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, Childrens, Middle Grade, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews The Dam Keeper

  • Calista
    I loved the first book in this series. The art was stunning and the story had me in it's grip. The mystery was intense. With this second book, the art is beautiful, but it feels less crisp and the story was not as solid. It's good, but this second book let me down. I wonder if this is simply the set-up for the 3rd book. I don't know how many there will be. There is still mystery, but it is not as well sculpted and doesn't hold me as well as the f...
  • Emily
    I still don't have a clue what's going on but it's pretty to look at.
  • La Coccinelle
    I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first installment. It's still a beautiful-looking graphic novel with a unique style, dreamy and colourful. But this one felt a little more aimless. I couldn't remember what the three friends were supposed to be doing, and the story didn't really remind us. They're trying to get back home, yes... but I can't really remember why they left in the first place. This book ends with a tantalizing hint of what...
  • 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!!!!
  • Nicole Westen
    Just as beautiful and engaging as the first one.But the next one isn't coming out until next year ;-; *grabby hands*
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Dakota Morgan
    The Dam Keeper is such an intriguing series and features some of the most appealing, unique art I've seen in a long time. But each individual volume barely stands on its own. Here we have Pig and friends stealing a van with a crazy lizard and booking it across the desert to find the lizard's people. A ghostly dam keeper frequently appears to Pig, reminding the reader that there's a greater mystery here. But since each volume includes a tiny porti...
  • Faith Tydings
    I love this series. The illustrations are beautiful and the story line is intriguing, fast paced, and fun. Can’t wait for the next one!
  • Crimson
    I received an e-Arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis book picks up where the first did. Pig and his friends are still outside Sunrise Valley and trying to find their way back home. They have about a week left before the next wave of Fog hits and in that time they've come to visit villages and nomads who have been surviving against the Fog. Something Pig notices is that there are Windmills just like the ones back home. Not only w...
  • Ryan Fohl
    The story continues. More mysteries. I think that frog is behind everything. This should all be one book.What I learned: pigs can pass for moles?
  • Cynthia
    Another fascinating installment in this gorgeous series!
  • Emily
    Beautiful art, just like the first, but the pacing is waaaay off and and rushed.
  • Karissa
    This is the second book in The Dam Keeper series and was a very well done continuation of that series. I continue to really enjoy the illustration, the adventure, and the mystery behind the Dam Keepers.Our characters have ventured outside of Sunrise Valley into the great unknown. As they follow around a deranged lizard they meet a plethora of intriguing characters and find out that there is a vast world outside the one they know. They also strugg...
  • Julia
    Beautiful, just like the first one. I can’t get over this artwork. This volume is much more colorful and bright, and not as scary, than the first one. Pig, Fox, and Hippo continue their journey, grow closer, and survive an epic encounter with a smoke monster as they try to get back to Sunrise Valley before the next wave. I really enjoyed it, and can’t wait for more. Why are these books so short?!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sharon Tyler
    The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness is a graphic novel written by Robert Kondo and illustrated by Dice Tsutsumi. It is currently scheduled for release on July 10 2018. It is the second book in the series, and I have not read the first. I think that reading the series in order is recommended, but if the art draws you in, most readers could pick up the story to a certain degree. However- those that have read the first volume or watched the short...
  • 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)
  • Edward Sullivan
    The adventure continues. Visually striking but not as compelling a story as the first.
  • 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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Young At Heart Reader
    I still want to know what kind of witchcraft went into making this comic so beautiful.