Rating: 4.5/5 – An All-Ages Fantasy-Adventure with a Resilient Girl at its Core.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
Sisters Kit & Cat Seaton bring us the first part of a fantastic embellishment/retelling of the Scottish fairy tale “The Black Bull of Norroway” in this thick 224 page volume that hit shops in November.
Writer Cat Seaton heightens the realism of the plucky heroine Sybilla with her dazzling dialogue, but it is the art of Kit Seaton that brings Sybilla and the entire world of Norrway to life with her spectacular art that I found evocative of Jeff Smith’s work on Bone in its simplicity of line and clarity of layouts and storytelling. At its core, this is the story of a girl who is prophesied to become the wife of the Black Bull of Norroway, a man cursed to take on the shape of a Bull. She sets off with him on a hero’s journey but does not shrink into the subordinate female role, standing her ground and asserting her will when necessary.
Norroway is what I’d consider a truly “all ages” book (like Bone). It is not written “down” to kids and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. I read this on my own and it’s something I that would be great to read to your kids, if they are of the age where you still read to them (my son is 27 so read it himself…and loved it). If you can’t find this at your local shop & they cannot reorder it for you from Diamond, it is also available on Amazon.com.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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