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Title:
Tiger lung
Author:
Roy, Simon, 1988- , author, artist.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
74 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Beneath the ice originally ran in Dark Horse presents #21-#23, published in 2013"--Verso of title page.

Includes Sketchbook; illustrations, sketches, and Paleolithic studies by Simon Roy ([14] pages).
Language:
English
Contents:
Beneath the ice / story by Simon Roy and Jason Wordie ; art by Simon Roy ; colors by Jason Wordie -- The hyena's daughter / story and art by Simon Roy -- Song for the dead / story and art by Simon Roy ; colors by Jason Wordie.
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ISBN:
9781616555436
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

This is a story about Tiger Lung, an ice-age shaman, and his journey underneath a glacier and into the spirit world beneath it to retrieve the corpse of his father. But dark spirits abound beneath the ice, and should Tiger Lung fall, the souls of both him and his father will be trapped there forever. This highly original and beautifully drawn series imagines a prehistoric world of which man is just a tiny part.


Author Notes

Simon Roy is currently artist and co-writer for the delightfully insane and critically-acclaimed Prophet from Image Comics, and he has also worked on shorts for Murder Book and Heavy Metal Magazine . Simon's upcoming projects include a new Image book with writer Ed Brisson. Image will also be re-releasing Jan's Atomic Heart , which was both written and illustrated by Simon, and originally self-published in 2009. The author lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Set 30,000 years before the birth of Christ, this is a collection of short comics about title character Tiger Lung, an Upper Paleolithic shaman who roams the land to help his people and ward off evil spirits. The first and strongest of the stories, Beneath the Ice, quickly and tensely switches between past and present, remarking on Tiger Lung's past mistakes as a boy and his present quest to right his wrongs. The other two stories explain more about the lore and harsh environment than the title character, as Tiger Lung, now in the prime of his magical powers, battles supernatural spirits in an attempt to bring order to his chaotic and primitive world. Although fantastical in tone, Roy has clearly taken pains to make the experience as authentic as possible. And his raw sketches do a great job of matching the dismal realities of the environments and situations. Though it's a bit too short the three short stories don't really paint a full picture of the world or the character it's nonetheless an appealing endeavor.--Blenski, Peter Copyright 2015 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

It's hard not to like a graphic novel that takes us back to Paleolithic Europe, especially one as beautifully rendered as Tiger Lung. In these tales, Roy (Prophet) and Wordie trace the story of the book's eponymous hero, an ancient shaman trying to do his best for his people against the backdrop of an unforgiving landscape. Both Wordie's use of color in the narratives that bookend the collection and Roy's black and white line in "The Hyena's Daughter" are outstanding. Prehistory is often thought of as that period when people were guided by instinct and rudimentary reasoning to negotiate their hostile environment, but this book uses elements of the mythic and the fantastic to show us a world that is far more complicated. The sketchbook that Roy includes at the end gives wonderful insight into complex process that guided his decision-making in putting these stories together, including, as he notes, "the challenge of trying to visually define the internal life of the shaman." An impressive effort. (Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

The titular Tiger Lung lives in the prehistoric, inhospitable world of the Eastern Alps, some 30,000 years ago. His is a life of tribal security, hunting, spiritual dread, and subsistence. Palpable reality is linked tightly to the Shamanistic reality of another plane of existence that supports the tangible universe. Tiger is an initiate of this Shaman culture and visionary society. Contained in this compact little hardbound volume are three of our protagonist's dream-fueled stories. Verdict Well-known illustrator Roy, joined by historian, writer, and artist Wordie, has produced a truly enjoyable and primal anthology. The art is visually intriguing, the palette thoughtful, and the narratives have the urgent feel of dark and necessary magic needed to keep the demons at bay. A nifty bonus of sketch pages and artists' notes conclude this offering.-Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.