Dandy Don the Valiant Review: DRYAD #1 – Elves on a Shelf
Oh, hey, Mom. Yes, I was taking a nap. Yes, in the middle of the day. No, I’m not sick. No, I’m not lazy! I was reading and fell asleep. Sometimes reading makes me sleepy. Which book? Well, I was reading Dryad #1 for my next preview. No, I’m not thirsty. Why would you ask that? No, Mom, I said Dryad. I didn’t say I was dry! Geesh. Sorry about that OG peeps. Now, let’s get to this week’s Dandy Don the Valiant’s weekly review.
I don’t read a lot of Oni Press, but the title intrigued me, so I gave it a try. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition for the word “dryad” means: “a spirit that lives in the forest; wood nymph, fairy.” When pertaining to Greek Mythology: “The term dryad comes from the Greek word for “oak tree”. As the Greeks saw it, every tree (not only oaks) had a spirit. The best known of the dryads was Daphne. The beautiful daughter of a river god, she was desired by the god Apollo; as he was about to capture her, she prayed to her father to save her, and he transformed her into a laurel tree. In her honor, Apollo commanded that the poet who won the highest prize every year be crowned with a laurel wreath. The Greeks’ respect for trees unfortunately failed to keep Greece’s forests from shrinking greatly over the centuries, and those that remain produce little wood of good quality.” Now, that sounds like a great story to read in comic book form. Unfortunately, the story in Dryad #1 didn’t have much spirit and wasn’t near that interesting.
A couple named Yale and Morgan take their infant children, Griffon and Rana, out of the city and go traipsing through the woods. It appears they want out of the city for good and are looking for a new place to live out in the woods somewhere. What city did they leave? That is never revealed. Yale appears human, while Morgan and the children have elf ears. Does this story take place on Earth or on another planet? We don’t even know what year this takes place. After going through the woods and climbing up a cliffside, they appear to go into a cave, or it could also be a tree opening, I can’t exactly tell. This may be on purpose to be revealed in further issues. They find a beautiful countryside on the other side of the opening. Then immediately we are transported thirteen years into the future with Yale teaching history and Griffon being bored of their surroundings, with the occasional danger of what appears to be… alien spiders? The issue ends with Griffon and Rana finding… (you’ll have to read the issue) …they never knew existed. To me, the story moved slow and it seemed somewhat confusing. Maybe things will become clearer and more spirited next issue. If not, I’ll have to leave these elves on a shelf.
Although, Kurtis J. Wiebe has written some good stories in the past (Rat Queens), Dryad #1 missed the mark for me. I will say that the art of Justin Osterling was amazing and really brought the characters and the scenery to life. The cover by Tomas Oleksak and the variant cover by Fiona Staples are both winners! I just wish they had a better story to work with.
What? Yeah, Mom, I guess I did fall asleep again. Sure, I could use a glass of water. NOT IN MY FACE! I SAID I WAS AWAKE! Ugh! Where’s a towel? Oh, boy.
Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Artist: Justin Osterling
Cover Artists: Tomas Oleksak, Fiona Staples
Best-selling writer Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) and newcomer artist Justin Osterling launch a new ongoing fantasy series! An elf and a human find solace in the sleepy forest settlement of Frostbrook where they plant their roots. But thirteen years later, their twins, Griffon and Rana are inexplicably drawn to an ancient door and discover more than they bargained for, inadvertently turning their world upside down. Now, they’ll have to answer for their parents’ mistakes and find that the past has a way of finding you, no matter where you hide.
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
Diamond Code: JAN201898