Written by Eric Shanower
Art by Gabriel Rodriguez
Published by IDW Publishing
Release Date: August 6, 2014

Take a trip through Slumberland in this magical all-ages adventure from Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez.

Eric Shanower explores the mystical realms of dreams in this fun little adventure story that is suitable for all ages. Based on the works of Winsor McCay, Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland features a fantastical world that Shanower explores nicely. The pacing of this story is delightful, with a reptitive aspect that manages to stay entertaining rather than stale. There is a lot of cute humour in this issue, and Shanower works with Rodriguez’s strengths very well. The dialogue in this comic is great for kids: easy to follow yet entertaining, leading to a very nice, easy, and enjoyable read.

And Gabriel Rodriguez’s beautiful artwork makes that story fly. This story is a huge leap from his work on Locke & Key, but he handles the duties of this story just as well as he did in the now legendary horror epic. Rodriguez builds a fantastical world that is wonderful to behold, blending fantasy elements in a beautiful manner to create some jaw dropping visuals. This comic will engross readers of all ages with it’s brilliant artwork, and the colour work of Nelson Daniel enhances Rodriguez’s artwork wonderfully. This art team gives this comic an immense amount of life, and the visuals are worth the price of admission without a doubt.

Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1 is a great all-ages fantasy tale featuring some wonderful artwork that elevates this story to the next level. The plot is easy for children of all ages to follow, and the whimsical nature of this story is delightful. This is definitely worth trying if you have little ones to read with, or if you want to experience some great Gabriel Rodriguez artwork.

The Verdict: 8.0/10



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