Last Man: The StrangerLast Man (Volume 1)
Bastien Vivès, Michaël Sanlaville, Balak
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ISBN: 9781626720466208 Pages
The Games are already underway when Richard Aldana arrives in town. This mysterious stranger seems to have more in common with our world than the world where the Games are held. He smokes cigarettes and wears a leather jacket while everyone else in this medieval realm is casting spells and weaving tapestries. Nobody knows what to make of him, but when Aldana enrolls in the games he quickly becomes a top contender. Eschewing magic and using only his martial arts prowess, Aldana also befriends and protects a small boy for reasons as mysterious as his origins.
Who will win the games? Who is Richard Aldana, really? And what is the ultimate purpose of this gruelling gladiatorial contest?
With its intricate fantasy setting and heart-pounding action sequences, Last Man has become the smash hit comics series in France. Combining compelling character-driven storytelling with fast-paced adventure, Last Man is an addictive series with a cliffhanger at the end of each volume that leaves readers panting for more.
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Praise for Last Man: The Stranger
"Last Man is irresistible. Blending elements of manga and bande dessinee with a loose boldness and a flair for fantasy, this series is a winner." —Paul Pope, author of Battling Boy
"The art is particularly striking, with loose, flowing lines and spare details that make the fight scenes truly sing, while in close-up range, the characters’ features tighten into focus, creating uniquely lovely portraiture." —Booklist
"Fight scenes are buoyed by the use of minimal contours, with Balak, Vivès, and Sanlaville drawing on their respective experiences as animator, cartoonist, and video-game designer to give the action a visceral flow." —Publishers Weekly
"Recommend to graphic novel fans looking for something new—they will not be disappointed." —School Library Journal
"Sharp black, white, and gray illustrations work smoothly with the text, often featuring key wordless events that evoke the coziness of Adrian’s relationship with his mother or the mostly silent physicality of a fight." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books