Years in the making, P. Craig Russell’s long awaited fifth volume of his Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde series, The Happy Prince, has been getting the fantastic reviews that it deserves. This is a book not to be missed, and if you haven’t picked it up yet, waste not a moment more and check it out (after reading some of the fantastic review excerpts below, of course!).
“While much of the story is pensive or even outright sad, Wilde still pops in with some sharp satiric wit now and then. This is not a fairy tale with a happy ending, or at least what we would normally think of as a happy ending, but it certainly makes its point. Russell’s sensitive, belle epoque–inspired artwork brings the story to life with a matched sensibility that makes other comics adaptations look clumsy.”
“Russell’s illustrations provide impressive visions of the descriptions the prince and the swallow share. While he tells of the hardship of his people, the bird dreams of flying away to Egypt and the exotic sights to be found there. All together, it makes for a feast for the eyes of many of the extremes of our world — artistic accomplishment (the gilded statue), natural beauty (the bird and the reed), faraway lands (the swallow’s Egyptian dreams), and the ups and downs of home (those living among us who need help).”
“An outstanding piece of work, well worth your time and money, whether you’re a Wilde fan, a Russell fan, or just want to try something new.”
“The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Vol. 5: The Happy Prince is another triumph for both Russell and NBM. I’ll be sad when this series finally wraps up with the final adaptation, but it’s also as good a time as any to go back and re-read the earlier volumes. Russell’s art is never one to be missed, and The Happy Prince is no exception. Highly recommended, for readers of all ages.”
“Russell manages to capture the tone of the fairy tale perfectly, neither letting Wilde do most of the heavy lifting nor leaving so much out that the original author seems ill-served. The tale itself is a bit heavy-handed and sentimental, but Russell’s talents manage to dampen down the more saccharine aspects. Would that all literary to comic adaptations could be so graceful.”
– Robot 6