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Posted May 8, 2012
This is a really beautiful book, full of meaningful witticisms and quirky characters. I don't usually read graphic novels, so perhaps that's why I found this one a little hard to follow, but it was great fun and full of gorgeous artwork. Overall I enjoyed it greatly.
Some of my favourite lines from the book:
"They were completely unaware of their importance, as all those who truly affect others should be."
"Many believed they held the answers, but everyone had forgotten the questions."
"Like so much in Anorev, what should be had been for too long, becoming what it shouldn't."
"There's always time for lessons, especially when you have time."
"Some want what they can never have and think it's love."
Posted November 25, 2010
Return of the Dapper Men is unlike any other graphic novel I've read. Certainly not this year or last. The exterior of this book caught my eye - its breathtaking cover and design brought me back to finer days spent in the library reading wonderful fairy tales by J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery; however, the art inside the book leaves you speechless. Janet Lee has done a number on us and I beg for more. Her unique decoupage style is detailed in the back of the book including how it creates a depth (almost 3D quality) to this amazing steampunk fairytale. The story of Anorev and its inhabitants share a wonderful quality to those of Barrie, Carroll and de Saint-Exupery - it takes you to a far away fantastical land that exists to delight and amaze you while bringing up questions that we all struggle to answer. Why am I here? What am I supposed to do or become? Why is the world the way it is? Do I have a choice? Anorev is a land without time. Without time, there can be no change. Without change, can there be growth or answers to these questions? Jim McCann spins a spectacular story and builds a wonderful world unlike any other. He successfully creates unique and captivating voices (I read the narrator as Jim Dale) to tell a tale of a clockwork universe, dapper men, robot people and unruly kids. In the end, like most great fairy tales, this is a tale of morality, with several morals in play at the same time. I'm ecstatic to find out that this is one (1) of three (3) volumes planned for this amazing whimsical world of dapper men. I plan to come back time-after-time. I would recommend you do the same. Return of the Dapper Men is a book for all ages, in terms of readers and its place in literature.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.