A wonderful new graphic novel series that sits in the same vein as Redwall and the Secret of Nimh. Pascoe and Arnhold have created a world infused with just a bit of magic, and lovable anthropomorphized characters. The story centers around the young Bridgebelle, a cotton (aka rabbit), who dreams of being an artist, but has to work in the cha (a fuel) producing factory instead. While she provides the primary viewpoint, the creators show us those of other characters as well. This is a necessary action because of the power struggle that is happening in the valley. The foxes want the civilized lifestyle that the cottons enjoy, but they don't necessarily want to do the work. So one of them has come up with a plan to gain power. The dark forces he wants to call forth spell trouble for the denizens of vale. There may be hope though, for Bridgebelle was given a riddle that could lead to their salvation. The Secret of the Wind has a grim underpinning -the series is definitely for middle grade readers- and will especially appeal to those that like darker fantasy series. The characters are all well defined, and the artist has done a good job of giving them distinctive characteristics. These designs have a Disney-like style. Cottons provides readers with an intriguing premise, interesting political dynamics, and the beginnings of some wonderful character development; it is definitely one to check out.
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