The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel by Michael Moreci
First of all I’d like to say that what really drew me to this Graphic Novel was the amazing cover. I’m totally digging the Art Deco feel. Secondly, I found the premise of the story interesting. We all know about how Dick Grayson becomes Robin, but not much about his life before the events that would change his life forever. The story does not touch on that aspect at all.
I think the author, Michael Moreci, did a great job capturing Dick Grayson’s personality. The young and headstrong trapeze artist that rebels against his parents. (He’s kind of like that with Batman too). Dick investigates the rival carnival that sets up next to theirs and subsequently meets an equally mysterious girl with magical powers. Ultimately, it comes down to his loyalty to his family or the girl whom he’s slowly finding himself falling in love with.
The Lost Carnival is full of mystery and magic and I loved the monotone colors throughout. Especially, the distinctive color changes from Dick’s circus vs. Luciana’s. Which kind of gives the reader a hint of suspicion. (Well, for me it did anyway).
While the plot kind of lends itself to being obvious, it was still an entertaining, fast read. Also, Sas Millidge’s illustrations were well done and fit with the overall theme.
♦Thanks DC Entertainment for providing me a copy of this Graphic Novel for review!♦
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
The Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel
Haly's traveling circus no longer has the allure of its glamorous past, but it still has one main attraction: the Flying Graysons, a family of trapeze artists featuring a teenage Dick Grayson. The only problem is that Dick loathes spending his summers performing tired routines for dwindling crowds.
When the Lost Carnival opens nearby and threatens to pull Haly's remaining customers, Dick is among those drawn to its nighttime glow. But there are ancient forces at work at the Lost Carnival, and when Dick meets the mysterious Luciana and her nomadic family, he may be too mesmerized to recognize the danger ahead.
Beneath the carnival's dazzling fireworks, Dick must decide who he is and who he wants to be--choosing between loyalty to his family history and a glittering future with new friends and romance. Writer Michael Moreci and artist Sas Milledge redefine Dick Grayson in The Lost Carnival, a young adult graphic novel exploring the power and magic of young love.
About Sas Milledge
Sas Milledge is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia. She graduated with a B.Des in
animation from RMIT University in 2016 and has since worked in comics, animation design,
and illustration in both Australia and abroad. Alongside her own comics and illustration
projects, she has completed work for BOOM! Studios, BlinkInk, Sparknotes, 12Field
Animation, and the Jim Henson Company.
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