Graphic Novel Review: The Last Unicorn

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Graphic Novel Review: The Last UnicornThe Last Unicorn by Peter Gillis
Published by IDW on January 25, 2011
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 160
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Whimsical. Lyrical. Poignant. Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power. Adapted by Peter B. Gillis and lushly illustrated by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon.

As a child, I greatly adored horses and, even more, their mythological counterparts, pegasi and unicorns. It should come as no surprise then that one of my favorite movies as a child was The Last Unicorn. It is very much one of those kid’s movies that you either watched as a child and will thus adore forever, but, if watched for the first time in adulthood, definitely comes off as incredibly creepy. I can totally see why others don’t like it, but it will forever hold a dear place in my heart.

For the most part, this graphic novel version of the story covers the same ground as the film. The look of the characters very clearly was inspired by the film version as well. The small additions to the plot in some places, and the subtractions (like the tree that freaked people out the most in the movie), made me even more curious to read the original novel. That is definitely a thing I need to do someday.

The graphic novel is definitely pretty and oh so colorful. However, its brevity means that a few things have to be cut. Much of the trimming took place in the latter half of the tale, making it rather confusing and, did I not know the story, I likely would have been confused by much of the time spent in King Haggard’s castle.

One response to “Graphic Novel Review: The Last Unicorn”

  1. I just picked up a copy of The Last Unicorn on BluRay during a shopping excursion at Target. My husband had never seen it before and he loved it—except for the songs by America. Those were not a feature.

    The digital ARC is kind of hard to get a good look at on my computer–I’m working on getting my hands on a good e-reader for the non-kindle-friendly formats, but what I saw looked really beautiful. Also, it just so happens that I saw a copy of this in Barnes and Noble today. It’s even more lovely in print 🙂 The only downside is it’s so pretty, I think it might scare off the boys.

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