It’s not often that I review graphic novels, but I had to make an exception for this one. Return of the Dapper Men is a stunning book that will appeal to readers of all ages. (I fully intend to purchase a copy for my elementary school library.) Children, teens, and adults will find something to love in this enchanting tale.
Jim McCann’s evocative words paired with Janet Lee’s amazing visuals combine to create not only an astounding graphic novel but also a breathtaking work of art. The imagination is stimulated by this story, and, in my opinion, that is the mark of all great art and literature.
Return of the Dapper Men, while showcasing the essence of steampunk fantasy, also brings to mind such favorite tales as The Wizard of Oz, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and other beloved tales. When a book is in such company, it is no wonder that it won this year’s Eisner Award for best graphic album.
I know I haven’t really told anything about the actual story here, and that is intentional. This is one you need to experience for yourself. I hope you will find the journey as magical as I did.