Intended to be a companion of sorts, though independently digestible, to this summer’s feature film of the video-game character created by Mechner in the 1980s, this graphic novel collects five stories drawn by different artists. A group of scoundrels is arrested after throwing a lavish party, paid for by hawking treasure they couldn’t possibly have come by honestly, and in the tradition of the Arabian Nights tales, each tells a loosely interlinked story to help persuade the governor of his innocence.The artwork ranges from dramatically cartoony to nearly photorealistic and provides suitably exotic flavoring to the whole. The interplay between the stories and the way they dance about the character of the prince is compelling, but readers might feel tricked that the sword-wielding hero bursting forth from the cover only makes a few scanty appearances inside. A. B. Sina and LeUyem Pham’s graphic novel Prince of Persia (2008) is a more original and thought-entangling treatment, while this one feels more mainstreamed, with a fate likely linked to how well the movie plays. Grades 6-9. --Ian Chipman
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