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The Stuff of Legend, Book 1: The Dark (The Stuff of Legend #1)

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The year is 1944. As Allied forces fight the enemy on Europe’s war-torn beaches, another battle begins in a child’s bedroom in Brooklyn. When the nightmarish Boogeyman snatches a boy and takes him to the realm of the Dark, the child’s playthings, led by the toy soldier known as the Colonel, band together to stage a daring rescue. On their perilous mission they will confron ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Villard (first published 2009)
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David Edmonds
What a fantastic find this was! Sarah, Brad and I were out having our usual Friday night, and we stopped at one of our local bookstores, and there, sitting on the shelf in the graphic novel section, was The Stuff of Legend, and one look at the cover told me this was something I needed to take home, and I'm not sorry at all that I bought it.



The writers waste no time in getting into the story, as the boy (who I think remained nameless throughout the book) is kidnapped by the Boogeyman within the f
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Todd
Mar 22, 2010 Todd rated it it was amazing
I read about this book awhile ago and was immediately intrigued by the premise of toys not merely coming to life, but engaging in a battle among themselves. While this is a major oversimplification of the events of volume one of this graphic novel, it's a reasonably close summary. The storyline is somewhat complex, and even as one volume of a series goes, there's little satisfaction in the conclusion. So why five stars? The art is absolutely astoundingly beautiful, and comes close to Shaun Tan's ...more
Nick Kives
Dec 07, 2011 Nick Kives rated it liked it
3 1/2

This is a first part of a three part story, so maybe as a whole it will feel like something more complete, but this was still good none the less.

A boy is kidnapped by the boogeyman and taken into "The Dark", a world through your closet where toys are alive. After witnessing the boy being kidnapped, a few of this toys decide to go after him, and in entering the world they become real, like the stuffed teddy bear is now a real bear etc. My only problem is they don't go into enough detail, f
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Cindy
May 17, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The Stuff of Legend: Book 1 The Dark is a Graphic Novel, it stands at 112 pages. It was released by Del Rey on April 27, 2010.

Analysis: When I first heard about the idea of toys fighting amongst themselves to free their owner from the claws of the Boogeyman, I immediately knew this was a book that I needed to look into. In a heart warming, sometimes scary at times way, The Stuff of Legend: The Dark is a wonderful novel with some amazing illustrations.

As this is a first novel t
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John Wiswell
Nov 09, 2010 John Wiswell rated it really liked it
A fabulous work of imagination. The Stuff of Legend owes its debt to Pixar's Toy Story, but swiftly accomplishes its own fiction. Here "The Boy" is kidnapped by the Boogeyman, physically dragged into his closet and held in a fantasy world called The Dark. His toys and pet dog descend into this Dark, where they change from little lumps of plastic into highly stylized images of themselves, fighting through the Boogeyman's army of corrupt toys in pursuit of their owner. We visit a city built on top ...more
Kirsten
Dec 05, 2011 Kirsten rated it really liked it
When a young boy is dragged into his closet by the Bogeyman, it's up to his faithful toys and his dog, Scout, to venture into the closet after him. There they find themselves in The Dark, and are surprised to discover that there, they are real. Percy the piggybank is a real pig and no longer needs to worry about breaking. Maxwell the teddy bear is a real, ferocious bear. And all of the others (with the exception of Scout, who's still a normal puppy) have new bodies and new abilities.
The artwork
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Kate
Aug 30, 2010 Kate rated it liked it
The dark side of "Toy Story"... There is a boogeyman in the closet, and he has taken the Boy. Now it is up to a band of the Boy's toys and his dog Scout to find him. In our world they are a toy soldier, a teddy bear, a wooden duck, and a piggy bank. But through the closet, in The Dark, they become real. Max, the teddy bear, turns into a giant angry bear. They are fierce in battle, making their way through the unfamiliar world where different rules apply, and the pig's cowardice might not be what ...more
Jessica
Appeal Characteristics: Visual Art, Historical, Blurred Genres, Adventure


WHAT AN ENDEARING STORY! The art is fantastic! A boy gets kidnapped by the Boogeyman and his loyal toys go on an adventure to save him. Join the brave Colonel, Max the Bear,Percy the pig, Jester, the Dog, and others. Do not think this is some childish fluffy story. It's gritty, dark, and has so many gothic elements to it. This story will bring tears to your eyes as these toys take on the biggest baddest nightemarish fiend i
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Dan
Dec 13, 2012 Dan rated it really liked it
One word: "amazing." This is quite possibly the best graphic novel I've read all year. Mike Raicht and Brian Smith spin a fantastic story that's equal parts Toy Story and Through the Looking Glass. Charles Paul Wilson III's illustrations are simply beautiful. Reading this recalls the giddiness of my youth when I found myself in possession of a new stack of comics or a new book. Excellent, excellent stuff.
JoeB
Oct 06, 2016 JoeB rated it it was amazing
I really found this book interesting, it is about a kid who is taken by the darkness and how his toys go on a voyage to find him, it tells of battles, betrayals, and beasts. I would highly recommend this book if you appreciate a good graphic novel. As a highly ambitious reader I loved this book as a challenge as this is one of my first graphic novels. The drawings in this book are fabulous and really convey the story from a different kind of view. Again I highly recommend this book.
Donald Armfield
Feb 06, 2013 Donald Armfield rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
After reading a preview of Stuff The Legend on comixology. I had to check out the whole story. Great artwork from Charles Paul Wilson III.

After the boogeyman drags a little boy into the dark realms the boys toys take on the mission to bring their friend back to the real world.

Can't wait to read book 2 to see if the boy is rescued.
Jamie
May 24, 2010 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 12-14, graphic-novels
It starts as such a gentle story but don't let that fool you. Or young boy "lead" is soon scarily kidnapped by the boogeyman, and they toys team up to save him.

I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT THE PIG! Or the bear for that matter. Or puppy discrimination. So much more here than might first meet the eye.
Felipe
Apr 13, 2012 Felipe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books
Read it. Just go do that. Right now please.

What are toys to do when their owner is dragged away into the dark? They band together and set out to rescue him.

A great premise that is aided by gorgeous art, and some fantastic character designs.
Heather
Sep 15, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Oh I LOVE this book! Beautiful artwork and a story about a bunch of toys that come alive to save their beloved boy owner from the boogeyman, so wonderful! I love all of the characters, the Jester, the Princess, Max, Harmony and especially Scout, I think Scout is my favorite :)
Ameetha Widdershins
Jun 13, 2017 Ameetha Widdershins rated it really liked it
Brilliant illustrations!
Regsly
Jan 31, 2017 Regsly rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The art and concept are both amazing. The atmosphere is startling and the Boogeyman incredibly dark.
Brandon Leatherman
Mar 07, 2017 Brandon Leatherman rated it liked it
This was a decent graphic novel. It was well drawn, but the story itself didn't pull me in the way that I thought it would. Be that as it may I will probably continue reading this series.
Karissa
Apr 06, 2011 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I picked this up on a whim at the bookstore because it just look so darn neat. It is the first in a series of at least two graphic novels targeted at the Middle Grade age group. The second book will be titled The Jungle and is due out in May of 2011. It was very well done. It is a beautiful book with wonderful illustrations and a dark and engaging story.

When their child is kidnapped from them by the Boogeyman the child's toys send a rescue team into the Dark to rescue him. The team consists of a
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Leslie
If you are already thinking Toy Story stop there. Yes, the toys come to life. That is all. Even in the Pixar toy’s darkest hour (Sid), they’ve nothing on the scale of this graphic novel for the older crowd or The Dark.
In Book One of The Stuff of Legend: The Dark the toys risk going into the closet and into the realm of the Boogeyman’s The Dark to rescue the boy. There is no explanation for the Boogeyman’s kidnapping of this particular brother from this particular Brooklyn bedroom, and for the ti
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Brandon Dalo
“The Stuff of Legend” tells the story of a group of toys that spring to life in order to save the boy that owns them after he is taken into the “dark” by the Boogeyman. I was interested in reading this because from looking at reviews and the artwork, it seemed sort of like a darker version of Toy Story. I really do hate to compare the two, but unfortunately, unlike Toy Story, I had a rather difficult time getting into “The Stuff of Legend.”

One of the pitfalls of the story for me included not get
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Sarah
Feb 06, 2017 Sarah rated it really liked it
I had an idea for a great book when I was a kid; maybe you did, too. It was about the toys in my room coming to life when I wasn't there, having incredible adventures of their own. It's a common fantasy; these days, we'd all recognize it as the starting point of the Toy Story movies. The Stuff of Legend takes that same idea and asks the question I think most kids even acknowledge in their unconscious: "You want it darker?"

The Stuff of Legend makes it very dark indeed, and that's immediately appa
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Dani Shuping
Sep 18, 2011 Dani Shuping rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
The "boy" lives in Brooklyn in 1944 with his family and shares a room with a younger brother (and sometimes a pup named Scout.) Until the evening that he's kidnapped by the Boogeyman and his toys come to life to defend him. The toys, a solider, a ballerina, an Indian, a piggy bank, a duck, jack-in-the-box, a stuffed bear, and Scout--band together and venture into the realm of the Dark to rescue him. There they find a battle on their hands, as the Boogeyman has swayed other toys to join him in a ...more
Christine
Feb 20, 2017 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A boy is taken by the boogeyman and his toys come alive and go to rescue him. I love the premise and the sepia-toned artwork is gorgeous. Oh, and by the way, lock your children's closet doors when they go to sleep...maybe yours as well.
Manda
Jan 09, 2015 Manda rated it really liked it
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Summary
Boy is snatched from his room in the middle of the night. The Boogeyman is to blame. He has a plan and he needs the boy. Boy's toys and puppy were unable to stop him. Max, Boy's favorite stuffed bear put up a tough fight. But now is the time for Boy's faithful toys and puppy to march through the closet and into the Land of Dark to save him.

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Creepy. Brilliant. Beautiful. These are the best words to describe this book. I used to be afraid of the boogeyman
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Soobie's heartbroken
WOW!

This came out as a suggestion somewhere and I was intrigued by the cover. The teddy bear with the firm expression and the sepia colors caught my attention. So I bought a cheap second-hand copy. The poor thing is ungluing itself but yeah, it was readable. My copy comes from La Grange Park Public Library, IL.

I hadn't the slightest idea of what I was going to read when I started this. And I was so surprised! There's a kid who's been kidnapped by the Bogeyman and taken into the wardrobe. His toy
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Jessica
Mar 20, 2014 Jessica rated it liked it
In a child's bedroom in 1944, the monstrous tentacles of the Boogeyman emerge from a closet to drag the young boy into the dark within. In the vein of Toy Story, the boy's toys come alive to mount a rescue mission, following him into the dark. Once there, the toys become real, taking on more realistic forms and fighting the armies of the Boogeyman to find their boy. How can eight living toys possibly prevail against the forces of evil?

As a first volume, this is creepy and promising. The toys re
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Scott Lee
Oct 21, 2012 Scott Lee rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book. Notice I did not say "comic book" (although, obviously, it IS that as well), I said book. With all the power of fantasy to touch on myth and archetype and far more darkness than I expected from a book literally about a child's playthings (Toy Story is cool, but this is awesome), this is a real triumph.

I normally try to avoid hagiographic reviews, even when I'm writing five star pieces, but I have no complaints here. The story is simple, and straight forward, but thorou
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Matti Karjalainen
Mike Raichtin ja Brian Smithin käsikirjoittama "The Stuff of Legend Book 1 : The Dark" (Villard, 2010) on osoitus Goodreads-palvelun oivallisuudesta, sillä enpä olisi siihen koskaan törmännyt ilman sivuston antamia suosituksia.

Sarjakuva kertoo lastenkamarin uskollisista leluista, jotka lähtevät pelastamaan komeron pimeydessä asuvan Mörön kaappaamaa pikkupoikaa. Tehtävä ei ole leikin asia: Max-karhu, säästöpossu, Eversti-tinasotamies, intiaaniprinsessa ja muut saavat pian huomata, että toissijain
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☺Trish
Jan 22, 2014 ☺Trish rated it it was amazing
Just because there's a cute teddy bear on the cover of The Stuff of Legend, Book 1: The Dark does not mean that it's a story meant for young children. There is nothing cute or cuddly about this tale of seven toys and one little puppy on a quest to save their boy who has been kidnapped by the nefarious Boogeyman and taken to his realm: The Dark. Once the would-be saviors enter The Dark through the closet door they become "real". Max, the teddy bear, becomes a huge ferocious beast; Quackers, the w ...more
Chris
Sep 16, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Like Toy Story, but darker and more cynical, violent, and mature.

Set in 1944, the story starts with a boy being grabbed by dark tendrils and dragged into his closet by the Boogeyman. Then his bravest toys step forward and volunteer to head into the Dark on a rescue mission. From that point they become actual people--in the case of the toy soldier, anyway; the teddy bear is a giant grizzly and etc.--where they wage war against the forces assembled by the Boogeyman, which are the lost, forgotten,
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