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The Last Unicorn

(The Last Unicorn (Graphic Novels) #1-6)

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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 April 2010)
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Patrick
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Trish
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm in love!

Ever since I was a child I was a fan of the story of the last unicorn and regularly watched the movie. A few years later, I read the book (though in the German translation). I've decided to do a re-read (of the English original this time) with my group this month and when looking for a nice paperback edition, I found this graphic novel.

The story is that of the book / movie (it's a mix of both versions - yes they vary slightly): a unicorn lives in a lilac forest and finds out that the
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madamescozycorner
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are beautiful works of art and the story mostly keeps close to the movie. Now, I haven't read the book yet, so I can't judge how close it is to the original Story, but for a graphicnovel I think they did a good Job! Of course some of the scenes were cut short, but if again, you see it more as a little treasure for fans of The Last Unicorn to have, it certainly will do the job to make you marvel over the illustrations! What I felt a little disappointed in, was that especially in ...more
Kalin
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Breathtaking.

No words to waste. Just gaze and gaze and gaze ... until the magic wells up inside you too, and springs forth ....

P.S. Oh ... and more beautiful than the movie. I loved the movie (to the point of deciding to translate the book into Bulgarian, and later having a host of wonders happen to my life), but this soars to another level.
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Montzalee Wittmann
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Last Unicorn (The Last Unicorn #1-6) by Peter B. Gillis (Adaptor), Peter S. Beagle, Renae De Liz (illustrator), Ray Dillon (illustrator) is a wonderful graphic adaptation of the novel. Gorgeous illustrations, easy to read fonts, followed story well, touching story, thought provoking, and I just loved it! A nice change from a normal novel. I got this book from the library.
Kate
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
"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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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, comics
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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Skip
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I decided to read this graphic novel version of Peter Beagle's book after the strong endorsement from Patrick (is he ever going to finish The Doors of Stone?) Rothfuss, who says its the best novel to graphic novel adaptation he has read. True to the story, even to the extent of using the author's own words, The Last Unicorn goes off to find others of her species, with the help of friends and the setbacks of evil foes, eventually discovering what happened to her brethren. Illustrators Renae De Li ...more
Ruby
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to read this graphic novel because I really liked the movie when I was a child.
Sissy Lu {Book Savvy Reviews}
Classic tale!

This is probably one of my favorite childhood stories that isn’t quite a happily ever after in the typical Disney way. I would have to say it’s a close tie between The Princess Bride and The Last Unicorn as to what my favorite childhood film was. The Last Unicorn is has a bittersweet ending that is for sure and it’s composed of various characters. Quirky ones, comedic relief, pure evil, neutral, supporting roles and heroes. What more do you need? Oh, I know… UNICORNS.
Amalthea is suc
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Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Such an amazing addition to all my treasured memories of the movie. The animated film, The Last Unicorn was the first movie I saw in the theater. I remember falling head over heels in love with the unicorn and then bawling my eyes out over the intense face off with the ominous Red Bull. This graphic novel captured everything I love about the story. I loved it. Too bad I checked it out from the library because I need to own it and will most likely buy it soon so I can leaf through it at random. S ...more
Kitkat
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved the art in this book and it made me smile. I liked the characters and I liked the plot. I'm happy I read it.
Connie
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2018-books
I had to buy this graphic novel version of The Last Unicorn for my daughter for her birthday. She is a big fan of the illustrators. This story adaptation meticulously follows the original plot and even retains some of its poetic feel. It is, however, truncated to the point that I felt it missed a lot of the subtle philosophical nuances that I love about the original. The artwork is, of course, exceptional!
BookishStitcher
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this graphic novel! It reminded me of the movie that I watched as a kid.
Chi
"No, no, listen, don't listen to me, listen. You can find your people if you are brave. They passed down all the roads long ago, and the Red Bull ran close behind them and covered their footprints. Let nothing you dismay, but don't be half-safe."


What do you get when you get the last unicorn remaining in the world, one wizard with the possible makings of a wizard but was not yet a true wizard, and one woman whose youth has long passed her by? Possibly a riddle that even Ruhk himself would've
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AndrewP
This book is on several Top 100 SF-Fantasy lists, which is quite surprising as it seem impossible to find. It's been on my 'want' list for many years and until this graphic novel version showed up I had been unable to find it in any of my local libraries or books shops.

After reading this I find myself putting it into the same boat as 'A Wrinkle in Time'. I would probably have been great if I had read this as a young adult, but now, not so much. It's a decent enough story and you can read some hi
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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
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
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
ēva
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, sff, comics
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 made sense t ...more
Danielle N
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So there is a bit of history with The Last Unicorn and myself. Aside from the fact that the unicorn is most certainly my spirit animal, I go way back with this story. My deep fondness and connection with Beagle’s timeless story was originally established as a result of the animated film that was first released in 1982 and directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr.and Jules Bass (who happen to be associated with many of my animated favorites). The now somewhat outdated but no less nostalgic music score by Am ...more
Carol
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Christina (GoodGirlKills)
Such a beautiful graphic novel. Amazing artwork and a great story. One of my favorites!
Marie the Librarian
Omg!!! This was stunning!!!! I loved it!!! The art
Aja: The Narcoleptic Ninja
I realized that I never actually got around to reviewing this...

I really enjoyed this. The visuals were gorgeous, the story was beautiful, and I read the whole thing in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. That being said, the reason I knocked it for 1 star was because I feel like I missed some of the narrative that I would have gotten from a novel. Still a great story overall though.
Tiana Warner
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Last Unicorn is one of the most beautiful stories ever written. A tale about a unicorn ends up being about what it means to be human — love, loss, and everything in between. The graphic novel is my favourite version, even more than the novel and movie. The artwork is breathtaking.
Melissa Jacobson
Actual rating 4.5

Oh my goodness. This graphic novel was gorgeous. The art is so lovely, the story was so heartbreaking and lovely! I need to read the full length novel soon but I must say I really enjoyed this lovely graphic novel.
Hâf
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is filled with the most beautiful illustrations, such amazing story telling through the characters expressions. I enjoyed this graphic novel, however it might be more interesting and understandable for those who have already read the novel.
James
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comicbooks, classics
One of my favourite stories.
Megan (ReadingRover)
This graphic novel was everything I had hoped it would be. The story is the same beautiful story that we all know and love by Peter S. Beagle. I used to watch the movie obsessively as a child loving every moment of it. I would lose myself in the fantasy of it all. For years when asked what my favorite animal was I'd reply that it was a unicorn and when they would tell me that unicorns weren't real I'd adamantly disagree.
Reading this graphic novel brought me right back to that time. The artwork
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Jessica
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Peter Soyer Beagle (born April 20, 1939) is an American fantasist and author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays. He is also a talented guitarist and folk singer. He wrote his first novel, A Fine and Private Place , when he was only 19 years old. Today he is best known as the author of The Last Unicorn, which routinely polls as one of the top ten fantasy novels of all time, and at least two of ...more

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