The Stuff of Legend, Book 1: The Dark by Mike Raicht  
submitted by Kerry

Brooklyn, 1944. The Boogeyman has taken a boy to his realm of the Dark. To save the boy his toys come together to plan a rescue mission and travel to the Dark to find him. Led by the Colonel, a toy soldier, Maxwell the teddy bear, Percy the piggy bank, Quackers the wooden duck and a few others venture into the closet along with the boy’s puppy to face unknown danger and do battle with his bitter forgotten toys.

This Graphic Novel is far from the typical realm of super heroes. It is an emotional journey not only for the characters, but for the reader as well. The toys have wonderfully developed personalities that really come to life when they enter the closet and the domain of the Boogeyman. They actually come to life and it reminded me a little of Toy Story. The characters are faced with many choices including loyalty to the boy and each other. Although the story is well written and thoroughly enjoyable it is the artwork that will draw you in and hold your attention. It is the most beautiful art for this format of storytelling that I have seen in a long time. Highly detailed pencil drawings and sepia tones give it a timeless feel and the pages look like they are in an old scrap book bring an emotional intensity that bright colours or black and white images would not have been able to convey.

There is no resolution as the story is to continue and the mystery as to why the Boogeyman took the boy in the first place deepens. However, if you are looking for something a little different I highly recommend this dark tale of loyalty, perseverance, camaraderie and redemption


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