The Saga of Rex

The Saga of Rex

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"Rex never anticipated what would happen when he met Aven, an enigmatic biomorph with a flying saucer ... An otherworldly adventure that is in turn romantic, tragic, poetic and wonderfully surprising, The Saga of Rex perfectly captures a vision of whimsy and wonder that will delight young and old."--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Image Comics, 2010
ISBN: 9781607063223
1607063220
9781607062776
1607062771
Branch Call Number: 741.5 Ga
Description: 200 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm

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the_bookwyrm
Feb 11, 2019

"The Saga of Rex" has been on my mind for over 10 years, from when it was published through Kazu Kibuishi's Flight anthology series to when the entire story was collected into one volume. The majority of the story is told without words, which may be the problem with something of this scope.

There's a small introduction to what's happening--biomorphs are collecting specimens under the guise of potential mates and the vulpine protagonist Rex explores the inner workings of this planet. Other things that happen in the story are alluded to, but with stories that have no words, a simple narrative is best. Rex left me in the dust while entertaining itself in its own world.

Something I admire with Michel Gagné's art is how consistent everything looks. He did create an animation pilot of this story, and you can tell this was a passion project of his. But in this form, it's a case of consistently good visuals with a weak story. I like my stories to have a little more meat to them, y'see?

That's not to say you shouldn't read it. This was something Gagné created over a decade ago when his craft was still in progress. If you like cute animals going on adventures in an interstellar setting, consider this book. But, don't expect to be blown away.

forbesrachel Sep 02, 2013

Mostly wordless, the Saga of Rex brings you on the journey of a cute fox as he gets dragged to other worlds, meets alien species, and even finds love. The beautifully chosen colour themes add a magical quality to a magical tale. Along the way several transformations occur, worlds change, creatures change, Rex becomes more courageous and stronger. This connects to the overarching theme itself, that life is ever changing. For most of the story Rex is dragged around by events, but in the final third of the book, Rex learns that he is destined to save the planet he is on, and with the help of his new alien friends, he is given the power to do this. The illustrations at this point flare out in bright reds, yellows, and oranges as he destroys an oncoming world that would've collided into this planet. Having proven himself a worthy species, the morphogenic creature takes him to the final stage where they are sent on their way to seed life on an ideal world for them. The Saga of Rex is very quick to get through, and it is only due to an accurate use of the panelling, that the story is made possible.

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yusuf101
Jun 26, 2013

not bad

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kylenguy3n
Feb 09, 2013

An epic, great graphic novel.

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korgi
Mar 10, 2011

a great comic

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Jun 26, 2013

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