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Product Details

  • Series: Dungeon (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing; Original edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561634395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561634392
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,528,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Thrilling action and gentle whimsy nestle comfortably together in this charming import by a trio of French comics superstars, a swashbuckling fantasy starring anthropomorphic animals. A boyhood in the country didn't prepare idealistic, bird-headed Hyacinthe for his move to the city. He soon recognizes how corrupt the place is. His scheming uncle is oppressing the underclass elves while organizing a civic festival where a towering arboress will be burned alive. Little Hyacinthe feels helpless to intervene directly, and he even develops a crush on one of his uncle's minions, a cold-blooded snake-woman assassin. He escapes his moral frustration by becoming the Night Shirt, a masked fighter for justice who behaves like a mixture of Errol Flynn and Opus the penguin. Sfar and Trondheim's script creates a marvelous world in which the characters can startle readers by being genuinely strange but also human. Blain's loose but highly skilled art makes silly scenes poignant or exciting. When, after rescuing the arboress, the Night Shirt must urge his steed to leap across a polluted canal, his silhouette against the moon is simultaneously absurd and heroic. Somehow, the parody actually reinforces the adventure. (Nov.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up–In this Robin Hood-type adventure, a masked bird finds himself in a corrupt place and seeks to fight for justice and rid the city of corruption. The dialogue is fresh, witty, and well paced; the art is dark and helps set the tone of the story. However, the design is poor. The print is too small and uses a font that is hard to read; in several places there are too many cells on the page, which detracts from the story. Also, many of the illustrations are too similar. If not for the layout, this book would be comparable to other satirical comics such as Jeff Smith's Bone series (Scholastic).–Scott La Counte, Anaheim Public Library, CA
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin H. Moy on September 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
I love the main books in the Dungeon series, but had somehow never gotten around to reading the Early Years series despite the art being handled by Christophe Blain, who I am a big fan of. Unfortunately, the writing here is oddly not consistent with the quality found in the rest of the series. It starts out a bit disengaged from the reader and stays that way all the way through. Everything here seems to be a slightly diluted version of what is found in the other volumes of the Dungeon series. Despite being chronologically the first book in the series, I cannot really recommend this book as a starting point for some somebody interested in reading the series (for this I recommend Dungeon Zenith 1: Duck Heart, which is amazingly good.) Also, the book is not really for kids despite its all-ages appearances as there is a bit o' the sex in it.
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By Sean Poppe on August 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
A more focused Dungeon tale, it follows the evolution of the vigilante 'the night-shirt'. The book showcases the ever charming art of French artist Lewis Trondheim. The focused local and diverse cast of characters helps this tale stick out amongst an already impressive string of Dungeon collections. Erotic and dangerous, fantasy fans would do well to check out The Night Shirt.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Josic on June 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am very occasional reader of comics, but I thought this one

was quite entertaining. The series was recommended in a recent

NYT article, so I decided to take a look. The art does not compare

to the French greats like Moebius, but it fits the story. My understanding

is that this is not representative of the other entries in the series,

but I'd still recommend it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Picturebooks4 on January 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
artwork, story, characters, adventure, hilarious writing -- this has it all.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Joann Sfar, Dungeon: The Early Years, vol. 1: The Night Shirt (Nantier Ball Minoustchine, 2005)

Did you know Hyacinthe used to be a crimefighter? It's true! Sfar, Trondheim, and Blain give you the skinny in The Night Shirt, volume I of Dungeon: The Early Years, which deals with the care and feeding of the young Hyacinthe, who finds himself transformed (through no fault of his own, mind you) into a masked crusader for justice after going to the big city to live with his corrupt uncle.

My initial impression of the book was "starts slow and gets better as it goes on," but I've come to realize that "gets better" was not the book, it's me-- I got used to the layout, which is often mediocre at best, with everything crammed into far too small a space.

Not one of Dungeon's best volumes, but if you're a fan, you'll get a kick out of it. ** ½
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