Friday, August 8, 2014
Review: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by P. Craig Russell, Neil Gaiman
The first volume of a glorious two-volume, four-color graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book, adapted by P. Craig Russell and illustrated by an extraordinary team of renowned artists.
Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this stunning adaptation. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Tony Harris, Scott Hampton, Galen Showman, Jill Thompson, and Stephen B. Scott lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman's luminous novel.
Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two will include Chapter Six to the end.
Source: Copy provided for my honest review
I’ve tried to read graphic novels several times but I have never made it through one. I always have a difficult time getting absorbed into the story. One or two words in a panel, skipping around often leaves me confused and unattached to the characters.
The Graveyard Book, originally written by Neil Gaiman, and adapted by his long time collaborator P. Craig Russell was an entirely different, and wonderful, experience.
I was immediately pulled into this quirky coming of age story about a baby, who after his family is murdered, is adopted by the inhabitants of a local graveyard. As he grows up he embarks on all sorts of adventures with ghouls, witches, hellhounds and vampires.
There were the usual speech bubbles, of course, but there was also a narrative (I believe this is called a caption in graphic novel speak – forgive this newbie’s awkward review)) that rounded out the story and tied it all together without bogging it down.
Each chapter is illustrated by a different artist and although they stuck with very similar drawing styles, it was interesting to see each persons interpretation of the same characters. For example, Silas, Bod’s vampire guardian, is drawn with harsher lines in some chapters than others.
The Graveyard Shift is delightfully creepy, surprisingly sentimental and just plain riveting. I can’t wait to read Volume #2!