The World of Quest V. 2
Considering the popularity of the The World of Quest V. 1 at my library, I was really not looking forward to the inevitable question: when is volume 2 coming out? It’s the same question I hear about Jellaby and A Bit Haywire all the time. It’s that question that makes me want to tear my hair out, because I hear it so often and I don’t have an adequate answer. So I was delighted to find out that The World of Quest was not going to pose the same problem for me, because volume 2 has already been released. And it doesn’t disappoint!
The World of Quest V. 2
Jason T. Kruse
Yen Press, $9.99
Quest may not be thrilled to be in charge of the young, spoiled, Prince Nestor, but he’s getting used to the idea. Not that it’s put an end to the amusing banter between Nestor and Quest. In this volume, the pair head off into the Forest of Edj, though the lurking dangers of the forest terrifies the young prince. There, they are met by a griffin with his own agenda, talking rocks, are stalked by old enemies, and they get a lot closer to the truth about ‘The Dagger of the Way.’
In reading other reviews of Volume 1, I saw that many thought that Prince Nestor is reminiscent to Calvin [of Calvin and Hobbs] and it’s a really accurate description. He’s little and a bit obnoxious, but somehow very loveable. Quest is the typical antihero with a history … that still remains to be uncovered. (When will we learn the exact relationship between Quest and Nestor’s mom?) The villains in this story are comedic and scary… all a fine fit for a Saturday morning cartoon. (Which, if I’m not mistaken it is, but they didn’t keep Kruse’s drawing, which is a pity.)
I really enjoy the artwork here, particularly the use of color. The colors are bright and jump off the page, so that the artwork really pops. It moves along with the same vibrant pace as the story.
Readers picking up this volume without volume 1 will be a bit confused, but I think it’ll motivate them to seek out the first volume. Those looking for an age-appropriate comic, with boy appeal, that doesn’t have too many bad jokes, will be delighted with this series.
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This review is based on a complimentary copy supplied by the publisher. All images copyright © Yenn Press.
About Esther Keller
Esther Keller is the librarian at JHS 278, Marine Park in Brooklyn, NY. There she started the library's first graphic novel collection and strongly advocated for using comics in the classroom. She also curates the Graphic Novel collection for the NYC DOE Citywide Digital Library. She started her career at the Brooklyn Public Library and later jumped ship to the school system so she could have summer vacation and a job that would align with a growing family's schedule. On the side, she is a mother of 4 and regularly reviews for SLJ and School Library Connection (formerly LMC). In her past life, she served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee where she solidified her love and dedication to comics.
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