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Gris Grimly's Frankenstein

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,766 ratings  ·  251 reviews
Gris Grimly, the New York Times bestselling artist and creator of the beloved Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, has long considered Mary Shelley's classic tale of terror to be one of his greatest inspirations. He is now paying homage to it with a lavishly illustrated full-length adaptation, the first of its kind in this or any format. The tale of the hubris o ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think about “Frankenstein” ( a lot. Yes, I know how that sounds, and I don’t care. I think about the nineteen-year-old girl who wrote it. She had recently given birth to her second child, the first one having died just a few months before. She knew that she would be a social pariah for the rest of her life, for having had the audacity to run away with and bear the children of a man she wasn’t married to. The weather that year was atrocious and there was ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Cursed Creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?"


The classic tale of man and monster is given new life by Gris Grimly's atmospheric artwork.


The story is presented in a visually exciting style that mixes text, handwritten letters, and Grimly's eerie art. Some pages are very text-heavy, while others, including the monster's account of his dealings with the outside world feature a series of nearly wordless panels.



I found this "quiet" section of th
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We've probably all seen at least one of the movies (my favorite is still Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein. Lon Chaney as the Wolfman, Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Glenn Strange as the Monster. If you haven't seen it you've missed out on great comedy. Check it out. 😊)
This book is an excellent retelling. It highlights the best parts to keep the story easy to follow. The art is great and really adds a powerful visual.
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
I love the story, hate the illustrations. They're not a style that I enjoy, so I think I'll stick to reading the original.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I tend to avoid these kinds of books but I really enjoyed it! From the moment I saw this book I knew I needed to own it.
I first read Frankenstein years ago in high school and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Reading this book reminded me of those days reading it in school. I wouldn't say you need to read the original before this but I'm glad I did. Though he does use the majority of Mary Shelley's text there are some passages just conveyed with pictures and because I have already read it I
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: english-420

The only reason this book got an okay is because the text is Mary Shelley's. I have a lot of beef with this book, and that may be because I am a bit of a literary snob. But please, hear me out. This is a graphic representation of Shelley's classic. In case you're not familiar with the story, Viktor Frankenstein creates a living body from dead ones. He freaks out when it comes alive and runs away; the creature must fend for itself and although he isn't inherently evil, takes
Wiebke (1book1review)
This was the perfect combination of text and illustration. The tedious long winded writing that stopped my enjoyment of the original novel was replaced by engaging images. The atmosphere created by the original text passages and Grimly's illustrations told the story in a vivid and capturing way I missed in the full novel.
I found myself immersed in the story and world and just flew through it.
I can recommend this to fans of the novel as well as to people struggling with the full length text, or
Debra Palmer
The story is about Victor Frankenstein and becoming so obsessed with science that he creates a creature. After creating the creature Victor wants nothing to do with it, so he lets it run wild. During this time of being free the creature wants what everyone else has and that is love. After a failed attempt of love and acceptance the creature goes and kills Victor's youngest brother. This starts an ultimatum that the creature gives to Victor and that is to create a female for the creature. If Vict ...more
Amber Marshall
I consider myself Team Dracula (not trying to be meme-ish, just referencing Grimly's afterword), but when it came to reading both novels, both of which I believe I read on my own, not in a class, I couldn't get through Dracula. Somewhere in the middle of the umpteenth letter pledging eternal friendship to one another, I got sick of the twee and said "screw it." I ended up much preferring Frankenstein, when I got to it. Maybe Mary Shelley's writing style appeals to me more than Bram Stoker's. I s ...more
Sarah Feyas
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gris Grimly is now one of my favorite people, because his version of Frankenstein is the most incredible thing I've read this year. I read the original by Mary Shelly and, at risk of being hanged, hated it. She was to descriptive for my tastes and it took to long to get to the meat and potatoes of the story. I completly understand that she needed to describe the beauty of the Alps and that there just are not enough words to complete that task. However, for a plot driven reader like me, it's just ...more
DNF at Page 26.

I was expecting this to be a graphic novel interpretation, rather than an illustrated version of the story, and I don't really feel like rereading a book that I didn't care much for, even if interesting illustrations are involved.
Dov Zeller
I feel pretty mixed about this book. It's a beautiful artifact, with lovely paper and a richness with its earth tones and scripted letters (straight from the novel, I think) and tim burton meets steampunk (?) aesthetic.

But alas, the "handwritten" scripted letters I found so difficult to read, I skipped them. And the aesthetic, though compelling in its way, didn't match the tone of the story. Or, maybe I just didn't get it. Everyone is basically ghastly and so the monster's monstrosity is matched
The story was good, but I've no idea if it was faithful to the novel or not, having read it a loooong time ago. The events unfolded nicely, with a good pace, many dramatic events and interesting ethical questions (yep, science without conscience is the ruin of your life and you'll unleash terrible things on the world). The story was presented in a good variety of formats, not always conventional in a graphic novel (letters, strips without text, full page illustrations, boxes near the text, etc) ...more
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I would have read Frankenstein if it wasn't like this. I was really intimidated by it and only the beautiful cover and the promise of more pushed me to it.

Apparently, everything I thought I knew about it was wrong (Can you believe there's no Igor?! Maybe it was just me --probably; it's ok, though), so everything was a marvelous surprise for me: from the story (the beginning especially!) to the characters to the end.

And I gotta say is a very good story. I completely understand why i
Nick Rath
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice graphic novel to pick up. Some really macabre artwork and storytelling, but certainly a progressing story that is interesting to follow. I'm not typically a person to enjoy a dramatic love story, but Frankenstein is a pretty cynical dude so I'll make an exception because of him as a character. Only thing I disliked was having to read letters to characters in cursive, because trying to figure out something that my school didn't teach me in the third grade was not worth the struggle!
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I dearly love the Shelley's original work, and while no adaptation can ever take its place, this one is excellent. I am new to Grimly illustrations, but I'm falling in love with them. He somehow managed to make Frankenstein's monster horrifying and, when appropriate, endearing. It was a very nice touch to execute the monsters earliest memories in a text-less series of frames.

I think this adaptation does a nice job of engaging more modern sympathies for a classic novel that shows its age, which (
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a beautiful book and Gris Grimly's illustrations perfectly complement Mary Shelley's classic novel. This would be ideal for students studying Frankenstein as it includes large chunks of the original text with the illustrations making it much easier to understand. I love Grimly's work and hope that he adapts and illustrates more classic novels.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly beautiful gothic illustrations that pair with a condensed but original Mary Shelley Frankenstein text. Impeccable art that helps to bring this story to a new generation. Relive the classics, I love it!
Alex Klimkewicz
Jun 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an interesting graphic novel assembled from pieces of Shelly’s original text and supplemented with whimsically gothic pictures. The text of the letters are written in a script that can be difficult to read at times, but the rest of the letter is fine. I’d give it 3.5 stars; this was MUCH better than the Dracula graphic novel I read earlier.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this version of Frankenstein. The story stays true to the original novel, but it does condense the story a little bit. For example, Victor's middle brother drops out of the story completely after (view spoiler) In this version that part is glossed over, so it seems like the middle brother just disappears completely. The language is a bit ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A really good book on how a death of a loved one can affect someone with trauma, anger, and addiction. Now this book isn't some kind of character study or a life lesson. The artwork from the book, feels like something out of a Tim Burton animation or film. This isn't related to the fantastic adaptation of one the most iconic and influential movie monsters portrayed by Boris Karloff. At the end of the day, this was a really good book. And a really great transition from book to comic.
Gris Grimly has taken a classic horror and turned it into something hauntingly beautiful and amazing. There's an afterword at the back of this book by Grimly; he talks about how 'Frankenstein fans tend to be dishevelled, crude, rebellious and all while feeling misunderstood.' I think that defines everything I feel about the story and the book. And it definitely makes me a Frankenstein fan.

Frankenstein is a young man, eager to make his impact on the world. But as he studies the sciences further a
Christopher Wolbert
Fantastic art style. The story: it's what's on the inside that counts or don't tick off your creations.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
3.5 stars
Love the illustrations in this book and it's very dense for a graphic novel, lots of text and information that really brings out the classic story.
Gris Grimly’s vision of Shelley’s 19th-century work hews faithfully to the literary text. It is ghastly, grisly, horrific and often moving. The sympathy lies with the monster but we feel for Frankenstein as well, beset as he is by remorse, fits of mania and an ardent, pitiful desire to have affection and love in his life. The tie between creator and creation becomes very distinct as Mr. Grimley’s illustrations evoke their mutual frustrations, searches and yearnings.

The monster’s story is particu
Gris Grimly, known as a Gorey-esqe illustrator of macabre tales, masterfully adapts Shelley’s original and famously dense story of Frankenstein, the doomed mad scientist, to the graphic novel format. The first chapter is prefaced by a series of handwritten letters, drafted in sepia ink on aged parchment, and the novel unveils in text interspersed between drawings, some nearly full-page, others in neat little blocks, in washes of sepia, drab olive, and inky black splashed with vitriolic bright gr ...more
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Title: Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein
Author: Gris Grimly, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Genre: Science Fiction

Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein commences as the main character, Victor Frankenstein, explains the noble deeds that his father had performed over the years in England. Victor’s mother, Caroline, is the daughter of his father’s old friend, Beaufort. Beaufort had grown ill and died in October. Caroline wept over her father’s coffin at the funeral showing no intention to leave. Victo
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book is amazing. I have never been able to get through Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, and yet I was interested in the power of this iconic SF tale. Grimly has done it! His poignant yet powerful illustrations convey the sense of the story eloquently, and he has captured the prime argument, for me, at the center of this book: that we cannot just banish those parts of ourselves that seem ugly or misshapen, but that we need to understand them and embrace them, integrate them into our whole selves. ...more
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Gris Grimly is an artist and storyteller who is based in the Los Angeles area best known for his darkly whimsical children's books.

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