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Becoming (Otherworld Stories 0.09)

4.15  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,406 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Elena Michaels has just been bitten by her boyfriend, psycho werewolf Clay Danvers. As the werewolf curse is slowly taking over her body and mind, she clings to the last shreds of her humanity, scared that her life will never be the same again. As per readers' request, finally the tale of Elena's Bite. 'Becoming' covers the darkest part of Elena’s introduction to life as a ...more
Hardcover, Graphic Novella, 80 pages
Published August 2011 by Subterranean Press
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2.5 stars

Somewhat entertaining, the characters and story were quite cheesy and predictable, but I guess it was good seeing a little more of Elena's backstory. I wasn't all that impressed with the artwork, it was just average.
Apr 19, 2011 Natasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved it. I'm a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and I'm also a huge fan of graphic novels, so when my favorite novels are made into graphic novels, then I have to check them out. I was so glad I checked this one out, but I can't believe I didn't already read this. What took me so long?

If you read Woman Of The Otherworld novels already, then this is a must read. Even if you didn't read the series and you are planning on it, then you can read this first and see how it all started for Elena and Clay
This graphic novel was started on Kelley Armstrong's website as a free story. It was later published print on demand as a perfect bound graphic novel, and now finally as a limited hardcover edition by Subterranean Press.

In the first book of the Women of the Underworld series, we meet Elena who has been a werewolf for some time. "Becoming" goes back to how it began - with Clay biting Elena so that they can stay together. It's a story that isn't necesary to the chronology, but one that fans will
Sharon L
Jul 23, 2013 Sharon L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
you can read it for free here

Read just now, quick read!

As I am not familiar with otherworld series I did not understand it entirely and that might have hurt my enjoyment.

Another thing, I did not like the illustrations. Just not my type.

If you read the otherworld series you might enjoy it, tit was a bit scary but I have the feeling that a written version would be much better, as from the little glimpse I had in some another work but her it was obvi
Sep 30, 2014 Sarah marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
You can now purchase the Becoming graphic novella as an ebook from the author here:

The discount code KA-TB reduces the price to $2.99 (Canadian $) until the 31st of October 2014 so grab a bargain while you can.

This is an updated 48 page version which includes 16 extra pages that were previously only available in the limited edition print version.
Jun 04, 2011 Isavarg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It seemed we were waiting ages for this one. There's basically three editions of it

The online edition, which is free on the author's website.
The Indy Planet Edition, which is from an independant, print on demand company
And the Subterreanen Press edition, which will be coming out in August

This reveiw is for the Indy Planet Edition

First of all, the art is pretty good, if a bit dark in places (I mean the colouring, not the story, though it is grim). I quite like the art and want to see more from th
I read this graphic novel previously but read it again in order to re-acclimate myself to the werewolves of the Otherworld series. This is probably my favorite graphic novel to date, although my history with them is limited. The graphic novel upholds the "graphic" aspect of its name and shows some pretty gruesome transformations for Elena and subsequent consequences of her becoming a werewolf. The transformation process is not quite as smooth as it is in my head but that is probably because I of ...more
Karen Wapinski
Jul 02, 2013 Karen Wapinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Becoming, it works as an excellent prequel to the series and the quick pace and sharp, graphic art really brings to surface Elena's feelings of rage, confusion and desperation. There were a few panels, in particular one where Elena is changing and terrified and Jeremy is sitting and watching with this powerful expression of sorrow/regret/suffering..I don't know but it was very strong for me.

Admittedly, it was short. I won my copy so I'm not complaining; and I think this story work
Feb 08, 2013 Rana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was more of my in between book, something to look at while I waited impatiently for the last book of the otherworld series. I will say that I normally like to picture my own characters in my head, I can't stand seeing them drawn, or real people being put in as those characters, but I didn't mind this as much, probably because I still managed to keep my own images in my head even after reading this. I will say about this "world" in general that kelley armstrong created, it's very logical, an ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Darla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
love it Kelley is an awesome writer unfortunately I didn't know about her until the tv series Bitten came out then read all of her books and novella within 2 weeks time frame her books are captures the audience whereas you can visualize each story great job kelley

i got this through kelley armstrong's web site you can get this book, kindle edition, for 4.99 as most of kelley's fan would want to read it .....this comic is AWESOME it tells Elena's tuggles when she first became a werewolf...i will n
Bloody and gruesome but also a refreshing change with this being a graphic novel vs. prose. It is also short but covers a fair amount of time without rushing over it. This story mainly features Elena after the events of Beginnings as she finally learns what Clay really is as well as what she is now becoming due to his bite. The artist here did a fabulous job portraying Elena's emotions as the story progresses.

One downfall was that I found it difficult to perceive which pane came next as the page
Courtney Mitchell
Jul 26, 2015 Courtney Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short graphic novel. Beautiful pictures. Liked learning the history behind Elana's transformation into a werewolf.
A short and awesome graphic novel about Elena becoming a werewolf.

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Jan 14, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it
I think I would have enjoyed this more if it was in a short story format instead of a graphic novel.
May 15, 2015 Lana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was nothing wrong with the story, i just didn't like the comic book feel.
Michele Avery
Mar 18, 2014 Michele Avery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cool graphic novel showing Elena's struggle after Clay bites her.
Eden Stotesbury
Oct 17, 2015 Eden Stotesbury rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great illustrations. A graphic novel I thoroughly enjoyed.
I loved the illustrations but most of all, I loved getting to see this peak into the past. Obviously Elena touched upon this time in the first novel of the series, but a recap, and actually getting to see everything that happened to her are two different things.
This brought tears to my eyes, though. Such a tragedy. I never hated Clay (he's one of my favourites) and seeing him here, seeing the pain he was in, and the guilt he carried just made me feel terrible. He did what he did out of desperati
Sep 04, 2011 Anika rated it it was ok
It was okay. I was expecting a story in words not the graphic comic book version. It was too condensed/short so I'm a bit disappointed glad that I saw it was on her website for free before buying it. I'd have preferred the long version a story about how they met in college not seeing after she's bitten. I want to know the long process of them dating why Clay took an interest since it always implies that he does not like humans so I still feel left hanging.
Jun 14, 2013 Crystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was actually rather tame compared to many of Kelley Armstrong's story's, yet some how putting pictures with it makes it seem much more dark and gory.

This graphic novel is basically a small section from on of the books in the Otherworld series which explains how Elena became a werewolf. Personally, I preferred the explanation in the book over this one, even though they are basically the same.
I hate reading anything on my computer, but this was short, so that part of it wasn't too bad.
This is the prequel to Bitten, and it is in graphic novel format. It's also free. Bonus! You really can't complain about a book the author is giving away, you know?

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For such a small book, this worked really well, both in graphic terms as in narrative ones. The story makes me want to go ahead and read "Bitten", to which this is a prequel, and the art is just amazing.

I'll definetly be reading "Bitten" after this.
Manoja K.
It was okay, nothing too great and not something to gush about. It was a little gorey at certain parts. I liked that they were trying to show Elena's difficulty with coping to be a werewolf, but I don't think it really showed it well in this. I was looking forward to reading to how she dealt with it, but I don't think it was executed well.
Sep 28, 2013 Lacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad for a graphic novel. I'm not really a fan of graphic novels but I did enjoy this one. It gave me a little more insight into what happened to Elena after she was bitten by Clay. The medium of the graphic novel worked well for this story, probably better than trying to create the same atmosphere through written language.
Michelle Tempted By Books
Excellent inclinations and an interesting look into Elena's change. I still need to read the full length books but according to reading order I am doing this correctly. I think I will have a very thorough knowledge of all the Otherworld players by the time I start Bitten. I am really enjoying the whole thing so far.
Kerrie Salsac
Nov 18, 2013 Kerrie Salsac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great insight into what Elena went through as she became a werewolf, and very different to see the Otherworld portrayed in the form of a graphic novel. What I found difficult was that I had already formed an image of these characters in my mind, and it didn't quite match what was in the images.
Some of the panels were deliciously gory. Alas, I felt nothing for the characters despite the intense situations they found themselves in. It's a pity. This could have potentially been a gritty and visceral work. Instead it planted the seeds of a paranormal romance. *sigh* Not really my cuppa.
Sep 06, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting - it was told as a comic strip - not what I was expecting, but interesting none the less. The hardest thing for me was that Jeremy looked nothing at all like I imagined. Oh well. At least I saw some insite into Elena's story when she was first bitten.
A graphic novel, it narrates the time when Elena was bitten by Clayton and her struggle through her transformation. I suggest reading Bitten first, then Clayton's story in Men of the Otherworld and then this. I thought it was nice. Can be found online on
I will take anything I can get of Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series that involves Elena. ANYTHING.

This takes literally 10 minutes to read, but it's absolutely necessary to have if you're a fan. Plus it's signed <3

Now I feel like re-reading Bitten…
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