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Preview/Review: The Stuff of Legend #1

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On January - 28 - 2009

Back at Baltimore Comic Con, we met up with the guys from Th3rd World Studios and discussed some of their upcoming projects, including The Stuff of Legend. I noted back in September that the story and the artwork both looked like they would be right up my alley, so I was pretty excited about this series from the start. I just got a chance to read the first issue of Stuff of Legend, which will be given out for Free Comic Book Day in May, and so far I’m loving it. Hit the jump for more, as well as some preview art. Don’t forget to click any image to see it in Expand-O-Scope; you’re going to want to get a closer look.

The Stuff of Legend
Writers: Mike Raicht and Brian Smith
Artist: Charles Paul Wilson III

The Stuff of Legend is the story of a boy kidnapped by the Boogeyman and dragged into a dark world, and the events that transpire within the world when the boy’s loyal toys (and faithful puppy) follow the child to save him. While taking the forms of tiny figures, dolls, and teddy bears in 1944 Brooklyn, these once-innocent playthings come to life in the Boogeyman’s world. Unfortunately, the Boogeyman also has an army of living toys, those discarded or forgotten by the boy who now serve the evil creature.

The first issue shows the events leading up to the boy’s capture, and how some of his toys made the decision to rescue him while others stayed behind to serve the boy’s younger brother. What transpires in the dark realm is the first battle in what looks to become a major war. The simplest way to describe it would be Saving Private Ryan meets Toy Story, but The Stuff of Legend has a very dark, original tone. Like I said, I really loved the first issue, and can’t wait for more of this story.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the artwork in Stuff of Legend is absolutely beautiful. Charles Paul Wilson III has done a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. Even with black and white artwork, the details are intricate and lovely, and feelings like loyalty, fear, and horror are conveyed phenomenally. This story would have fallen apart without the right artist behind it, but luckily Wilson was more than up for the challenge.

The bad news is that you will have to wait until May to read the first issue of The Stuff of Legend for yourselves; the good news is, as part of Free Comic Book Day 2009, you won’t have to pay for it (not that it wouldn’t be worth it). I just hope everyone else enjoys it as much as I did.

4 Responses so far
  1. Charles Paul Wilson III Said,

    Thank you, Sarah, for the very kind words and wonderful article!

    Posted on February 4th, 2009 at 3:08 AM

  2. Sarah LeBoeuf Said,

    No problem, can’t wait to see more!

    Posted on February 4th, 2009 at 8:01 AM

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