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The Lost Carnival: 06/25/20
The Lost Carnival by Michael Moreci is a standalone YA graphic novel set in Wyoming some time before the tragedy that kills Dick Grayson's parents. The carnival isn't making the ticket sales like it used to. Dick feels that the routines have gotten stale. The ringmaster believes that the blame falls on a competing carnival.
Within the rival carnival setting, a friendship and then romance blossoms between Dick and Luciana, the niece of the illusionist, Caliban. The set up of star-crossed lovers from rival carnivals brings to mind Romeo and Juliet, but with a supernatural twist.
The graphic novel uses color to reinforce the narrative. Monochromatic blues, yellows, and reds inform the reader of place, character, and timeline. These artistic choices are off-putting at first but make sense against the larger tableau of the tale of the rise and fall of the Lost Carnival.