The Last Unicorn is one of those stories that whether book, movie, or not comic, never fails to reach into my chest and yank my heart out. Even finishThe Last Unicorn is one of those stories that whether book, movie, or not comic, never fails to reach into my chest and yank my heart out. Even finishing up this comic, with a story I've read dozens of times, still makes my eyes water and my face smile.
It's fantasy, love, sorrow and life wrapped around a story of a Unicorn on a journey to find her own kind. The impact she has, and the impact others have on her, is moving and almost unmatched.
The characters are forever memorable, from Mommy Fortuna, to Schmendrick the Magician, Molly Grue, King Haggard, and of course Prince Lir, and so are their moments. I'll never forget when Molly first meets the Unicorn. Her sorrow and joy all wrapped up into a single phrase of "I forgive you."
King Haggard's greed and unhappiness, Schmendrick's desperation, The Unicorn, Lir's love, and Molly's steady presence--it's all here.
This illustrated comic edition of Peter S. Beagle's classic novel is breathtakingly beautiful. It's text has been adapted marvelously, and the illustrations are gorgeous. They hold the flavor of the style the Animated Adaption, while still being their own unique look. It flows, and you can feel the effort and love put into every page and layout.
Maybe I'm biased, speaking out of nostalgia, but I truly do love this book as much reading it now, as I did when I saw the movie and read the book as a young woman.
It's a timeless story, beautifully drawn and colored, and collected together in a bound package. I loved it, I'd recommend it, and I'll likely read it again....more
I'm not sure what I could say about this book that other folks haven't already, specifically if you were looking for literary merits or symbolism. WhiI'm not sure what I could say about this book that other folks haven't already, specifically if you were looking for literary merits or symbolism. Which, funny enough, is just a guess since I haven't actually looked up anything previously said about this book other than it's a stand against censorship, that still holds true today.
It was given to me by a friend, and I hadn't read it before, or seen the movie, or anything of the sort--but I read it anyway.
The language is beautiful. Ray Bradbury writing is poetic and intense, and full of vague symbolism while still painting a clear picture of events. It's beautiful language that still contains point and plot, and I enjoyed it immensely.
The story is simple, and I appreciate that. It gets to the point, and Montag is sympathetic toward the end of things. It's the story of a confused man, trying to do the right thing, while his friends are small and his wife is unavailable. His little world explodes, and in the middle of all his crisis and focus on books, there's a bigger picture with real threats that include The Hound, a fierce mechanical beast, and a looming war. It's a good story in three parts, with a man going from curiosity to full commitment.
If I had any cause for issue, I would maybe put it on Clarisse and Beatty. A lot of their dialogue wasn't so much dialogue, as it a method of delivery to insert a quick lecture on the state of things and where they're going. It didn't detract too much, but I did notice it was like wrapping what sounded like it wanted to be a lecture to the people inside of a fiction story. Which, it may have well been.
I suppose the end point, is that the book is good, I'm glad I read it--and lecture or not, I think this applies universally. Especially the Afterward and Coda where Bradbury gets angry over the editing of book.
Worth reading, and I suggest you pick it up if you have time....more
Dark Victory is pretty much a direct sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, and is every bit as good as tEdition Read: Individual Issues on Comixology.
Dark Victory is pretty much a direct sequel to Batman: The Long Halloween, and is every bit as good as the first one. All together it's one long story & if you liked one, there's a good chance you'll enjoy this one.
The twists are bigger, the story is deeper and everyone gets to come back for one more shot in the spotlight before the story ends.
Personal favorite bit of this book? Bringing Robin into the picture. His existence is something I've felt is, and has always been, crucial to Batman's character and Bruce's emotional stability. Seeing his appearance in this reboot was a welcome addition and added to the story's already satisfying ending.
So, as with Long Halloween: Just read it. <3...more
The Team Up of Loeb & Sale in The Long Halloween and Dark Victory is something I've seen referred toEdition Read: Individual Issues on Comixlogy.
The Team Up of Loeb & Sale in The Long Halloween and Dark Victory is something I've seen referred to as a classic, and amazing reboot of the Batman story. And it is every bit as good as I had heard.
The Long Halloween manages to merge Gotham's Mob life and it's Rogue gallery together into a compelling mystery surrounding the killer Holiday. Everyone from Rogues to Mobsters get their moment in gorgeous artwork and compelling dialogue.
In particular, I can see why this is many people's favorite imagining of The Scarecrow & The Mad Hatter (their team up in the July chapter being the reason I eventually caved and picked up the book).
It's got a little something for everyone from Bruce & Selina's troubled romance, to family drama with the five mob families of Gotham. And of course, Commissioner Gordon & Harvey Dent take their spot alongside Batman and the Gotham PD.
It's a great story, with a great twist & completely worth reading. Loved it. Go read it....more