The Only Living Boy #1: Prisoner of the Patchwork Planet

The Only Living Boy #1: Prisoner of the Patchwork Planet

David Gallaher Steve Ellis / Dec 09, 2019

The Only Living Boy Prisoner of the Patchwork Planet Nominated for three Harvey Awards THE ONLY LIVING BOY tells the story of year old Erik Farrell who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory stranded on a patchwork planet with

  • Title: The Only Living Boy #1: Prisoner of the Patchwork Planet
  • Author: David Gallaher Steve Ellis
  • ISBN: 9781629914428
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nominated for three Harvey Awards, THE ONLY LIVING BOY tells the story of 12 year old Erik Farrell, who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner Every day is a struggle to survive Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysteriNominated for three Harvey Awards, THE ONLY LIVING BOY tells the story of 12 year old Erik Farrell, who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner Every day is a struggle to survive Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysterious insect race He ll need their help to escape the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the evil Doctor Once and maybe, one day, find his way back home The brainchild of Harvey award winning creators Gallaher and Ellis, the series has received both critical and fan acclaim since its launch Mark Waid DAREDEVIL, KINGDOM COME said Paul Pope and Jack Kirby never had a chance to work together, but if they had, it would be only slightly less awesome than this Mental Floss called it an all ages adventure book inspired by pulp serials, Saturday morning cartoons, Jack Kirby, and even the music of Paul Simon A delightful read for fans of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, AMULET, and BONE.

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      • David Gallaher Steve Ellis

        Author David Gallaher has received multiple Harvey Award nominations and won The Best Online Comic Award for his work on High Moon for DC Comics David was an early pioneer of digital comics developing projects for Marvel s Iron Man, Captain America, and Spider Man as well as Box 13 the first comic designed specifically for the iPhone for ComiXology He has served as a consulting editor for Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, and Fairy Tail for Kodansha He is represented by the Hill Nadell Agency.


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    1. 3.5/5 When David Gallaher offered review copies of the first fewThe Only Living Boygraphic novels over at Booklikes, I hopped on the chance. I've been reading a lot of graphic novels lately, most of them adult, and I wanted to try one that's for all ages, so here we are.The story is about a young boy, on the verge of becoming a teenager, named Erik Farrell. He runs away from home and now, for some reason, has lost his memory and finds himself on a strange planet. He meets allies and foes along t [...]


    2. 4.5 Stars, Buy itSelf Purchase, Humble Bundle.First Impression- I really like the art style.A young boy runs away from his past that he can’t remember. He wakes up in a world not his own. Fairies! So of course I’m going to have to keep reading this. Of course there are monsters too. Erik, the young boy, is forced to fight for his life. The creature he fights turns out to be Morgan, a creature who had earlier saved his life. Another creature is thrown into the mix and then they all escape the [...]


    3. This fantasy comic book is the first in a series and it looks like a promising series. The plot centres around Erik Farrell who is always running away although we don’t find out what from. He wakes up in a fantasy world full of strange and wonderful creatures and he seems to be the only human, the only living boy of the title.The artwork is very good and I enjoyed the story and format. I’d recommend this to any comic lover who enjoys a simple fantasy tale. As it is only the first issue, it w [...]


    4. This is a great example of what fantasy comics should be. All of these are rather amazing. The story is well told through both graphics and written word. It doesn't feel lacking like some comics that I have read in the past.


    5. What I loved about this is book is how much it reminded me of Saturday Morning cartoons while still retaining the flavor of something new and unique. The story seems to be unfolding according to the same sort of master plan these creators had in store for readers with HIGH MOON and BOX 13.


    6. I picked up this book after getting an interview with author David Gallaher for a college project of mine. As it turns out, he's not only an incredibly nice guy, but a talented storyteller as well. I've been a fan of comics for many years now and I take great joy in finding new ones to read - new worlds to explore. I'm delighted to have discovered The Only Living Boy, as it checks almost all of my boxes for a great comic.In a world of superheroes and spandex, The Only Living Boy is a breath of f [...]


    7. David Gallaher and Steve Ellis have created an amazing pulp world all-ages comic book story that I cannot recommend highly enough. In today's marketplace its hard to find a comic book / graphic novel that I feel comfortable with my four children reading, but this book hits every note perfectly: strong characterization and story, fantastic dynamic art, and more importantly its not aimed for adults yet marketed to kids with over-the-top violence, sexual situations, or language.If you are looking f [...]


    8. I can't remember exactly how I originally stumbled on 'The Only Living Boy' as a webcomic, but what I do remember is that I'm glad that I did.Discovering 'The Only Living Boy' as a serialised story was both exciting and exasperating and I mean that in the best possible sense. Anyone who has childhood memories of Saturday morning television will no doubt understand how nail-bitingly frustrating it was to watch an episodic show that you knew would undoubtedly end on a cliffhanger and then have to [...]


    9. I read this story when it first came out. I loved it then and I still adore it. The story begins with a simple premise, a boy on the verge of adolescence runs away from home and soon find himself thrown into another world where monsters and magical threats abound. He must navigate these threats and learn about this new world that he's been flung into.First up, we have a good idea of the motivations of the main character whilst also managing to create a certain amount of mystery as well. Erik Far [...]


    10. I really liked the artwork in this book. It’s extremely well put together and I felt the variety of characters was impressively done. That would almost put me over the edge to four stars, but I really struggled with the plot.Though provided as a book, I felt the story was fragmented too much. I only had the barest sense of where the story was going to be going and not enough to make me feel completely invested. I was also disappointed with where the story was cut off because it felt awkward wi [...]


    11. The Only Living Boy is that rarest of things, a book that can genuinely be enjoyed by readers of all ages. I detected influences as varied as the Narnia books, Thundarr the Barbarian, and the old Kamandi comics (and even Stephen King and Peter Straub's "The Talisman"), but this story of a boy from New York who runs away from home and ends up in a weird, creature-filled, post-apocalyptic Manhattan (a parallel dimension? Our future? That's a mystery to be solved, along with his dim memory of his o [...]


    12. Only Living Boy is an utter joy. This fantastical adventure falls somewhere between the pages of Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain and John Byrne's stellar 80s run on the Fantastic Four. (specifically his wild Negative Zone stories) The book follows young Erik Farrell as he runs away and then stumbles into a strange world in the process. The series creators Gallaher and Ellis clearly understand children – what makes them tick and what makes them interesting. Their world is bursting with [...]


    13. I won this book in a Giveaway.First of all, I've never read a graphic novel. I didn't know exactly what to expect. The first couple pages were a bit of a struggle for me to get into, but as I kept reading, I was in that world completely. The pictures were pretty good. I'm not sure if there is a standard, but I enjoyed some more than others personally. Before I was even finished, I knew that I wanted to read volume 2 when it comes out. I'll be eagerly waiting for it. The teaser at the end of thi [...]


    14. I followed this as a webcomic for a while and loved it enough to pre-order a copy when they said they were printing it. This first volume just establishes the story of a boy who runs away and finds himself on an alien planet much more brutal than earth. Not much world-building yet, but the art is gorgeous and they've got buy-in on the various characters from me. I can't wait for Volume 2 in July!


    15. I handed my advance copy (thanks to a lucky sweepstakes win) of this book over to my 9-year old daughter who loves any and all strange, weird, and otherwise out of the ordinary tales, and she really liked this. "It was good weird", is a direct quote. Fantastic illustrations, a thrilling story, and a strange world inhabited by all sorts of wonderful and weird creatures: mermaid warrior, an insect-ish princess Recommended!


    16. Admittedly, I am not the target audience for this book. The book is a throwback to Kamandi, The Last Boy on Earth from old, old, old DC Comics. One gripe that I had is that the book is a bit tropey with its protagonist being a young blond haired boy. I am really tired of that. I'd like to see this story with someone else as the protagonist.


    17. Kamandi is one of my favorite comics that deserves to be relaunched for modern readers. This book really plays tribute to Jack Kirby's classic and is a pure delight. It channels Kamandi and Planet of the Apes to create a thrill ride about a boy in a future patchwork world. The art is fantastic and the writing is fast-paced. I look forward to future volumes.


    18. All action and excitement. Very lacking in depth and character development, with what there is being cliche and repetitive. A star added for the art, which is perfect for the adrenaline rush that is the book's appeal.


    19. I've had the pleasure to discover The Only Living Boy through single issues, and hadn't read all of them, but this collection from Papercutz is a masterpiece! Great story. Great art. David Gallagher and Steve Ellis make every panel count! It's the all-age comic book you don't want to miss.


    20. A fantastic book, like a cross Between Chronicles of Narnia and one of Jack Kirby's classic adventure tales. Steve Ellis artwork pops, and David Gallagher's writing keeps your attention the whole way through.


    21. The best volume yet! The hero discovers his resolve. We get at the very heart of the characters. There's some brilliant stuff here that's not too heavy and just pitch perfect on menace.



    22. Great fun! The postapocalypse actually looks almost appealing, if this book is any indication. Gallaher and Ellis continue to be an unbeatable team and I'm looking forward to much more from them.



    23. I read this as a webcomic (here: tapas/series/The-Only-Livi) so I guess that counts as a digital edition? I've since gotten the trades, but I found it first as a webcomic and I'm glad I did. The first volume starts a little slow, if I'm being honest, but as I've read through the series I've started to understand exactly WHY that is. It's a clever play by Gallaher and Ellis that I think pays off by Volume 3, so if you're coming in cold -- understand that you're questions will be answers about 80 [...]


    24. Just read the whole five book series in one sitting yesterday. Tremendous work by Gallaher and Ellis, who I discovered from their Marvel work. Looking forward to more (will there be more?). The third and fifth volumes are the STANDOUTS, 5/5 stars. Absolutely mortified by what happens to Bear.


    25. This is a fun adventure series that I picked up on NoiseTrade. As with their other projects -- in particular Green Lantern and Box 13 -- it seems to deal with memory, traumatic brain injury and high adventure. It's not for YOUNG kids, but I could see giving this to a 8 to 10 year old with no problem. I wish there were more pages, but it's a small complaint. Lovely work with Steve Ellis. Some minor quibbles with the lettering, but taken as a whole one of my favorite adventure books in a while.



    26. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 4.75 of 5I'm not sure where I got this book it doesn't appear to have come from NetGalley or Edelweiss (two organizations from whom I receive Advance Readers Copies of books) but I'm very glad that I got it and read it because it was really delightful.There is a quality about the boy that reminds me of the best of Edgar Rice Burroughs, in which a human has to come to terms with being among an alien race and taking decisive acti [...]


    27. A fun new adventure series for kids 9 and up. What I really like about this story is that while it's always age appropriate, it also doesn't shy away from some of the weirder characters, ideas, and storytelling techniques you might see in a "grown-up" comic. This is also reflected in the art itself - in many ways this felt like a bridge comic for long-time comic readers into titles for older readers, while still remaining perfectly kid friendly and engaging. This first book serves mostly as a se [...]


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