Graphic Novel Review: The Last Dragon

Graphic Novel Review: The Last DragonThe Last Dragon by Jane Yolen
Published by Dark Horse Comics on September 13th 2011
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 142

Two hundred years ago, humans vanquished the dragons of 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.

Plot: Very much told in a fairy tale type way, Yolen does a beautiful job of describing a hero’s journey. I love that the hero isn’t perfect right from the start. The woman who convinces him into saving her town from a dragon is clever in her way of making sure he does the job he was hired to do. It is actually Tansy who comes up with the idea that saves her town in the end. I love the strength of a plot like that empowering the woman in the story.
Characters: Tansy was such an appealing and strong female lead. She did not go beyond her role to be the heroine, but worked with what skills she had. The hero she finds is very uncharacteristic of a real hero and I worried he would turn out to be too much of a bad egg, but he shows by the end of the novel that he can be the hero he truly is.
Graphics: Truly this is a book unlike I’ve ever seen when it comes to graphic novels. The artwork truly is more stunning than the beautiful story. It’s like an old tapestry and is beautifully done. I definitely will be seeking out a copy of this book to own and treasure as it is so gorgeous.
Final Verdict: The Last Dragon is a bit lengthier than the usual graphic novel to start off just to warn you, but overall was so beautiful and the story really brought the beauty of the graphics to life in an incredible story.
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