June 11, 2011

Book Review: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle and Peter Gillis

The Deal: An Unicorn learns that she's the last of her kind, and she hadn't realized because she had always lived in the same forest, taking care of the trees and animals there. 

One day, she decides to go out and find out what happened to the other unicorns of the world. She comes across many dangers, and eventually learns about the Red Bull and the King of Haggard, who is connected to the disaperance of the others. 

In her journey, she's joined by a hapless magician and Molly Gruel, who help her get where she needs to go.

There she meets Prince Lir, complicating things more. 

My Thoughts: I'm a huge fan of The Last Unicorn - the movie. I think it's one of the most beautiful pieces of animation ever produced. So I was very excited to read this adaptation of the book by Peter S. Beagle into a comic book. 

The illustrations are lovely, close to the ones to the movie but at the same time a little less dreamy and a bit more sophisticated, and it definitely captures the magic of this tale. And once I got over the fact that I kept trying to read it right to left manga style - since I'm far more familiarized with this style than with US comic books - I enjoyed it a lot, even though I did find the font a bit small.

I don't think I'll ever get over how heartbreaking this tale is, but it remains one of my favorites, and I think this is a very worthy adaptation of it. 


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