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Emma (Jane Austen: Marvel Adaptations)

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  373 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Marvel continues its bestselling graphic novel adaptations of Jane Austen's classics!

Award-winning author Nancy Butler, adapter of Marvel's best-selling Adaptations, SENSE AND SENSIBILITY and PRIDE AND PREJUDICE brings you another Jane Austen classic! Joined with the beautiful illustrations of JANET LEE, Butler brings to life Austen's most precocious heroine, Emma Woodhou
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published October 12th 2011 by Marvel (first published October 5th 2011)
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Marnie  Krüger
This is a pretty curate summary of Emma by Jane Austen
The major plot and struggles is well portrayed, and yes, if you don't feel like struggling through the “Austen English” this will most defiantly give you the best account of the novel.
And hey! There are even pictures, who said reading classics need to be a punishment?

Oct 21, 2015 Mona rated it it was ok
Ya conocía el trabajo de Nancy Butler que se encarga de la adaptación. Hay que decir que en ese sentido es impecable. Sin embargo no puedo decir lo mismo del diseño. Unos dibujos nada adecuados y que sobretodo me parecieron feos. Y muchas veces las expresiones que tenían los personajes o no cuadraban con lo que decían o tenían cara de estar asqueados, mosqueados o totalmente indiferentes.
This is a Marvell comics adaptation of a Jane Austen classic novel to a graphic novel format. I wasn't so thrilled with the illustrations this time. The Marvel "Pride and Prejudice" was a much lovelier adaptation. But this did have its moments. Fun if you have read the original some time ago and just want to refresh your memory. I had bought several editions of the comic book, but not the whole set. This is all five of the comic books combined into a hardback graphic novel. The cover art is bett ...more
Val (ohdearbooks)
¡Me encantó!
Debo decir que es una idea magnifica adaptar clasicos a versión de novela grafica, y en esta ocasión hicieron un genial trabajo. No puedo decir si es una fiel adaptación de la novela original, porque aún no la he leído (cosa que espero hacer pronto), pero me gustó muchísimo. La historia es sencilla y fluida sin ser tediosa. De pronto resaltaría el hecho de que el arte del cómic no es lo mejor, las ilustración pudieron haber sido más bellas, pero comprendo que no ha de ser fácil adap
Janine Spendlove
Emma has always been one of my least favorite of the Austen books (by saying least favorite that implies it still IS a favorite), so I was surprised by how much I loved the graphic novel.

But in hindsight I shouldn't be - Janet K. Lee's beautiful artwork and adaptation perfectly capture all the ever important subtle/unspoken content.

Loved it! It almost made me prefer Mr. Knightly to Mr. Darcy. Almost, not quite...

Now I'm off to read the Northanger Abbey....
Feb 07, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
I love jane austen to be sure. But I was not very fond of emma. Though she learned the error of her ways. I just could not really relate with emma or much of the characters in the book. I don't know maybe I am just meant for that type of society. Though not liking emma to much will not stop me from contineing to like jane austen and her other works. She is still one of my favorite authors
Shalise V.
Apr 04, 2016 Shalise V. added it
Shelves: books-11-20
This story is a graphic novel retelling of the Jane Austen classic called Emma. The text is greatly shortened, for a younger reader, and what is left out in words is made up for typically in the panels and pictures. Emma Woodhouse is a young girl whose mother died when she was young, but who has not really wanted for anything. She has a decent amount of pride and sense of entitlement, but other than that, she is generally admired. When she meets a new friend named Harriet Smith and undertakes to ...more
Sinai C.
Jul 11, 2014 Sinai C. rated it it was ok
See...I tried to read Emma, like, the original, but it was just way too dense for me to dive into, and I didn't find myself really into the characters the same way I was with Pride and Prejudice.

Now...I have to say that this was an okay read- I suppose if you like Emma, it's a much shorter (BUT NOT THAT MUCH SHORTER) way to get what seems to be the whole plot of the original book. However...who would want to read that book anyway. Emma is one of the most selfish and disillusioned heroines I hav
Emma is one of the two Austen books I've yet to read, the other being Mansfield Park. I am very familiar with the story, having seen various adaptations. I have to admit that these two are waiting to be read in the original as they are the least appealing of all the stories. In the case of Emma, she is a mixed bag for me. On the one hand an interesting, spirited young woman; and none of us are perfect, so we can relate to being taken in by people, coming out with inappropriate comments without t ...more
Jul 26, 2015 Victoria rated it really liked it
I'm going to preface this with the statement that I don't like Emma. I was really looking forward to reading this knowing that I don't like Emma, and maybe it will actually grow on me.

Well, I still don't like Emma, but I found the graphic novel format well done to the point where I found it helped with the story. If you hate Emma, like I do, this might be what you need to make it palatable.
Veronica K-M
Mar 01, 2016 Veronica K-M rated it liked it
Emma is one of my favorite Austen novels, and I feel like this adaptation did a really good job capturing the feel of the book. It also treated the *character* Emma very gently, which is important to me because I love her and there are some adaptation of Emma that paint her as stupid or excessively self-centered. In the graphic novel it's very clear that while she's sometimes naive, she's a genuinely well-meaning person who is aware that she is flawed and is trying very hard to do right by the p ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2013
A well-paced but not overly-condensed adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, this comic version is a fun read for anyone familiar with the story, and even for anyone who isn't (though it might be a little convoluted to the uninitiated). I loved the colorful, pattern-rich illustration, but at times some of the characters were too similar looking.
Aug 21, 2015 Bella rated it really liked it
3 and a half stars.

Although I'm not familiar with all of Jane Austen's tales, EMMA is my favorite out of the ones I do know. I was delighted when I found out it came in a graphic novel format and, of course, had to read it. This was my first time reading a classic novel in the form of a graphic novel, and I was pleasantly surprised, as I liked it even more than I expected. I was under the impression that the graphic novel format of a classic book might botch the story in some terrible way, but I
Oct 12, 2015 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I conquer Dr. Mütter’s Marvels, I decided to read the Marvel Illustrated version of Emma. If you’re not aware, Emma is my least favorite of Jane Austen’s novels. (Gasp! Horror!) This being said, I’m getting ready to read my first manga which also happens to be Emma, so maybe I’ll find something to enjoy in the story.

I will start that having already read Northanger Abbey , also adapted by Nancy Butler and Janet Lee in the Marvel Illustrated series, it made reading this one a bit easier.
Aug 30, 2012 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The only reason I even knew about this book is because I met Janet Lee at Dragon*Con last year, and was so blown away by her artwork that I couldn't resist a whole graphic novel that she illustrated - much less that it was Jane Austen.

Her decoupage is beautiful, and there were several pages where the panels, side by side by side were absolutely brilliant. In one instance, a couple is dancing in the foreground, while Emma and her companion (probably Mrs. Weston) are talking.

There are other times
Andrea Hickman Walker
Nov 20, 2011 Andrea Hickman Walker rated it really liked it
This beautiful item was a birthday gift from a couple of friends of mine. It is absolutely wonderful! SJW had found the first four issues online, but I refused to read it until I could read it in full, which is what is collected in this beautiful volume. It tells the story of Emma without deviating from the novel. There are a few points that weren't mentioned, that I would have liked to see in, such as the fact that Mrs Bates was the widow of the previous vicar of Highbury. The lack of John Knig ...more
Nancy O'Toole
Sep 26, 2012 Nancy O'Toole rated it really liked it
After successfully setting up her governess with a local gentleman, Mr Weston, Emma Woodhouse figures that she has a talent for matchmaking. Her next target is the young and naive Harriet Smith, whom Emma believes is the perfect match for the local vicar Mr. Elton, regardless of their differences in class. When her carefully laid plans end in disaster, Emma is forced to realize that that people’s emotions are not as predictable as one might suspect.

Following Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sen
Jul 07, 2012 Tally rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Whereas this version of Emma doesn’t fall short from Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice as far as adaptation goes, I can definitely see why it is considered less renowned than these two. While reading it, I was also reminded why – when I was asked to read the novel during my studies – I couldn’t finish it. The enormous variety of characters and incidents depicted make the story confusing and hard to follow at times. Often I found myself stopping to make sure I remembered who was whom ...more
What do you get when you combine one of Jane Austen’s classic works with the minds behind Marvel Comics? Why, a graphic novel series of course. Nancy Butler has turned three of Austen’s works into graphic novel format thus far: Sense and Sensibility (which I’ve reviewed here), Pride and Prejudice, and now Emma. As the newest release, Emma intrigued me because I’ve already enjoyed one of Butler’s works, and figured that combining two of my great literary interests (Austen and to a lesser extent, ...more
amy boese
Apr 10, 2013 amy boese rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013, graphics
I read this with great trepidation. First confession: I'm not a huge Jane Austen fan. Second confession: I bought the Marvel Austen series for my library but never read any of them.

Why does this matter? Ultimately, it doesn't, however, I was weeding the graphic collection for duds and all three we owned (Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice) were sitting on my library shelves like book carcasses.

But the covers are like CANDY! I can't believe no one has picked them up. So I found mys
Sep 27, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
While I wasn't as immediately enamored with the art of this book as I was the recent telling of Sense and Sensibility, it did grow on me. There are some really creative vantage points taken in the art, it gets pretty creative! I mean, an aerial view of a dining party? Talk about random, and wonderful for breaking up what could have easily become a flat comic! I will certainly say that Butler maps out the story into this medium very well. It's a lovely adaptation, not nearly as drowned-in-text as ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Sam rated it liked it
I haven't read the full version of Emma, yet. I've started multiple times but i just haven't been in the mood to finish it. When I found Marvel's graphic novel retellings of Austen's classics, I was excited to read this one - hoping it would give me the motivation to push me to finish the full version.
It doesn't.
1. I just don't like Emma. She's a brat. And I don't understand the seemingly out-of-left-field romance with Knightley. Maybe it's like Gone With The Wind: you gotta read it, not just wa
Jan 08, 2012 Don rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wonderful adaptation! Nancy Butler's compression of Jane Austen's fully realized novel is superb, keeping all of the major characters and plot points, yet without feeling there's anything left out; at the same time, a pleasurable side effect is that this is a very dense read, and makes the book last about twice as long as the average graphic novel. The true star of this book, however, is Janet Lee, whose illustrations are stellar. Seemingly a mixture of watercolor, marker, pastels and pen (and m ...more
Bethany Anne
Jan 03, 2015 Bethany Anne rated it liked it
I really did not enjoy the art to this and while I love all of Austen's books, Emma was always my least favorite heroine. Those two things combined made it really meh to me.

I really, really hope that Mansfield Park happens. It has been a few years since Northanger Abbey though so I am not very optimistic about it.
Sep 22, 2016 Lara added it
I haven't read Emma yet, only seen the adaptations. I've read Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice, but given Emma's character, I couldn't quite face a longer book than the two where I was more sympathetic with the main characters. I really enjoyed this.
Mar 21, 2014 GONZA rated it liked it
Delle tre trasposizioni della Marvel dei libri di Jane Austen in fumetti questa è sicuramente quella con i peggiori disegni, però la storia è carina come ormai sappiamo tutti e con il Jane Austen mode On si fa apprezzare tranquillamente.
Mar 15, 2015 Danielle rated it liked it
I might be one of the only people on the planet that LOVES Emma more than any other Jane Austen's book (I do love them all though), but I just can't get into a graphic novel. Just not my thing.
Mar 06, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it
A lovely retelling of one of my favorite Austen novels, the art was very pretty and conveyed the rich outfits and decor of the time.
Jan 24, 2016 Kiwinyx rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book, re-read
Emma is one of my least favourite Austen heroines as she is a bit stuck up and very narrow minded when it comes to social situations. Mr Knightley however, is another stellar Austen man, not afraid to tell Emma off when she is being particularly stupid, and his only main fault seems to be that he is in love with her. But I digress..

This graphic retelling stays true to the original story which I appreciate and is a good read. I do think the artwork a bit cutesy and not to my tastes but that is pu
Feb 01, 2015 Badlydone rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
This is Marvel Comics' third graphic novel adaptation of Jane Austen's classic works. I was a bit skeptical about Emma being presented in this format at first, but Janet Lee's beautiful and unique illustrations won me over very soon. It is indeed a page turner, but not a short read unlike most graphic novels. The story is fairly faithful to the timeline of the original Emma with a few modifications to suit this format. A Jane Austen purist may not appreciate it, but I found it thoroughly enjoyab ...more
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Nancy Butler also writes under her real name, Nancy J. Hajeski.

Nancy Butler has been an Anglophile since she was nineteen, when she traveled to England to see Carnaby Street. (“I blame it on the Beatles!”) Her frequent visits to an American friend living in London have furnished her with enough inspiration to keep writing Regencies well into the new millennium.

Butler resides in northern New Jersey
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