Are you a graphic novel fan whose tastes skew toward dark fantasy? Got an e-reader? Well, have I got a deal for you — or rather, publisher Penguin Random House does: Mike Raicht, Brian Smith, and illustrator Charles Wilson’s graphic novel The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark, for the dirt-cheap price of $1.99. (Ebook only.)
What’s it all about? Well, my most munificent friend, I’m glad you asked. Imagine “Toy Story” as directed by Neil Gaiman. Set in Brooklyn, New York, 1944, The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark is the story of a group of toys who set out to rescue the child boy who owns them after he is kidnapped by the bogey man. To complete their quest, they’ll have to face not only the bogey man, but also angry forgotten toys, and traitors in their ranks.
You might already know Raicht as a former Marvel Comics editor. He worked with a bunch of top-notch characters, including Spider-man, and the Hulk. Outside of Marvel, he’s worked with Batman, Army of Darkness, Deadworld, and lots of other stuff you’ve undoubtedly heard of. Smith, like Raicht, is a former Marvel Comics editor, and has worked in character design and illustration for Nickelodeon and other high profile clients. Wilson is an established independent artist with a ton of credits to his name, and if you take a look at The Stuff of Legend you’ll see why: he’s fantastic.
The Stuff of Legend is a great bargain at this price, and just the thing to wind down with after a long holiday weekend. Give it a shot.