Alison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden

Alison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden

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by J. Torres, J. Bone
     
 

Alison Dare: Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft in fabulous, graphic adventures.

Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old. She's the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab. To top it off, she's also the niece of an international super-spy; it's no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood! Unfortunately,

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Alison Dare: Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft in fabulous, graphic adventures.

Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old. She's the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab. To top it off, she's also the niece of an international super-spy; it's no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood! Unfortunately, her parents have locked her away at the prestigious St. Joan's Academy for Girls, hoping that this would lead to a more "normal" life for their daughter.

But despite all the strict rules at the school, Alison and her best pals - Wendy and Dot - somehow manage to find themselves involved in adventures that rival those of Alison's globetrotting, planet-saving relatives. Whether it's magic genies, super-powered bank robbers, or a dastardly baron bent on world domination, Alison Dare delivers the best thrills since Indiana Jones and more action than Lara Croft!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Adventure-seekers everywhere have a new heroine to call their own… there is no hero like Alison Dare…. Bone’s expressive black and white illustrations match neatly with Torres’ TV-paced dialogue to create fun, quick reads that will entice both middle grade boys and girls to leap into Alison’s world of adventure."
– Canadianbookseller

"…these short comic books are a lot of fun for young and old alike."
– Matt Staggs, Suvudu

"…are packed with action and wit, and I recommend them to kids and adults alike…."
– Little Willow, Bildungsroman

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Alison Dare, 12, is impetuous and bossy, and her sidekicks follow the old-fashioned Nancy Drew archetypes of "ditzy and timid but good-hearted" and "tomboyish and frumpy but brave." The initial cast of characters outside of the three girls has little introduction, and struggling readers may have a difficult time following the story lines. In Little Miss Adventures, readers eventually meet Alison and learn her story. The action is more about her archaeologist mom and superhero dad, and because she is introduced late in the text, it's a long wait to find out where she fits in to their exciting world. Kids are likely to be bored or frustrated by that wait. Despite the shaky start, Heart of the Maiden has many entertaining moments (including a run-in with an Evil Elvis as "King Memphis" and a completely believable "he said/she said" account of a mummy's curse). Unfortunately, the black-and-white pen-and-ink cells are cramped and styled for teens rather than the elementary audience these books seem to be trying to engage. For uninitiated graphic-novel readers, they have too much text, which takes the place of action, and the action itself is difficult to follow. Traditional novel fans will find plots filled with holes and main characters who are not particularly likable or easy to relate to. These books would serve best in a collection in which readers are primed for more difficult graphic-novel styles.—Sarah Provence, Churchill Road Elementary School, McLean, VA
Kirkus Reviews
An extremely promising premise disappoints with its flat, awkward construction. First published by Oni Press, the once outofprint Alison Dare, daughter of famed archeologist mother and superhero father is back and starting a new semester at St. Joan's Academy for Girls. Before she knows it, 12yearold Alison, her chums and her illustrious family are caught up in a perilous plot to find and protect The Heart of the Maiden, an ancient relic that the nuns at her school have vowed to protect. Short, episodic stories weave together in this volume, but the arrangement is anachronous, creating a confusing timeline for readers to follow. A companion, Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures (9780887769344), publishes simultaneously and is similar in its short episodes and its overall odd juxtaposition of stories. For those unfamiliar with Alison and her gang, there is little back story to explain various characters; those willing to stick with these volumes will eventually piece together this cast. An ambitious concept in need of some polish. (Graphic adventure. 912)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780887769351
Publisher:
Tundra
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

J. TORRES is the acclaimed writer of such kid-friendly comics as Teen Titans Go! and Jason & the Argobots. His partner, artist JASON BONE, is an accomplished cartoonist whose work has graced Spiderman: Tangled Web and Paul Dini's Mutant, Texas.

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