Jim Henson's The Storyteller
Archaia Entertainment, LLC; (December 27, 2011) 120 pages
When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories...the best place by the fire was kept for...The Storyteller! Archaia and The Jim Henson Company are proud to present all-new tales of fantastic wonder and extraordinary myth, as told from the tongue of The Storyteller and his loyal canine companion! Witness worded wonderment from a cavalcade of crafty creators, including Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show Comic), Marjorie Liu (Black Widow), Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Artifacts), Jeff Parker (Hulk, Thunderbolts), Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), Jim McCann (Return of the Dapper Men), Francesco Francavilla (Detective Comics), J.L. Meyer (Lady Pendragon), Tom Fowler (Green Arrow, Batman), Chris Eliopoulos (Pet Avengers), Colleen Coover (Spider-Man), Janet K. Lee (Emma), and many more!
My Rating: 4/5 stars
This book is told in comic book style. I’m not typically a comic book reading kind of person, but something about this one pulled my interest. It’s apparently based off a series of television programs, which shamefully, I’d never heard of before this book!
There are several different stories by different authors and illustrators, but with the common theme of the storyteller and his dog. There’s various fables, folk tales, and fairy tale-ish stories throughout with different kinds of morals attached. Of course, there’s some I liked better than others. The same goes for the illustrations. Each one also has various levels of corniness! ;) There’s one story of a cat that turns into a man for love, and one where a woman gives birth to a frog that has knowledge of everything under the sun. Ha! Do you know those stories where suddenly your brow wrinkles up as you proclaim(if only in your mind), “What?!”? You’ll do that a great deal with this book! Some of the stories are wonderfully weird, but some of them are just plain weird, like the witch baby one! In that story there’s a baby with iron teeth that eats her family. She’s shown with fingers in her mouth, like it’s a carrot. It seems more in line with the “original” fairy tales, back when people weren’t quite so squeamish.
Overall, if you’re a fan of comic book style stories and different kinds of fairy tale-ish stories, I’d give this one a try. My feelings are pretty mixed, but overall, I kind of liked it.
*I was provided a review copy through Netgalley.