Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past by Kalinda Vazquez and Corinna Bechko
This was my favourite out of the companion books and graphic novels that I read. Not only are the characters very similar to how they were portrayed in the Netflix series, they were also completely original and not a straight-up retelling.
One of the stories in this compendium is of the Mad Hatter’s loss of his wife and how it happens. It was utterly heartbreaking and brilliantly portrayed both in art and in storytelling. I believe this graphic novel is the best of both worlds in this regard.
Belle and Rumplestiltskin had a very memorable art style. It was fluid, colourful and beautiful on every page. Their story takes place in the early days of their relationship, with every action of the characters teaching us more about them. The author still manages to make Rumplestiltskin mysterious and reticent.
Captain Hook and the Evil Queen also feature in this graphic novel but I’ll give no more spoilers for now. Just trust me in saying that if you loved the series, you’ll definitely enjoy ALL of these extra gems!
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Once Upon A Time: Shadow Of The Queen by Dan Thompson and Corrina Bechko
Transporting you to Regina and the Huntsman’s past, this graphic novel tells a much more sombre tale than the one above. It’s got a grittier plot and art style but explains a lot about how Regina came to have the Huntsman’s heart and what they were to each other.
It also sheds some light on Regina’s manipulation of Red’s werewolf pack. I really enjoyed the moral dilemmas faced in this graphic novel. Neither Red nor the Huntsman really wish to harm Snow White but are being pushed by forces beyond their control and it is thought-provoking in that respect.
I wasn’t as much of a fan of the art style in this graphic novel as I was of it in Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past but it was still masterfully done. It just was not my cup of tea.
The interwoven stories here really added something special to the plot and I definitely recommend you pick this up!
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Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
Now to me, this was THE WORST! I hated how prepubescent Red didn’t seem to have a single thought of her own and how there was really no villain motivation behind Violet’s actions. I did not finish it but did get quite far though before abandoning it.
The only thing that doesn’t seem to have dimmed in this novel is the relationship between Red and Granny. There are also subtle hints towards Red’s inner wolf coming out that I would have enjoyed had it not been for all the other circling garbage.
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