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The Only Living Boy #1: Prisoner of the Patchwork Planet Hardcover – March 8, 2016
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Gr 4–7—Twelve-year-old Erik is running away, and he stops to spend the night in the shelter of a rock outcrop in New York City's Central Park. When he wakes up, he finds himself in an alternate version of the city, complete with monstrous creatures baring their enormous teeth and an evil-looking dragon sitting atop the Empire State Building. Erik gets knocked out during a fight with the monsters and wakes up in a prison cell, where he learns that he is the only living human left in the world. He decides to free his fellow prisoners and fight back against their captor, an evil scientist named Doctor Once. Erik's escape leads him to further adventures in an underground kingdom, built under what was once New York City. This action-packed graphic novel is filled with vividly colored and incredibly detailed illustrations of a wide variety of fantasy creatures, some terrifying and some endearing. From start to finish, the story line proceeds at a breakneck pace, with sometimes abrupt scene changes and little room for character development. However, readers who enjoy constant action and huge fight scenes will find much to like in this volume, and they will arrive at the end breathless and ready for the next installment in the series. VERDICT A fun offering for comic fans who love action and adventure.—Sarah Reid, Broome County Public Library, Binghamton, NY
"THE ONLY LIVING BOY is ready to join the ranks of books like BONE and AMULET as one of the very best.... A great blend of fantasy and pulp elements that will appeal to fans of all ages." -- BLASTR
"Boy meets (alien) world in the excellent scifi adventure comic The Only Living Boy."--io9
"Ellis' full-color art looks like something right out of a classic fantasy comic... The episodic plot and quick-fire pace will appeal to reluctant readers hoping for a big payoff from a small package."-- BOOKLIST
"Gallaher's fantastic story & exotic locales are filled with dangerous creatures but his characters are instantly relatable to young readers. They grapple with issues like intolerance, finding self confidence, and feeling like the odd person out."-- THE GOOD MEN PROJECT
"An all-ages adventure book inspired by pulp serials, Saturday morning cartoons, Jack Kirby, and even the music of Paul Simon."--MENTAL FLOSS
"A hero with memory loss, scaly monsters, alien heroines, giant evil dragons, underground cities, secrets, this is adventuresome, fast-paced alternate reality action with engaging, layered characters and great, great drawing. Everything you could possibly want in a comic."
-- Nick Abadzis, Writer of LAIKA
"Gallaher's story presents a classic tale of fantasy exploration."-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Paul Pope and Jack Kirby never had a chance to work together, but if they had, it would be only slightly less awesome than this."--Mark Waid, Writer of DAREDEVIL, KINGDOM COME, and FLASH
"[David Gallaher's] career has been spent kind of on the front lines of comic book innovation."--- DEN OF GEEK (US)
"A modern masterpiece for all ages. I wish more comics were like this." -- Jimmy Palmiotti, Writer of HARLEY QUINN and JONAH HEX
"A young lad named Erik runs away from home and finds himself the sole human child capable of saving an unfriendly new world. Add in a mermaid and a bug lady, and you have the makings of a rollicking action fantasy in the spirit of Jack Kirby's Kamandi."-- PANELS
"Young readers may come for the insect princess and the dragon, but they will stay because they will see a character who struggles with the same uncertainties and anxieties they do." -- FANGIRL NATION
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To top off a great reading experience, David Gallaher MAXIMIZED our love for the book by visiting our classroom and engaging with kids on what it means to be a creator of comics, including how to do work that makes you happy while living the life of a writer (exhibiting daily early morning routines and persistence, love of storytelling, and even sometimes having the rare chance to sing with Stan Lee!). Hands down, our students left inspired and, most importantly, ready to create their OWN characters and stories!