Overall rating: 4 Stars, borrow it.
Self purchase, paperback.
I want to say upfront, that everything that Kibuishi does, is amazing. I love the flight series and Explorer anthologies he compiled. I love the amulet series as well. With the exception of the Michel Gagne story, I didn’t find this compilation as compelling as the flight series or the first explorer series. I will always follow Kibuishi’s work as normally it’s fantastic. This volume just had a bunch of only average stories. The following are my by story reviews:
Rabbit Island by Jake Parker: This story was very moral. For some reason it annoyed me although it wasn’t religious or anything. Art wasn’t bad but nothing fantastic either. Art: 3 Stars Story: 3 Stars
The Mask Dance by Chrystin Garland: I like the blue and green coloring. The story is actually a little scary. art: 3 Stars story: 4 Stars
Carapace by Jason Caffoe I really like the art, but the main characters face didn’t look so great so I downgraded the art by half a star. The story is fantastic. A guy wakes up on an island with all of these bizarre creatures and he makes friends with one of them. Original and beautiful. art: 4.5 Stars Story: 5 Stars
Desert Island Playlist by Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier and colors by Braden Lamb. Nicely drawn and colored, nice story but not amazing. Sweet and pretty. Art: 4 stars Story: 4 stars
Loah by Michel Gagne- I LOVE everything that Michel Gagne does. Just amazing art. This is as good as everything else he does. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE art: 5 Stars story: Stars
Radio Adrift by Katie and Steven Shanahan, colors by Eric Kim and Selena Dizazzo. A cute story about a young girl who is a mage in training and has to get a pixie egg to hatch. Art: 4 Stars Story: 4 Stars
The Fishermen by Kazu Kibuishi and colors by Jason Caffoe I’ve never been a big fan of fisherman stories so this story didn’t have much of a chance with me. But the art is good. Art: 4 Stars Story: 3.5 Stars
art:4 story: 4 Star