Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Fantasy/Graphic Novel
Size: 152 pages
Publisher: Radical Publishing
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: Stand Alone
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
This was a beautifully done graphic novel retelling of Aladdin. Definitely more of an adult take on the tale. I enjoyed reading it a lot.
Aladdin is a thief who grabs the attention of the sorcerer Qassim. Qassim wants Aladdin to help him steal the Jewel of Dreaming because Aladdin has a secret power. Little does Aladdin know he will be drawn into a battle between two genies and two kingdoms.
The thing that will immediately grab your attention is the absolutely stunning artwork. It is full color, epic, and absolutely breathtaking. I love graphic novels filled with beautiful artwork, so I really enjoyed this one.
The book isn’t all about the art though, there is a very good story here as well. If you are familiar with the tale of Aladdin you will recognize many parts of it here. However there are some additions and embellishments.
In addition to Aladdin trying to outsmart Qassim and win the heart of a princess, there is the story of two Genie woven in as well. The two Genie are imprisoned in separate prisons, but were once a couple. It was an interesting dynamic to have intertwined with Aladdin’s story.
The battle scenes are absolutely awesome and incredibly well illustrated. There are some scantily dressed women and bloody scenes, so I would personally recommend for adult and older; although young adults would probably be fine reading this too.
Overall I really enjoyed this graphic novel. The illustration is a work of high art and absolutely breathtaking. The story is very well done, with more depth and dimension than many other Aladdin tales I have read. The story really has an epic feel to it and I enjoyed it alot. Highly recommended to fans of fantasy graphic novels.