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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Idea & Design Works Llc; First Edition edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600108512
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600108518
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 4.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Since it was first published in 1968, Beagle's beloved fantasy novel has been made into a stage play and a film—and now this gorgeous, emotive graphic novel adaptation. Set in a fully realized but slightly tongue-in-cheek fantasy world that has inspired everything from The Princess Bride to Stardust, Beagle's story is a romantic fable about a regal unicorn who leaves the forest she has protected since time immemorial to find more of her kin. After a short spell of imprisonment by a witch's traveling circus, she journeys onward with an accident-prone magician, hoping to find the answer to her quest in the land of a coldhearted king and a monstrously fearsome red bull. Along the way, the unicorn and her good-hearted but hapless companion have many encounters, including one with a Robin Hood–esque group of bandits who seem dropped in from a Monty Python skit. Beagle's sumptuously descriptive writing, adapted ably by Gillis, casts a spell throughout, while De Liz's glowing, painterly artwork meshes perfectly with the haunting otherworldly beauty of the story. (Feb.)
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Good work, good art, good story.
lupina24
If you're like me, you've read the book and watched the movie, and so as a fan you might wonder what this newest incarnation of the story has to offer.
M. Natisin
If you are a fan of this story or of unicorns or of beautiful graphic novel fantasies this is a must read.
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By M. Natisin on January 30, 2011
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If you're contemplating purchasing the comic adaptation of "The Last Unicorn" , chances are that this will not be your first foray into the world created by Peter S. Beagle in his best-known novel. In "The Last Unicorn", a unicorn discovers that she is the last of her kind and sets out on a quest to discover that has become of her kin. If you're like me, you've read the book and watched the movie, and so as a fan you might wonder what this newest incarnation of the story has to offer.

The Last Unicorn comic gathers the 6 separate issues released by IDW publishing into one full color hard-cover volume. From a purely aesthetic standpoint the book design is impeccable, with violet foil lettering on front and back and a classy layout. The six chapters that make up the book are separated by pages that sport the same illustrations that were featured on the covers of the respective single comic issues.

There is immediately something a little more "grown up" about the comic adaptation as opposed to the animated movie. Renae de Liz's style may have much to do with this. Her illustrations tend more toward stylized realism than the far more soft, cartoony style employed in the movie. Ray Dillon's colors are atmospheric and brooding. Characters such as the Harpy Celaeno, Mommy Fortuna, Ruhk and King Haggard are actually frightening to look at in the comic version, while their movie versions are a little more approachable. For those comfortable with the representations of characters such as the unicorn (Lady Amalthea), Schmendrick and Molly Grue shown in the 80's animated movie, the character designs of the comic certainly pay homage to those designs.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By contrariwise on August 11, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
For potential buyers, please note that this is the graphic novel version of Peter Beagle's wonderful tale for Kindle. If you are looking for the original book, it is not currently available for Kindle. But if you would like to see reviews and more information about the graphic novel, they can be found here: The Last Unicorn
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cinderellatmidnight on February 16, 2011
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I knew it would be a good comic, but I didn't expect it sooooo beautiful. It's incredible, what a good work. A fantastic edition, perfect for collectors. I'm not a big comic fan but this graphic novel is more than words can describe. It's amazing.

The quality of the cover, the paper, the colours, everything is so accurate, so lovely worked... And it's lovely to see the extra pages with drawings and interviews.

I LOVE IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aulbree on May 9, 2013
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Best book I've ever read in my years of reading. My love for unicorns are great. I have dreamed and hoped to see a real live unicorn since I was three but this book has given me more of a understanding for unicorns and has made me see unicorns in a different way. A good way of how they live and thrive in there protected woods that they have been guardians of for centuries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Enjolras TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Last Unicorn has been a novel and a movie, but in some ways I like the graphic novel version best of all. It combines stunning visuals with Peter Beagle's text. This is a very faithful adaptation of the novel with some influence from the movie, although Renae DeLiz's artwork is of a much more realistic style. The art has bold colors that really jump off the page. As for the story, Peter Gillis wisely stuck to Beagle's language in the novel. Many lines are simply lifted from the book. Gillis also does a good job incorporating more of the story than the movie did. We get to see more of Haggsgate and more of Captain Cully's band (although Haggard's 4 men at arms are absent).

There is a deluxe edition of this graphic novel at Last Unicorn: The Deluxe Edition. The only difference I can tell is that the Deluxe version contains two short stories, one by Gillis and one by Beagle, although neither is set in the world of the Last Unicorn. ALso, the Deluxe version contains more art and comic covers. Note that this version does not come signed, but you can buy it directly from Conlan Press and get it autographed if that's important to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah R on January 12, 2013
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I've loved the move "The Last Unicorn" since I was a kid, but always kind of giggled at the old art style... this book's style is so vibrant and detailed that it takes me back to the way I felt as a kid, but also engages me as an adult. Well written, good pacing, and stunning art- I have no regrets buying this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Angie, When will those clouds all disappear? on December 6, 2013
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The art work in this graphic novel was gorgeous. I couldn't get it to display properly on my computer, with the text being far too small to read, but it worked perfectly on my Kindle Fire. Don't even think about trying it on your phone. This is something to keep in mind before purchasing the kindle version of this book. This is a beloved story from my childhood and likely many of yours, about a unicorn who discovers she is the last of her kind, and sets out on a quest to discover what happened to the others. I read this version to my five year old son. This version, I found, was almost word-for-word like the movie, but with a few additional details and scenes. Except that the art work in this book was so beautiful, the movie pales in comparison. There was more realism, more detail. Schmendrick appeared a less silly and more compelling. Molly was also quite pretty, although of course none of them compare with the Unicorn herself.
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