Friday, November 20, 2009
Green Monk, by Brandon Dayton
I love graphic novels/comics and I love Heroic Fantasy and that's what you get with Green Monk. I practically learned to read on comics and I have quite a number in my library. Green Monk is a welcome addition in with the pocket sized variety-which is one of its striking features. It is postcard sized and as such every page is a panel. Dayton's art for the book perfectly gives you the stark resonance of a mythic tale. It is simple black and white and the panel by panel play forces you to take your time with the tale rather than than jumping quickly on the usual 6-8 panel page.
A sword and sorcery tale usually pits a hero against something monstrous and magical-Green Monk has that and like the truly great S&S tales there is always something more underlying too. The Green Monk, Alexey is wandering a mythical Russian countryside after being expelled from his monastery-bound with this is his magical greenblade-which has the power to break all things asunder.
Yes, I've pretty much just given you page one and I hate to tell too much in reviews so back to what I think of the tale. It's excellent, Dayton's yarn-spinning had me captivated. There is always more to the story than it initially looks-Dayton brought some nice twists from both sides of the conflict involved and I eagerly await what he does next with both the Green Monk saga and any other projects.
Here you can order Green Monk for the paltry sum of 5 bucks. A steal in the current comic market. Also check out his other pieces.