The Lost Carnival by Michael Moreci, Illustrated by Sas Milledge and Phil Hester (A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel)
Genre: YA Graphic Novel Publisher: DC Comics Publication Date: May 5th, 2020 Rating: 4 Stars
Before Batman trained him to be Robin, Dick Grayson discovered the power of young love–and its staggering costs–at the dangerous, magical, and utterly irresistible Lost Carnival.
Haly’s traveling circus no longer has the allure of its glamorous past, but it still has one main attraction: the Flying Graysons, a family of trapeze artists starring a teenage Dick Grayson. The only problem is that Dick loathes spending his summers performing tired routines for a dwindling crowd.
When the Lost Carnival, a wild and enchanting new attraction, opens nearby and threatens to pull Haly’s remaining customers, Dick is among those drawn to its magical nighttime glow. But there are forces ancient and dangerous at work at the Lost Carnival, and when Dick meets the mysterious Luciana and her carnival workers–each stranger than the last–he may be too mesmerized to recognize the danger ahead.
Beneath the carnival’s dazzling fireworks, Dick must decide who he is and who he wants to be–choosing between loyalty to his family history and a glittering future with new friends and romance. Writer Michael Moreci and artist Sas Milledge redefine Dick Grayson in The Lost Carnival, a young adult graphic novel exploring the power and magic of young love
Disclaimer: First and foremost I would like to thank DC Comics for providing me with an e-copy to voluntarily read and review. This in no way sways my opinions, all thoughts expressed are my own.
I recently started getting back into graphic novels after reading White Sands by Brandon Sanderson. I forgot how exciting seeing the story come to life is. I haven’t explored Batman or the supporting characters since childhood and now that I have two kids, I looked forward to getting back into this universe through these beautiful illustrations.
Dick Grayson is an acrobat in a failing circus. As we watch the decline of the carnie lifestyle and see him become involved in a new, mysterious yet enchanting attraction that opens up next door, we really get into the meat of the story. The dual color palettes of the circus was really interesting and I was so invested in the plot!
I think it’s hard for some authors to get their ideas across in the format of a graphic novel. In some, I have struggled with getting immersed in the world without the actual world building through words. I think that the illustrations really help with the world building and were able to focus more on the character building. I liked reading about Robin before he was Robin, being a teenager with feelings of wanting to “find his place,” seeing his relationships with his parents and friends, and the overall thrill of something new.
I really think that this book is more suited towards the younger crowds rather than older YA. I think I would let my 8 year old read this novel and not feel that it was inappropriate. I really appreciated the diversity of the characters and the overall feel of this book. I am definitely grabbing a physical copy!
This book is available NOW for purchase! Thanks again DC Comics!