Jim Henson’s – The Storyteller: Dragons
Son of the Serpent
Story & Art: Daniel Bayliss
Script: Fabian Rangel Jr.
Letters: Warren Montgomery
Publisher: Archaia Entertainment
Released: 2nd December 2015
Curl up by the fire and let me tell you a tale, a tale of warriors, giant Thunderbirds and dragons!
In their previous tales, the Storyteller & his faithful canine companion spun us stories of witches. This time it’s giant serpents and dragons that are the focus of this four part mini-series. Based on Native-American legends, the story centres on a father and son on a fishing trip who are attacked by a giant sea-dragon known as the ‘Horned Serpent’.
The dragon is attacked by its natural enemy, the massive Thunderbirds, in a ferocious battle. Facing insurmountable odds, father and son become separated. Landing on two different islands the father seeks to build a raft but having no materials to do so, is at a loss. Until a helpful bird points him to the lair of the beast, a dark cave atop a mountain, where he might find all the raft building materials he would need. And so, to save himself and hopefully rescue his son, the father must face the beast!
Not often would lettering catch my eye but the initial title pages are written in beautiful script giving you the feeling of unrolling an ancient parchment containing some long lost legend or account.
The tale reminds me of Aesop’s Fables in that it has a distinct moral to learn. The artwork is beautiful, you can almost feel the heat from the Storyteller’s fire as he tells his tale. This is a family friendly book, with no blood, gore or swears to offend. I can see many a parent reading this as bedtime story to their children and it certainly seems to have been deliberately aimed at that audience but children of all ages will enjoy the light hearted way in which the Storyteller spins his yarns.
This time of year, with families curled up around a crackling fire and the lights of a Christmas tree, this is the perfect comic for that occasion and is short enough not to lose the kids’ attention! Who knows, this could be the book to make them fall in love with comics or to let you rediscover your own!
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4 out of 5 Nerds