The Adventures of Julius Chancer: Volume One

The Adventures of Julius Chancer: Volume One

by Garen Ewing
     
 

The exciting first installment in The Rainbow Orchid, an ambitious blend of classic storytelling and cinematic artwork in which adventure, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly intertwined

Welcome to the biggest new adventure in comics—a spectacular epic featuring innumerous surprises, brilliant characters, and all the

Overview

The exciting first installment in The Rainbow Orchid, an ambitious blend of classic storytelling and cinematic artwork in which adventure, historical drama, and legend are seamlessly intertwined

Welcome to the biggest new adventure in comics—a spectacular epic featuring innumerous surprises, brilliant characters, and all the nostalgia of an old-school adventure tale. In Volume One, follow the story's hero—Julius Chancer, the adventurous assistant to historical researcher Sir Alfred Catesby-Grey—as he embarks on a hazardous quest for the rainbow orchid, a mythical flower steeped in legend that was last mentioned by the ancient Greek philosopher Theophrastus. Julius' epic journey takes him from 1920s Britain to the Indian subcontinent and its mysterious lost valleys.             

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This debut graphic novel from England offers a delightful tale of pulp adventure in a classic style. Set in the 1920s, the first book in the Adventures of Julius Chancer series introduces a fierce competition over exotic flowers and an ancient sword. Julius takes on the quest to find a rare, mythical orchid, accompanied by silent movie star Lily Lawrence, in order to save a Lawrence family treasure from being gambled away. But diabolical businessman Urkaz Grope will stop at nothing to win his bet with Lily’s father—including eliminating Julius and Lily. Complete with a nosy, chaos-causing reporter and a bumbling Hollywood agent, this first episode feels like an old friend from the outset, and young readers new to the style will find the clear lines and bright colors engaging, reminiscent of the Tintin adventures. Two more volumes are already available in the U.K. Ages 9�up. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

"Engaging characters, exciting old-school adventure [and] fluid storytelling . . . one of the best graphic novels of the year."  —Brian Talbot, author, Alice in Sunderland

"While this is a perfect combination of send-up and memorial to Hergé, it’s also a strong work even for those [who] have managed (how?) to have never met Tintin." — Booklist

"This book mixes adventure, legend, history and fun and comic book lovers won't be able to get enough of it." — [Uniontown, PA] Union-Standard

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
Julius Chancer and his boss Mr. Palfrey purchase a very valuable manuscript from Mr. Alfred. The story then flips to another scene, in which a newspaper reporter named Mr. Pickle is stopped by thugs and is told to not publish anything about Mr. Grope's botanical escapades. Mr.Pickle seeks to interview Lily, an actress who seems to have a different reason for returning to town at this time. Mr. Pickle is sure it has to do with her father, Mr. Grope, entering the orchid competition. The story then returns to Julius Chancer and Mr. Palfrey. After reading the newspaper article about the black orchid, Chancer realizes that the only flower that can take the prize over that flower would be the rainbow orchid, which some people do not believe exists. His travels take him to the Indian subcontinent, where many mysterious lost valleys may hide the exotic bloom. There is a lot going on in this story, but the reader is pulled in on the first page by excitement, surprises, history, and many colorful characters. The artwork is excellent, and this book will appeal to a variety of skilled and reluctant readers. There is violence included, in the way some men chased the good guys with bats. This is the first volume in "The Adventures of Julius Chancer" series; Ewing includes a snapshot of the next volume and a page showing how to draw one of the scenes. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405248532
Publisher:
Egmont UK
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
Rainbow Orchid Series, #1
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
680,100
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Garen Ewing is a graphic designer and illustrator, as well as the author of a number of popular online comics, including Charlie Jefferson and the Tomb of Nazaleod.

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