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The Resource Dungeon, Vol. 1, Zenith | Duck heart, Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim

Dungeon, Vol. 1, Zenith | Duck heart, Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim

Label
Dungeon, Vol. 1, Zenith | Duck heart
Title
Dungeon
Title number
Vol. 1
Title part
  • Zenith
  • Duck heart
Statement of responsibility
Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim
Title variation
Duck heart
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Follows the adventures of Herbert the Timorous Duck and his vegetarian dragon friend Marvin as they attempt to defend Dungeon, a mighty castle filled with goblins, monsters, and trolls
Member of
Character
Review
  • Gr. 9-12. This first volume of the Dungeon graphic novel series follows the misadventures of Herbert the Duck. As a result of some unfortunate accidents, Herbert, usually a lowly messenger in the great Dungeon, is called upon to defend it from all manner of beasties. In his endeavors to become a warrior, he is helped by his friend Marvin the vegetarian dragon and by the Dungeon Keeper. Although there's a solid dose of cartoon-style violence and gore, teens will appreciate Herbert's pseudo-slacker attitude, which turns him into an accidental hero time and time again. They'll also like the tongue-in-cheek storytelling, rife with screwball humor that is so bad it's hilarious. The art is offbeat and fun, too, with detailed backgrounds that are often as over the top as the action. A great change of pace from mainstream comics. -- Tina Coleman (BookList, 12-01-2004, p648)
  • For the first time, Sfar and Trondheim's extensive series of French comics parodying the sword and sorcery genre has been collected into an American volume. The series' unlikely hero is Herbert, a talking duck who works as a dungeon keeper's flunky. In the first story, Herbert, unable to fetch a barbarian to battle the dungeon keeper's adversaries, impersonates a warrior and embarks on the mission himself. Herbert is a traditional comedy figure, a boastful, cowardly impostor. Accompanying him is Marvin, a competent fighter and vegetarian dragon. Though these stories are inventive, they appear to have lost something in translation, as they are rarely truly witty or funny. For example, at one point Herbert and Marvin pose as interior decorators to gain admission to the villains' lair. But the creators seem satisfied merely with establishing the premise rather than building on its comedic potential. In the second story, Herbert undergoes training as a warrior from Marvin's former master, who proves to be cruel and manipulative. In a startling sequence, the master's prize pupil corrupts a tribe of hunters with a lust for wealth and power, whereupon they enslave a community of peaceful shepherds. This serious, ambitious indictment of war and inequality is impressive. The artwork is beautiful (both Trondheim and Sfar are award-winning artists), but the preference for long shots distances readers from the characters. (Nov.) — Staff (Reviewed November 15, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 46, p43)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
133196
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sfar, Joann
Dewey number
741.5
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Trondheim, Lewis
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Dungeon: Zenith
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ducks
  • Monsters
  • Dragons
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
  • Comic books, strips, etc
  • France
Target audience
adult
Label
Dungeon, Vol. 1, Zenith | Duck heart, Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
754256
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
96 pages
Isbn
9781561634019
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781561634019
  • (OCoLC)56660240
Label
Dungeon, Vol. 1, Zenith | Duck heart, Joann Sfar & Lewis Trondheim
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
754256
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
96 pages
Isbn
9781561634019
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781561634019
  • (OCoLC)56660240

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