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Graphic Novel YA fiction

Lost Carnival

Before he met Batman, Dick Grayson discovered the power of young love–and its staggering cost–at the magical Lost Carnival.

Haly’s traveling circus no longer has the allure of its glamorous past, but it still has one main attraction: the Flying Graysons, a family of trapeze artists featuring a teenage Dick Grayson. The only problem is that Dick loathes spending his summers performing tired routines for dwindling crowds.
When the Lost Carnival opens nearby and threatens to pull Haly’s remaining customers, Dick is among those drawn to its nighttime glow. But there are ancient forces at work at the Lost Carnival, and when Dick meets the mysterious Luciana and her nomadic family, he may be too mesmerized to recognize the danger ahead.

Beneath the carnival’s dazzling fireworks, Dick must decide who he is and who he wants to be–choosing between loyalty to his family history and a glittering future with new friends and romance. Writer Michael Moreci and artist Sas Milledge redefine Dick Grayson in The Lost Carnival, a young adult graphic novel exploring the power and magic of young love.

DC Comics May 5, 2020

What did I think?

If you loved The Night Circus this will be in your wheelhouse. Or the wheelhouse of any reader who loves Robin. There are a few nods to Batman, but this is a stand alone Middle Grade series centering on Dick Grayson and I am all in. I love that DC has these new series, it can be intimidating to begin reading a well known and loved series and this lets kids (and adults!) start at the beginning.

I’m hoping to obtain this beauty IRL, I adore Art Deco and this is the kind of cover that would be face out on my shelves. In fact, all the artwork is beautiful, I especially enjoyed how the artist used a different color palette with each circus. (Yes, there are two) This glimpse into Dick’s life as a teenager is an awesome origin story. Even if you don’t know much about Batman you’ll want to continue into the next volume for sure.

I’m giving this one 4 1/2 stars.

By Jenny Naughton

JENNY NAUGHTON and her husband share their 1930's era Chicago home with four sons and a daughter. A voracious reader, Jen reviews books before their release for dozens of publishers on her page: Windy City Reader. Jen also blogs (on WordPress!) about classical, mostly secular, home education at Good Enough Homeschool.
In her spare time, she runs an online book club for teens and helps other home educating family match their kids with the perfect book for them.
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