The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen. Illus by Rebecca Guay (Dark Horse, 2011, 144pp.)
The citizens of the Islands of May struggle for survival after they find themselves under attack by a fearsome dragon. Soon, only Lancot, a sham hero, and Tansy, an herbalist’s daughter, prove to be the only hope for defeating the beast. Although Yolen’s prose is lyrical and at times beautiful, the storyline itself proves to be a disappointing. However, the real magic lies in Guay’s gorgeous watercolor paintings. Reminiscent of Tolkien’s artwork for Lord of the Rings, they fit this fantasy perfectly and make an otherwise mediocre graphic novel worthy of the reader’s attention. Recommended for Ages 13-Up.