Friday, September 11, 2015

The Stranger (Last Man #1) by Balak and Michael Sanlaville and Bastien Vives -ADVISABLE

Balak and Sanlaville, Michael and Vives, Bastien The Stranger (Last Man #1) 207 pgs. First Second, 2015. $9.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 Violence: PG GRAPHIC NOVEL
A young boy named Adrian wants nothing more to compete in the big games, but that would require a prowess in magical martial arts skills that he isn't up to, yet. When a strange man, an outsider, named Richard Aldana comes to town to compete, he discovers he can only enter with a partner. Now Adrian and Richard are competing together and facing overwhelming odds, especially considering Adrians lack of skill and Richards lack of magical ability.
Cliffhanger = evil torture. I need the second book NOW! I have been despairing at the horrible graphic novels I have been reviewing in the past year or so: obscure event historical fiction, boring biographies, thrown together re-tellings of classics to attempt to engage students into challenging novels. Now this graphic novel is what I have been waiting for: excellent characters, fun to read, some anime silliness, and mystery. I was only halfway through the book before I started seriously plotting to obtain the second book. The artwork is kinda blah (which I realize is a popular style), this is why it isn’t rated as essential, but that almost doesn’t matter because it so awesome.
HS  –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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