Adventures of Julius Chancer: The Rainbow Orchid Volume 1 Paperback – 4 Aug 2009
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"This book mixes adventure, legend, history and fun and comic book lovers won't be able to get enough of it." -- "[Uniontown, PA] Union-Standard"
About the Author
Garen Ewing’s The Rainbow Orchid series was first serialised on his website at rainboworchid.co.uk and later self-published before it was picked up by his publishers, Egmont. Garen’s books, which follow the adventures of Julius Chancer are reminiscent of the world-famous Adventures of Tintin by Herge and they have gained critical acclaim among the comic book community. With over a million hits to his website prior to publication, his graphic novels are set to become future classics. Garen's love of drawing and writing goes back to when he was very young, and had to spend a lot of time in hospital, so his mum supplied him with plenty of comics to read, and pencils and blank paper to draw with, and he's been making comics ever since!
Winner of the Young People's Comic Award at the 2013 British Comic Awards.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ewing is clearly an up-and-coming star in the British comic establishment. And so he should - this is an imaginative and nostalgic comic of a sort not published since the 1960s!
The principle macguffin--the search for a mythical bloom--the Rainbow Orchid--so that they can win a flower show and save Lord Lawrence's estate--is an obvious red herring, and great fun is derived from trying to second-guess the villains' true nefarious intentions. The story has it all, from lumbering henchmen; a sexy--but devious--"flapper"; and sumptuous country houses, to classic cars and a well thought-out mystery.
While each page initially appears dense and packed to the gills with panels and prose, it's to Ewing's credit that he keeps the pacing and storytelling tight, and the tale tears along at a pace. If there was any "criticism" it was that I read it too fast and can't wait for the next two volumes!
The artwork is good, very well crafted, but never stunning, often a little clumsy and always suffering from hard to suppress comparisons with Tintin. This very unfair since the Tintin we know was heavily reworked for colour while this is one man's hard work and a labour of love.
Had I discovered this on a bookseller's shelf I'd probably be raving about it, proclaiming a talent to watch. And on balance, that is my view. It's a good start and I am genuinely looking forward to the next instalment. The plot and characters are promising and, like the artwork, they will probably benefit for a bit more development.
I heartily recommend this book, just avoid the hype.
Yes it's in the same style as Tintin, but it's one man's labour of love to great a brand new series- this is the first in the trilogy. The story moves along quickly and is both funny and adventurous. The drawings are excellent.
I thought my son might like it also but I think it's more suited to slightly older children- say from about age 11 onwards- boys and girls- as well as adults. I'm no expert on graphic novels- I just appreciate the charm of the Tintin stories- but it is great to see that there is now a new author taking on the same style but with his own mark. I look forward to reading the next two editions !
But I can't really love the drawing style of the main story - detailed persons against a vaguer background. The combination of fore- and background makes it look as if the two have been drawn by different people on pieces of film, and combined... and the faces don't do it for me - too bland and trying-to-be-funny at the same time.
Not my cup of tea.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Garen Ewing has done our world a service. His storytelling is so simple yet draws you in. Forget the Tintin analogy as I couldn't read Tintin myself. Read morePublished on 19 Aug. 2012 by Normanghast
Been following this for a while now and finally decided to get both Vol 1 and Vol 2 and must say I was hooked from page 1. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2011 by Rajpal
I agree with all the previous 5 star reviews, just wanted to add a short comment. I live in Belgium with a Belgian/French man who adores this type of work, he introduced me to... Read morePublished on 22 April 2010 by Caroline Henderson
I just love this book and it is so good to find someone producing a carefully and well drawn book that knocks spots off the computer-generated pulp that is out there. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2009 by Caspar