Sunday, September 17, 2023

Tiny Myths Comics: Norse Edition, Volume 1

Tiny Myths Comics: Norse Edition is the first of a series of proposed books on different mythologies and pantheons. Written/illustrated/curated by DongGoolTroll, it's 254 pages and is available in hardcover, paperback/graphic novel, and ebook formats. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free. 

This is an appealing manga style graphic novel full of well researched and annotated mythology introducing the Norse gods and goddesses, giants, monsters, and more. There's a surprising amount of real history included concerning the ways that early Nordic people recorded and passed on their myths and legends, and how they interacted with their neighbors and each other. Make no mistake, this is not superhero comics. This is actual mythology and sociology/anthropology. 

The layout is in continual single panels throughout. It's in four color print with eye catching and appealing art (see cover). It will definitely appeal to all ages, although it might be a bit deeper/too complex for very young kids. It's not graphically violent and the author has done a masterful job of rendering the parts of the story which might have been too violent or sexual into all-ages appropriate language. 

The book is annotated, and the source materials and references will provide readers with lots of further reading and learning opportunities.The writing is functional, utilitarian, and direct. It would be a good choice for public or school library acquisition, more formal classroom instruction, or home use. 

Four stars. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes. 

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