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Frankenstein The Graphic Novel: Original Text

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  773 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
Conceived as part of a literary game among friends in 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th century literature. The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who saves the life of a man at the North Pole. That man, Victor Frankenstein, tells Walton about his experiments with the creation of life and how he ended ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Classical Comics (first published January 1st 2001)
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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
I really liked this graphic novel, but I am sad to say this is the only Frankenstein book I have ever read!!! I need to get the mass market paperback! I have seen a million movies but never read a book until this graphic novel.

The graphics are good, but I hate how Victor just leaves the poor monster. He doesn't try to help him or anything, he just makes him and then freaks out.

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Victor is telling his story to some men that saved him from the frozen sea, where he was chasing a beast. He told them
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Carol
Mar 09, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing
..........FRANKENSTEIN..........

Gosh, I feel like a kid! Love the cover.....Love the feel and size of the book.....Love the beautifully colored illustrations.....Love that I own it....can display it....can read it again and again.....but most of all.....Love that the story is true to the classic first published in 1818 when Mary Shelley was only twenty years of age! It's also good to know the movie versions I've seen over the years deviate a long way from this original gothic tale.

While the stor

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Christine
Mar 05, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing
I have quickly become a fan of Classic Comics, original text versions of classic literature. Last month I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and now this month, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which was as equally thought provoking as it was heart wrenching.

Prior to reading the Frankenstein graphic novel, I admittedly knew very little of this classic literary work other than it was a story about a man who created a monster who gets loose in the world and frightens, torments and even murders innoc
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Eda
Jul 13, 2016 Eda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Kris
Mar 27, 2017 Kris rated it really liked it
A pretty decent adaptation of Frankenstein, which is one of my favorite novels. I liked that it used Shelley's actual language for the most part, and the art added to it. A fun read, but go read the actual novel, too!
Angel's books
Sep 06, 2016 Angel's books rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cizgi-roman
Arşivimde bir Frankenstein film uyarlaması var. Çizgi roman da neredeyse birebirdi. Filmi yeniden izlemiş kadar oldum. Oyuncuların isimlerini hatırlamıyorum gerçi. Çizimleri beğendim ama canavar çizimleri pek detay vermiyor. Çoğunlukla sarı ve ışıldayan gözleriyle cüssesi üzerinde durulmuş. Sonuçta bu insan parçalarından birleştirilip oluşturulmuş bir varlık ve dikiş izlerinin de üzerinde durulmasını isterdim. Kitabın sonunda yazarın ve eserinin geçmişine dair güzel yazılar var. Okumaya niyetini ...more
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
I was excited that I found this at my local library. I have been on a graphic novel kick for the past couple of months, so checking this one out was a no-brainer. Excellent story, of course!! Good graphics. A Frankenstein must for any fan.
Icats
Feb 10, 2009 Icats rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
As I mentioned before when my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him The Sandman Volume 10: The Wake. I received Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction. My birthday was at the end of January and when he asked what I wanted I said I was good with Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil. I was once again surprised with Frankenstein The Graphic Novel.

Despite the all black front cover, the graphics are very colorful and vivid. I thought they did a good job in the conversion to the graphic
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Reetta Saine
Tämä on yksi elämäni kirjoista. Kirjoittajan äiti, kirjailijan elämä, kirjan syntytarina, juoni, henkilöt, kieli, feministinen tulkinta ja oma vuosien varrella muuttuva luentani saavat palaamaan Frankensteiniin aina uudelleen. Sarjakuva on harvinaisen uskollinen alkuteokselle niin tarinan kuin kielenkin osalta. Tällä lukukerralla empatiat Frankesteinille, joka ei vain pystynyt kantamaan vastuuta ja elämään niin kuin olisi ollut oikein. Turha siitä on toisten hirviöksi muuttua. Parhaansa teki kui ...more
Jacqi
Jun 21, 2016 Jacqi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great way to get kids to read the classics!
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
On Classical Comics as a concept, I must say this an excellent format with which to bring classic works across the divide and gain them a new and enthusiastic audience, and ought to be embraced by parents and teachers alike where reticence towards sticking with the original works becomes an issue.

In this particular adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the execution certainly does not leave much to be desired. The artwork (including the colouring) on the whole is top notch, and the letterin
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Nono Qiu
Jan 09, 2013 Nono Qiu is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book called Frankenstein the Graphic Novel. Mary Shelley wrote it. It was about a man called Victor Frankenstein who made a huge monster. Victor’s monster had a hard time “living” with humans. The story ended by the monster destroying his creator and his family. My favorite part was the part when Victor was making the monster. He was patiently making the body and focusing a lot. The monster came alive by a big machine Victor made. There were so much blood in the room, but victor didn ...more
Melanie
Nov 14, 2009 Melanie rated it did not like it
I read this because I couldnt get through the book; I'd started it a few times, and I didnt really like the style it was written in so I couldnt finish it; I think it suites comic much better. I didnt like the story very much, it shows the Ugly side of humanity and then justifies it in the end. The "monster" who hates mankind starts to agree with the Idiot Creator in thinking that he was a monster and didnt deserve anything but misery and hatred, which is all he ever had. I Hate Frankenstein. He ...more
Manda
Oct 25, 2015 Manda rated it really liked it
Nomadic SA Chick's book Reviews

Summary
Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein is retold (original text) in a graphic novel. Dr. Frankenstein has created a creature. THE creature. Now it is loose, and Frankenstein is on the hunt for it before it can kill again.

Review
I'm a huge fan of Shelley's original work. I'm also a huge fan of graphic novels. I was excited and a bit skeptical when I found this in a used book store recently. I am really happy that I took a chance on this. The fact that Shelley's
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Tazitazitazi
May 18, 2011 Tazitazitazi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Nedavno sam sudjelovala u raspravi čiji povod su bile ''Priče iz davnine'' Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić i koja je počela s tezom da stara djela treba prevesti na suvremen jezik kako bi bila prihvatljivija široj publici. Osobno se ne slažem s tom tezom, već smatram da se u tu svrhu književna djela mogu samo adaptirati, kroz film, strip, slikovnice i sl. Stoga sam potražila nekoliko takvih adaptacija, da se uvjerim u njihovu kvalitetu.
Nisam pročitala ''Frankensteina'' Mary Shely, pa ne mogu ovaj strip us
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Jennifer
Oct 18, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: classic, graphic
It's been a long time since I read Frankenstein, so i don't remember if I felt as much sympathy for the creature as I did this time around. In fact, I pretty much liked the creation better than the creator. I can't decide if that has to do with modern sensibility or just maturity, but Victor Frankenstein comes across as petty, uncaring, irresponsible, and annoying. But maybe I'm reading more into this than I need to.

The graphic version is appealing, and I think students who might be unwilling to
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Katie
Jan 11, 2015 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
The art is lovely and, though I have only read about 3/4 of Frankenstein so far, I did know the story's end and I can see how this little graphic novel (it took me 10 minutes to read) could be extremely useful. Frankenstein can be a challenging book to get through with its language and such, but this graphic novel sums up the main points of the story very nicely, making it more available to younger audiences, as well as clearly outlining the story before diving into the text. (I have a friend wh ...more
Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
A graphic novel approach to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein--IMO for young adults. I thought the execution was meh. I didn't feel like it went far enough to express the feelings/emotions of the monster or victor nor did it evoke the sense of dread that Shelley was able to capture in her writing. The climaxes and anti-climaxes were pretty quick and aided in butchering the dread. I didn't feel a connection with any of the characters. The illustrations were ok, but nothing gripping. It felt like a made ...more
Monica
Oct 08, 2011 Monica rated it liked it
First of all I am not a big fan of graphic novels. However, I can see how they could be of use in a classroom setting. This would be easier to read than the original text I am sure. However, I do not see teens reading this book for fun. The language has not been changed from the original text and therefore is difficult to read and understand. The drawings help but I still think it is a difficult work. I did like that this book gives a brief history of the time this story takes place, and a histo ...more
Jacki
Jan 13, 2011 Jacki rated it liked it
Summary: This graphic novel retelling of Mary Shelley's classic novel uses illustrations as well as the original text to bring Frankenstein to life...sorry, no pun intended.

Verdict: Great for the library or middle school English classroom.

Yay!: The illustrations are always excellent and occasionally beautiful, with plenty of gore for those interested in such things. The monster is both pitiable and truly creepy. Keeping the original text rather than offering a dumbed-down adaptation gives the bo
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Sarri
Mar 28, 2012 Sarri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huippuhieno sarjakuvasovitus Mary Shelleyn kirjaklassikosta. Tämä versio on quick text -versio, eli nopealukuisen helppoa englantia. Sarjakuva löytyy myös alkuperäisellä tekstillä toisena versiona vaativamman kielen ystäville. Suosittelen kaikille heille, jotka eivät vielä ole lukeneet alkuperäistä romaania ja etenkin heille, jotka luulevat tietävänsä kaiken Frankensteinista ja hänen hirviöstään elokuvista saadun tiedon perusteella (ei, ei, tämä on aivan toinen tarina!). Ja tietenkin kaikille mu ...more
Court
Jan 17, 2009 Court rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
This graphic novel is an excellent introduction to the story of Frankenstein. The colors pop, and the animation is very well-done. It reminded me a lot of the recent animated adaptation of 'Tales of the Black Freighter.' I am somewhat of a Frankenstein buff, so I enjoy reading many different adaptations and interpretations. This book is not anything revolutionary, but it was enjoyable and is certainly something that students who are encountering the story for the first time will appreciate. The ...more
Laura Rangel
Nov 20, 2010 Laura Rangel rated it really liked it
This is an excellent adaptation of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. The book allows the reader to enjoy the classic story of Frankenstein and read it in graphic novel form. The book also allows the reader to still understand the issues being presented in the story. This is a great book for students in the 7th grade that are reading Frankenstein. This is also great for the ELL students, Struggling reader, and Special Education Students. This would also be great for most boys reading the regular versio ...more
Lena
I read Frankenstein a few years ago and loved it. So when my son grabbed this graphic novel, I was excited to read it. I'd forgotten a lot of the story, but this reminded me. The illustrations are pretty good, but this book cannot do justice to the original novel. It did, however, make me want to go back and reread the Mary Shelley classic.
Stephanie Noel
Dec 19, 2015 Stephanie Noel rated it liked it
The book is an interesting version of the Frankenstein and is action packed. I really thought it was a great introduction to the story for anyone who doesn't read literature a lot and want an easy way to get into it. I also found the artwork amazing and enjoyed looking at the pictures at the sometime. I can't wait to read the original version of the story.
Julia
Oct 22, 2014 Julia rated it really liked it
Read for my book club meeting tonight, I’d read this novel before, but reading it as a graphic novel in this original text version, was fun. I got another graphic novel version from the library as well, which was more like a comic book, in its drawing and severe abridgement.

The copy I read came from Interlibrary loan.
Jordan
Jul 18, 2013 Jordan rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-2013
After reading the novel by Mary Shelley this graphic novel was fun to read and very enjoyable. The pictures, rather than Shelley's detailed prose bring life to the characters and their emotions. While obviously the novel is better than the comic, it is fun to read a shorter version of this amazing story that is Frankenstein.
Bharathkumar
Nov 21, 2011 Bharathkumar rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All
Shelves: classics
Well I learnt how the word Frankenstein's Monster came after reading the novel .The book is really good and the way fiend is portrayed and emotions played by the Frankenstein are great. Well one classic which all should read.
Robin
Apr 28, 2009 Robin rated it liked it
This was tough to read but the pictures kept me going, I must admit. I had not read the novel previously so I am glad that I got to read it to know more about the story of Frankenstein and his monster.
Colleen
Feb 07, 2011 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far so good... I don't remember ever noticing before the importance of the narrator's restless character. His discontent with the directions he's taken add to criticism of the eras' forced discovery, but also the human condition.
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Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, often known as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) was a British novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, travel writer, and editor of the works of her husband, Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley. She was the daughter of the political philosopher William Godwin and the writer, philosopher, and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft ...more
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