marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

The Wizard's Tale

The Wizard's Tale by Kurt Busiek and David Wenzel  A fantasy graphic novel.

Once upon a time (all good stories should start like that ;) there was a wizard.  Bafflerog Rumplewhisker.  Being an evil wizard, he was brewing up a storm to dump on the village below.  His best friend, a toad named Gumpwort, told him he didn't have to do it, but, as Bafflerog explains, he's an evil wizard.  He comes from a long line of evil wizards, and what they do is evil wizardry.  What would he be if he were not an evil wizard?

His cute little alchemicals (the only thing he can summon, when all the other evil wizards can get glooms) get into the spell, and the next thing he knows he's cast a rainstorm.  The villagers are jumping for joy -- there had been a drought -- and then a rainbow appears.  Which means the sun can't be far behind.

Grimthorne, the head of the Darksome Council, appears to complain of his neglience in letting in so much little, and then of his worse neglect:  he has not been torturing Gumpwort to find out where he hid the Book of Worse.  If only they had that, they could crush hope in the land, and Gumpwort knows where it it.

And when Grimthorne leaves, Gumpwort tells Bafflerog the location -- much to his dismay.  He sets out on the quest -- and things get even more interesting from there.

A fun story, all around.  Neatly fit together, humorous plot, with  whimsical characters and twists on fairy tale plots.  Wonderful, sweet art, which fits the story perfectly.   Perhaps the conversations that fill in the information are a little obvious -- well, some of them.  But it's just a little roughness about the edges.
Tags: fiction reviews: high fantasy, graphic novel/manga, whimsy

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