The Last Unicorn

Peter S. Beagle, Author, Renae De Liz, Illustrator, Peter B Gillis, Adapted by
Peter S. Beagle, Peter Gillis and Renae De Liz, IDW, $24.99 (152p) ISBN 978-1-60010-851-8
Reviewed on: 02/21/2011
Release date: 02/01/2011
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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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