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The Wizard's Tale

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  57 reviews
A magical story of redemption, The Wizard's Tale follows the aged Bafflerog Rumplewhisker and his young companion, Muddle, the woodcutter's son, as they embark on a quest to retrieve the magical Book of Worse -- a tome that will ensure the land of Ever-Night remains as it is, a dark and gloomy realm of evil. But old Rumplewhisker's heart slowly warms on their journey, and ...more
Hardcover, 141 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by IDW Publishing (first published July 1st 1997)
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Michelle Morrell
I picked this up at our local Comicon for 90% off (thanks TFAW!). All was madness among those shelves, but I saw the cover and grabbed it up. I knew right off it must be illustrated by the same fellow that did the lovely Hobbit graphic adaptation, the style was unmistakable with the soft colors, whimsical creatures and detail packed into every corner.

It wasn't until later that I opened it up to read it and fell into a sweet fairy tale about a wizard who only wants to do wrong but finds himself s
Jesse A
A fine quick fantasy tale. Art was good, story was brisk and familiar. 3.5 stars.
Mary Catelli
Once upon a time (all good stories should start like that ;) there was a wizard. Bafflerog Rumplewhisker. Being an evil wizard, he was brewing up a storm to dump on the village below. His best friend, a toad named Gumpwort, told him he didn't have to do it, but, as Bafflerog explains, he's an evil wizard. He comes from a long line of evil wizards, and what they do is evil wizardry. What would he be if he were not an evil wizard?

His cute little alchemicals (the only thing he can summon, when all
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this! The story was quite fun, but it was the artwork that really grabbed me. It's so gorgeous. The art is somewhat muted, but it's still super colorful. I will probably buy this so I can read it again and again. It's my favorite graphic novel that I've ever read.

2nd read-through with my boys. They loved it too, and wanted me to read the whole thing in one sitting.
Amal El-Mohtar
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Story-wise I wanted to rate this as 3 stars -- the writing's charming but the denouement made no sense and could have been easily tweaked with little disruption to the story -- but the art is just so gorgeous, and I delighted in its details so much, especially where the Alchemites are concerned, that I couldn't in good conscience give it less than 4.
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This books is funny, exciting and adorable! Busiek goes above and beyond to create a new fantasy story with familiar elements. If you're a fan of fantasy (and I know most people on my friend's list are) then pick this graphic novel up.
Fantastic art, fun story, with some unusual plot twists and a great ending.
The artwork in this was 5 stars.
The story was 3 stars.

The ending made me smile like a fool though.
Brendan Mckillip
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wizard’s Tale has been on my “To Read” list for years. I remember when it was first published. I was thick with reading almost only superhero books and this story sounds like it would be a good change of pace. For one reason or another I did get around to reading it then. Years go by and I find it in a discount pile at my local comic shop so I picked it up. I’ve diversified my comic reading since then (still plenty of superheroes, but now with a health mix of crime with a little sci-fi), but ...more
Rex Hurst
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A supposed evil wizard from a long line of evil wizards is forced to search for the Book of Worse which would cement the Wizards of Darkness absolute rule over the land of Ever-Night. The catch is the wizard is not really that evil and along the way has to make a decision whether to fulfill his goal. A fun tale, but what stands out here is the beautiful art by Wenzel. The picture included her does not do the book justice. Even if you couldn't read English, you could spend hours staring at the b ...more
John Kirk
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a charming book. You could pretty much sum up the plot in 2 or 3 sentences, but it's much more about the journey than the destination. The artwork is a large part of that: you can glance at it to understand what's going on, or spend much longer looking at the details of what each alchemite (wreakling) is doing.

I think the introduction was optimistic when it suggested that this book would herald a new age of fantasy stories in comics form, but this is still worth reading in isolation.
Rob McMonigal
Gorgeous art, but I wasn't able to get into the story. I generally like Kurt's prose, but here his tending to have a lot of words in his scripts really bogged things down. Anyone who loves high fantasy should eat this up with a spoon, though. Just not my thing, and that's okay.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful tale about an evil wizard who fails at being evil. Enchanted from the beginning, I could not stop smiling the whole way through :)
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I haven't read a comic book since I was a kid...until I stumbled across this little gem. The story is cute, but the illustrations/artwork is magnificent. Recommended for a little light reading.
Jeremy Randall
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy
A cute little look at an evil wizard who doesn't feel very evil and his pet toad.
Great art. Solid story. Great evil guy. :D
Cute and fun all-ages fairy tale with beautiful art.
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, this was really great! Wenzel's art is amazing here (as good as his work on The Hobbit). And Busiek's story is a light, fun, fantasy tale.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A charming and delightful all-ages fantasy graphic novel.
Ketan Shah
A beautifully illustrated fairy tale with some modern twists. If you enjoyed this you might like graphic novels like Neil Gaiman's Stardust Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess' Stardust,Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites,and J.M DeMatteis and John J Muth's MoonshadowThe Compleat Moonshadow. you might also enjoy novels like John Barne's One for the Morning Glory One for the Morning Glory,Roderick McLeish's Prince OmbraPrince Ombraand T.H White's The Once and Future KingThe Once ...more
Bill Larkin
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a huge reason why I truly love the work of Kurt Busiek. The man just knows how to engage me. The Wizard's Tale story is no different. In this graphic novel, Busiek is joined by illustrator, David Wenzel, known for his fantastic adaptation of The Hobbit graphic novel.

The story is a heartwarming tale of an "evil" wizard trying to find his true identity in a world where evil reigns supreme. You immediately start to understand that our protagonist Bafflerog Rumplewhisker is not really that
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard about this book from an author I follow who said her daughter loves it. I can see why. The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. And while the story can be a little cheesy at parts, there were many others where I was literally laughing out loud (thank you Gumpwort). No matter how hard Bafflerog tries to live up to the name of his historically famous evil ancestors, his spells always go awry. At the beginning of the story, he decides to spell up a horrible storm to wreck hevoc on the v ...more
I'm no graphic novel connoisseur. What really attracts me to them is - honestly - pretty pictures. Maybe an appealing storyline, once in awhile, but mostly it's the pretty pictures. I picked this one up off of a bargain table and had about 30 seconds to decide if I wanted it or not, so I went with yes - based on the fact that the artwork in it is absolutely stunning. Turns out this is my new favourite book.
It is the simple tale of an "evil" wizard, Bafflerog, who just can't seem to work up the p
Jun 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
At first I thought the art work was too busy for me to follow -- the lines in this graphic novel are nothing like the compact, clean feel of Jellaby. It was the endearing quality of the characters that got me through. The plot felt a bit worn, thin, and predictable, but that won't stop one from enjoying the book visually -- and yes, I did get used to Wenzel's very fluid, flexible and sometimes fuzzy style of painting. The details in the pictures really drew my eyes in. I wish there could be a se ...more
Rachel Rogers
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun graphic novel about the last in a long line of evil wizards/wicked sorcerers. And this one makes mistakes all the time. Like the horrendous rain storm spell he cast on his neighboring town just happened to end the drought that had been plaguing them for years...and it had a rainbow at the end. He's given an ultimatum by his guild to find a spellbook lost for years and goes on a quest to find it. And it doesn't end the way he expects.
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I originally bought this simply for the art work without reading anything about the story. The art is beautiful, detailed and wonderfully colored and the story was a wonderful bonus.

The story is a redemption story about how an "evil" wizard (whose heart just isn't in it) changes his mind and finds redemption while saving the world from the powers of darkness as he tries to find a hidden magical book that will allow evil to rule forever.
Skye Kilaen
Wonderful fantasy tale about Bafflerog Rumplewhisker, an evil wizard who's supposed to help maintain the darkness that blankets the land of Ever-Night. His heart's just not in it, though. And when he's sent on a quest for a spellbook that will cause darkness to reign forever? Is it his chance to finally live up to his evil ancestors' famous achievements, or something more? A well-crafted blend of traditional fantasy elements with more humor and a modern spin.
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
A charming, all-ages tale that is beautifully illustrated and perfect for children to read (or for adults to read to them). A good wizard, from a long line of evil wizards, goes on an adventure that ultimately leads to the salvation of his world, and to his own personal happiness.

This cute, old-fashioned story with a twist will surprise you and make you smile.
Scott Whitney
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun book which I was attracted to more for the work of David Wenzel than I was Kurt Busiek. The illustrations are incredible and the Celtic knot work on the cover is very nice. I could wish the knot work was found throughout.

The story is fun, but it does not have the length which I like in high fantasy as is talked about by Charles de Lint in the introduction. This is a very fast read.
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic artwork, but the story is severely underdone. The protagonist hardly even breaks into a sweat as he tries to find the McGuffin of the story, and finds a mysterious princess behind the first door he knocks on.
Jesse O'reilly
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Any book by Kurt Busiek immediately grabs my attention, and the beautiful illustrations only add to its charm. Busiek is at his best when telling a story from lesser-used perspectives, and he and artist David Wenzel deliver a tale of an evil old wizard who actually isn't all that bad.
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Kurt Busiek is an American comic book writer notable for his work on the Marvels limited series, his own title Astro City, and his four-year run on Avengers.

Busiek did not read comics as a youngster, as his parents disapproved of them. He began to read them regularly around the age of 14, when he picked up a copy of Daredevil #120. This was the first part of a continuity-heavy four-part story arc;

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