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Title: The Last Unicorn #1 (IDW, 2010, 22pages of story [32 total])
Creators: Peter Beagle & Peter B. Gillis (writing), Renae De Liz & Ray Dillon (art)
Availability: On shelves today.

Four pages from IDW's adaptation of The Last Unicorn. Some good points, some meh, mostly pretty.

And, of course...

Overall, I enjoyed the comic quite a bit. The text and dialogue used are lifted pretty much unchanged from the book, and I think it works for the most part. The unicorn design definitely hearkens back to the Rakin/Bass animation, and that's just fine by me -- most of the reason I'm picking this up is for the nostalgia factor anyway. Really not sure about the constant glow or the sugar-pink speech balloons though. We'll see if those hang around the more time she spends outside of her forest.

Date: 2010-04-29 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gypsydavy
I really dig the layout on that first scan.

I probably will pick this up since I love The Last Unicorn and I love throwing money Peter S. Beagle's way since he is a very nice guy who is awesome to his fans.

But, I do hope they don't lift too much of the character designs from the movie. I love the stylization in that movie, but what's the point of doing this if you aren't going to do something even a little bit different?

Date: 2010-04-29 08:30 am (UTC)
arbre_rieur: (DC Nation)
From: [personal profile] arbre_rieur
The short story sequel's probably even better than the book, IMO.

Date: 2010-04-29 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love this writer, and I love the movie.

This, I do not love. It's fine quality for a fan comic, but not even close to what I would buy as an official, professional, long-time-in-coming work.

I would have loved to see something creative that used perhaps cues from old work etching and detail, or gothic, or...well DARK. Like the movie. Like the book. This isn't My Little Pony. This isn't the airbrushed horse from the poster you used to have. This is Mommy Fortuna and King Haggard and WTF is that awful bloom glow on everything?!?

AT THE VERY LEAST, could we have an artist that knew how to draw horses/horse-like creatures well? Those legs are all sorts of jacked up in all the panels, not to mention the weird hooves, or the proportions changing from panel to panel. In a book about a unicorn, who's special to a lot of people, you'd get someone that draws horses in their sleep, because she needs to be amazing. art like. :/

The composition/backgrounds are lacking too, but I can't tell too much from just these four pages. Note to colorist: QUIT the airbrushed yellow overlay. Amateur and gross! Also, if you're going to change the color of the lineart on her, then soften the eyes, because that does not look right (hey, watch the movie to see what IS right)! The only thing I do like, is young grandma...when her proportions aren't shifting.

(Long rant, sorry. I was just really invested in the outcome of this--like most everyone--from way back when he was going to do it through Scholastic. I wanted to see it treated right, and people who can't draw horses in a comic with horses, is a special pet peeve. :( )

Date: 2010-04-29 04:37 am (UTC)
arbre_rieur: (DC Nation)
From: [personal profile] arbre_rieur
Yeah, it's specifically pointed out it in the book that unicorns don't look all that much like horses up close.

Date: 2010-04-29 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not talking about the design work, which is pretty much exactly the movie design. I'm talking about believable animal anatomy being poorly executed. I don't know why you think I'm talking about not liking the unicorn as being a hybrid, since I did say "horse-like." The parts of her (and the other horses) I specifically referenced were the horse (or horse-like if you prefer, as deer anatomy is very similar, but more delicate) parts...the legs. They are screwed up.

For the hooves, again...not talking about the fact that they are cloven. I'm talking about them being broken at the hock (horse, deer, cow, whatever you look at, they don't bend/sit like that). I was especially thinking of that one in the last panel, her back right.That one looks infected and painful. :(

Hmm, it's been a while since I've re-watched the film, but it is most definitely dark and gothic in the opening forest scene. There's light, but over all it's a dark, lush place. Mostly I'm talking about that hideous glow in these panels, though.

Date: 2010-04-29 05:53 am (UTC)
tacobob: Mordecai Not Very Impressed (Default)
From: [personal profile] tacobob
This is nice. I never really liked the animated movie..I HATED the character designs..Bleeh.
jjgalahad: (Default)
From: [personal profile] jjgalahad
Chaaaaaaaaaarlie! You're with a girl, Charlie! And Charlie? That's a talking butterfly, Charlie!

(hey, it's either thinking of that or getting the song from this game stuck in my head again)
kagome654: (Facepalm)
From: [personal profile] kagome654
You know what song gets stuck in my head?

Always, I wanna be with you
And make believe with you
And live in harmony, harmony ooooh love ~ ♪

Goddamn internet. They don't even look alike
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From: [personal profile] phosfate
Dooooooooooooooo iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

Date: 2010-04-29 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
This isn't bad, but frankly, I don't think 'The Last Unicorn' really NEEDS to be a comic. It's a terrific book, and the movie was great, too, but its strengths just aren't the strengths of a comic. Its strengths are its lyrical prose, its resonant descriptions, its evocative dialogue - it's all about the writing style. I mean, it's been a while since I read the thing, but I remember one descriptive phrase quite clearly - the characters are entering a town which is so prosperous that "the mice waddled". That is a GREAT description. It's funny, of course, but it also sums up the character of the town very well - this is a place so wealthy and successful that EVERYONE has more than enough to eat, even the mice. Now, you could draw a picture of a waddling mouse, but it wouldn't have the same effect - it'd just be a sight gag. Comics work best when words and pictures combine to create something that would be incomplete without the other half - 'The last Unicorn' is perfectly complete already; it doesn't NEED embellishing with pretty pictures.

Date: 2010-04-29 02:06 pm (UTC)
phosfate: (Default)
From: [personal profile] phosfate
I felt the same way when the movie came out, but people seem to like it and I don't have to watch the thing.

Date: 2010-04-29 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
The movie's a bit different, though - you can evoke a specific mood in movies more efficiently through the use of sound, art direction, music, voice acting, etc. Furthermore, the movie is much more its own creature, in a way - it adds little touches that were never in the book, like the cat in the kitchen having a peg leg and eyepatch, or the Harpy having three breasts. And then there are the songs, which are fairly haunting... Well, I could go on. Basically, a movie depends on performances by a variety of people, and good performances can correct a variety of ills.

Date: 2010-04-29 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex, that was quick.

Date: 2010-04-29 02:48 pm (UTC)
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Genre: Fantasy)
From: [personal profile] lea_hazel
Pretty. :)

Date: 2010-04-29 02:49 pm (UTC)
roguefankc: Leomon (Default)
From: [personal profile] roguefankc
Oh wow, the art is beautiful!

This is coming out as a trade in the end, right?

Date: 2010-04-29 03:01 pm (UTC)
dimwit90: Robins Together! (Default)
From: [personal profile] dimwit90
I've never even heard of this book/movie/comic before but damn now I want it

Date: 2010-06-01 04:00 pm (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Oh god that art is very pretty. It's not gorgeous, like Madame Xanadu, but for an adaptation? Yikes, that's good.


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