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The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark

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Review:

"In this eerie graphic novel, toys come to life to defend their 'boy.' The said boy lives in Brooklyn in 1944; early in the story the Boogeyman nabs him from his room. His toys, including a lead soldier, a ballerina, an Indian, a piggy bank, a wooden duck, a jack-in-the-box, and a stuffed bear, as well as his puppy, band together to venture into the realm of the Dark to rescue him. There they fight not only the Boogeyman but other toys that have joined forces with evil. Despite the prominent role of playthings, this is not a book for children, at least not young ones. The plot takes some dark turns, and there is a sometimes ugly psychological tension even between allies. The taut, suspenseful story will engross older readers, however. Wilson's lovely sepia artwork infuses the book with an ominous feel and brings the complex emotions of the living toys to the fore. The volume gathers issues one and two of The Stuff of Legend comic, published by Th3rd World Studio, along with character sketches, a new story revolving around the soldier's war journal, and character sketches. (May) Sumi Kitamura has a hard life; irresponsible older brother Eisuke is charming but useless, a compulsive gambler and ladies' man who abandons Sumi to deal with the consequences of his actions. Faced with the growing population of orphaned children Eisuke collects, the debts he runs up, and the angry husbands left in the wake of his romantic affairs, an increasingly desperate Sumi is nearly forced into prostitution before wealthy Soichiro Ashida intervenes; if Sumi will consent to marry him, Soichiro will pay her debts. Out of a sense of duty to those dependent on her, Sumi consents, only to discover her new husband is domineering, emotionally distant, and pursuing an agenda of his own. Ueda's art is competent, but the pace of the plot seems designed to stretch the story out over as many installments as possible. Many of the characters remain enigmas, in particular Soichiro's friend Nozumo, who helped Sumi early in the story and who may or may not be the person who brought Sumi to the desperate Soichiro's attention. Like Ueda's earlier Tail of the Moon, this is a historical romance, this one set in the Meija period of the early 20th century. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A stunningly beautiful graphic novel, "The Stuff of Legend" is a wonderful and haunting tale of loyalty, friendship, and perseverance in the face of a nightmarish foe. Full color throughout.

About the Author

Mike Raicht spent four years as an editor at Marvel Comics. Since leaving Marvel his writing credits range from superhero comics, such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Superman, and Hulk, to more horror-oriented fare like Army of Darkness, Deadworld, and Marvel's MAX Zombie.

Brian Smith is a former Marvel Comics editor and character art manager for Nickelodeon. His writing and illustration clients include HarperCollins, MAD Kids, Strottman International, Nickelodeon, American Greetings, and Time Out New York, to name a few. Currently, he illustrates the "Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA LOUD BOY!" series of graphic novels for Penguin USA.

Illustrator:

Charles Paul Wilson III is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He currently resides in New Jersey as a staff artist for Tell-A-Graphics while working on projects such as The Stuff of Legend and Vigilante Granny.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345521002
Author:
Smith, Brian
Publisher:
Villard Books
Illustrator:
Wilson, Charles Paul, III
Illustrator:
Wilson, Charles
Author:
Raicht, Mike
Author:
Wilson, Charles
Subject:
General
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4C THROUGHOUT
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
8 x 8 x .4 in .8125 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this eerie graphic novel, toys come to life to defend their 'boy.' The said boy lives in Brooklyn in 1944; early in the story the Boogeyman nabs him from his room. His toys, including a lead soldier, a ballerina, an Indian, a piggy bank, a wooden duck, a jack-in-the-box, and a stuffed bear, as well as his puppy, band together to venture into the realm of the Dark to rescue him. There they fight not only the Boogeyman but other toys that have joined forces with evil. Despite the prominent role of playthings, this is not a book for children, at least not young ones. The plot takes some dark turns, and there is a sometimes ugly psychological tension even between allies. The taut, suspenseful story will engross older readers, however. Wilson's lovely sepia artwork infuses the book with an ominous feel and brings the complex emotions of the living toys to the fore. The volume gathers issues one and two of The Stuff of Legend comic, published by Th3rd World Studio, along with character sketches, a new story revolving around the soldier's war journal, and character sketches. (May) Sumi Kitamura has a hard life; irresponsible older brother Eisuke is charming but useless, a compulsive gambler and ladies' man who abandons Sumi to deal with the consequences of his actions. Faced with the growing population of orphaned children Eisuke collects, the debts he runs up, and the angry husbands left in the wake of his romantic affairs, an increasingly desperate Sumi is nearly forced into prostitution before wealthy Soichiro Ashida intervenes; if Sumi will consent to marry him, Soichiro will pay her debts. Out of a sense of duty to those dependent on her, Sumi consents, only to discover her new husband is domineering, emotionally distant, and pursuing an agenda of his own. Ueda's art is competent, but the pace of the plot seems designed to stretch the story out over as many installments as possible. Many of the characters remain enigmas, in particular Soichiro's friend Nozumo, who helped Sumi early in the story and who may or may not be the person who brought Sumi to the desperate Soichiro's attention. Like Ueda's earlier Tail of the Moon, this is a historical romance, this one set in the Meija period of the early 20th century. (May)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A stunningly beautiful graphic novel, "The Stuff of Legend" is a wonderful and haunting tale of loyalty, friendship, and perseverance in the face of a nightmarish foe. Full color throughout.
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