Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past v1 (Viz)


Rating: 4/5 – A Must for Old School Gamers and Zelda Fans
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Al Sparrow

There was a time, not too long ago, back when we read our magazines on this material called paper, when a periodical called Nintendo Power was one of the most popular, if not the most popular, books on the newsstand. A regular collection of all things Nintendo related, from Mario to Starfox to a certain long-haired elf named Link, Nintendo Power not only created articles about all things related to the greatest gaming company ever known (your own mileage may vary), it also occasionally ran comics. And not only comics, but manga. From January through December, 1992, Nintendo Power ran 12 installments of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, penned by renowned manga-ka Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009). Viz Media, through their Perfect Square imprint aimed at younger readers, has collected and reprinted those twelve chapters in a nice-looking trade sure to attract Zelda fans both old and new.

I’m imagining someone who read or collected issues of Nintendo Power back in the early 90s who might be missing a particular issue might welcome this book with open arms. Perhaps there’s a whole younger generation, born after 1992, who still love the whole Zelda game series and might want a look at early takes on the adventures of Link. Ishinomori fans as well might find this an unearthed gem to add to their collections. In any event, this is a book with wide appeal, and certainly worth seeking out.

Newcomers to manga might find Ishinomori’s deceptively simplistic style to be a bit old-school for their tastes, but it’s that very style that gives this story its charm and makes it a good addition to the Perfect Square imprint. Younger readers, completely unfamiliar with the Zelda mythos, might still enjoy the story of the young man sent on a quest to rescue a beautiful princess. They might not care that the comic veers a bit from the storyline of the game for which it’s named. Even hardcore gamers won’t likely care about that, particularly the hardcore Zelda fans out there, who may have been waiting for a book like this to come along for quite some time.

Reviewed by: Al Sparrow
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