Graphic Novel Review: Bryce Ames

The graphic novel that I read was “Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy” by Tui T. Sutherland. Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy is about the life of Clay a mudwing dragon and his other dragon friends who have grown up under a mountain, being secretly raised by the Talons of Peace an organization that hoped to have them fulfill a prophecy. The five young dragons go on to travel all over their continent. The group of dragons is also destined to end the war that’s been raging between the tribes of Pyrrhia. This ends up to be quite the danger bringer as they were constantly being hunted by those who want to see the war last forever. I enjoyed the novel as it was very interesting and suspenseful as well.

Subjective motion of pearl (yellow) indicating a fast approach to clay(red). (Tui T. Sutherland, Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy, 2018, pg 160)

The artwork in Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy is cartoonish and colorful. I think the purpose for this is to make it more relatable for the audience’s original take on the original series. For example, in Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics,” he mentions that people can relate more to the story when the artwork is simple and not too complex. Along with this, however, there were times of higher detail that the artist included to draw in the reader’s attention to take in the landscape in its entirety and appreciate it. This was a good example of how McCloud talked about the speed at which a story can be told.

In Scott McCloud’s “Living in Line” chapter, The Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy used lines to depict the emotion and tone of the “frames.” For example, there was a scene where the author conveyed anger/savage for an assassin attacking the group of dragons with dirty quick strokes to outline them. I also noticed that In the novel the characters that were the smarter ones had more pronounced and sharper line features. Another thing I noticed was that they had used subjective motion lines to portray the speed at which the character was moving.

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