Friday, August 12, 2011

The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen

Master storyteller Jane Yolen (Owl Moon, Sword of the Rightful King) and celebrated fantasy artist Rebecca Guay (Swamp Thing, Magic: The Gathering) weave a textured and lyrical tale of adventure, homelands, and heroism the hard way.

Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew-with only a healer's daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way.

A compelling coming-of-age fantasy with exquisite fully painted art!

I don't know if I'd completely commit to calling this a 'compelling coming-of-age fantasy' (I'd go to Tamora Pierce for that) but Yolen and Guay have come together to create a very visually beautiful and engaging tale. 

Long after the dragons are thought dead by the people of May, one is born beneath the branches of a fallen tree. Quickly growing in size it becomes the same type of deadly monster that moved the ancestors of these people to hunt them down. Unprepared for such a beast the townspeople must band together, along with an outsider who's not quite what he seems, to try and defeat it. 

I like my summary better.

The art is beautiful and I think it does to so much to further the story- it works hand in hand with Yolen's descriptions. Guay also does a fantastic job depicting personality and moment, two of the biggest problems I usually have with graphic novels. 

Ultimately while the story might be a bit too predictable, Yolen and Guay coming together has resulted in a comic that will be great to read on your own or aloud with others.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up.

Series - None, title to be released on 9/21/2011

**I requested this title for review from NetGalley.**