Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Dragons #1

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Dragons #1

Writer: Daniel Bayliss, Fabian Rangel Artist: Daniel Bayliss Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: December 2, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 1
8.6Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

What's to Love: We explored the many different myths and legends about witches in Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches, and we're thrilled to rejoin the Storyteller and his faithful dog as they explore a whole new set of stories about dragons from talented creators with beautiful and unique styles.

What It Is: Dragons have taken many different shapes in cultures across the world, from serpents and "worms" to thunderbirds and the classic European firebreather. In this first issue, Fabian Rangel Jr. (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) bring us "Son of the Serpent," inspired by Native American stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird.

  • 10
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Dec 4, 2015

    Anything that has Jim Henson’s name on it is good in my book. Regardless of labels or franchises, however, this series is definitely looking to be a good one. An old man telling his dog stories—what more could we ask for? This is a must-read for anyone and everyone. Read Full Review

  • 10
    First Comics News - Richard Vasseur Dec 6, 2015

    The Storyteller is such a great character as he presents the story. He draws you in and keeps you there. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 1, 2015

    A fantastic start to the latest Storyteller miniseries. It'll capture your childhood heart as you're whisked along the strong and magical story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Cory Anderson Dec 1, 2015

    Whatever life lesson you got out of the story, the fact still remains that this tale of a father and son who were fishing when they were attacked by the Horned Serpent (dragon) has a lot to offer from a one-shot comic. There is the thrilling suspense of surviving the serpent and being caught in a fight between the dragon and the savior thunderbirds, and then the desperate measures taken to save one's son or even the will to stay alive in general. And eventually this story offers us a moral to understand on our own. There isn't too much that I can elaborate on as far as what the story is about, because I feel that each person who reads this comic will look at it slightly different and see the story summed up differently than the next person. With the colorful art and griping fabletaken from the Native American's culture and traditions, I cant wait to see what other worldlylegends of Dragons the Story Teller series will bring us next! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Infinite Comix - Daniel Gehen Dec 7, 2015

    Dragons, the latest anthology under Archaia's "Jim Henson's The Storyteller" banner, continues there series' tradition of telling excellent, standalone comic books under a common theme. This first issue by Daniel Bayliss, with a writing assist from Fabian Rangel Jr. and letters by Warren Montgomery, emphasizes the bond between fathers and sons. If there is a flaw, it is that the pacing is slightly thrown off by the required interjections of the titular Storyteller (and his faithful dog). However, it is a flaw only in regards to taking precious page-space away from Bayliss's wonderful in-story visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Dec 1, 2015

    Given that its an anthology series, the sheer quality of this issue doesnt directly inform us as to whether or not the next issue will be as worth your shiny dubloons – but this one? This one is definitely worth it – a gorgeously rendered, engaging and moving tale of family and dragons. Whatve you got to lose?! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Peter Lemon Dec 6, 2015

    This time of year, with families curled up around a crackling fire and the lights of a Christmas tree, this is the perfect comic for that occasion and is short enough not to lose the kids' attention! Who knows, this could be the book to make them fall in love with comics or to let you rediscover your own! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lizard Lounge - Trevor Coelho Mar 14, 2016

    There is no good reason to not buy this book. The story is genuinely moving; the book is fast without being rushed; and I really, really enjoyed the art. #1 of Dragons is a really, really good start to the series and Bayliss has set the bar pretty high. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Slackjaw Punks - GingerBats! Jan 20, 2016

    The book takes the bold colors and geometric patterns characteristic of Native American art and gives them a modern twist. This, combined with the folk-tale quality of the story makes for a visually stunning and unique read I thoroughly enjoyed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comix I Read - Tyler Omichinski Dec 3, 2015

    Its certainly good, though I'm not sure if I'd say that its great. That being said, it might not be entirely for me. The series still contains holdovers both thematically and in deliver that suggest its more for a younger audience. This entire premise might be another way to try to get kids interested in comics, and provides an option for parents to buy an all-ages comic for people. Read Full Review

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