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Legends: The Enchanted #0


By Leroy Douresseaux
February 2, 2010 - 14:22

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Legends: The Enchanted #0 cover image

Legends: The Enchanted is an upcoming hardcover, original graphic novel from Radical Publishing.  Created, written, and painted by illustrator Nick Percival (Dead of Night), the graphic novel is set in a creature-infested world where foul magic, nature, and technology are apparently in constant conflict.  Radical is offering Legends: The Enchanted #0 as a 28-page, $1 preview of the graphic novel.

Percival has taken folklore and fairy tale characters and placed them in a dark, steampunk world and turned them into twisted, leather-clad, blade-wielding dark warriors with a palatable edginess.  They are now “The Enchanted,” supernatural immortals.  The story presents Jack of “Jack and the Beanstalk” as “Jack the Giant-Killer,” a sword-for-hire who is more John Constantine than boy hero.  Little Red Riding Hood is now the wolf-hunting Red Hood, and the wolves are like the werewolves of the Underworld film franchise.  The trigger for this narrative is the mutilation of the half-wooden, half-mechanical warrior, Pinocchio, by a shadowy conspiracy searching for a way to rob the Enchanted of their ability to heal their wounds.

THE LOWDOWN:  Nick Percival’s art looks like an amalgamation of John Bolton and H.R. Giger, but the graphic storytelling reads like a traditional comic book.  The art may be a bit unusual, but the design and structure is pure comic book.  The intention of Legends: The Enchanted #0 is to get readers tempted enough to want to buy the entire graphic novel.

I would encourage readers interested in violent, dark, action or sword-and-sorcery-like fantasy to buy this comic book.  Percival’s work here is quite good and certainly worth 1 buck.  In fact, I must admit that I really want to read the rest.

POSSIBLE AUDIENCE:  Readers who enjoy comics based on Robert E. Howard creations may like Legends: The Enchanted.

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