Friday, December 27, 2013

Graphic Novel Review: Castle Waiting, Vol. 1

Title: Castle Waiting, Vol. 1 (Castle Waiting Omnibus Collection #1) 
Author: Linda Medley, Jane Yolen (Introduction) 
Published June 17th 2006 by Fantagraphics Books (first published January 1st 2006
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy 
Page Count: Hardcover, Graphic Novel Collection, 457 pages 
Finish Reading: December, 2013

Synopsis:Castle Waiting graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil, but about being a hero in your own home.

The opening story, "The Brambly Hedge," tells the origin of the castle itself, which is abandoned by its princess in a comic twist on "Sleeping Beauty" when she rides off into the sunset with her Prince Charming. The castle becomes a refuge for misfits, outcasts, and others seeking sanctuary, playing host to a lively and colorful cast of characters that inhabits the subsequent stories, including a talking anthropomorphic horse, a mysteriously pregnant Lady on the run, and a bearded nun.(less)

REVIEW
When I first started reading Castle waiting I thought it was strange, and yet I couldn't get enough of the odd fairy tale re-tellings. I love the whole story within a story, within a story, within a story. It's just so fun. And all the characters are love able even the evil ones... We'll maybe not ALL the evil ones... Some of them are plain jerks.
The illustrations are nice. I like them the art style is a bit odd, but I feel like it fits the graphic novel.

Since this is like the first bind up... A lot happens. Like I said many stories are intertwine with the main story, so like at one point characters meet, or they just know them from what they've heard from them. Ahh... Just writing about it makes me wish I had the next one. (I borrowed from Library, but I really want to get my hands on my own copy, and the next bind up volumes.)

NEGATIVES: 
• I found this book to be very strange at first, I don't know if that's a bad thing, but I kinda wanted to point that out.

POSITIVES: 
• Though the art is the type of art you have to get use to (or at least for me), but now I actually love the art I feel like it goes so much with the graphic novel.
• The Characters 
• The story telling
• the writing style / the oddness...

  VIDEO REVIEW: none. 

  THE Illustrations(S): 

  My Overall Rating: ★★★★★ 
  Overall (Goodreads) Rating: 3.99 Stars 
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