Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Stuff of Legend Volume I: The Dark, Book I

The Stuff of Legend #1
Written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith
Illustrated by Charles Paul Wilson III

Imagine if Andy in Toy Story was kidnapped. Buzz, Woody and the gang would run off to rescue him, right? Well, there would probably be a crazy committee meeting where Rex and Hamm tried to get out of it first, but they would man up eventually. That is how The Stuff of Legend begins. It quickly takes on a more serious, brooding and darker tone then the Pixar film though. It’s setting and less playful narrative add to this sense; but do not be mistaken, this comic is no less magical.

The first thing that stands out about this book is the design. This 8 inch by 8 inch square book opens to reveal a wood grained scrap book. (It is flat and on glossy paper, but you get the idea.) It is tattered, aging - brittle at the corners - and the panels make up the pictures filling it. The muted coloring of the book adds to the feel, a monochromatic relic, an artifact is in front of the reader. All of this creates a sense of history unlike any graphic narrative this reader has ever seen.

RIYL: Toy Story, Mice Templar, Unwritten, The Iron Giant, Fables

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