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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: A Dark Graphic Novel

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  141 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Author Sergio A. Sierra and illustrator Meritxell Ribas reanimate Mary Shelleys classic tale. Traumatized by the death of his mother, young Victor Frankenstein vows to discover the secrets of life and death. He assembles a monster from parts of corpses and uses electricity to bring it to life. Horrified by what he has done, Frankenstein abandons the creature, who is met by ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Enslow Publishers (first published January 1st 2009)
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A fairly drab adaptation of an established classic. Frankenstein adaptations are legion, with most making the initial error of assuming the source material must be made more accessible to contemporary audiences. Unfortunately this is almost always executed through dumbing-down the text. So from the outset the adaptation assumes the reader to be less intelligent than they actually are. Adults also error in assuming younger readers also need things simplified and rendered dumber in order to be und ...more
John Martucci
Jul 09, 2012 John Martucci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never read Mary Shelley's novel and tend to favor Mel Brooks' parody film version over anything else I've ever read or seen. I loved this book first because of the black and white drawings which were spectacular. They remind me of the Brian Selznick drawings in Hugo and Wonderstruck. Its amazing how much emotion can be carried in a black and white drawing.

Secondly I loved the book because they story is different than the ones portrayed in some of the movies I've seen. It is holds true to Mary
Jan 07, 2015 16nathana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Eric Piotrowski
I'd like to give this 2.5 stars, because it's really not great. The original source material is superb, of course, and the pacing is good. But the artwork is murky and awkward. The scenes from Victor's childhood are appropriately adorable, but the faces don't change much when the characters become adults, and even the demon looks like a teddy bear. There's a heavy influence of childish anime style here, and it doesn't really work.

The darkness is fitting, I suppose, but it feels like too much. Wh
Jul 09, 2014 Patrick rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is a simple retelling of a classic story. The text includes the major highpoints of the story; unfortunately, there was no mention of the charnel house. The framing of the novel is retained as well, making the graphic novel rendering a quality replica of the original. Language within the story is kept simple, allowing for a high level of readability, especially in lower level readers.

The black and white panels, there is no color, adds an ominous tone to the story. Don't let t
Stephanie (Stephs Stacks)
Review from Neal's Take for Steph's Stacks by Neal Browne

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 illu
Jesse Zellmer
Aug 22, 2013 Jesse Zellmer rated it liked it
Shelves: art-comics-manga
Not it's not the original Frankenstein but old English style novels sure do tend to get boring. Elitist writers and fans of literature would probably say that reviewing this isn't even real reading. Old English to graphic novel? Well here's to polarizing change I guess. The graphic novel obviously follows the plot of the original Frankenstein, which means while typical for gothic horror (a la Dracula and the original Frankenstein) and the writing still being in old English, the graphic part of t ...more
Renato Guerra
Ayer, antes de dormir tomé con curiosidad esta novela gráfica y no la pude dejar hasta que la terminé.

Me la topé hace meses por casualidad junto a otros tomos de la misma colección y el único en blanco y negro resultaba ser éste. Me llamó la atención el arte de Meritxell Ribas y de vez en vez lo hojeaba para admirar las ilustraciones, incluso lo llevé al estudio para mostrarlo a mis compañeros pero no fué sino hasta anoche que me decidí a leerlo. No pude parar hasta terminarlo, la adaptación de
The art is striking at first, but unfortunately after so many pages it starts to become a bit same-y.

I really loved the original book and I think this didn't have nearly as much punch.
Oct 22, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this! The art work was brilliant!
Aug 02, 2014 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling book with some seriously chilling moments
Dony Grayman
Adaptación a la historieta del clásico de Mary Shelley.
Feb 25, 2013 Ofilia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this has definitely been shortened, all of the important plot points have been left alone and it helps move the narrative quickly along. The artwork is as if anime was mixed with a dash of Tim Burton with large eyes, long bodies, a bit macabre and quirky beauty. Told only in black and white, the shadows play a big part in the story and the detail is lovely. Some panes look as if they were done as woodcuts, the lines and angles are so perfect. An interesting original addition to the many in ...more
Jul 13, 2014 Abel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ahi no mas.
Nov 11, 2013 Jessica rated it really liked it
Well...this was totally unlike any Frankenstein movie I've ever seen. I don't know if I'll ever pick up Shelley's version, but at least I can envision something other than Abbott & Costello! The artwork is wonderful - gothic and spooky.
Jesse Rice
Apr 26, 2014 Jesse Rice rated it really liked it
This was way better than the actual book. I don't know if it was because it was much more concise or if it was just because it held my attention. Either way, this version was more interesting to me than the original.
Lauren Barriger
Oct 01, 2012 Lauren Barriger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love it! Mary Shelley was a genius to write a story within a story. I personally feel that Victor is the true monster. Oh, and the ending was absolutely perfect.
Jan 05, 2013 Sapphire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The original novel was amazing and very descriptive, sometimes I had to close the book and stop to take deep breaths; it's very chilling yet captivating!
Emma Valieu
Dec 03, 2015 Emma Valieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sombre, bd-manga, drame
Une bd sombre avec des graphismes vraiment chouettes... Un ouvrage réussit au point de vouloir vraiment lire le roman originel.
Claudia Muñoz
Feb 23, 2013 Claudia Muñoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me ha gustado mucho la adaptación. El dibujo de Meritxell es soberbio. Te atrapa y no puedes dejar de leerlo.
Holly Woodward
Jan 19, 2010 Holly Woodward is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
WOW, this book is a visual masterpiece. All the hundreds of illustrations are done on scratchboard.
Aug 20, 2013 Mostephl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're going to read Frankenstein, I highly recommend this graphic novel version.
Frank Taranto
A decent adaption of the story of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
Feb 20, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic, read-2013
Fine graphic retelling that captures the original text very well.
May 08, 2013 Arendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No me gustó como victimizan a un pobre monstruo
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Sergio A. Sierra was born in Barcelona, on 1975 and studied Classical Philology. He collaborated as a senior writer in the "Més Ciutat" and "Ciutat Nord" newspapers. Afterwards he worked as a specialized fantastic oriental writer at the online review section of "" and "Scifiworld" newspaper. He has written and made the child's tale of "Pincel de Zorro" scratchboard illustrations by Meritxe ...more
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