Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches #1

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches #1

Writer: Shane-Michael Viduarri Artist: Shane-Michael Viduarri Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: September 17, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12
8.2Critic Rating
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Jim Henson's The Storyteller is a beloved celebration of fairy tales and folklore. After releasing a critically acclaimed graphic novel we're thrilled to bring the property's magic to single issues. In the spirit of Henson's inventive imagination, this series dives into the mythology of witches and witchcraft through the ages with an incredible blend of art styles and storytelling techniques, taking full advantage of the comics medium.

S.M. Vidaurri, writer and watercolor llustrator of the awardwinning graphic novel IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER, unfolds the stunning tale of "The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest." When her brother is kidnapped by a witch, a young princess must venture into the mysterious forest beyond the castle. There, the Lord of the Forest, an armor clad spirit who watches over the wilderness, comes to her aid, but the princess must rely on her wits to discover who she can trust before her family is cursed forever.

  • 10
    Florida Geek Scene - Peter Schmeiser Dec 24, 2014

    Jim Henson's Storyteller Witches will be a book that I will not only collect as a single issue series, but in trade as well. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Sep 16, 2014

    Beautifully painted with excellent ideas and an interesting, winding story. The protagonist gets it easy, but how it all ties into a cultural custom makes up for it in this wonderful fairy tale story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Capeless Crusader - Lindsey Bass Sep 20, 2014

    I set the bar high for this book due to Jim Henson's name being attached to it. The Storyteller series was one I enjoyed watching, so seeing it make an appearance in comic book form was a pleasant surprise. Reading it was an attempt to bring a bit of nostalgia into my life. Vidaurri's story and art is sure to appeal to those of us that grew up with stories in the same vein as this one. It's a story that can be shared with kids, although a little long for a bedtime story. I hope that they decide to collect this into one book once the mini-series is complete. It would make it easier to share with younger readers. This is a book I will be passing along to friends and family. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 22, 2014

    When I think about fairy tales, I tend to think of Disney sing-alongs. I'm not harping on them, I am a Frozen fan after all, but you will not find any singing here as the narrative is rich in scope, told at a great pace, and features a strong female lead that you will read again and again. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    TheCultDen - Reece Morris-Jones Sep 29, 2014

    If you have young children, buy this for them and I think you will have found your new bedtime story. For the rest of us, we will just have to do with being content to unleash our inner one. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Big Glasgow Comic Page - Jordanne MacDonald Sep 18, 2014

    A charming little tale which has wonderful elements of fantasy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - J. Reifler Sep 17, 2014

    Generally Archaia delivers excellent production quality and this series seems like it will carry on that reputation with ease. I could easily see this book being a gift or something to keep on the shelf if you are a collector of fables and older stories. There is a real European old-world quality to the story and it's quite simply a pleasure to flip through the pages. While the story isn't meant to stimulate my particular age range, I can't say I found it to be anything other than pleasant. Sometimes you want to enjoy fables un-ironically and this series took me back to the fun state of mind I remember embracing as a kid. Definitely worth taking a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Sep 17, 2014

    Please get this book to read to a young person, and then reread it over and over for your own inner child. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Sep 19, 2014

    As an all-ages tale, "The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest" is beautiful stuff. It's a perfect way to introduce new readers to the weird, wonderful ways that text and picture can play together. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - David Akers Sep 30, 2014

    Told in what are essentially splash pages, each panel reminded me of tapestries, telling the epic saga of the princess' travels. There is so much style here, including the fabulous way the text was used to both tell the story and become an element of the art. The entire package came together to create a unique storytelling experience. The style carried me through the tale and at the end I wanted to read it again. I think Jim Henson would be proud. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Sep 18, 2014

    The slow, lingering pace does not make for the most engaging of reads, though the visuals should be more than enough to hold your attention. Recommended for the visually oriented. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - Edward Wendt Sep 19, 2014

    As a standalone this issue is a bit more literal, in the sense that nothing out of the ordinary is being done with fairy tales here. This is not Fables or Zenescope where fairy tales form the basis for modern characters but rather just a relatively straight telling of an obscure fairy tale. The end presentation is fine, and even beautiful in places, but with the more traditional aspect of fairy tales being presented here, it is likely that children would be better recipients of this story than adults, especially so that it is lighter on text as well. Read Full Review

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