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Peter Pan

(Peter Pan #1-6)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  410 ratings  ·  54 reviews
For the first time in English, in one omnibus edition, Soaring Penguin Press will be publishing Regis Loisel’s epic series, Peter Pan. This 372-page, full colour hardback will tell the entire story of how Peter, a young boy on the streets of Dickensian London, became Peter Pan.
This omnibus edition collects the complete 6 volume bande dessinee series lovingly created by Loi
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published May 2013 by Soaring Penguin Press (first published November 16th 2005)
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Seth T.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Peter Pan by Régis Loisel

Sometimes, though not often, Peter had dreams, and they were more painful than the dreams of other boys. For hours he could not be separated from these dreams, though he wailed piteously in them. They had to do, I think, with the riddle of his existence.

In preparation for reviewing Régis Loisel’s Peter Pan, I thought it necessary to show due diligence by reading J.M. Barrie’s novel, Peter and Wendy. I’m glad I did. Not only is Barrie a fantastic writer with a grand taste for words (and the wo
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brief bit of back story: the series of six books that comprise this complete volume were originally published in French starting in 1990 and ending in 2004. These books were snatched up (the first two, anyway) and translated in the mid-90s by Tundra, the hopeful and daring publishing concern created by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle co-creator Kevin Eastman. Most probably yet another victim of the burst bubble of comics late in the 90s, Tundra never continued the series past the second volume and ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. I need to go watch the Disney movie now to bring me back to the light hearted, fun Neverland. The backstory for Peter, The Lost Boys, Tinker Bell, Hook & the crocodile all starts here. It’s adult only complete with boobies, swearing and violence. But those elements weren’t used in a trashy way but in a gritty, real, original fairy tale that leads perfectly into the story we’re all familiar with.

The transition of Peter from the streets of London to Neverland is all very natural. All of the
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: european-comics
I've finished it for the third time yesterday, and I conclude to it being one of the best european comics made. The drawings, being a mix of over realistic sceneries and caricature characters juxtapose the story perfectly and the script, tho a prequel of the story by Barrie, offers a dark atmospheric take on how the misogynistic and deeply disturbed classic tale begun.

6/5, don't have second thoughts. It's not an easy read, but a great one nonetheless.
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dark re-telling of the classic Peter Pan. The artwork in this was amazing. Really loved this one. And the big hardcover reissue is a gorgeous addition to my shelf :)
Mar 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is one of the darkest, bleakest, most depressing things I've ever read. So I kind of loved it. This story written and illustrated by Régis Loisel tells the origin story of Peter Pan, and serves as a prequel to J.M. Barrie's novel, Peter and Wendy (which I've not read, but now I want to). I'm only familiar with the story of Peter Pan from various films I've seen, and most of them decades ago, so my memories are a bit vague, but I certainly don't recall anything this incredibly dark (there ar ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here's the thing: I've never read J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. My only contact with Peter Pan is through Disney, and the movie didn't entice me to read the book. But I know that the original is quite different, as is often the case with Disneyfied versions. I still recall with horror my innocent read of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Apparently, Régis Loisel remains true to the spirit of the original, inventing a dark origin story for Peter, with a Dickensian childhood in Victorian London, several momm
Phil Gonzales
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loisel's Peter Pan is near perfection. A terrifyingly sad tale, it slips right next to Barrie without missing a beat. Certainly not for children, but definitely for people looking for a gorgeous, dark, longing and very earthy prequel to a classic. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ...more
Sep 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is pretty incredible.

This is a beautiful hardcover collecting Loisel's take that serves as a possible prequel to Barrie's original Peter and Wendy. Loisel is a master cartoonist, this is an incredibly drawn book and would be a poor addition for many people who are set with and love the Disney tone of Pan. Yes, it would be poor, this 5 star book.

I just want to stop you from wasting your time though with saying this is a dark, sad, violent, and grim version of Peter Pan. If you have a certain
Sep 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Totally vulgar.

Emotionally traumatizing.

This is the graphic novel I chose to critique for our Literature class. After reading this, I don't think my life will ever be the same again. I probably won't look at the original Peter Pan the same way, too.


Such a masterpiece. I love it so much.

I love how Loisel utilized the forgetfulness of the people in Neverland to its fullest. Oh, poor, poor Rose and Pip. And Pan, too.
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
An amazing prequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan that has enough material to satisfy the adult reader. This shares more in common with the book than the Disney version that most people are familiar with. Régis Loisel shaped Peter's background in the realities of 1880's London and all that it entails. Recommended. ...more
It's very dramatic and action packed with well-wrought characters in interesting situations. There's so much to say about this batch of books but I'll chose to point out that he is as good as you will see with the onomatopoeia that populates his panels. He captures sound better than I can remember. ...more
James Rushbrooke
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not for the faint-hearted or easily shocked - a prequel graphic novel to the Peter Pan mythos that is both grotesque and beautiful in equal measure. Read it all in one sitting and highly recommend that you do the same.
Daisy Church
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this book on a friend's recommendation- fun re-interpretation of Peter Pan's origins, classic French comic illustration and dark murder-y tones. Reminded me of Christina Henry's "Lost Boy" book ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best comic books I ever read. Awesome, terrific, gorgeous....
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for any Peter Pan fan. This is a prequel of how Peter became Peter Pan. We discover the land Of Neverland, Captain James Hook, and who were the first lost boys (and lost girl 🤯).
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such a great prequel for adults. Loved the story and the art. Not what I was expecting at all
Jul 08, 2021 added it
This is the weirdest and darkest version of this story I've ever read. ...more
Hannah Givens
Jul 31, 2021 rated it liked it
I really liked the art, but it didn't feel like the book was adding anything to the mythos, and it was more and more of a slog. ...more
Ric Chapin
Mar 31, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Ignorance isn't bliss . . . it's a nightmare. ...more
Victoria Van Vlear
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was excellent! Definitely for adults, but a really fun twist on the original tale.
Aug 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm a bit torn about this book. On one hand I quite enjoyed the fresh take on an old tale. On the other, I am a bit disappointed with the flow and twists. The art is quite good... very 'French' if that makes any sense. It reminds me of the Asterix comics I read when I was younger.

The storyline is good but as mentioned the flow suffers a bit. It's a tad convoluted and sometimes feels forced... This is especially true of the first act when Peter first encounters the Pirates (and his new friends).
Apr 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-fantasy
Loisel does a better job with this prequel than most. He's able to work in nearly every element of Barrie's story without anything feeling forced. It's a good origin story for Peter Pan, but it doesn't quite work as an origin story for Barrie's Peter Pan. Most of it fits, but there is a subplot that feels too out of character for Barrie's Peter, no matter how mischievous and selfish he is. It is true to Loisel's Peter though, and is earned by the rest of the story he tells. Definitely not for ki ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite a good spin on the classic Peter Pan story! Love the artwork!

September 13th, 2014:
I feel lucky to have gotten a personally signed copy of the North American edition directly from the publisher and to have met the author/illustrator at the Montreal ComicCon today. Amazing art work, cannot wait to start reading this book!
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Somehow, Loisel's "Peter Pan" is more true to the story than Barrie's. It's darker, brimming with Freud references and more violent, but also more nuanced and just sadder. A disturbing, haunting tale drawn with incredible skill. ...more
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Peter Pan was an amazing book filled with action and adventure. If you read it, you will be entertained by an outstanding novel.
Barry Bridges
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bd
Beautifully drawn and cleverly written. An excellent prequel to the Peter Pan, Lost Boys legend.
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Love the way they bound and designed this book.
Bill Legge
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! This prequel to Peter Pan is visually captivating and the story in entertaining and exciting as it tears the conventional approach to Pan and Neverland! Loved it!
Dnf @ 90
Picked it up when I wasn't quite in the mood for it.i will pick it back up when I am in the mood!
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