The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo

The Dam Keeper

Beyond the dam lies certain death—this is something every citizen of Sunrise Valley knows well. Yet, when a poisonous black tidal wave carries Pig, Fox, and Hippo over the dam and into the wastelands, they don’t find death. Instead they find bustling cities, each with their own dams. Pig can't help but wonder, who is the mysterious dam keeper behind it all?But he doesn't have time to unravel this mystery. The wave of deadly black fog will ret...

Details The Dam Keeper

TitleThe Dam Keeper
Release DateJul 10th, 2018
PublisherFirst Second
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Comics, Childrens, Middle Grade

Reviews The Dam Keeper

  • Emily
    I still don't have a clue what's going on but it's pretty to look at.
  • Adela Cacovean
    Review with pictures and the link to watch the animation here: Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is the second book in a graphic novel series for children, something I wish I had researched before requesting an e-book copy to review from NetGalley. I must admit, I was drawn into it by the amazing artwork on the cover - something which can be said about the graphics of the inside of the book as well.How...
  • Jessica
    I can't believe that I failed to write an actual blog review for the first entry in this series, because I fell for it hard. Kondo and Tsutsumi have created this beautiful world that is also filled with darkness. It's a world that pits cute, sometimes fuzzy, lovable characters against an entity that is so mysterious that it's terrifying. I never thought I could have as many feelings about a pig as a main character as I do now. It's absoutely wond...
  • Lynn
    Second installment is gorgeous and perhaps almost ethereal. The story line remains mysterious and it is not really clear what is going on in this world. For me this adds to the intrigue but may not always work for young readers who often prefer their plotlines to be crystal clear. Bring on the next one!!!!
  • Siina
    The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness isn't as strong as the first part, but it's still good in its looming darkness. I'm so amazed how well Kondo can pull this off and combines cute animals with such a heavy feeling. You can taste the sadness and peril while reading this and it's plain amazing. Pig, Fox and Hippo are travelling and going through cities just as their own only to notice they have experienced the same fate. The fog is back and our...
  • Deanna (Deanna Reads Books)
    This review was originally posted on my review blog Deanna Reads BooksWhen I started this comic, I have to admit I was very confused, because I didn't know that this was the second book in a series. The title and info on Netgalley, had nothing about this being a sequel, so when I started it, it was clear that I was missing a few pieces.I wasn't really sure what had happened in the previous book to understand the peril that the characters were in ...
  • Kimberlee
    I received a free digital copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.Somehow I didn't notice that this was actually the second book in this graphic novel series! I think I'll go back and try to read the first so I at least have some idea of what's going on and how the characters got to where they are. From what I can judge, this is a solid graphic novel. Nothing much happens in volume two except travel and meeting new peop...
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    The adventures of Pig and his friends continue as they follow Frog, who claims to be able to get them back home before the next great wave. Along the way, they encounter other towns and villages who are able to survive from the wave...and all have the mark of the dam keeper. Everywhere Pig goes, his father seems to have been before him...or is something else going on?While I absolutely loved the first book, this one fell flat, mostly because the ...
  • Becky
    Pig and his friends continue their adventure from the first graphic novel in this series. They travel together through their world, finding other dammed towns, each with their own specific characteristics. They continue their quest to get home, meeting peril along the way, all while strengthening their friendship. This volume seemed less driven than the first, more episodic and focused on the travel of the friends. Anyone who enjoyed the first bo...
  • Rebekah Crain
    This review will be short, but not necessarily sweet. I’m really sorry to say, but I did not care for this book at all. I wasn’t really a fan of book one either, yet stuck with it because of the illustrations. The story was just passable, in my honest opinion, and like a glutton for a punishment I decided to stick with it for round two to see what happened. If anything, I think it got worse. The art was still the best thing this series had go...
  • Chris
    Marvelous illustrations, with a delightful balance of beauty, darkness, and quirk. They are somehow epic, haunting, and silly all at the same time. Just as with the first book in the series, I wanted more weight and substance to the story--all of the right elements are there, it's just this chapter of the saga is so brief it feels unfulfilling. I want the whole story now.
  • Kevin
    Another entry in this quirky series. I liked the movie short and first book so decided to keep reading. Of course it had to end on another cliff hanger ... Interesting characters and some enjoyable illustrations. (I am not trying to pad my books read this year numbers, I promise, just tracking the books I read)
  • Melissa
    While I enjoyed the addition of Van and seeing the first "other city", and the weird mole city, I felt like nothing else happened and the plot didn't really advance any - at the cliffhanger ending I feel like we were right back where we started. But I am still excited to see how it all plays out in the next installment!
  • Kristin
    This is graphic novel book 2 of The Dam Keeper series. I really enjoyed book 1, but I did not like book 2 nearly as much. Still beautifully illustrated, the book felt much more dark, and I did not like the mole god kingdom storyline at all. The ending was quite the cliffhanger, and I'm definitely still looking forward to book 3 Return from the Shadows.
  • Ben Smith
    As beautifully illustrated as the first, and the story really starts to depart from what we’ve seen in the world of the Dam Keeper so far and heads further in a fantasy direction. This issue feels darker and more mysterious than the graphic novel and short film before it, and the ending left me eager for the next installment.
  • Elia
    The story of pig and his friends continues as they travel with Van, their new crazy lizard friend back towards their home. They much reach Sunrise Valley within the next 7 days or another wave of the smoke will sweep through the town, which is unprotected... on the way they find life in other towns, and meet other dam keepers... and one very unusual "mole."
  • Dan
    An amazing story that leaves the reader with questions to continue to ponder as we await the final book in the series! Outstanding storytelling and illustrations make for fantastic reading experience that students and adults are sure to love!
  • Kristin
    Beautifully drawn but incredibly slow. One volume a year, which takes about 15 minutes to read, is not enough to build an engaging story.
  • Adam Di Filippe
    Paper cutouts and a watercolor background make for an interesting style.
  • Nicole Westen
    Just as beautiful and engaging as the first one.But the next one isn't coming out until next year ;-; *grabby hands*
  • Stacy
    I didn't enjoy it as much as the first one, but it doesn't stop me from wanting to read the next book.
  • Rebekah
    We make leaps of progress from book 1 (re-read before starting this one). Again - the stand out of this book is the art. Its soft, its hard, its bright, and its fluid.
  • Edward Sullivan
    The adventure continues. Visually striking but not as compelling a story as the first.
  • Young At Heart Reader
    I still want to know what kind of witchcraft went into making this comic so beautiful.
  • Sarah N
    Some of the plot in this volume danced on the edge of unbelievable, but heck, the art is still top-notch and I’m still quite invested in this story. I’m definitely pre-ordering Vol. 3!
  • Becky B
    Pig, Hippo, Fox and Van must get back to their town before the wave hits. But they’re a long way from home. Following Van’s advice for transportation leads them to some very interesting other towns. And Pig can’t help but notice things that remind him of his father in each and every one of them. He also starts to wonder about the source of the darkness that comes.The illustrations in this are amazing. The plot of this book suffers just a te...