Gregory A. Wilson's Icarus was published by Silence in the Library Publishing in April 2016.
Information about Gregory A. Wilson:
Gregory A. Wilson is Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing and fantasy fiction along with various other courses in literature. His first academic book was published by Clemson University Press in 2007; on the creative side, he has won an award for a national playwriting contest, and his first novel, a work of fantasy entitled The Third Sign, was published by Gale Cengage in the summer of 2009. His second novel, Icarus, will be published as a graphic novel by Silence in the Library Publishing in 2016, and he has just signed a three book deal with The Ed Greenwood Group, which will be publishing his Gray Assassin Trilogy beginning with his third novel, Grayshade, in 2016. He has short stories out in various anthologies, including Time Traveled Tales from Silence in the Library, When The Villain Comes Home, edited by Ed Greenwood and Gabrielle Harbowy, and Triumph Over Tragedy, alongside authors like Robert Silverberg and Marion Zimmer Bradley, and he has had three articles published in the SFWA Bulletin.
He is a regular panelist at conferences across the country and is a member of the Gen Con Writers' Symposium, the Origins Library, Codex, Backspace, and several other author groups on and offline. On other related fronts, he did character work and flavor text for the hit fantasy card game Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer, and along with fellow speculative fiction author Brad Beaulieu is the co-host of the critically-acclaimed podcast Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans, a show which discusses (and interviews the creators and illustrators of) speculative fiction of all sorts and types. He lives with his wife Clea and daughter Senavene – named at his wife's urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which his daughter seems to have forgiven him – in Riverdale, NY.
Information about Icarus:
This epic fantasy graphic novel, written by Gregory A. Wilson, with illustrations by Matt Slay and Mark Dos Santos, follows the story of Icarus and Jellinek, an unlikely pair of heroes.
Icarus and Jellinek are, on the surface, about as different as two beings can possibly be.
Icarus is a tall, fair-skinned boy of around 17 who falls to the world of Vol from the sky with no memory of anything but his name. His is a graceful being with wings and incredible powers that he has no memory of how to use.
Jellinek is a four-foot hard-scrabble flamepetal prospector with tough red skin, a gruff disposition and general dislike of everyone around him, and a two-tailed lava-resistant creature called a "solar" as a companion.
On the day that their lives collide, everything about their world changes, and they discover that they have more in common than they can possibly imagine.
Together, Icarus and Jellinek will battle the tyranny of the Magisters, who have enslaved an entire people.
This graphic novel introduces us to the incredibly visual world of Vol, and the stunning array of characters and creatures who call it home. It takes us on an amazing journey in which Icarus and Jellinek fight for their lives and the freedom of a people while trying to unlock the mystery of Icarus's past. To Jellinek's surprise, Icarus's mystery becomes his own, as well.
A REVIEW OF GREGORY A. WILSON'S ICARUS
Do you enjoy reading graphic novels? Are you intrigued by ancient myths? If you answered 'yes' to both questions, Gregory A. Wilson's Icarus will be of interest to you, because it features a good story based on an ancient myth.
I consider Gregory A. Wilson Icarus to be an excellent graphic novel, because it has an epic story arc. I found it fascinating, because it's a fresh and original take on an ancient and well-known myth about Icarus. It's great that the author has written an original story and gives his readers an opportunity to experience something new. I have a feeling that this graphic novel will interest many readers.
When you read Icarus, you'll notice that it's a labour of love. There's a fine balance between the story and the illustrations, because the author and the illustrators have worked hard to make everything as perfect as possible.
Icarus is basically a fantasy adventure story, but it's also much more than that, because it's a story about change. Just like the best graphic novels, it's simultaneously entertaining, intriguing and thought-provoking.
Here's a bit of information about the story:
- The story is divided into two parts (Part I: The Arrival and Part II: The Turning).
- Icarus falls from the sky to the world of Vol where he meets Jellinek. Jellinek is digging for flamepetals when he sees Icarus falling from the sky. Icarus saves him from a flame demon and passes out. Jellinek takes Icarus to his home village to recover. When Icarus recovers, he and Jellinek get into trouble and have to flee from the village...
This is the beginning of an epic story arc that grows increasingly interesting and mythic as the story unfolds. During the story, the protagonists' lives become entwined with each other.
Here are a few words about the characters:
- Icarus is a young man who doesn't remember anything about his life. He doesn't know who or what he is and he uses his powers by instinct. He finds out that he will be a catalyst in the turning that will change everything.
- Jellinek is a prospector like his father and harvests flamepetals, but unlike his father he's not good at crafting. He lives in the village of Vesu. He befriends Icarus and begins to help him. Jellinek's companion, Rig, is a solar (a dog-like creature with two tails).
Worldbuilding is interesting, because the world of Vol has a lot of wonders in store for readers. Vol is a stunning feast for the eyes, because the evocative illustrations bring it to life. Vol is ruled by brutal and ruthless magisters (they have enslaved the people). They're not afraid to administer brutality when they deal with others. Such amazing beings and creatures as flame demons and salamander kings can be found in the world. The flame demons are extremely dangerous beings and kill those who come into contact with them. The mysterious salamander kings who live in the lava pits are interesting creatures, because they see visions and are able to sense things.
The beautiful illustrations by Matt Slay and Mark Dos Santos emphasise the epic and strong story in an excellent way. The artists' slightly different visual styles compliment each other and bring freshness to the artwork. The first part of the story is illustrated by Matt Slay and the second part by Mark Dos Santos.
I seldom read graphic novels, but graphic novels like this one are very much to my liking. Because I found this graphic novel original and liked the story, I give it 4.5 stars on the scale from 1 to 5 stars.
Gregory A. Wilson's Icarus is a rewarding graphic novel that invites readers on a magical journey into the world of Vol and its amazing wonders. It's a fluently written and fresh fantasy story with beautiful illustrations. If you like beautiful artwork and epic stories with a mythic feel to them, you'll enjoy Icarus.