Fantasy Sports

56p. Flying Eye Books/Nobrow. 2015. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781907704802.
Gr 5–7—Mug and Wiz don't always see eye to eye. In fact, they usually don't agree on anything. When these two mages raid a mummy's tomb for magical items, they run into the mummy itself, a powerful ancient being who poses a challenge to the magicians. If they win, they can take the treasures, but if they lose, they must pay with their lives. What is this dangerous quest? A game of basketball! One-on-one, and the first to 21 wins. Mug, who has never played before, is holding his own on the court, but he is no match for the mummy. Foul play renders Mug injured, and Wiz steps in to take control of the game when they desperately need to win. With an army of skeletons in the crowd, this is like no basketball game readers have ever seen. This title has clean, defined panels. Strong line work keeps the various characters well distinguished. The colors are nicely muted in warm tones of orange, yellow, and red. The two protagonists could have been more developed in this first volume, but hopefully future installments will shed more light on them.
VERDICT A great choice where graphic novels are popular, especially quirky ones that blur the lines between genres.

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