"Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel" by Michael Moreci
5 out of 5 stars
Published by DC Comics on May 5th, 2020
Genre: YA graphic novel
Format: free ebook from DC Comics
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"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." (Goodreads)
*Thank you, DC Comics, for a free ebook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Lost Carnival: A Dick Grayson Graphic Novel is a rich and beautiful story filled with mystery, magic, and young love. I instantly felt like I was right in the middle of the tension between Haly's circus and The Lost Carnival. I was engaged the whole time in the story, and I didn't want to put it down. (+1)
The world-building and illustrations are stunning. I loved learning about both the circus and the Lost Carnival. Both locations seem like two different worlds and explored on a deeper level throughout the book. (+1)
The writing swept me off my couch and into the world if Dick Grayson. The language is perfect for middle grade and young adult readers, but older adults can still enjoy it as well. (+1)
The organization is perfect, and I was never confused. Several chapters break up the story perfectly, and the pacing is excellent. It's never too fast or too slow. (+1)
I fell in love with Dick right from the start. I didn't know much about Dick Grayson before I started reading, but it didn't matter to understand the novel fully. I definitely missed out on a deeper appreciation of the character, but now I'm inspired to check out the rest of his story. The other characters are also well developed, and I connected with all of them. (+1)
One of my favorite parts is the change in color tone as a clear indication of the overall feeling of Haly's circus and the Lost Carnival. The contrasting blues of Haly's and golds of the Lost Carnival increase the sense of mystery and intrigue.
I didn't have a least favorite part.
I highly recommend this book if you are a Dick Grayson fan, or if you don't know him at all. I also think fans of Stephanie Garber's trilogy, Caraval, will enjoy this as well.