Thursday, July 11, 2013

Neal's Take: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (A Dark Graphic Novel) by Sergio A. Sierra

Release Date: 8/1/12
Author: Sergio A. Sierra
Publisher: Enslow Publishers
Provided by: The publisher at Book Expo America
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-4084-7
This is not just a rewrite of Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein. It is a deep dive into the psyche of the creator, Dr. Frankenstein. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley depicts the turmoil he has and how he handles this responsibility and explains how Dr. Frankenstein should be held accountable for his actions. Sergio A. Sierra does a great job making the reader believe this fantasy could actually have been possible, and Meritkell Ribas's illustrations add just the right amount of visuals.

We all know that Frankenstein is a dark story to begin with and this version is even darker than the original story. Hide in the shadows, keep out of the light, someone might just see you for who you really are, this is how I felt reading this revisiting of a favorite story of mine.

Just like the original movie, the black and white graphics help with the intrigue. I spent many minutes just looking at the artwork on each page. It grows on you and images even show up when you close your eyes at night. The story comes to life.

I liked this edition and look forward to reading the other two titles in the Dark Graphic Novel series. I highly recommend Frankenstein by Mary Shelley to anyone who has made a mistake, would like to take it back, but can't.

Read comics and graphic novels and never grow up!


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