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Jim Henson's Storyteller: Giants (edition 2017)

by Conor Nolan (Author), Jim Henson (Creator), Karl Kerschl (Primary Contributor)

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"Celebrates four mythic tales of when giants roamed the Earth, inspired by folklore from around the world and told in the spirit of Jim Henson's beloved television series"--Page four of cover.
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Title:Jim Henson's Storyteller: Giants
Authors:Conor Nolan (Author)
Other authors:Jim Henson (Creator), Karl Kerschl (Primary Contributor)
Info:Archaia (2017), 128 pages
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Although it is far from being a bad follow-up to the first volume, Witches, the stories here have a tendency to leave the reader unsatisfied. I think that might have less to do with the individual installments and more with the somewhat lackluster theme; Giants just doesn't pull up the same instant, over-the-top imagery of Witches or Dragons. In fact, the writers seem to struggle a little to find a whole story to tell; "The Peach's Son" is a perfectly reasonable entry (albeit with a friendly giant), but the "giant" aspect to "The Tailor's Daughter" is negligible - most readers will focus on the combination of elements from "Beauty and the Beast" and "Bluebeard" - while "Dru and the Fomorian Giants" is so incidental as to feel unnecessary. The only story that fully succeeds is "The Fisherman and the Giant," and even here, the bigger triumph is with the breathtaking art. It seems giants just aren't the most natural subjects for the medium, possibly because of their lack of readily defined characters, possibly because it's hard to convey their size in small panel art. No matter the reason, this is only a partial success. ( )
  saroz | Nov 3, 2018 |
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