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I Am Legend

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  2,018 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Librarian's note: Alternate cover edition of ISBN 1933239212.

Graphic novel adaptation.

Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth...but he is not alone. Every other man, woman, and child on Earth has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood.

By day, he is the hunter, stalking the sleeping undead through the abandoned ruins of civilization. By night,
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Paperback, 244 pages
Published 2007 by IDW Publishing (first published December 9th 2003)
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Andrew
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I read this last year prior to the release of the motion picture release of the same name. I've seen the current motion picture since, as well as Omega Man and The Last Man on earth, and I must say that none of these even come close to the original.

This book takes a great twist on the traditional vampire story (that I won't spoil) and, although it is not a zombie story, it serves as inspiration for modern zombie horror by placing a single character in a position where he is constantly trying to
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Jason
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book is a bit long-winded, but you could expect that from a tale that is mainly told from the perspective of one man's head. Particularly an intensely introspective, brash, macho, desperate man's head. Nonetheless, it is well animated and well-told. The movie concentrates so much on the habitual activity in already created comfort (which i appreciated for the first half). The book though explains more furtively how he came to live in such an accomodating environment. He has more humble surr ...more
Mariel
3.5/5.

“La normalidad era un concepto establecido por la mayoría. El estándar impuesto por muchos, y no el de un solo hombre.”

Mis variadas reacciones en todo el libro:

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¿De qué trata la historia? De una horrible enfermedad que convierte a las personas en vampiros. Cuando lo vi, me había interesado porque recordé a la película que Will Smith protagonizó hace unos años y que de pequeña me perturbaba por el final tan triste. -No tan triste, ahora que he madurado xD-. Claramente, entre la adaptación de
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Dominica Phetteplace
This is the graphic novel adaption of Richard Mathieson's book. I picked it up because I was too lazy to read the original novel. Joke's on me, this is the wordiest comic book I have ever laid eyes on. Some of this text got skimmed, I admit, for two reasons. The first is that not all of the words are necessary, the pictures give you a pretty good idea of what's going on. But mainly, this book is so suspenseful, I was always dying to turn the page. The art is dated, but functional. The black and ...more
Beatlesfan685
Dec 13, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire fans or fans of movie or novel
i liked this book so much, i'm reading it again. this is a different view on Richard Matheson's classic novel. I've seen the movie and these are both very different. This is about a world taken over by vampires while the movie was about the world being taken over by an infectious disease. If I was to say which was better, I would say this. This book's art is beautiful and the story is simple yet great. I would recommend picking it up and at least reading a couple pages. It's great.
Leanna Hammond
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had already read the short story when I picked this up. The illustrations added something to the story, and I would definitely recommend to others.
Israel Laureano
Muy pobre ejecución gráfica y literaria. No es que los dibujos estuvieran mal hechos o algo, la novela gráfica Persépolis tiene dibujos mucho más básicos, pero es mil veces más interesante; me refiero a que aquí los dibujos se usan para ilustrar la historia narrada, amén de que la adaptación literaria no es muy afortunada. No puedo hablar de libro original de Richard Matheson a partir de esta pobre adaptación porque a lo mejor perdió muchos detalles y sutilezas durante el proceso, pero en la nar ...more
Terri
A superb graphic novel, based on a book from 1954 called I am Legend by Richard Matheson. Called the first modern vampire story, it follows Robert Neville, the last person alive after a pandemic which left everyone who survived a vampire. The book starts several months after the pandemic, when the zombies come to Robert's house nightly to try and 'get' him, and ends three years later. Tense, heartbreaking at times, thoughtful-an excellent book. It has been made into three movies (and one straigh ...more
Ryan
Apr 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ryan by: Julie
Matheson’s approach to the end of humanity is undeniably intriguing, although the story is ironically weakened by the appearance of his somewhat unoriginal “vampire” villains. I would have preferred a creature that didn’t adhere so closely to the historical vampire archetype. His intrapsychic discourse is classic, however, as one never tires of watching the inevitable descent into madness that follows the human transition from normal society into eternal solitary confinement. By far the best par ...more
Jennifer
I've read the original a couple of times and rated it 5 stars.

It was chosen as a read for my book club so I thought I'd given the graphic novel version a try.

This review is on the graphic novel version only, and whether it brings anything to the story or not.

My opinion of this graphic novel is that it is completely unnecessary. It is very text heavy and so I think you might as well just read thr novel instead.

And I'm not a fan of the artwork, a few of the more detailed pages are really nice but
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Mikki
Aug 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this thinking that if was the basis for the movie. Let's call it more of an inspiration piece: kinda like I, Robot the book was an inspiration for I, Robot the movie.

The similarities:
The main character's name is Robert Neville. He did have (previously) a wife and daughter.
He is immune.
He thinks he is the only one left.
There is, at one point, a dog and, at another, a girl.
The others are only seen at night.
He does a few basic medical experiments on them.

That's about it.

The rest is very dif
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Dennis
This graphic novel is a disappointment for someone who didn’t want to read actual novel again. This book felt like a novel in its own right. Sentences such as "he turned left into the small hallway" and "left again into his bedroom" get its own panel and drawing. That works in a book, but it is useless to use in a graphic novel that has illustrations. Some panels even show dark figures in panels with no type of explanation. I think the authors may have been confused when writing this because it ...more
El Templo
No, no nos hemos equivocado de sección, os vamos a hablar de un cómic. Con motivo de la adaptación al cine de la obra de Richard Matheson, Norma Editorial nos brinda la oportunidad de disfrutar de su versión en viñetas. En un mundo devastado por la guerra ha surgido una nueva raza: el vampiro, que ha llevado a los humanos al exterminio. ¿Cómo te sentirías si fueses el último humano sobre la tierra? ¿Quién es el monstruo en una sociedad en que el único elemento extraño eres tú?. . . ¿Cómo es, en ...more
Blue Harvest Creative
This, to me, is one of the greatest graphic novels I have ever read. I have read this and the book. I like this better! To all of you who thought this was based off the Will Smith film it is not. This is based of the original novel and was originally available in the 90s as a four part series. I love the Will Smith film but it only loosely follows the book. The graphic novel has wonderful black and white artwork and is just so well done. If you would like to see a better film adaptation watch "T ...more
Sam
This book takes Matheson's original story and gives it the graphic novel treatment, it doesn't veer from Matheson's story and uses more text than I expected from a graphic novel to try and keep as much of the subtext as possible. Sadly while this does keep much of the feel of the original it doesn't quite stand up to it and the need for so much additional text spoils the flow of the illustrations somewhat. Speaking of which the illustrations are superb and uses grey-scale to create the sense of ...more
Eugene Yu
This was way different from the movie version, but quite an enjoyable read, the graphics were outstanding and it really showcased the author's artistry, and was captivating and enthralling to look at, some of the scenes were really scary, but the ending was a little disappointing because it was a blur not like the movie version. The main character here was white not like in the movie, and it really dealt with real vampires. Im not really sure if all the scenes were the same as those i read in th ...more
Matt
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straight forward adaptation of the classic horror story that helped spawn the entire zombie genre (Night of the Living Dead was highly influenced by it). It has been a while since I read the original but it seems to closely follow the story. The illustration is a bit strange -- the faces don't look quite right, but not in a way that seems intentional. Would love to see what Kirkman and Adlard would do with it. Much better than the disappointment of the Will Smith movie version which has little t ...more
Soph
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclubs
I was really surprised by this as I have never read a graphic novel.

I actually enjoyed reading with pictures, it made it a lot quicker to read.

The story itself was gripping, with a few twists too.

However, I couldn't rate it higher as I didn't feel much for the characters because of the lack of description and the pictures doing much of the explaining.

I'm going to read to actual book too to try and compare.
Sheila
Nov 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-50-a-year
I had worked on the 2007 Will Smith movie and although that was a very good movie in its own right there were significant differences in this graphic novel. The artwork by Elman Brown was stunning and the adaption by Steve Niles was compelling. You felt the protagonist's sorrow and isolation very deeply.
Vampire books have not been one my interests in the past but this graphic novel has peaked my interest and I am going to pursue more works in this genre.
Kristin
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the Road meets vampire lit with a lot of science. Really interesting and definitely the best vampire book I've ever read (granted, it doesn't have a lot of competition at the moment). No, I haven't watched the movie yet, I may now though so I can compare the two (but from the little I know about it they seemed to have changed a lot). Highly recommended for those who like dark, gritty, realistic fantasies.
Christina
Chilling. Not even remotely similar to the movie. Other than the title and the apocalyptic setting, you would not know that the movie was even based on this story.
I only read the graphic novel version and I'm glad I did. The images added dimension to the story which at times was too scientific for my taste.
Jimi
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richard Matheson is one of my favorite Horror/ Sci Fi writers. He has tons of great short stories as well. If you don't think you know his work, you probably actually do. He was one of the writers on Twilight Zone and his episodes are some of the most memorable. I read a graphic novel of this, but the one I read had a cooler cover.
Greg
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad story but focused more on explaining the "crisis" than making me feel for the character. Completely different ending than the movie which I knew before starting the book. As usual the movie would have been better with the book's ending.

Written in the 1950's, this novel is the basis for many of the end-of-the-world/zombie stories....though with a vampire plague.
Krista
What a stark take on the vampire legend. The strength of this book's success is in the loneliness of the protagonist's experience. I don't think it is an ideal book for adaptation into a graphic novel because of the dense text an few characters, but it was detailed and well-drawn. I would recommend this to people even if they have seen the Will Smith movie-it's quite a different animal.
Quan
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was pretty good. I wasn't a huge fan of the art but it worked alright. It was mainly interesting for me as a contrast to the movie adaptation (I haven't read the original novel because I hate literacy like that). It was more psychological and harsher. The ending was...interesting, more so than the movie, though I can't decide if I like it more or less.
Louise
Mar 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the film.
After watching the film hiding behind a cushion I eagerly bought the book to devour in the same kind of this-will-give-me-nightmares kind of manner. I was quite disappointed to find out that the book was based around rather listless, almost peaceful vampires, in comparison to the manic, blood thirsty creatures of the film. It is well written but not all as scary as I was expecting.
Mike Mercurio
Jun 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'm more of a zombie fan, but this book on vampires was an enjoyable read. It is a graphic novel, but much of the text and dialogue was kept intact from the original source and it read more like a book than a comic. I like the last man on earth scenario it presented, and the fact that it took place in familiar surroundings made it all the exciting to read when the sun went down.
Toddnick
Apr 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too bad they changed the ending for the movie version. There was alot more power in what the book did. It really took a much more humanistic view of how the apocalypse would effect people. The main characters relationship with the vampires in the book is also more local and personal. Some were his former co-workers and friends. The scream his name in the night, because they remember it.
Brooke
May 13, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The movie I Am Legend with Will Smith is based off of this book. The movie does not do this book justice and really is nothing like it. I thought the book was good. The ending is suprising and well done.
Martin
Apr 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a couple of years before the movie and really enjoyed it. I saw parts of the movie and thought it sucked. The movie ruined the ending which I will not give away. I really like some of Mathesons other stuff also. Fun easy to read stories.
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STEVE NILES is one of the writers responsible for bringing horror comics back to prominence, and was recently named by Fangoria magazine as one of it's "13 rising talents who promise to keep us terrified for the next 25 years."

Niles is currently working for the four top American comic publishers - Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse. He got his start in the industry when he formed his own publishing
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