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Posted December 17, 2013
I am a huge fan of Once Upon a Time. I can't not watch this show and if I had to only pick one current show to watch, it would be this. I'd sneak in episodes of How I Met Your Mother too, but it's in it's last season so that's okay. The nice thing about Shadow of the Queen is that it's not a graphic novel from of an episode, but an entirely new story that we didn't see on the show. It's a short story and doesn't really affect the series, but you get insight into the Huntsman and what happened to the werewolves after Ruby "betrayed" them. In all fairness, they did start it.
The story itself was done very well. It was involved and helped the viewers of the show to connect more with the Huntsman - who don't see nearly enough as it is. I wouldn't stay the story is necessary to the plot from the television show, but it is a fun additive.
The drawings were done very well with attention paid to all details. The illustrators did an amazing job of capturing the likeness of the actors, even down to facial expressions. Joe's comment on this graphic novel was that the layout was done nicely with a nice variety and the drawings one of the better that he has come across. Side note: This comment was in reference to those illustrators he hasn't heard of/come across before. He can be such a graphic novel snob! But I love him so I just roll my eyes and go with it.
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Posted February 2, 2014
Despite what the introduction says about how accessible the story is, I can't imagine anyone who doesn't watch Once Upon A Time picking this graphic novel up. Hopefully for Marvel and ABC, the Once core audience is rabid enough that they will pick up all associated media -- especially media that seems to fit into the Canon of the show, as this story does.
The first thing the creators did right was set the story completely in the Enchanted Forest and tell it in chronological order. Switching back and forth with Storybrooke and bouncing in time is a comic book trademark as much as a Once/Lost/etc trait, but I think in would have worked against the story here. The second thing they did right was make this a Canon story -- from the executive producers introduction, it's clear this is a story they had developed during season one but unable to fit into the constraints of the season ... and as much as fans love and miss The Huntsman and Red Riding Hood, the show has moved on from their stories. The story is paced well and the dialogue at least rings true to the actors, especially the dialogue for the Evil Queen (somewhat less so for Red, sad to say). If the Once producers and Marvel can continue to coordinate their stories and let these stand-alone graphic novels fill in the gaps in story for the secondary characters like the Huntsman and Red (and the werewolf tribe Red is exiled from), the series might just work.
The thing that works against this book is the wildly variable artwork. On the one hand, you have a chapter by the still-phenomenal-after-all-these-years Michael Wm. Kaluta. Visually, that was my favorite chapter of the book. Unfortunately, the chapter art doesn't all mesh -- chapter two in particular doesn't fit or flow with the rest of the book's look. It's not that the art is bad, it's that the sudden change in look threw me out of the story. I'm not sure what the intent was of having multiple art styles telling the same continuous story.
Still the art is a minor quibble in a story that was fun to read and complementing the source material.
Posted December 23, 2013
I LOVED this. I thought it was a great back story of the Huntsman and The Evil Queen. If you love the show you will more than likely love this. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE <3 ... there will be a next one... right?!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 22, 2014
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