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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: A Dark Graphic Novel (Dark Graphic Novels)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  208 Ratings  ·  42 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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DNF with Jack Mack
Aug 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Unable to listen to the original, I hoped this would be the cure. Alas, this is even worse: stiff prose, difficult font, immature art. I liked Frankenstein before all this, but I'm afraid his monster stock has crashed.
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nueva revisión en viñetas al mayor clásico de Mary Shelley que destaca por una interesante propuesta gráfica, muy deudora del grabado (al menos en su aspiración estética), y un guion que respeta en lo posible la premisa original.
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
J. Israel
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No tengo palabras, me encantan las ilustraciones, las frases tan exactas, tan completas, es hermosa esta novela gráfica, mejor que cualquier adaptación de esta novela.
John Martucci
Jul 09, 2012 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
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Granted, it has been a while since I have read/watched Frankenstein but this graphic novel is not what I remembered it to be like. I liked the philosophy behind the story, how the story had depth inside it, it wasn’t just an entertaining story his story had more to offer. I remember the story being composed of Frankenstein, his horrific life was centerstage, his terror reigned and his master was puzzled. In this graphic novel, the author showed us the other individuals who are a part of Frankens ...more
Felipe Morales
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mi remordimiento supera tu maldición y tan sólo mi propia muerte pondrá fin a mi angustia".

Tenemos ante nuestros ojos una adaptación en formato cómic del clásico de la literatura "Frankenstein o el moderno Prometeo" escrito por Mary Shelley. Una novela que a estas alturas es valorada por la mayoría de los lectores. La presente adaptación, nos ofrece una mirada resumida de la obra original, con diálogos cortos, pero bien logrados; los cuales están acompañados por unos dibujos por viñetas que nos
Niche Bryant
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
you know i was never a big fan of Frankenstein and im not afraid to met that.which is why i came into this book excepting something stupid. And well it was stupid.......stupidly awesome!.iv never judged a book by its cover before and i will never do it again. Frankenstein is a book that takes place in the 1800s.a man named victor Frankenstein who is obsessed with the science behind life creates a dream come true. He is able to create life but the life he created has back fired. This dream quickl ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Artists
Shelves: art, fiction, sf
The original was quite a mass of gushy prose, making it a bear to convert to a graphic novel. Sierra does a decent job of taming the wordy beast while the art by Ribas has a unique gothic feel to it. I would recommend it mostly for the art but it's still a decent read.

It's a very high contrast black and white graphic novel, I recommend a printed version.
Aliyah Khan
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book took me a bit of effort to understand and I needed a lot of focus but this was only due to the old time style of writing. The book focuses not only the horrendous monster that is Frankenstein but Victor Frankenstein who created the monster.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The story, of course, is amazing and the graphics were cool! Some of the drawings were strange but it's Frankenstein.
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
La adaptación excelente, el estilo de dibujo de Ribas me encanta pero ante estos casos siempre me pregunto ¿es necesario? ¿O es sólo una manera de resumir el libro para los que son vagos?
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Je n'avais jamais lu la quatrième de couverture, je n'en avais qu'entendu parler vaguement, mais sans plus. Je pensais que c'était un livre "horreur", c'est pour cela que je ne l'ai pas découvert avant. Mais franchement, j'avais faux sur toute la ligne.

J'ai adoré cette histoire, et comme dit plus haut, j'ai pris un grand plaisir à découvrir ce classique, et à être surprise, puisque je ne m'attendais pas à cela. Il y a un début étonnant, le début se passe d'ailleurs au "présent", puis il y a des
I would rather reread the original story.
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jesse Zellmer
Aug 13, 2013 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
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
Renato Quiroga
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
Feb 25, 2013 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
Alisa Cupcakeland
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro en general me gustó bastante. Las ilustraciones y la edición en general me parecen muy buenos elementos para esta novela gráfica.

Le daría 5 estrellas peo tengo mis reparos porque siento que se aleja del sentido de la obra original pues me sucedió que sentí más empatía por Víctor Frankenstein que por su criatura y cuando leía la novela de Shelley me paso todo lo contrario, entonces he quedado con esa sensación rara de que no es lo que había leído antes (hace 10 años ya).
Jesse Rice
Apr 26, 2014 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.
Nov 11, 2013 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.
Frank Taranto
A decent adaption of the story of Victor Frankenstein and his creation.
Holly Woodward
Jan 19, 2010 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
WOW, this book is a visual masterpiece. All the hundreds of illustrations are done on scratchboard.
Lauren Barriger
Oct 01, 2012 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.
Emma Valieu
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd-manga, drame, sombre
Une bd sombre avec des graphismes vraiment chouettes... Un ouvrage réussit au point de vouloir vraiment lire le roman originel.
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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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