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The Golden Compass Graphic Novel, Complete Edition

(The Golden Compass Graphic #1-3)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published September 19th 2007)
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Mikaela Garcia
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good as the book is and I love the drawing
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper-book
Loved this as a stunning graphic novel - I will be reading this repeatedly!
Having simply adored and been enchanted by The Golden Compass, I enjoyed getting to see the story in a graphic novel format. Fans of abridged books may enjoy this one greatly since it manages to distill the wonderful story to its essential points. All the elements that made the original story's so compelling are here but without the detail that some like me might find essential. Still, the story is just as captivating here as it was the first time around. It might be interesting for some fans to ...more
Thomas Ray
Graphic-novel doesn't do justice to the story. Too abridged, too little of the character development and motivations.
I received a copy of the Northern Lights graphic novel from Penguin Random House New Zealand to review. This is the first book from the His Dark Materials trilogy.

I have read the book, Northern Lights, but it was a few years ago now. I did really enjoy it but I never did get around to reading the other two books in the trilogy. And then I’d left it too late and forgot most of what happened. So when I saw that a graphic novel was going to be released I thought it would be a great way to refresh
Alice Caryer
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't feel I need to review the actual storyline of this because everybody knows I love Northern Lights (and imo it's the best book of the trilogy, the other two don't quite live up to the initial brilliance). I'm not entirely sure this graphic novelisation would work on its own but as I've read the book three times, it works for me. I also loved the illustrations; some readers below didn't, but that's completely subjective and I'm glad I enjoyed them.
Jesse (Jaythebookbird)
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I’m such a fan of this series but the GN adaptation felt disjointed and rushed. It was all sharp edges and far too few moments that tied you to the characters. If I had lot read the series I think I would have been completely lost.
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I learned there was a graphic novel of Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) I had to order it. (Book Depository, US buyers! ). I was eager to see how the book had been adapted for a graphic novel. Unfortunately, I feel that it doesn't really live up to the wonder of Pullman's world. I felt like it compressed so much action into such a short space and the visuals didn't manage to convey a greater depth of information within that short space. I also had mixed feelings about the art, which ...more
A fantastic 'refresher' of Northern Lights. After reading the novel several years ago and before commencing on reintroducing myself with the His Dark Materials, I felt that I needed a refresher as such to remind myself of the story plot. The graphic novel provided as much detail as the novel and recaptured my love and interest into this amazing story trilogy. Would highly recommend to anyone who may seem intimidated by the series or novel - this is a perfect introduction to the masterful ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After trying this story in all sorts of forms, including the serials, I feel it has something broken, it's somehow incomplete. This graphic novel is just another try to fix it.
Ron Turner
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Doesn't quite capture the magic of the original book. I'm curious to see how the new HBO television series does.
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
A great way to re-read the Golden Compass!
George (BuriedInBooks)
Really nice illustrations. Would recommend
Anna Luce
(3.5 stars)

On the one hand, I enjoyed Clément Oubrerie's style. On the other, I couldn't help in thinking that it did not mediate Pullman's world. It was at once too simple and too adult. It didn't emphasise the strong suits of the novel, giving the story a different tone. Nevertheless, I did like it and once I started it I became more adjusted to Oubrerie's 'vision'.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to re-read this series for what feels like for ever, and the start of the new tv series definitely sparked me to dive back into this world. I haven't yet watched the show but I wanted a new yet familiar experience and the graphic novel certainly gave me that.

You definitely need to be familiar with the story because it is heavily abridged, what with being a graphic adaptation, so some scenes felt rather choppy. For example, it's sometimes not clear how Lyra has already learned
I have not read THE GOLDEN COMPASS novel, nor have I seen the movie, but for someone who has always wanted to understand the hype around the series, but hasn't had time to read it, this graphic novel was PERFECTION! The illustrations are gorgeous and make keeping track of characters much easier than having to remember all of the names. I had no trouble at all understanding and following Lyra's story. It begins at Jordan College where she is under the care of the "Master" and overhears Lord ...more
Samuel Rooke
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
This comic adaption of Philip Pullman’s NORTHERN LIGHTS, first of the HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, mostly does a good job adapting things into the comic format. The story is abridged, of course, and there are a decent amount of thought-out changes to try and channel the flow of information and sequence of plot in a way more suited to panel after panel, rather than flow-on of prose. Sometimes what seem to be bigger changes are teased, before zippily returning back to the novel’s way of doing ...more
Don’t get me wrong, I was hugely on board with a graphic novel adaptation when I saw it in the library. I liked that it didn’t try to adapt every dialogue and action into a 1:1 representation. I like an adaptation that truly adapts the source material into its new medium, which is unfortunately where this graphic novel falls flat. I wanted to see details in illustrations that a text-only novel couldn’t address, background details of Oxford and London, or the Royal Arctic Institute, but the art ...more
Ije the Devourer of Books
This graphic novel brings The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass together in one volume. It is a great way to read the three stories especially if you like graphic novels. The story itself was three stars for me because it was the graphics that were really the icing on the cake, making it four stars.

I haven't read the written novels but I am a big fan of graphic novels and so I immediately grabbed this volume when it came out. I was very curious about this series because
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. While it doesn't quite capture the atmospheric magic of Northern Lights the novel, it's still a great way to spend a few hours.

It's definitely not a graphic novel that you can pick up without some background knowledge of Pullman's masterpiece His Dark Materials. There's a lot that's left behind in the change of mediums, but the core plot points remain. As someone who read and enjoyed the series, my understanding of why events happened as they did, why characters reacted
Tânia Cabral
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The His Dark Materials series are my all time favourite books to read, and although the movie was lacking in all sorts of ways I think i have lost count of how many times i ve seen it.

It's always nice to revisit Lyras story, so I jumped at the opportunity to read the Northern Lights graphic novel, yes The Northern Lights, not The Golden Compass has it was named in the movie and in this adaptation, sometimes causes confusion, some thought that they were getting the whole trilogy due to the
Lucy Hayes
I liked the art style, although at times, it was difficult to tell which character was which. I don't care so much for the abridged story. It's very possible to have the graphic novel format and include enough detail that it isn't necessary to have read the original novel first. Overall, this book was cool.

(I'm a nit-picker though! Why change insignificant details? SPOILER WARNING: At one point, Lyra has the alethiometer and the spy bug each hidden in metal tins. In the original novel, the tins
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My review is of the graphic novelisation, not of the story. I am currently reading The Northern Lights for the first time, in book form, and picked up the graphic novel version out of interest to see how it compared.

I only got about halfway through it. I didn't like the illustrations. The characters were harsh-looking and the overall feeling was dark, heavy and dreary. I also felt that the picture-based format left a lot out. The main plot points were there, accurately, but the atmosphere and
Arkham Reviews
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-comics
While I am disappointed that I needed to buy this complete collection to read the final part of this adaptation (having already bought the first two volumes separately), I will admit that it's nice to have the complete story in one volume. The plot is condensed, but does keep all of the most important elements from the novel. Like the book, it is very slow to start but builds to an utterly thrilling final act.

I also felt that the artist captured the feel of the story well. While her style was
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the visual representation of the story! I read this in parallel with the novel itself, and it was great to have the visuals. The illustrations of the Lights and the Arctic landscapes are stunning, and I love the way the daemons were depicted (especially the kids' daemons and their abilities to shift form).

I'm not sure I would recommend it as a stand-alone. Because it's a graphic novel, scenes are often reformatted to emphasize action and simplify dialogue. Makes sense for the
Matthew Archibald
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of The Golden Compass, but it really crammed a lot into one volume. Though it was abridged, by necessity, I actually liked not having every little thing explained to me. On the other hand, if I had not read the original book (and seen the movie? I can't remember if I ever watched it...) I'm not sure I would have understood what was going on. As it is, I remember little enough that now I feel I need to re-read the original (and then, of course, the rest of ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the original novel and the various associated books -- they are among my favorites to read and re-read. I think this graphic novel is a good adaptation, and comes closer to making this a children's book than the novels. My kids and I read this together, and they enjoyed it, especially the 13 year old. Of course it lacks the nuance of the full novel, and there are explanations and details that didn't survive the editing process. But I still found it enjoyable and I hope that more are ...more
Stephanie Tournas
This French import, originally published by Gallimard, is a masterful interpretation of Pullman's beloved His Dark Materials series. The tone, world building, and characterizations seem to directly channel the author's intentions in. I love Lyra's wide eyed, yet wise, appearance, and the personalities of the animals - daemons and Iorek Burnisson especially - are just so well done. I hope there will be more from this team. I have high standards for this novel, as it is one of my favorites, and ...more
This was a good overview of the story of The Golden Compass and a good refresher on the major plot points. But it was missing a lot of that spark that the novel has, and it didn’t seem to convey the horror and pain of being separated from one’s daemon that I felt so much in the novel and audiobook. It felt rushed and disjointed until the end, which was done well. Overall the art style didn’t add much to this story for me, again until the last section traveling to and on Svalbard - some of the ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bits and pieces of the story, which I read in its original form years ago, cane back to me as I made my way through this graphic adaptation. And graphic it is—depicting the violence of the bears and the battles between humans is gory detail and through bleak and evocative illustration. But it is a good version, with the same tension and supernatural-laden imagery of the original novel. I was left wanting more, not least because I can’t quite remember what happens next, but also because this is ...more
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