Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Graphic Novel Review - The Jungle (The Stuff of Legend, Book 2) by Mike Raicht, Brian Smith and Charles Paul Wilson III (5/5 stars)

Reading level: Young Adult
Genre: Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Size: 144 pages
Publisher: Th3rd World Studios
Release Date: May 17, 2011
ISBN: 978-0983216100
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in The Stuff of Legend series
Source: Gift for Xmas
Rating: 5/5 stars

I got a copy of this book as a gift for Christmas. I absolutely love this graphic novel series. The drawings are beautiful and the story wonderful.

The faithful toys continue their journey deeper into the Dark, into the Bogeyman's territory, in search of their human master. Battle weary they enter the Jungle only to find that members of their troop are not welcome. Horrible truths are revealed and loyalties are tested.

I am in love with this graphic novel series. The sepia tone drawings are wonderful and totally match the atmosphere of the Dark. The toys have such strong personalities and as they develop more complicated relationships with each other the story becomes more and more interesting.

The plot becomes a lot more complicated. There are spies, there are unloved toys, loved toys, and toys that have joined the dark side. The truth behind the boy's kidnapping is revealed and the faithful toys are sorely tested.

This series falls somewhere between Disney's Toy Story and Bram's The Plucker. It is a lot darker than Toy Story but not as dark as Bram's Plucker. I would recommend for middle grade and older readers; the plot is fairly complex and the battle scenes pretty intense.

Overall one of my absolute favorite graphic novel series right now. Beautiful drawings, an epic story, wonderful characters, and I love the tie in with the basic childhood fear of the Bogeyman and the Dark. If you love fantasy graphic novels you have to read this series. I can't wait for the third in this series, The Stuff of Legend: Book 3 - A Jester's Tale!

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- Graphic Novel Challenge
- 150+ Books Reading Challenge
- TBR Pile Reading Challenge

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