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The Outlaw Prince, by Rob Hughes Book Review | SFReader.com
The Outlaw Prince, by Rob Hughes Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Dark Horse Books Published: 2012 Review Posted: 8/25/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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The Outlaw Prince, by Rob Hughes
Book Review by Mark Allen
Have you read this book?
As in all media, there are works in comics which seem to elevate the
potential of the form. These are the stories that you read and then
think, "Why can't MORE comic books be like this?" Here's another
occasion to ask yourself that question: a four-color tale called The
The first of a set of four volumes planned, Prince begins a retelling of
The Outlaw of Torn, a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs. If you have never
read the novel, however, this graphic "cousin" will seem quite fresh to
you, and that much more entertaining.
As one who never read the source material, I cannot comment on the
loyalty of writer Rob Hughes' adaption. However, I can say that the work
does not "feel" like an abridged version, but rather boasts a sense of
completeness, and a well-paced course of events. It reads nothing like
an adaption, and enjoys a feeling of originality. That, along with
engaging characters, possessing believable motivations, are all credit
to Mr. Hughes' talent as a writer.
The visuals are provided by two men whose talents are known in and
beyond the world of sequential art, and for good reason. Michael Kaluta
provides layouts, over which Thomas Yeates lavishes gorgeous pencil
completions and ink work, turning out a product not unlike those
considered the cream of the adventure strip era. These facts alone would
convince me that this is one of the best graphic works produced in
2011. The colors provided by Yeates, Lori Almeida, Steve Oliff, and
Gloria Vasquez make that opinion a conviction.
No work produced in the last year is more complimentary to the art form.
Find it at your local comics shop, online retailers or auctions, or the
next convention you attend. But, try your local comics shop, first.
The Outlaw Prince is highly recommended for fans of the works of Edgar
Rice Burroughs and Robert E. Howard, enthusiasts of stories from the
Middle Ages, or readers who just like a rip-roarin' good yarn!
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