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Delicate Creatures [Hardcover]

J. Michael Straczynski , J. Michael Staczynski , Michael Zulli
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Feb. 19 2002 Delicate Creatures
In Delicate Creatures, Image Comics` first all-original hardcover, J. Michael Straczynski turns his gaze towards the fairytale and leaves you wondering how much is tale and how much is truth. Like all of Straczynski`s work, he provides an intelligent examination of a cliche-ridden genre that will rise above and challenge the best literature currently available.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Darker Type Of Fairy Tale. Nov. 11 2002
Delicate Creatures shatters whatever preconceived notions you might have about Fairy Tales. Starting with a breezy introduction, where we get to know the various Fairies and Sprites inhabiting the walls of a Castle in an anonymous foreign land, the story quickly moves into darker territory, dealing with the real-life terrors of war and genocide. The darker aspects of the tale are dealt with honestly, but delicately enough that younger readers will be able to deal with them. There were parts of the story that brought a lump to my throat; I think that parents and children reading together would find a lot to discuss about Delicate Creatures, particularly the themes of love and loss. The story is told in prose, with occasional illustrations by Artist Michael Zulli. Zulli's art is fantasic and the lush colors (By Steve Firchow) make the pictures come to life. The story, by Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, is gut-wrenching at times, but in true Fairy-Tale fashion, things turn out ok in the end. I believe all involved have created a new classic, one that will hopefully be discovered by Parents and Children alike in years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR SMALL CHILDREN March 28 2002
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A wonderful, thoroughly worthwhile book but with some very real mention of torture and other terrors that may be profoundly upsetting to the small - buy it for yourself, but please read carefully in it's entirety before you give this to a child- and know the trauma threshold of the child in question. The tone of the jacket and opening pages is not representative of the work throughout.
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Delicate Creatures a beautifully illustrated fantasy story, written by the versatile and talented author J. Michael Stranczynski of television (Babylon 5) and comic book (Rising Stars) fame. A fairy tale existing parallel to human world, Delicate creatures is not a picturebook for very young children but rather a parable for all ages about the strength to change the world that lies in the smallest, most fragile, and most fleeting of things. The artwork of Michael Zulli and Steve Firchow wonderfully showcases a truly engaging fairytale destined to become a modern classic. Delicate Creatures is enthusiastically recommended for anyone who has ever thrilled to the tales of the Brothers Grimm or gone along on a wonderland adventure with Alice.
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