains, and has just scaled a considerable cliff. She's got a sword, and from the way she's drawn she looks like a w
Jul 22, 2016 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Broxo was a strange, but fun story. This book helped prove my ongoing theory that 98% of books with a map at the beginning are good. The Princess of the Granitewing Clan travels West to find the Peryton Clan. Zora is hoping to return to her clan with news that the Peryton Clan will unite and trade with other clans. All she finds is Broxo who claims he is the King and Migo his giant furry friend in the desolate land. Shortly after arriving Zora realizes she might have taken on this adventure hast ...more
A graphic YA debut novel -- now that's kinda cool, and probably why it was on my wishlist. (Many thanks to Tor books for sending it on and proving that wishes really do come true.)

Zora, a princess with a bit of a chip on her shoulder, and a dislike of hunting, arrives on the mountain of the Peryton clan, hoping to lead them back to her father and win his favor. What she finds instead is a desolate and dangerous place, inhabited by gnarly creatures, mostly intent on making her their next meal. Sh
Nicola Mansfield
Nov 02, 2012 Nicola Mansfield rated it it was amazing
Reason for Reading: I seem to be taking a break from fantasy these days but this "classic high fantasy" appealed to me and I was hoping it would be suitable for my son.

I really enjoyed this novel. Not only on my own level but once I got into the story I also started reading with an eye out for my son's appreciation, as a struggling reader needing high-interest stories this fits the bill to a "T". Broxo is a wonderful "quest" fantasy. Set in an alien humanoid world, Zora sets off to prove herself
This was a slow-burner for me. At first, I felt that Zora's character was rather useless and whiny, and Broxo came off as cute but sort of one-dimensional. Yet I was very surprised at how both of these characters changed over the course of the graphic novel. I'll admit I was impressed by the dynamic character development and how each and every character (whether subordinate, protagonist, or antagonist) revealed a different side to themselves. I think it's a testament to great story writing if yo ...more
Apr 10, 2012 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, graphic-novels
Princess Zora has traveled from her clan of the Granitewings to find the Peryton Clan and convince them to join the trading alliance that is being formed between the different clans. When she reaches Peryton Peak though, she does not find the bustling clan that she expected. Instead, it is a bleak and empty place. Broxo is one of the few who still live there, a young warrior who survives alongside his huge furry pet. There are others on the Peak too: a witch with a sordid history, the monster Gl ...more
Becky B
Sep 23, 2013 Becky B rated it it was ok
Princess Zora is looking for the Perytons so they can join the uniting clans (she also has something she wants to prove). All she finds is one socially backwards boy named Broxo, a creepy lady named Ulith, and lots of zombies. It turns out that Ulith was not quite given the acceptance by the Peryton clan she desired, and she kind of maybe killed them all and made them undead, except for Broxo. Broxo's grandma comes back from beyond the grave to tell him what he must do to fix the curse, and Zora ...more
I was hoping to love this like I love ZITA THE SPACEGIRL or THE UNSINKABLE WALKER BEAN, also from First Second, but I was a little disappointed. Here's why:

I thought I was ready for the 10-14 age group on this one (the dark creatures reflected in Broxo's sword clues the reader into this, if nothing else). I wasn't quite with it and I'm not sure if that is the uncertainty of the tween predicament, or an awkwardness in the characters.

Firstly, the female lead (Zora) is "saved" at three times by th
Kevin Lin
Apr 01, 2013 Kevin Lin rated it it was ok
Broxo Roaring Brook Press, 2012, 239 pp., $16.99
Zack Giallongo ISBN number 978-1-59643-551-3

Zora, princess of the Granitewings, left home in order to find the Peryton Clan so that her parents would recognize she is too is just like her siblings and can help her parents. As she arrived at the location, she doesn’t find the Peryton Clan, but finds endless zombies instead.

Zack Giallongo tells the story through a unique type of literature. Comic! The protagonist, Zora, is a princess that ran away fr
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