Graphic Novel Friday: The Odd Fun of Rapunzel's Revenge

Jeff VanderMeer on September 19, 2008

Every Friday, Omnivoracious turns the spotlight on a graphic novel. You can let me know who or what you'd like to see featured by commenting on this post. And please welcome Alex Carr next week, as he and I will be trading off doing this column every other week...

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair! Slog through a swamp, lasso huge watersnakes, and come out West!"

Huh? Odd. That's not the way I remember the old fairytale. Nor do I remember Rapunzel finding out her real mother is slaving away in a mining camp while she lives it up in a weird castle. And my memory's foggy on her escape from a huge tree, encounters with wild pigs, cowboy adventures, magical vines, "wanted" posters with her face on it, or anything else in this exuberant, fun-for-all-ages romp re-positioning Rapunzel in a setting reminiscent of the Old West.

Bold, brash full-color art drives the engine of Rapunzel's Revenge, and, strangely enough, it works!


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