Book Review of The Last Unicorn by Peter Gillis, Renae De Liz (illustrator), Ray Dillon (illustrator)

Posted August 9, 2013 by Kara in book review, Lyn / 8 Comments

Book Review of The Last Unicorn by Peter Gillis,  Renae De Liz (illustrator), Ray Dillon (illustrator)The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Published by IDW Publishing on January 25th, 2011
Genres: fantasy, graphic novel
Pages: 92
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three-stars

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, this special, oversized edition features additional art galleries and loads of extras, expanding the universe of The Last Unicorn.

This is going to be short and sweet.  I believe that a majority of readers are aware of the classic and beautiful tale of The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, which spawned one of the greatest animated movies, ever.  Comic author Peter Gillis adapted the story from book to graphic novel.


Going into book-to-comic media tends to chop up the story into simpler, smaller bits and adding in wonderful graphics to help fill in the holes.  So it came as no shock when this very issue happened for the written portion of the book.
 
However, one huge positive aspect of this novel is the artwork.  The graphics are flat-out stunning. The artists did justice to the soul of the story.  The Last Unicorn has always symbolized the pain and wonder of loss and gain.  This story needs to be felt, as well as be seen.
 
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For the story, it was watered down and lost the flow of the first tale.  The deeper potions of it tended to be glossed over and simply touched upon.

This is a must-have for any person who loves the Last Unicorn.  I am very thankful that I own it.  It would be strongly advised to read the book prior.

lyn

8 responses to “Book Review of The Last Unicorn by Peter Gillis, Renae De Liz (illustrator), Ray Dillon (illustrator)

  1. I get it and while I gave the book I think 5 stars, I was going based off rating and a sketchy memory of TLU. But, yeah I can see where the writing was a bit off.

    I love that you included pictures from the book! Yay!

  2. Oh, I haven’t read the book, but I enjoyed this. However, the movie adaptation was a huge part of my childhood, much to my parents’ annoyance.(They did not care for it.)

  3. Amy

    The illustrations look gorgeous!! The Last Unicorn was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I watched it so much that the VHS broke and my mom had to buy me a new one. I bought the DVD when it came out and still watch it. Lol!! My daughter isn’t as into it as I was, but she’s still young. I think I would really like this graphic novel knowing the full story already. Great review!

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