October 11, 2012

Once Upon a Time Machine

Once Upon a Time Machine
editors:  Andrew Carl and Chris Stevens
publisher:  Dark Horse Comics
source:  NetGalley

We tend to think of fairy tales as set in the distant past, long before automobiles and computers were invented.  Some of us grew up reading Andrew Lang's Red Fairy Book,   Lilac Fairy Book, the (name almost any color) Fairy Book.    Of course Grimm delighted and scared us.  Disney movies created before we were born or during our childhood introduced us to Cinderella, Snow White, and others.

Suppose fairy tales and fictional classics are set in the future.  Would they be any different?  If so, how?    Several writers and artists collaborate on stories featuring familiar and unfamiliar characters.  The publisher's page has a link to some preview pages.

Like most anthologies, some of the stories are good and some are horrid.   Maybe it was because I was trying to read it on my iPad, but some of the fonts or typefaces were very difficult to see-read.

Some characters have one full page, such as Santa Claus who is not in a sleigh, but in a bubble rocket pulled by a robotic red-nosed reindeer.  I liked Rapunzel's technical golden hair.  

I appreciated the opportunity to read this graphic anthology, but it wasn't the best I've ever read. 
Perhaps because my eyes are too old to focus upon an e-reader version of a galley.

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