Comic Book Review: Aesop’s Ark # 1 from #Monkeybrain
Aesop’s Ark # 1 (Written by J. Torres with art by Jennifer L. Meyer) is precisely what it promises to be: The tale of the animals on the Ark exchanging anecdotes and fables to pass they time as they float on the massive boat. It is not a complicated book, at least at this point, nor does it try to be. It is a book about animals facing difficult situations, hearing a parable that applies to that situation, and learning from it.
|Aesop’s Ark is a comic that allows
young children to learn important
lessons with gorgeous illustrations.
The first issue features the story of the donkey and the mule, a tale about the need to spread the work around. Meyer’s art is just jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The animals are expressive, nicely detailed, and -well – just plain pretty. If you are the type that can pick up a comic just for the art, this is one of those. It may throw some people off that the text is all hand-written (something I am not used to seeing in a comic), although I never had any trouble reading what was written, and I think – looking back – that type face would have looked odd next to Meyer’s pencil drawings.
The story itself, as previously mentioned, is a retelling of one of Aesop’s Fables with the added bonus of seeing it applied to a situation so that the point is driven home twice. Aesop’s Ark is marketed as a children’s book and that is precisely what it is. Although it may be worth picking up for adults for Meyer’s art (as previously mentioned), it is not terribly challenging or interesting reading material for adults. For children, however, who need to learn the lessons taught by these fables, it is a very good book, indeed. Just know who the target audience is prior to picking it up.
Aesop’s Ark is a children’s comic book featuring animals on an ark facing challenging situations and learning how to deal with them through tellings of Aesop’s Fables. Fantastic art punctuates these tales, but it is difficult to recommend the book outside of its target audience, and I would not recommend it unless you specifically want to read the fables or are looking to admire the art. However, if you have a young child, then by all means pick it up and read it with them and tell them to listen. And learn. Aesop’s Ark # 1 is available from Comixology for $.99.
Score: 8 out of 10 (For Young Children)