The Wizard’s Tale   Leave a comment



I remember a time when Kurt Busiek wasn’t one of the three most famous comic writers in the world.  Look at him now.  He has done everything, written everything from X-Men to Superman, and worked with some of the best artists in the business.  Working with good artists is very important.  Kurt has found a really good one in David T. Wenzel who illustrated The Wizard’s Tale.

This is the tale of Bafflerog Rumplewhisker, the last in a long line of evil wizards.  As evil wizards go, he does more good than harm, but at least he pays lip service to the Council of Evil Wizards. The time comes when he can’t sit on the sidelines any longer.  He must travel through time and space to recover the Book of Worse–the ultimate evil grimoire.  How he succeeds, who he meets (a faded princess), and what happens to the Land of Lune are the meat of the story.  You should read it if you like fantasy at all.

This is no epic fantasy, however.  It’s really just a showcase for the art of David Wenzel. Busiek hasn’t given us much more than a short story, but Wenzel has given us eye candy that could last forever. How do you stretch a short story into a 144 page graphic novel?  You do it by giving the reader lots of full page illustrations, and even some double-page illustrations.  The grotesque, the beautiful, and the magical fill every page and every panel to bursting. Here’s another sample of Wenzel’s artistic magic.

I rate The Wizard’s Tale as the best of all the grajphic novels that I grabbed from the library last week.  (I got 5 more today–grin.)  If someone were to give me one of them, this is the one I’d like.  If I found it while browsing in a used bookstore, this is the one I’d buy.  Even new, I’d say it’s worth every penny of its $24.99 retail cost.  This would make an excellent gift for that booklover you know who dotes on fantasy.

On a scale of five stars, I give it seven.  It’s that good.  My thanks to Mr. Busiek and Mr. Wenzel for creating this masterpiece.


Posted October 2, 2010 by atroll in Uncategorized

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