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Comic Review: Legendary’s “A Town Called Dragon”

Posted on October 8, 2014 at 7:16 am by Tyler Waterman

atcdcovWritten By: Judd Winick

Pencils By: Geoff Shaw

Colors By: Jamie Grant

Letters By: Sean Konot 

Published By: Legendary

 

 

 

 

 

“What’s old is new again” is a phrase you hear often. Typically when you hear that, it’s referencing the return of an formerly popular fashion or trend, or perhaps referencing the return of a celebrity who’s back in the spotlight. However, for the folks of Dragon, Colorado, the phrase applies to something far deadlier.

A Town Called Dragon is another outstanding title from Legendary, featuring the writing talents of the outstanding Judd Winick (Batman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern). Winick is joined by artist Geoff Shaw, a newcomer in the comic world, whose art leaves me with no question that his is a name we’ll be seeing on many covers going forward.

In this book, we discover that Norwegian warriors of old were able to purge the world of its very last living dragon, nearly ending their threat to humanity. However, one last egg was also recovered, and despite their best efforts, the warriors are unable to destroy it. Finally, after great debate, it’s decided to bury the egg in the frozen earth, in hopes it never hatches again. Of course, burying such a thing in your own backyard would be stupid; as such, the egg is brought across the sea to a new land, and buried there instead, where it was lost to legend.

That is, until now.

As the book comes back to the present, we find a pleasant town called Dragon that could be Anywhere, America. The police deal with nothing worse than speeding tickets, everyone knows everyone, and every day is essentially the same. That is, until a German excavation team no one knows is in the mountain unearths the dragon egg no one knew could still hatch, and suddenly no one is safe.

While this book could rest on the guaranteed interest created by “there’s a dragon ripping through a modern setting,” it isn’t content to just rely on its gimmick, which is a testament to the talent we’ve come to expect from Winick. In just one issue you’re left instantly caring about a half dozen characters, as he fleshes them all out in just a short period of time. By the end of the issue I found myself caring more about the townsfolk than I did about the dragon itself; not what I expected, and proof that there’s a quality narrative taking place. It’s made even better by the talents of Shaw, whose art carries a sense of detail and action that compliments the pace of the story perfectly. He also displays a particular mastery of facial expression that I look forward to seeing develop as he continues in the industry. Make no mistake: Shaw is a name to watch for going forward.

If you’re a fan of dragons, a fan of small-town America, or just fascinated by the idea of combining both, A Town Called Dragon is a book you need to be reading. Check out the preview images and official solicit below to see more, as well as the official site. You can purchase issues digitally from Comixology. or in classic paper form at your local comic shop!

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ABOUT A TOWN CALLED DRAGON

# of issues: 5

Written by: Judd Winick

Art/Cover: Geoff Shaw

September 24, 2014 / 56 PAGES / $3.99

EVERY TOWN HAS ITS SECRETS. THIS ONE BREATHES FIRE.

 

Legendary Comics transports you to A Town Called Dragon. On the surface it seems like your average all-American tourist trap, but this snow-covered town hides a burning secret. After centuries of lying buried within the depths of an icy mountain, the world’s last dragon egg finally hatches – endangering modern life as we know it. Now an unlikely group of dangerously unqualified, ordinary citizens must band together, battling the elements – and each other – to slay this menacing creature.

In issue #2 (hitting stores in October), enter the town of Dragon, Colorado — a mountain community desperately trying to exploit their fantastical folklore in a hopeless attempt to lure in tourists. But the town’s true legend is greater than they could possibly imagine…

When a German excavation team accidentally unearths the world’s last remaining dragon egg, an ancient beast is born, destroying everything in its path. Now this menacing creature threatens to wipe the entire town off the map. How can one group of ordinary citizens stand against a monster when they can’t even stand each other?

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