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.