Various - Fantasy Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 15 (3 stars)

Various - Fantasy Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 15

(Eureka Productions)


Graphic novel adaptations of classic works of literature are becoming more popular these days, and American series Graphic Classics pack in more updating for your buck with an anthology format. They’re not quite in the premier league of a genre which includes the UK’s Classical Comics and recent adaptations of RL Stevenson’s work by Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy, but the strips in this volume do their job with efficiency.

Abridged versions of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, L Frank Baum’s The Glass Dog and HP Lovecraft’s The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath use the original dialogue in a way which can be enjoyed by adults yet understood by younger readers. The art on each veers towards the cartoonish rather than the realistic, suggesting that the latter audience is the target, although Nigel Hawthorne’s Rappaccini’s Daughter breaks up the book as a fairly ill-designed illustrated text piece. Altogether, a book which offers a quick-read introduction to a couple of authors who don’t appear on any school curricula.

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