This graphic novel reminds me a lot of Jeff Smith’s Bone series. It’s a world mixed with humans and not-humans, with a dark side just scheming to get free. Even though the book started painfully silly, I stuck with it and was rewarded with a story that really was quite fun and interesting. I will say though–I can’t stand the way the frog guards talk and have vowed to skip over them whenever they appear. Besides them, I like the main characters enough to worry about their future (especially after the huge cliffhanger of an ending). Kaj is my favorite. They better spend a ton of time in the next volume exploring his story. Or else.
I think this first volume opens the door to many story-lines and a plot full of adventure. If they could lose the over-the-top silliness, I could see this being a series I’d adore. I’ll definitely give volume two a chance. Also, the extras at the end of the graphic novel include tons of cover sketches, character designs and two bonus mini-issues. If you’re in the mood for a very quick, fantasy-filled graphic novel, then I suggest you pick this one up!