Mother Goose is real. Although that should not surprise Eve Baird and her team of ragtag genius librarians, they are still able to muster some disbelief at some of the cases that the Clippings Book hands them. Three inexplicable events happen in separate areas of the world: a woman gets trapped inside a pumpkin, 3 giant rodents with no eyes attack a woman, and a man gets caught up in a fierce wind which catches him up into the sky, until he lands on a trampoline. What do these three people have in common? They appropriately lived through some real life nursery rhymes, appropriate since they are direct descendants of the real Mother Goose.
Such is the hook that ensnares us in The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase By Greg Cox.
Television and comic books have enjoyed a long illustrious marriage. Some shows, like The Walking Dead and Preacher burst forth from comic origins, while others like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly continue their stories long after their shows have ended.
Now, one of the quirkiest adventure shows on television today is getting the comic and graphic novel treatment. TNT’s The Librarians, about a group of talented misfits charged with collecting and protecting the magical artifacts of the world, will now be put to the page.
Aladdin’s lamp and its djinn occupant are real and sought after by The Forty. That’s right… as in Ali Baba. That is the quest our modern day Librarians are sent on, before they really know who or what they are looking for. Their Librarian recruiter, Flynn Carsen, thought he solved this case in 2006, when he ran solo (okay – with a cute little museum lady). The Forty stole the oldest copy of Scheherazade’s Arabian Nights, which held the clue to the location of the lamp. The djinn is no flashy, funny, always-ready-with-a-musical-number type of genie. This one was and is angry and oppressed, and slavering for the day when he will finally be free. Every wish puts a strain on the magical cell, and one day, one good wish will crack it open, freeing the djinn forever. You can expect mayhem and apocalypse to follow.
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