Graphic Novel Review: Once Upon a Time Machine

Graphic Novel Review: Once Upon a Time MachineOnce Upon a Time Machine by Andrew Carl
Published by Dark Horse Comics on October 10th 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 432

Fairy tales have fueled our dreams and fired our imaginations for centuries. Step inside a time machine built by a collection of today's finest storytellers, and enter a range of futures where familiar tales are reimagined in an astonishing variety of styles. Editor Andrew Carl and Producer Chris Stevens bring you the next wave of leading writers and illustrators, working alongside superstar creators like Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Khoi Pham (Daredevil), and Brandon Graham (King City) to deliver a reading experience that will delight generations young and old.

Theme: I have loved fairy tales since I was child and experiencing them in graphic novel format is always a thrill. Adding a twist of science fiction into this beautiful graphic novel only made it more appealing for me. The elements of science fiction change the stories in a way that was quite captivating. I especially loved the one of Pinocchio (The Stars Are Not Wanted Now) who was a machine made to tell the truth, but started to lie because he found it was too hard to tell the truth.

Stories: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is one of my favorite childhood tales and I loved how it was transformed into graphic novel form. This made it a favorite of mine in the compilation. The Shepherd and the Weaver Girl was a tale I do not remember hearing before, but it was beautifully drawn and had an epic feel to it throughout. The Billy Goats Gruff was another of my favorites and I loved the retelling with more modern danger involved for the young girl trying to cross to safety. And the last of my favorites from this volume was Vasilissa the Beautiful which was a Cinderella retelling of sorts, that had Vas looking for a ship part which her stepmother probably did not need, having to face a vicious witch to gain the item.

Graphics: With so many different illustrators, the stories vary in graphic style, but I found that they matched their stories so well. Some were more gruesome in nature and others more soft. I loved the panels in between which were of characters and stories that were not featured. 

Final Verdict: Something fairy tale, graphic novel, and sci-fi lovers will embrace and love. I love how thick Once Upon a Time Machine is and how many stories it contains. The variety includes tales less known along with the most popular ones. Overall, a fantastic graphic novel with lots of talent involved in the creation of these stories.

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