One Witch at a Time takes the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to a new level. Rudi sets out to town and finds that his friend Susanne has promised a stOne Witch at a Time takes the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk to a new level. Rudi sets out to town and finds that his friend Susanne has promised a strange girl his cow in exchange for handful of supposedly magic beans. He’s worried that the girl will cash in on one of their few cows and heads back, with magic beans and Susanne in toe. Rudi references the previous book that deals with a Pied Piper retelling and how he saved the town, making him more aware of the possibility of magic. Even so, Rudi doesn’t trust these beans are magic, until his grandmother tells him to check with their town witch.
Rudi and Susanne end up on an adventure that risks the lives of themselves and all those around them. Agatha is a strong-headed girl from the land that the beanstalks lead to called Petz. She has stolen from the giant witch who rules in a large castle and is troll-like. She cannot help but want to stop his evil ways from making her people suffer. Although Rudi must do the right thing by returning the beans to their rightful place in the giant’s castle, he knows he must also help Agatha.
I love the balance of magic talk that the Brixen Witch has with Rudi and how the story molds around the idea that even if magic is used, there’s a balance for it. I enjoyed the adventure and the characters’ interactions with one another. One Witch at a Time definitely a book I would recommend to my students that love fairy tales.
Verdict: A fun retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk with some interesting twists and characters thrown in to make it more original....more
The Sixth Gun is a western horror graphic novel series. A young woman named Rebecca is pulled into quite a dangerous situation when her father is killThe Sixth Gun is a western horror graphic novel series. A young woman named Rebecca is pulled into quite a dangerous situation when her father is killed and she becomes the wielder of one of six guns, all that have supernatural powers. These guns can only be used by the owners, so to possess one, you must kill the current owner. Our heroine in danger finds the help of Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a past. Together, they must make sure an immortal evil man does not rise again and possess all six guns for himself.
The graphics are incredible and the story so full of life and entertaining. I love the mix of western with horror and paranormal elements. The characters are memorable and I love the dialogue, especially as Rebecca becomes more mature and used to being in danger. I love Drake the most, with his shady past and his very standoffish personality. It’s nice to see that they aren’t thrown into romance in the book, although who knows what further volumes may bring.
This edition contains the first 11 issues plus bonus material and is HUGE. I love how pretty it is and remember it coming in the mail. I will probably reread this book several times, as I loved the story, characters, and graphic design so much.
Verdict: A graphic novel worth taking the time to read, one filled with a mash up of western and horror....more