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Pixie Volume 1 by Mathieu Mariolle (Story) & Aurore (Art)
Translated by Claire de Dobay Rifelj;
Edited by Bryce P. Colman
Cover Artist: Aurore
Review by Gayle Surrette
TokyoPop Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781427814715
Date: 10 February 2009 List Price $12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

Pixie is a thief. He botched a job and now he's got to steal a wristlet from the sleeping prince. He manages to get into the prince's bedchamber, but the wristlet won't come off. Since he can't bring himself to cut off the hand to get it--he takes the whole prince and escapes. The problem is that the prince is a royal pain. It's very much like the "Ransom of Red Chief" by O Henry. But as much as Pixie wants to get rid of Ael (the prince), he's stuck with him.

As if that weren't bad enough, he's accruing allies, and before he knows it, he's in the middle of a quest. Of course, Ael has always wanted to go on an adventure so this suits him fine. Pixie, on the other hand, just wants to get back to his life as a thief. But it looks like he'll have to tag along just to make sure every gets out alive.

In full color and with artwork by Aurore, the story by Mariolle spins out and out of control of the main character. Pixie is a reluctant hero--well, he's practically dragged on the adventure because he can't just walk away, no matter how much he wants to. As the story unfolds you find that there's a lot more going on and Ael is more than just a bratty prince wanting adventure. Each new character adds to the complexity of the story and the number of adventures that need to be solved before the worlds will be at peace.

Since our adventurers are moving between different planes or worlds, the art is set so that each world has its own theme colors and decorations. It's not in-your-face but you soon realize that the color palette changes as the adventurers move from one place to another. The art sets the mood and fills in the necessary details in the narrative as it moves along.

This is volume 1, and volume 2 is already out--there's a short teaser at the end of this volume for the next, but it's pictures with no words -- so it's really a teaser. This series looks like it could be very exciting as the story continues to evolve.

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