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A Reader of Fictions: Everyone's a Hero - Nathan Fillion

A Reader of Fictions

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Everyone's a Hero - Nathan Fillion

The Last Dragon

Author: Jane Yolen
Illustrator: Rebecca Guay
Pages: 141
ARC Acquired from: Dark Horse Books via NetGalley

Brief Summary:
Two hundred years since all the dragons in Britain were killed, one lone egg that somehow survived hatches. The dragon grows up and begins terrorizing a small town. Desperate, the town sends for a hero, but all they get is a boasting storyteller with big, but untried, muscles. To have any chance of not becoming a tasty dragon morsel, the hero will have to team up with the daughters of the first human victim.

The Last Dragon is really short, which is good on some levels, but also unfortunate, because I feel like this could have been a really awesome story in novel format or in a longer graphic novel. There really just are not enough pages to establish character or even do justice to the overall plot. Still, the art is beautiful and I enjoyed some of the elements of this tale.

For example, I really like Tansy. She's smart and unique, and, while she needs a hero, she only needs his aid not a whole rescue. I also thought it was so cool how she looked different all the time, depending on her surroundings. She's a human chameleon! How crazy cool is that? I really loved not just this concept, but seeing how the artist managed to depict that in every scene.

To reiterate, this is a lovely graphic novel to flip through, but not long enough to have quite enough substance to be a highlight in my reading history.

"Everyone’s a hero in their own way
In their own not-that-heroic way"

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