The Lost Path by Amélie Fléchais
Genre: Fantasy | Graphic Novel
Length: 96 pages
Published on 28th March 2018 by Lion Forge Comics
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
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Digital review copy received from NetGalley
Three young boys set off from Camp Happiness, map in hand, determined to be the first to find the treasure before anyone else. But the shortcut they take leads to something far more spectacular and sinister! All manner of magical beasties live in these woods, and the kids find themselves caught between warring Forest Spirits. Will the three boys find their way out of trouble? Get your map and ready, set, go! Amélie Fléchais’s incredible artwork combines the best of French illustration with manga influences. A spooky new fairytale, for fans of Over the Garden Wall.
Late last year I read another of Amélie Fléchais‘ graphic novels and said I’d love to read more of her work so when I saw The Lost Path on NetGalley I instantly got it.
Then I updated my PC, completely wiped everything from it, and was terrified I’d missed my chance.
Luckily it hadn’t been archived yet so I downloaded and read instantly this time.
I really enjoyed the story starts off telling the story of how a couple fall out of love, the woman becoming one with the forest and its malicious roots. The man locking himself up in the house until the forest takes over there too.
That is the set up for the story but the main chunk takes part later on. It follows 3 children as they follow a treasure map and get very lost within the forest and come into contact with those who want to rule over it.
It sounds a bit spooky and scary but as its all told more so from the childrens point of views its something y’all can enjoy.
Want to know what I loved most about this graphic novel though? Its change in style to fit the scenes.
You can already see the first style for the start of the graphic novel in the image I’ve already shared.
But when we move to the children its a lot more colourful. I love how light is portrayed on these pages. As I read on it suddenly had a black and white page or two and I was worried that this was because its an ARC and therefor unfinished but I think its more to draw attention and add atmosphere in different ways.
It was this page that confirmed my thoughts due to the colouring in the top panel which causes one of the boys to show how he’s been imagining the journey. I really liked his brief fight scene as a robot.I definitely recommend picking up this or even her some of her other works. I really enjoy her style and approach of telling stories.
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