GRAPHIC NOVELS

Moonshadow: The Definitive Edition

Dark Horse. Jun. 2019. 512p. ISBN 9781506709468. $29.99; ebk. ISBN 9781506709550. Rated: Teen+. literary/fantasy
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In 1968, an alien being kidnaps a bohemian woman named Sunflower and deposits her in an intergalactic zoo where she gives birth to a son Moonshadow. Fifteen years later, their captors suddenly, without warning, exile mother and son, along with their cat, Frodo, and an abusive miscreant named Ira. Cast adrift in a chaotic galaxy, Moonshadow will in time become a soldier, thief, prisoner, actor, courtesan, and exile, as he journeys across the universe toward adulthood. DeMatteis (Daredevil Epic Collection) combines satire, poetry, and profanity, with profound explorations of philosophical concepts, all presented in glorious, watercolor illustrations by Muth (Global Frequency: Deluxe Edition). The result is a sprawling, picaresque coming-of-age story that remains one of the most sophisticated and literary graphic novels ever created.
VERDICT This classic work has been regarded as a beloved masterpiece since its initial release between 1985 and 1987. This new, definitive edition, which features a plethora of production notes, sketches, and script pages, is sure to enhance its reputation

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