Another year of Eisner awards has come and gone. Last week many great creators and professionals across the industry came together to celebrate and recognize the best of the best in comics and graphic novels at the San Diego Comic Con. With many of the winning books apart of the comiXology library there has never been a been a better time to check out these award winning books. In honor of the Eisners this week we’re enlisting the help of our out of this world summer intern to take a closer look at the books that took this year’s Eisners by storm.
First up is Archaia’s Return of Dapper Men by Jim McCann and Janet K. Lee. It won the Eisner for best Graphic Album. Check out the review below:
By: Chanelle Reyes
This is a book to be prized by anyone who understands how to take the second star to the right, and while you may see bits from classic fairy tales such as Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Willy Wonka and others right from the beginning of the world of Anorev, Return of The Dapper Men takes its own unique course in the way it hits so close to the real world yet still has that imaginative spark. This book has taught me a valuable lesson after an afternoon of slowly taking in all of the colorful illustration work by Janet K. Lee and lyrical expression by each individual character. It’s taught me to keep moving forward no matter how scared I am of change. It isn’t hard for children to understand, yet it isn’t so childish that adults will become bored with it.
Time had left Anorev for years to the point where children and machines did not know “Which was work nor what was play.” Memories became useless because there would never be yesterdays nor tomorrows. Dreaming was a lost word for there would never be night but only day, and children and machines were forever separated when one day long ago they were joined.
Only the innocence of friendship of a human named Ayden, a boy with many questions, and a robot named Zoe, a machine with few words, would change how their world continued when 314 Dapper Men fell from the sky. The relationship between these two characters was both mesmerizing and enjoyable to see as they struggle through their questions and fears about their destinies. #41 of the Dapper Men acts as the helping hand for Ayden to mature, answering his questions, but always in a witty response.
Within moments you find yourself connecting with the characters as they begin to witness a sunset and bedtime and fear of what is “tomorrow”. To read Return of The Dapper Men is not only diving into a world of mysteries, but finding the mystery within our own world. I have always wondered what the world would be like if there was no time, and for me #41 has answered this question, but if you want you want to know what he has to say, you’re just going to have to download the book to find out.
Be sure to check back here at the blog as we continue to look at some of the great digital comics that swept this years Eisner awards as the week continues. Until then check out the FREE preivew of Jim McCann’s and Janet K. Lee’s Return of the Dapper Men on comiXology. Then pick up the entire 129 page Graphic Novel from Archaia for only $9.99.
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