The Last Unicorn
by Peter S. Beagle
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 08 Feb 2011 | Archive Date 01 Sep 2012
Whimsical. Lyrical. Poignant. Adapted for the first time from the acclaimed and beloved novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is a tale for any age about the wonders of magic, the power of love, and the tragedy of loss. The unicorn, alone in her enchanted wood, discovers that she may be the last of her kind. Reluctant at first, she sets out on a journey to find her fellow unicorns, even if it means facing the terrifying anger of the Red Bull and malignant evil of the king who wields his power.
Adapted by Peter B. Gillis and lushly illustrated by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon.
"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." -- Publishers Weekly
“The only word for this comic is... perfect! The Last Unicorn is mind-bogglingly wonderful. Perfect, absolutely, unfathomably perfect. All the magic and wonder is here, accompanied by some of the most astounding art to be seen in a comic. It's a guaranteed great read and a definite candidate for best of the year.” — Karyn Pinter, Comics Bulletin.com