Back at FCBD one of the reads I came away with was from The Stuff of Legend. At that point I mentioned that it reminded me that I was behind in reading the book and needed to get the third trade. Turns out I was further behind than I thought and didn't have the second book, either, so here we are.
Maxwell the bear, Jester, Princess, Percy the pig, Quackers the duck, and Harmony, along with Scout the puppy, arrive at the zoo in some distress, with Princess having been wounded by a sniper. Percy still works desparately to keep his association with the Boogeyman secret and to dissuade the others from continuing the search.
Among the new characters introduced are the Knight and Golems. I love the Golems. They're a wild
For reasons we don't know the Boogeyman doesn't like the animal toys. He pretended he did and convinced Monty, an infant toy designed to be chewed, shaped like a monkey with cymbals, to lead all the animal toys to live in the zoo, but once there imprisoned them and used them for sport, sometimes killing them. Led by a lion the animal toys rebelled and faced a huge battle with the Knight leading the human forces. This was the Knight's greatest victory but also a loss. The lion freed a giant snake that turned the tide for the animals so they could escape into the jungle on the other side of a ravine. The Golems ended that battle when they came stomping through.
Now the Knight leads his forces to capture the six searchers, but once again the Golems arrive and wreak havoc with the Boogeyman's human army. When the six make it into the Jungle they're captured by the animal toys, who are now led by the giant snake. He separates Maxwell, Percy and Quackers from Harmony, Princess and Jester. The former will be tested to determine if they can stay with the animals. The latter will be hunted for sport. The hunting for sport doesn't go so well, as Jester defeats the hunters while protecting Harmony and the ill Princess (a result of her wound earlier). Arctic, a member of Princess's tribe, shows up with the Mayor, who's trapped in a net Arctic had set. While Jester and Harmony finght, Arctic absconds with Princess.
One other new character is an unnamed boy who's also in the Dark with The Boy. They're both in a mock town where no one else is present. They're in houses across the street from one another. The Boy can't escape the room he's in and can just see the new boy through gaps in the boarded up window to the room.
As with the first book The Stuff of Legend has great atmosphere. It's all done in sepia tones coloring
Of course, the story by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith moves those great pictures along just as well. It's a fine collaboration all around. Now I can get to the third volume that I originally thought was the only one I was missing.