Writer and Illustrator: S. M. Vidaurri
The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest. This is how we begin our journey with Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. Having grown up being exposed to media produced at the Jim Henson studios, I was excited to see a comic. I also had high expectations. It’s not your traditional comic and may catch the attention of all ages. It has a whimsical feel that pulls you further into the story; the visual is just as important as the tale itself. S. M. Vidaurri’s illustrations depict the story with watercolors that help set the tone for the story. The words curve and curl throughout the pages. Despite this fact, it’s easy to follow along and is one of my favorite aspects of this book.
Vidaurri has shared an interesting story with us. While I enjoyed the story itself, most of the characters seemed very bland. The story was focused on a princess rather than a witch as the cover led me to believe. I would have liked to see the witch included more throughout the story rather than just the beginning and end. The princess seemed to be the only character that was well developed. She marched to the beat of her own drum, breaking away from our expectations of what is or what isn’t princess behavior. Proving to be adventurous as well as loyal to her family, I enjoyed a particular scene when her brother is kidnapped. It is at this time we learn that people aren’t always who they seem to be and that family is of great importance, especially if you’re a Royal. The princess manages to save her brother’s life while paving a new path for the future of the Kingdom.
I set the bar high for this book due to Jim Henson’s name being attached to it. The Storyteller series was one I enjoyed watching, so seeing it make an appearance in comic book form was a pleasant surprise. Reading it was an attempt to bring a bit of nostalgia into my life. Vidaurri’s story and art is sure to appeal to those of us that grew up with stories in the same vein as this one. It’s a story that can be shared with kids, although a little long for a bedtime story. I hope that they decide to collect this into one book once the mini-series is complete. It would make it easier to share with younger readers. This is a book I will be passing along to friends and family.
“Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1” earns 9/10