The Dam Keeper (Dam Keeper, #3)
Based on an Oscar-nominated animated short by former Pixar directors, The Dam Keeper: Return to the Shadowsis the third and final volume in a breath-taking graphic novel series about a pig's epic journey.Sunrise Valley is without a dam keeper, and time is running out. In less than twenty-four hours, the poisonous tidal wave of black fog will descend on Pig’s home. While Fox, Hippo, and Van hurry east to warn the townspeople, Pig ventures on his own path.Pig is following a trail of clues that are inexplicably linked to his father, and now that trail is leading upward. What he finds on a floating island above the clouds will shake him to his core, but it just might be the answer he needs to save his home.

The Dam Keeper (Dam Keeper, #3) Details

TitleThe Dam Keeper (Dam Keeper, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherFirst Second
ISBN-139781626724563
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Childrens, Science Fiction

The Dam Keeper (Dam Keeper, #3) Review

  • Siina
    January 1, 1970
    The Dam Keeper series is just wow. Everything about it is deep, meaningful, full of emotion and there's looming darkness too. This final part makes everything perfect and I must get this series to my library. Return from the Shadows finally explains everything and we find Pig's dad, who's been trying to fight the fog from the beginning basically sacrificing everything, even Pig. I really liked the saving of the nature and somehow the comic ends up shoving the current environmental tragedy at our The Dam Keeper series is just wow. Everything about it is deep, meaningful, full of emotion and there's looming darkness too. This final part makes everything perfect and I must get this series to my library. Return from the Shadows finally explains everything and we find Pig's dad, who's been trying to fight the fog from the beginning basically sacrificing everything, even Pig. I really liked the saving of the nature and somehow the comic ends up shoving the current environmental tragedy at our faces. It's awesome. I loved how Pig sees them all as damn keepers and everybody ends up helping him, even though there are sacrifices. What happens to Pig's dad is heartbreaking and I cried my eyes out. The feelings are so real, especially everything Pig feels is devastating. The hope is different kind and it only glimmers at the end, otherwise the comic is sad and hollow - and perfect like that.The art is once again beautiful and hollow too just like the story. The combination of cute and dark works so well, not to forget the atmosphere altogether. I liked the darkness in the comic, since it's scary and suffocating. What I wanted more though, was a better explanation to the situation, since it felt slightly rushed and it took time to understand it all. Perhaps more pages would've helped or another part, since this could've worked cut in half. I hope Condo continues, since I want to read more of his comics and this would be an awesome film too! Not just a short film, but a full length one.
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  • Alina Surnaite
    January 1, 1970
    The last book in 'The Dam Keeper' graphic novel trilogy is really stunning! Both the visuals and the story work really well together and the characters reveal so much depth and interesting details (you'll definitely want to read all three books to piece this mysterious story together).Family, home and courage are the main themes of this beautiful volume, uniting all the different characters of the story. I really liked that Pig, Fox and Hippo together with all the Sunrise Valley inhabitants foun The last book in 'The Dam Keeper' graphic novel trilogy is really stunning! Both the visuals and the story work really well together and the characters reveal so much depth and interesting details (you'll definitely want to read all three books to piece this mysterious story together).Family, home and courage are the main themes of this beautiful volume, uniting all the different characters of the story. I really liked that Pig, Fox and Hippo together with all the Sunrise Valley inhabitants found a way to coexist with darkness instead of resisting it. It was a very brave thing to do and it lead to a very satisfying happy ending of this fantastic trilogy. Big thank you to Tonko House and First Second Books for this truly unique and memorable experience!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Oh man. I liked the first two installments, but this was wow. Such a good wrap up to the story! Now that we got all the answers, it turned out to be really deep and meaningful (but I don't want to give anything away!) And so emotional - I felt for Pig every step of the way! Plus, the artwork is just stunning - there were a few pages that I spent a few minutes really taking in - like when he enters his dad's workshop for the first time, the colors and the sunlight streaming in the window is just Oh man. I liked the first two installments, but this was wow. Such a good wrap up to the story! Now that we got all the answers, it turned out to be really deep and meaningful (but I don't want to give anything away!) And so emotional - I felt for Pig every step of the way! Plus, the artwork is just stunning - there were a few pages that I spent a few minutes really taking in - like when he enters his dad's workshop for the first time, the colors and the sunlight streaming in the window is just beautiful!
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  • Alissa
    January 1, 1970
    I've been waiting and waiting and waiting to read this one and, at long last, I finally did! And WOW, what a great conclusion to a wonderful trilogy. (view spoiler)[Kind of a gut-punch at the end (hide spoiler)], but I loved everything about this story. The characters, the plot, the artwork...EVERYTHING! Dam Keeper is perfection in every way. I would give it more stars if possible.
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  • KWinks
    January 1, 1970
    A great ending to a great story. Beautiful!!!
  • Emmaj
    January 1, 1970
    The authors are having trouble with pacing. Book one moved too slow, book two moves too fast.
  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    What a wonderful conclusion!
  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    A solid finish to wonderful series. Though, fair warning, this one will hit you right in the feels. The art remains beautiful and hauntingly evocative in this subdued kind of way that fits the narrative just perfectly and plays well with the themes of family, friendship, duty, and sacrifice as explored through Pig's quest to find his father and save his home of from the foreboding fog. The story comes full circle and ends in a way that is cathartic in more ways than one. There's tragedy, yes, bu A solid finish to wonderful series. Though, fair warning, this one will hit you right in the feels. The art remains beautiful and hauntingly evocative in this subdued kind of way that fits the narrative just perfectly and plays well with the themes of family, friendship, duty, and sacrifice as explored through Pig's quest to find his father and save his home of from the foreboding fog. The story comes full circle and ends in a way that is cathartic in more ways than one. There's tragedy, yes, but also so much love and hope. Questions are answered and missions accomplished. A very satisfying conclusion.
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  • Zi Wang
    January 1, 1970
    Always be crying for the book
  • Becky B
    January 1, 1970
    Pig, Fox, and Hippo (with Van’s family) are in the final push of their adventure to find a way to save their valley from the wave of destructive fog headed its way. Can they be successful or will they just have to abandon their valley?A satisfactory bittersweet conclusion to this dystopian adventure story that has seen the main characters grow as characters and friends. Beautiful artwork, a solution that actually mirrors scientifically sound ways of combatting real smog, and heartfelt moments ma Pig, Fox, and Hippo (with Van’s family) are in the final push of their adventure to find a way to save their valley from the wave of destructive fog headed its way. Can they be successful or will they just have to abandon their valley?A satisfactory bittersweet conclusion to this dystopian adventure story that has seen the main characters grow as characters and friends. Beautiful artwork, a solution that actually mirrors scientifically sound ways of combatting real smog, and heartfelt moments make this a great conclusion to this graphic novel adventure. I don’t want to talk about things too much or I’ll spoil things. Suffice it to say, those looking for light dystopia/fantasy adventures with tender character development, inventive world building, and beautiful artwork should snatch up this whole series.Notes on content [based on the ARC]: No language issues. No sexual content. There are some perilous situations, but most usually turn out ok though there is one non-gory fatality handled tenderly. I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this series. From book #1, it hooked many of my eighth graders, and I believe the final book in the series will bring the trilogy to a satisfying conclusion to readers every where!
  • Tamra
    January 1, 1970
    This is a compelling final volume for this trilogy. The artworks remain stunning with illustrations I could look at forever. This middle-grade graphic novel series is filled with darkness while encouraging readers to hold on to hope. Themes of friendship, family, and community are everywhere, and readers can gain so much form the characters interactions.
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