Graphic Novel Review: The Lost Boy

Graphic Novel Review: The Lost BoyThe Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
Published by GRAPHIX on August 27th 2013
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 192
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Some mysteries are too dangerous to leave alone . . .

Nate's not happy about his family moving to a new house in a new town. After all, nobody asked him if he wanted to move in the first place. But when he discovers a tape recorder and note addressed to him under the floorboards of his bedroom, Nate is thrust into a dark mystery about a boy who went missing many, many years ago. Now, as strange happenings and weird creatures begin to track Nate, he must partner with Tabitha, a local girl, to find out what they want with him. But time is running out, for a powerful force is gathering strength in the woods at the edge of town, and before long Nate and Tabitha will be forced to confront a terrifying foe, and uncover the truth about the Lost Boy.

When I received The Lost Boy in the mail, I knew I had to read it that week. A fantasy graphic novel that was so pleasing to the eye, I could not resist diving into it, pushing a lot of books on my list. I was not disappointed and from the first page was captured by the story. Nate has just moved into town and finds a tape recorder under the floorboards of his new room. The story told on this tape is nothing short of fantastical. With the help of a neighbor girl named Tabitha, they delve into the tapes, recorded 50 years ago by a boy who later disappeared.

I loved the darkness of the illustrations that matched the story perfectly. Nate starts seeing the creatures most cannot see and finds himself involved in the tale personally, not just listening to it. I don't want to give too much away but the story was wrought with danger and a variety of fantastical creatures. I loved the twist and I felt I never wanted the book to end. I have a feeling this is the first in a new series (hopefully!) as there is a lot left at the end that can be turned into a series.

Nate and Tabitha are both characters that you want to root for and I found myself loving each character encountered, whether bad or good. The illustrations really brought the whole story to life and reminded me of Doug TenNapel's darker graphic novel Cardboard. I'm really excited to see what will be next for Nate in the next book and will probably revisit this book frequently while I wait.

Final Verdict: A dark fantasy that is still appropriate for middle grades and contains illustrations that will blow the reader away.

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