This is a very funny picture book about Darth Vader raising young Luke Skywalker, as a single father. Most of Vader's lines are pulled directly from t...moreThis is a very funny picture book about Darth Vader raising young Luke Skywalker, as a single father. Most of Vader's lines are pulled directly from the movies as are many of the situations, such as Luke playing in the trash compactor. From the author note, the concept for the book came from the humorous idea of Vader and Luke spending Father's Day together. The author has since explored Vader's fatherhood further with the creation of Vader's Little Princess, which I've only skimmed. But, based on that skimming, I would probably rate it at five stars.(less)
I didn't actually enjoy the original version of New Spring, so I'm not sure why I wanted to read the graphic novel other than for a masochistic need f...moreI didn't actually enjoy the original version of New Spring, so I'm not sure why I wanted to read the graphic novel other than for a masochistic need for thoroughness. From page one, the graphic novel adaptation promised no improvement but looked like it was provisioning up to be worse than the original.
The graphic novel adaptation poses similar challenges to that of a movie adaptation. The form relies on visuals and dialogue, with little opportunity for direct exposition. The New Spring graphic novel completely ignores that reality, giving us huge swaths of narrative, expository text explaining the scenes presented to the reader in each spread. In this medium, for the most part, I think the graphics should explain themselves. Yes, sometimes you miss out on a little nuance (especially depending on how long you spend looking at each illustration). But no one picks up a graphic novel expecting to read the Bible.
Suffice it to say, I skimmed a lot. Some things I did enjoy included the depictions of young Moiraine and Siuan, and some of the intricate and lovely dress details. I could not tell the Borderlandian men apart very well and relied mostly on the context of their dialogue to determine who was saying what.
One most peculiar thing was the illustration quality, which changed about two-thirds of the way through the story into a sloppy, un-detailed mess. I'm not sure if several different artists did illustrations for different segments of the book or perhaps that Jordan didn't live to quality control through the entire production, so the publisher just let things slide once he wasn't looking over their shoulders anymore? But Moiraine at the end of the book looked nothing like Moiraine at the beginning, which was odd considering the very specific and rather nit-picky emails from Jordan about character appearances, included in the graphic novel end notes.(less)
This fourth volume of the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the groups separated after their harried flight from Shadar Log...moreThis fourth volume of the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the groups separated after their harried flight from Shadar Logoth and ends...in just about the same place, only the groups are a bit nearer to arriving in Caemlyn. That summary kind of sums up the dragging pace of this installment. It's a part of the book that I've always found odd, too. And it might have benefited from some abbreviation in the graphic novel form. Art was better in this volume than in the third. But the whole thing still didn't give me the excitement and eagerness that I was left with after the first two installments.(less)
This third volume in the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the group's entrance into the fallen city of Shadar Logoth and e...moreThis third volume in the graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World begins with the group's entrance into the fallen city of Shadar Logoth and ends with their separation after fleeing the city--Perrin and Egwene across the river and into the company of Elyas; Rand, Mat, and Thom meanwhile hitching a ride on a river boat.
Although one could say that a lot happens in this installment, I actually felt like the pacing fell dramatically away and I didn't breeze through this one so easily. Something about the art, too, seemed less consistent and engaging. Almost as if a new artist had taken over-- though I know from the masthead that this wasn't the case--the characters didn't look consistently the same from page to page.
I enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Book 1) quite a bit more than I expected to after my disappointment wit...moreI enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time Book 1) quite a bit more than I expected to after my disappointment with the New Spring graphic novel. The only frustrating thing is that they are being produced so slowly. I would love to "reread" the series (up to where I left off) in this new form, but despite publication of the first graphic novel volume back in 2011, there are still only four published volumes, and that's still only covering part of the first book in the series. Thought you waited long for the original series? It seems it will be decades upon decades before the graphic novel series is complete (if ever). Too bad. But I'll still enjoy reading the four that are out so far.(less)
Ender's Game meets Contact, plus alien-created, Harry Potter-esque sorting hat. This graphic novel felt like it had a lot of rich detail that, in my l...moreEnder's Game meets Contact, plus alien-created, Harry Potter-esque sorting hat. This graphic novel felt like it had a lot of rich detail that, in my limited experience, doesn't often find its way into such works.
I liked little things like their selection of the code word Grampa "because he's cool"--seemed like a Card-family inside joke and/or a tip of the hat to and appreciation of Grampa Card. The nickname Nine for the character Ixchab was also very clever. The fact that Azure thinks Robbi is clumsy but that the truth is (view spoiler)[she's actually mildly abused by her step father (hide spoiler)] adds immediate depth to the character.
This is a good start to what seems like it will be a very interesting series.
Addendum June 20, 2013 - Review of audio-book version It's interesting that the authors and publishers chose to release an audiobook version of a graphic novel. For the most part, I think they did a good job adapting it. I found the present-tense a little strange, but I think it makes sense if you use the audiobook as a companion to the graphic novel and enjoy them both at the same time. (I haven't tried this yet, but I imagine it would be awesome). Since descriptions had to be added, to bring across a lot of the visuals shown only graphically in the print version, I felt like in some instances I got a lot more depth of understanding out of this version--primarily character motivations that were meant to be implied through their graphically depicted facial expressions but weren't necessarily that easy to interpret.
Addendum June 29, 2013 And Why, WHY hasn't the next installment come out yet?!?! Grr.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Persepolis is a graphic novel that charts one girl's experience of life in Iran growing up during the civil wars, Islamic take-over, and Iran-Iraq war...morePersepolis is a graphic novel that charts one girl's experience of life in Iran growing up during the civil wars, Islamic take-over, and Iran-Iraq war of the 1990s and beyond. The book is worth reading just for the history, cultural exposure, and liberal perspective. The art is also great.
However, this graphic novel felt quite long to me, where typically works in the genre are a breeze to get through. I think part of it was the translation--where word choice often rubbed me wrong. The language in the book is often rather course, which I'm a little finnicky about. I also found myself really disliking the main character. Everything she could have done wrong, she did do wrong--from chasing a kid down with a fist full of nails because of his father's position in government, getting some innocent guy arrested to take suspicion off herself, or getting super depressed after she discovers her douche of a boyfriend (view spoiler)[is cheating on her (hide spoiler)].
Part of what made my dislike of her hard to read is the fact that this is also a memoir, so I'm actually judging a real person, which is not fun and just makes me feel bad. I think it was very brave of Santrapi to write Persepolis and include all the good, the bad, as well as the not-so-flattering events of her life in it.
If you're at all interested in reading about the history or culture of Iran or Islam, this book is definitely worth checking out.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is a graphic novel adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. The illustrations are quite lovely, and it's fun to see another (different f...moreThis is a graphic novel adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn. The illustrations are quite lovely, and it's fun to see another (different from the movie's) conception of the characters. But I found myself wishing that Peter Gillis, who did the text adaptation, had stuck more closely to the screenplay than the book. He used too much descriptive text for things that I thought could have been conveyed through the illustrations. I found the transition between scenes and the passage of time in the story often quite jarring. The adaptation stuck to the words of the book but lost much of its spirit. Through the choice of what dialogue was used in this version and what wasn't, and the lack of using the illustrations to convey things unspoken, I felt that all the books themes--love and loss, the hero and the journey, age and mortality--were lost. Even the part where Lir and Lady Amalthea fall in love felt glossed over and rushed.
Obviously, despite these shortcomings, I still immensely enjoyed this adaptation and will definitely read it again some time--next time focusing more on the illustrations and less on the text.(less)
I found this graphic novel fun, silly, exciting, and way too short! I can't wait for the next one.
The series follows Leah Taymore (a super hero in tr...moreI found this graphic novel fun, silly, exciting, and way too short! I can't wait for the next one.
The series follows Leah Taymore (a super hero in training who can manipulate and reshape atoms to her liking--when her powers actually work as she intends) in her first work at Liberty Vocational, a school specially formed to train new super heroes. But another of her classmates, and that classmate's villainous father have something sinister planned for Leah and her super-powered ability...
**Btw, I do not have enough experience with graphic novels for my star rating to have any relevant weight toward the quality of this work against others in the genre**(less)