God Save the Queenby Published 18 Apr 2007
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GOD SAVE THE QUEEN is a new hardcover that reunites acclaimed writer Mike Carey (CROSSING MIDNIGHT, LUCIFER) with renowned fantasy painter John Bolton (FABLES: 1001 NIGHTS OF SNOWFALL, THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE FURIES). Bolton's lush palette perfectly captures both the lurid underbelly of modern London and the haunting elegance of Faerie in a dark, compelling tale of decadence and desire that echoes the epic scope of BOOKS OF MAGIC and THE SANDMAN.
Set in both North London and the Faerie kingdom, GOD SAVE THE QUEEN tells the story of a rebellious teenager who falls in with a group of slacker faeries. She discovers that for faeries, the ultimate rush is Red Horse, a drug made from heroin and human blood. It's a dangerous high, and when she gets hooked she's drawn into a civil war that becomes a struggle to the death between Queen Titania and her predecessor, Queen Mab.
Don't miss this imaginitave, thought-provoking collaboration from two acclaimed creators!
God Save the Queen Reviews
Queen Mab and Queen Titania are at war - and it gets Ugly. Linda is the girl who thinks she's normal and gets swept up in the fairy war - but only when the death toll hits close to home. All the usual cast - Titania, Mab, Puck, Oberon, the love struck mortal - are here, but any story with such a high volume of needles, drugs, weapons and unprotected sex is going to be dark.
Mab is truly wicked in the things she does - she really buys into the "take no prisoners" philosophy, but the blow she lashes against Titania is very clever. She knows exactly what Titania holds most dear - and takes it away.
The drawings are done in photorealism style - with a twist. The style works perfectly for the dream sequences and supernatural aspects, but makes the story as a whole slightly had to follow in its frantic pace and music video-esque surrealsim.
The spoon is a nice touch.
Surprisingly entertaining, considering the writer. (I'm not a fan because of what he did to Gaiman's Lucifer. And no, I've not read the long series bearing his name. The limited series was enough of a turn off.) Main protagonist is a bit of a turn off but her surroundings and revelations make up for it. Can't help but think that a few more pages could have helped the book. The art is amazing, though. Nothing to complain there.
Beautiful art that looks like paintings and an interesting new story combine to make this short graphic novel a pleasure to read. Sandman fans may recognise a few minor unnamed characters such as Nuala, Lucien, and, I am pretty sure, Daniel, but knowledge of the Sandman comics in not essential as this is about an unrelated character.
God Save the Queen is abou Linda. Her father left recently and her mother is drinking. She is going to clubs and finding more dangerous ways to forget. When she meets a group of people who invite her to shoot up her blood mixed with heroin, which they call 'red horse', she discovers the ultimate high. Little does she know what it may cost her, or that these people are not from our world.
A fresh and enjoyable urban fantsy graphic novel that combines modern issues like drug use and strained familial relationships with legends of faerie. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and the art of graphic novels.
I found this graphic novel at the comic book store and had to buy it because I love stories about the fey. I didn't know anything about it or the authors so I didn't know if it was going to be any good. It turned out to be a great graphic novel. It has great artwork and a great story.
A troubled young girl starts her night by telling her best friend that they will say yes to everything as she drags him to her favorite club. So begins a dark descent into drugs, mysterious bad boys, and...a war between the fairies?
Queen Mab vs. Titania in a drag-down fight. Old world vs. new. I think you'll like it.