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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  3,339 ratings  ·  411 reviews
Adapted for the first time from the 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 fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifyin ...more
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 167 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by IDW (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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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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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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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
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!
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
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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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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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
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
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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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
Shadowlove3
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.
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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Christa
I loved the cartoon as a child, and the book when I read it when I was older. The graphic novel? There has never been anything more beautiful to me.
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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Sarah
Gorgeous. The art is simply gorgeous. If for no other reason, this book is worth the purchase.
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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Julia Brumfield
Definitely quite interesting but surely still not the book at all. For "The Last Unicorn" fans I suggest adding the book to your library for the artwork in some instances reflect that of the movie for at least the unicorn herself in her natural shape while the Red Bull and the humans are way better looking (although I think movie Amalthea was a lot prettier).

Due to it is done in comic book format there is a lot that is truly missing from the book while there is very little plot. The basic main
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Ea Solinas
Peter Beagle's "The Last Unicorn" is one of the ultimate modern fairy tales: the magical, bittersweet story of a little unicorn's search for others of her kind. And the graphic novel adaptation does justice to Beagle's story -- the story is only enhanced by the exquisitely lovely art, full of soft colors and elusive magic.

A unicorn has lived happily in her idyllic little forest, until the day she hears a man say that "unicorns are long gone -- if indeed they ever were." To find if she is indeed
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Marcelo Sanchez
El último unicornio es uno de mis libros favoritos, por lo que la idea de leerlo en comic me produjo cierto escepticismo. La película ya había sido una buena experiencia, pero siempre da algo de miedo cuando una historia que te gusta es adaptada a otro medio.
Pero en este caso se nota el amor de Peter Gillis por la obra, la adaptación es buena y el arte es estupendo. Una buena adaptación por la mayor parte, pero se ve que seis números no fueron suficientes. Los números cinco y seis cuentan la his
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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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