The Stranger by Bastien Vives
  

The Stranger

Written by Bastien Vives
Illustrated by

Synopsis

The Stranger by Bastien Vives

It's Game of Thrones meets Avatar: The Last Airbender in this action-packed science-fiction/fantasy adventure series. The Games are already underway when Richard Aldana arrives in town. This mysterious stranger smokes cigarettes and wears a leather jacket while everyone else in the medieval realm is casting spells and weaving tapestries. Nobody knows what to make of him, but when Aldana enrols in the games he quickly becomes a top contender. Eschewing magic and using only his martial arts prowess, Aldana also befriends and protects a small boy named Adrian. Who will win the games? Who is Richard Aldana, really? And what is the ultimate purpose of this gruelling gladiatorial contest?

Reviews

Last Man is irresistible. Blending elements of manga and bande dessinee with a loose boldness and a flair for fantasy, this series is a winner. - Paul Pope, author of Battling Boy

The art is particularly striking, with loose, flowing lines and spare details that make the fight scenes truly sing, while in close-up range, the characters

--Booklist

Recommend to graphic novel fans looking for something new--they will not be disappointed. --School Library Journal

Last Man is irresistible. Blending elements of manga and bande dessinee with a loose boldness and a flair for fantasy, this series is a winner. Paul Pope, author of Battling Boy

The art is particularly striking, with loose, flowing lines and spare details that make the fight scenes truly sing, while in close-up range, the characters features tighten into focus, creating uniquely lovely portraiture.

Fight scenes are buoyed by the use of minimal contours, with Balak, Vives, and Sanlaville drawing on their respective experiences as animator, cartoonist, and video-game designer to give the action a visceral flow.

Recommend to graphic novel fans looking for something new they will not be disappointed.

Sharp black, white, and gray illustrations work smoothly with the text, often featuring key wordless events that evoke the coziness of Adrian s relationship with his mother or the mostly silent physicality of a fight.

About the Author

Balak (a star from the world of French animation), Sanlaville, (a star from the world of French video gaming), and Vives (a star from the world of French comics) are the three powers behind the Last Man series.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
208 pages

Author

Bastien Vives
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Publisher

First Second an imprint of Roaring Brook Press

Publication date

23rd March 2015

ISBN

9781626720466


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