The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark

The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345521002
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/27/2010
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 8.12(w) x 8.04(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range: 16 - 18 Years

About the Author

Mike Raicht spent four years as an editor at Marvel Comics. Since leaving Marvel his writing credits range from superhero comics, such as Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Superman, and Hulk, to more horror-oriented fare like Army of Darkness, Deadworld, and Marvel's MAX Zombie.

Brian Smith is a former Marvel Comics editor and character art manager for Nickelodeon. His writing and illustration clients include HarperCollins, MAD Kids, Strottman International, Nickelodeon, American Greetings, and Time Out New York, to name a few. Currently, he illustrates the "Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA LOUD BOY!" series of graphic novels for Penguin USA.

Charles Paul Wilson III is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. He currently resides in New Jersey as a staff artist for Tell-A-Graphics while working on projects such as The Stuff of Legend and Vigilante Granny.

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The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
4sarad on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I think I just don't like graphic novels. They're just not long enough for me to care about any of the characters! Kid gets kidnapped in the first couple of pages? What do I care? I don't even know his name. Pretty nice art, though.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing 26 days ago
The "boy" lives in Brooklyn in 1944 with his family and shares a room with a younger brother (and sometimes a pup named Scout.) Until the evening that he's kidnapped by the Boogeyman and his toys come to life to defend him. The toys, a solider, a ballerina, an Indian, a piggy bank, a duck, jack-in-the-box, a stuffed bear, and Scout--band together and venture into the realm of the Dark to rescue him. There they find a battle on their hands, as the Boogeyman has swayed other toys to join him in a land where they will never be discarded. Can the toys save the boy or will darkness befall all of the land?I can't quite put my finger on it but something about this story seems...familiar. Perhaps its the fact that toys are coming to life or that they go into a closet and end up in a completely different world ruled by some evil figure. Nah...even though there are some familiar elements to this tale, it's never been told like this. The writing is solid (although they do get a bit over the top with some of the toys not liking Scout too much) and it's a great adventure story for those ages 10 and up (although you may want to read through it first before giving it to your child because it is a bit dark.) The story flows well and doesn't show us every moment of what the toys have gone through, but hits the high points. I do wish we could have seen more of the Colonel before he met his untimely demise, but its a fantastic story that leaves you wanting more. The sepia toned artwork has a nice feel to it, really setting the stage for the story and making us feel like we're reading about an adventure in the past in the days of old. It also adds well to the general darkness of the story, setting the mood, and letting the reader know just how dark things maybe in this world. This volume also includes a story about the Colonel's journal, along with some character sketches.I look forward to seeing what the next volume brings and I hope that the story continues to improve.
YouthGPL on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This is certainly a different kind of graphic novel. It is a very interesting idea about children and their fear of the Boogey Man.The Boy who is never named is taken from his bed during the night by the Boogey Man. His dog, Scout, tries to sound the alarm. Unfortunately the boy is gone into The Dark. The toys gather and some volunteer to go into The Dark via the closet to rescue the boy.Once they enter The Dark, they become real. Each one has a very interesting and sometimes disturbing personality. They do not always agree as to what they should be doing but all but one agrees that they must get their boy back.They must battle the forces of the Boogey Man and face a real danger of losing their lives. They must also face a despotic Mayor in the town of Hopscotch. Again they must depend on their wits to get out alive.The sepia drawings give an otherworldly look to the story. It almost makes you believe if you went into the "right" (or is that wrong) closet you might find yourself in The Dark. I picked up the book because of the cover and the fierce looking teddy bear. I started reading and very quickly got invested in the storyline. It is harsh and grim. I would not recommend this to a reader below the third grade. The book ends without the toys rescuing the boy and with the loss of one of their number. I sincerely hope that Mike Raicht is planning on continuing this story. I HAVE to know what happens next! I think anyone who reads this has to agree that this is something very different and special.
kivarson on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This sepia-toned story takes us to Brooklyn in 1944, where an epic battle plays out in the dark, dark closet of a child. Lead by a toy soldier, a beagle puppy, Indian maiden, ballerina, jack-in-the box, duck pull-toy, teddy bear and piggy bank brave the land of the boogeyman to bring their boy home.The narrative is as strong as the richly detailed illustrations, addressing larger themes of leadership, loyalty and free will.My vote for best graphic novel of 2010.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I picked this up on a whim at the bookstore because it just look so darn neat. It is the first in a series of at least two graphic novels targeted at the Middle Grade age group. The second book will be titled The Jungle and is due out in May of 2011. It was very well done. It is a beautiful book with wonderful illustrations and a dark and engaging story.When their child is kidnapped from them by the Boogeyman the child's toys send a rescue team into the Dark to rescue him. The team consists of a Colonel, a teddy bear, a duck, a piggy bank, a jester, an indian princess, and a ballerina. Once they enter the Dark they are transformed into more real-life versions of themselves and are forced to combat the evil minions of the Boogeyman.This book reminded a bit of the movie Toy Story, but darker and with monsters and battles. The dark tone of it also reminded some of The Plucker by Brom. The story is engaging and interesting; the toys all have unique personalities of their own. You can't help but be drawn into their epic adventure to rescue the boy they love. The world of the Dark is creepy and a bit scary, so this isn't a book for younger children but children middle grade and up should enjoy it. There are some neat ideas in here; the idea of the Dark being the Boogeyman's kingdom is a good one. At one point the Toys get trapped on a game board where they have to play to live; again an idea I've seen before but an excellent idea and well executed in this book.The illustrations are awesome and beautiful; they are all done in sepia tones. There were points were I wished that we could see the Dark in a full color palette but the choice to go with sepia tones matches the tone of the story...and of course it is The Dark so it is ironic that it is not in full color.The story itself does get a bit confusing. In general we follow the toys on their journey but there are short breaks where the story goes back to the child and his brother. The boys are playing with the toys and it is hard to tell if these scenes are from the past or if the boys are playing with the toys in the present, yet the toys are able to journey through the dark at the same time. I just wasn't sure what was going on here.The book ends well enough, but the Toys definitely have quite a bit further to go on their journey before they find their Boy.Overall an excellent read. It looses half a star because the story gets a bit confusing at points and I really think the story would have had more impact if it had been done in muted full color tones (although I understand why the authors/illustrator chose not to go this route). I will be checking out future book in this series. I think readers that enjoy a good fantasy adventure graphic novel with a dark overtone to it will enjoy this. If you liked Plucker by Brom I would check it out (although Plucker is a lot darker than this book).
stretch on LibraryThing 26 days ago
The Stuff of Legend was unsuspected surprise. The story follows the adventures of a group of toys as they battle the evil Boogeyman who kidnapped their boy, in the terrible realm known as The Dark. All the young boy's forgotten and used toys appear to have banded together in The Dark and under the rule of the Boogeyman strive to undermine the group of ¿loyalist¿ from saving the boy . Think Toy Story meets Winnie the Pooh on the dark side of the street. While the story draws from Toy Story and Winnie the Pooh, it is very much a grown up story full of dark under tones, treachery, and bloody battles. As this is a first novel the storyline and characters are all introduced to readers. There are various characters that really stick with readers and others that have yet to truly shine but this is definitely a great start to all of the characters. The strongest aspect of The Stuff of Legend is truly the illustrations that are present. While some graphic novels choose to go with the vibrant colors, this one goes with sepia and brownish tones. This choice of colors fits with the setting and the whole novel. The time period of the novel is 1940s. Beyond the color choice is the details of the illustrations, every time I read this novel I found something else outstanding about the illustrations.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing 26 days ago
What a fantastic find this was! Sarah, Brad and I were out having our usual Friday night, and we stopped at one of our local bookstores, and there, sitting on the shelf in the graphic novel section, was The Stuff of Legend, and one look at the cover told me this was something I needed to take home, and I'm not sorry at all that I bought it.The writers waste no time in getting into the story, as the boy (who I think remained nameless throughout the book) is kidnapped by the Boogeyman within the first 4 pages of the story. Eight of his toys decide to rescue him, as they feel this is their duty to him. The boy's dog, Scout, accompanies them into the Dark, where the toys undergo an amazing transformation, becoming the real, 'living' counterparts to their toy selves (for instance, the boy's teddy bear Max because a fierce grizzly bear). The toys are victorious against the Boogeyman's army in their first battle, but suffer a grave loss afterward in the form of a possible traitor in their midst.The story does move along a little quickly, but it doesn't detract from the actual storytelling at all. There is real emotion in this book. It is a dark tale, but ultimately one that has a redemptive value that I think is rarely seen in this type of story. The only unfortunate aspect of the story is that it is being published in periodical form (this is a collected edition of the first two issues of the comic books), so there is going to be some wait until the next edition is released.The art is beautiful as well, rendered in duotone pencil illustrations and presented to look like the pages of an old scrapbook or photo album. the transformation of the toys into their new selves is impressive, and I loved how the Boogeyman is drawn. He's both beautiful and horrible, all at the same time. It is simply an overall gorgeous presentation, and I am quite delighted that I stumbled on this in the bookstore. Now, just to wait for the next volume to be released so we can find out what happens next!Highly recommended.
bookgirlokc on LibraryThing 26 days ago
This is a wonderfully dark and delightful little story. I absolutely loved it and can't wait to see what happens next! I definitely recommend it for anybody who loves Bill Willingham's Fables series.
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I find this work so engrossing. It has wonderfully drawn scenes with writing that brings them to life. I highly recommend this work. It is brilliant.
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