I stumbled across today’s comic as I stumbled around on the internet looking at random comic book things. This week I am very proud and extremely happy to review Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Witches, Tale One of Four, The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of The Forest, written and illustrated by S.M. Vidaurri and released by Archaia.
I love The Storyteller series by Jim Henson. My sister and I saw it once on TV at a hospital while I was recovering from one of my many surgeries and absolutely fell in love with it. I and my sister share a deep love of history, mythology and folklore. This show had two series, the first telling classic fairy tales with a cast of Jim Henson puppets and a narrator talking to his dog in an abandoned castle, the second following a man and his dog trying to find their way out of the mythical labyrinth while exchanging Greco-Roman myths. The second series was always my favorite because I have loved Greek myths since I could read.
The obvious nostalgia factor aside, this book was still amazing all on its own. It tells the story of a young princess saving her brother from the titular Lord of the Forest with the help of a witch. The story is awesome, and, while I’m not sure if it can be classified as a fairy tale or not, I rather loved it. It was also told in a fascinating way. There is not a lot of dialogue, but there are a lot of words to read, and the words are rendered artistically, and not in straight lines, forcing you to take in all of the stunning art.
The art was a big factor in me buying this book. It’s simply stunning. Each page is lovingly and gorgeously drawn and colored. The designs of the characters, especially the Lord of Forest, are simply amazing. It really sells the book and its story.
This book is 5 out of 5. I would have bought and loved this book regardless of the fact that it holds hundreds of nostalgia points with me. The fact that the art is gorgeous and the story is awesome is enough. I loved this book, so go buy it now and let’s see if you do too!