Author / Artist: Jane Yolen / Rebecca Guay
Title: The Last Dragon
Genre: Fantasy, Action / Adventure
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: 21st Sept 2011
Master storyteller Jane Yolen (“Owl Moon” and “Sword of the Rightful King”) and celebrated fantasy artist Rebecca Guay (“Swamp Thing” and “Magic: The Gathering”) weave a textured and lyrical tale of adventure, homelands, and heroism the hard way.
Two hundred years ago, humans drove the dragons from the islands of May. Now, the last of the dragons rises to wreak havoc anew-with only a healer’s daughter and a kite-flying would-be hero standing in its way.
* A compelling coming-of-age fantasy with exquisite fully painted art!
My Thoughts (spoiler alert)
The artwork in this graphic novel is absolutely stunning – gentle and flowing pieces of art. In all honesty it’s what called me to this book… ‘please read me,‘ it whispered. And I’m glad I did. In one word – fairytale. It follows a typical fairytale plot, complete with a dragon. The book does a beautiful job of illustrating the life of a dragon, following Tansy, a healer’s daughter, who wants to protect her village, and a hero who does not believe in his abilities, and hides behind a stereotypical image of a hero – strong, handsome and spinning unbelievable tales monsters.
The story is set on a May island where a village is threatened by the fire-breathing, flying dragon, so the people go in search for a hero to save them. The hero happens to fear dragons, but goes through with it when he can’t get away. Tansy, with the hero’s help, develops a plan to take down the dragon using kites. When things go wrong, the hero soon finds himself in a dangerous situation – riding the dragon in order to feed Dragon’s Bane to the beast. I finished the novel with a smile on my face.
Verdict: I enjoyed the sprinkle of humour amid the fairytale. If you’re looking for an easy, fun and quick read, with a simple plot, then this graphic novel is for you.