Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Quick GN Reviews

Epicurus the Sage; Legends from Darkwood

Epicurus the Sage
by William Messner-Loebs & Sam Kieth
Loebs & Kieth run roughshod over Greek myth and the Greek philosophers and have great fun while doing so. The four stories contained herein retell the tales of Persephone, Zeus's many trysts, Cassandra, and the Trojan War. Although I've never studied enough about the Greek philosophers to have gotten all the jokes, I know enough about them and about mythology to enjoy this enough. Both Loeb & Kieth are at the top of their form here.
Rating: 3.5 (of 5)

Legends from Darkwood, vol. 1: The Unicorn Hunters
by Christopher Reid & John Kantz
Darkwood is a fantasy world with echos of the old west and steampunk, an occasional anthropomorph, and unicorns. Unicorn meat is considered a delicacy, but since only a maiden can get close to a unicorn, they make the best hunters. Young Rose is being raised to be just such a hunter, but Rose likes all of nature's creatures and thinks that hunting unicorns is wrong. So she pools together all her money to put a contarct out on Raynd, the best unicorn hunter in Darkwood. Meanwhile, Andrew the Unicorn is sick and tired of his kind being prey, so he seeks a way to take revenge on the humans who are hunting his kind to extinction. This is a solid and inventive story, filled with humor and a few clever surprises. The mangaesque art is a bit shaky at times, but overall solid and well suited to the story. I look forward to reading volume 2.
Rating: 3 (of 5)

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