marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Bird Boy Volume 1: The Sword of Mali Mani

Bird Boy Volume 1: The Sword of Mali Mani by Anne Szabla

I read the webcomic. Now I have the first collection!

An unusual world. Full of masks. That is, all the humans wear them, and all the animals too. Bears, owls, wolves -- you name it, wears a mask.

It opens with a very mythic prologue. Then we have a hunt where Bali, a small and clumsy boy, is brought on the hunt and told that he was brought to carry, not throw, spears. When the hunters go off, he tries throwing a spear at birds. It ends with the spear in the forest, which is forbidden. He goes in after.

It involves falling into an abandoned home, a refusal to let Bali be initiated and become a man, ringing a bell at owls, that Bali was a foundling, lighting a fire, and more.
Tags: fiction reviews: high fantasy, graphic novel/manga, webcomics

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