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Dungeon, Volume 1: Duck Heartby Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar
Synopses & Reviews
Welcome to Dungeon, the looniest world of horror and heroic fantasy you?ll ever be transported into! This series, a best-seller in many countries, starts with the apogee of Dungeon, a mighty castle filled with monsters, trolls and goblins kept by a wily bird, the Dungeon Keeper, and the object of desire of many an uncouth and disgusting form of life (and afterlife) — and Herbert the Timorous Duck is assigned to defend it! Thank goodness, the Dungeon Keeper has assigned Marvin the Dragon, a bloodthirsty, uh, vegetarian warrior, to his side. Collects issues 14 of the comic book in color.
"For the first time, Sfar and Trondheim's extensive series of French comics parodying the sword and sorcery genre has been collected into an American volume. The series' unlikely hero is Herbert, a talking duck who works as a dungeon keeper's flunky. In the first story, Herbert, unable to fetch a barbarian to battle the dungeon keeper's adversaries, impersonates a warrior and embarks on the mission himself. Herbert is a traditional comedy figure, a boastful, cowardly impostor. Accompanying him is Marvin, a competent fighter and vegetarian dragon. Though these stories are inventive, they appear to have lost something in translation, as they are rarely truly witty or funny. For example, at one point Herbert and Marvin pose as interior decorators to gain admission to the villains' lair. But the creators seem satisfied merely with establishing the premise rather than building on its comedic potential. In the second story, Herbert undergoes training as a warrior from Marvin's former master, who proves to be cruel and manipulative. In a startling sequence, the master's prize pupil corrupts a tribe of hunters with a lust for wealth and power, whereupon they enslave a community of peaceful shepherds. This serious, ambitious indictment of war and inequality is impressive. The artwork is beautiful (both Trondheim and Sfar are award-winning artists), but the preference for long shots distances readers from the characters." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The art is offbeat and fun...with detailed backgrounds that are often as over the top as the action. A great change of pace from mainstream comics." Booklist
"Well-written and intensely clever, this farce pokes fun at all the cliches. It also mocks the contrivances of situations from games like Dungeons & Dragons....The must-read comic book of the year." Sequential Tart
"Dungeon is the rarest of comic book fantasy adventures: it really will appeal to just about anyone. Dungeon is fantastic from beginning to end. Buy it. Buy it. Buy it." Greg McElhatton, iComics.com
"Damned funny. Takes the piss out of the fantasy genre like nothing I've seen in recent memory. Brilliantly illustrated and colored, this is a wonderful piece of work. (Grade: A-)" Marc Mason, Moviepoopshoot.com
"A fun story. Fans of Bone will probably enjoy this title, as they are very similar stories in spirit." StillOnTheShelf.com
"Deft parody displays wit and cleverness. The jokes and ideas build upon each other at a furious rate, creating a feel of deadpan sophistication rarely seen in this genre." Christopher Mautner, Harrisburg Patriot News
"Cheerfully subversive. Like the first Harry Potter novel, Duck Heart can be read and enjoyed as a self-contained tale, even if you're aware that it's the first part of a series." GraphicNovelReview.com
A deadpan spoof of horror and heroic fantasy. Gamers should buy this!
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