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The Phantom of the Opera

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  64 reviews
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the iconic gothic romance, is retold with all the spectacle its legend demands in this devoted graphic novel adaptation that marries stunning artwork with Gaston Leroux’s haunting prose.

Everyone has heard the whispered tales of the phantom who lives beneath the opera house, the mysterious trickster behind all the little mishaps and lost things. Bu
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by A Wave Blue World
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Dannii Elle
This is a graphic novel adaptation for Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera. In just over 100 pages Tomi managed to adapt and covert the original story pretty religiously. The dark colour palette and eerie illustration style also provided the perfect match for this Gothic story-line. Small portions could prove difficult to follow if you were not well-versed in particulars of the original, but this still remained a brilliant illustrative rendering of one of my favourite classics.

I received a
Schizanthus Nerd
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Everything that is underground belongs to him!
Apologies in advance for making this review more about my first and favourite musical than the graphic novel I just read. It’s just brought back so many wonderful memories!

I first saw The Phantom of the Opera in 1992. My school’s music classes were going on an interstate excursion to see the musical and a few of us who weren’t studying music as an elective managed to find a way to tag along. I finally understood why my Nan loved musicals so m
Briar's Reviews
This is a unique graphic novel take on The Phantom of the Opera.

I love seeing new takes on old classics, so this one is a real winner for me. I really enjoyed seeing this take if I'm being honest. It felt like a new and fun way to bring the classic back to life.

The illustrations are dark and spooky which is also really interesting. It's a style I haven't seen much of. The pictures are a little creepy (the people, anyways) but that's something that is easy to get over.

Three out of five stars.

Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-2020
I should premise this by saying, I adore The Phantom of the Opera. The book, the musical, the music, and the storyline. So when I saw this, I had to start reading it immediately. And then devoured it as fast as I could. The art is so gothic and amazing that it really brought a different feeling to the story. And that feeling was even darker and more morose than the book/musical, but I loved it!!

The Phantom/Ghost is especially a wonderful character and I so felt for him. I also felt like Christi
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am enamored by this graphic novel. The artwork is amazing along with the coloring, perfect.
The characters jump off the page. The plot true to form. You have got to check this out.

Thanks to NetGalley, A Wave Blue World, and Varga Tomi for an ARC in return for an honest review.
Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
2.5 - 3 Stars

Unpopular opinion time. I didn’t super care for this graphic novel adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera. The graphics were a little too dark, and I mean shade-wise, and felt very busy. And I didn’t really feel like any of the art really lent itself to me wanting to spend a lot of time looking at the graphics. It’s also really hard to take the source material and take it down to roughly 100 pages. A lot of things are glossed over and sometimes it feels like there are pa
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The design and artwork of this graphic novel is absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, on my phone the formatting isn't the best, so it made some of the images quite difficult to read but I'm sure in print or a reader it reaches its fun potential! The story was faithful to the original material and had excellent pacing throughout - a must for graphic novel lovers!

*I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A stunning adaptation of The phantom of the Opera

Key words: graphic novel, horror, mystery, fiction, ghost, historical, romance

This graphic novel is an adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s book. The phantom of the Opera is considered as a classic of the French literature. It is also a musical for those of you who want to discover the story in different versions. I haven’t read the book or seen the musical yet. Therefore, this is without knowing the story that I read this comic. I cannot say if this is
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

This was such an unique view on this classic! Although I've never read the novel, I'm a huge fan of the musical and whole concept of Phantom, and Tomi's dark, intricate and beautiful artwork made this graphic novel shine. In terms of plot, I don't think the graphic novel would be a starting point for those who doesn't know anything about what happens, since some
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
I havn't read The Phantom of the Opera so I can't tell how good this adaptation is. What I can say is - it's really confusing. And not in a good way. The dialogue is taken straight from the book, but there's a lot of description and events missing.
The art is ok, nothing exceptional.
It seems like this is mostly geared towards the fans of the book or the musical, but then again - they could be disappointed that a lot of the story is missing.

Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in ex
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a graphic adaptation of the well known novel by Gaston Leroux. It follows soprano Christine Daaé and her strange relationship with the Opera Ghost.

The illustrations were eerie and dark which suited the story perfectly. Also, the illustrator didn't hold back when drawing Erik. He didn't make him only slightly disfigured as in other adaptations. Erik was hideous which was the whole point.
The illustrations really matched the Victorian era, the speech bubbles came of as natural, and the plot
& She Reads
Sep 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to netgalley for approving me for an early copy of this in exchange for an honest review

This graphic novel captures the story of The Phantom of the Opera well enough but it just took me some time to actually get through it. The art style of it was very well done for a classic.
I'm glad the art is nothing super modern looking because it definitely would not have been the same.

The physical book for this is probably going to be gorgeous based off of what I've seen but one thing that k
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
3 1/2 Stars.

The story was interesting and the illustrations are beautiful. I faced hard time getting through first few pages, that's the reason I have deducted the half star.

Overall, if you are looking for an emotional roller coaster short Graphic novel with a Happy ending , this will be it.
Amanda Lavelle
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors for kindly providing me with a digital copy of this book for review.
I don’t think the story to this graphic novel is going to be a big secret to anyone, it has been well established in cultural awareness for a number of decades, probably with thanks to the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and various film adaptations. Yet I’m willing to bet that not many people have actually read the original story. It is always my hope that when someone picks up a
Becky B
A graphic novel adaptation of the classic book by Leroux about a disfigured man who lives in the cellars of the Paris Opera House and becomes enchanted with the singer Christine Daaé. He at first convinces her he is her father’s ghost and trains her in singing, but later, as he gets more possessive, she finds out his true nature. It is then a challenge to outwit the Phantom so that Christine can marry the man she actually loves.

I have to confess I’ve never read the original, but from what I know
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was provided an advance copy of this work by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This is a wholly unimpressive adaptation of a complex, decadent work from the literary canon. Much of the original story is lost in an attempt to condense the story into a hundred or so page graphic novel, meaning that anyone unfamiliar with Leroux’s original story will likely be extremely confused. Original dialogue is lifted from the novel, but without the context of the rest of Leroux’s descriptive pros
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
What is novel about this edition of Leroux’s work is the comic format. This is a classic superhero style graphic telling the original story without deficiency. There is no significant deviation from the initial plot line. In this way I would highly recommend this publication to people that are die-hard Phantom of the Opera buffs.

Honestly, if this is your first journey into the story, you might be kind of disappointed. It flows with the assumption that the reader is aware of where the story mean
Liz (Quirky Cat)
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of The Phantom of the Opera in exchange for a fair and honest review.

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is really happening. There's a graphic novel adaptation of the classic novel, The Phantom of the Opera. Honestly, I almost find it more surprising that it's taken this long!

As a huge fan of The Phantom of the Opera, I knew that I had to give the graphic novel adaptation a try. Going into it, I obviously knew that some changes would arise, as is the case with any ad
I read the book ages ago (but don't remember it too well) and have seen multiple versions of the show, plus a few screen adaptations, so when I stumbled across this new graphic novel adaptation, I knew I had to give it a go.

I came away quite pleasantly surprised - despite being only 128 pages long, the author manages to fit in all salient plot points and it never reads hurried despite being somewhat condensed. The art is très Phantom - all gothic dark colours, opulent backgrounds and swirly deta
Elaine Howlin
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020, other, horror
A pretty faithful graphic novel adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s early 20th century novel. It runs through the story pretty quickly but the artwork is simply stunning. The depictions of the opera house are especially beautiful and I love the crypt creeperesque portrayal of the phantom.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel is a good adaptation of the novel. However, I wished the backstory of Erik and the Persian was also included in this adaptation to have a better understanding of the plot and the character back story.

Illustration-wise, it was atmospheric and I love the color scheme. I also like the Erik's illustration the most as it depicts the horror of how he was described in the book.
Anusha Narasimhan
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Kaylee Mitts
**Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review**

I enjoyed experiencing The Phantom of the Opera in a new way, but nothing will compare to the musical for me. The art style was good, although a bit creepy at times. I have not read the book this was based on written by Gaston Leroux, but I would like to someday. I'm interested to see what was left out in the musical. This graphic novel was slightly different from the musical, but I'm not sure how it co
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I am new to this story. I've heard enough references in popular culture but never actually seen the musical or read the book so I went into this graphic novel with little expectation. The cover is what drew me to the book. If that is what the cover looks like, I really wanted to see the inside. It was arresting and intriguing.
As other reviewers have said, the story seems highly condensed and some parts are difficult to follow. However, the broad strikes of the story were there. The emo
Gaynor Williams
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I saw this graphic novel I just had to give it a go as I love the musical and have seen it many times. I loved the artwork in the graphic novel but did on occasions find the font difficult to read, I was reading it on my Ipad mini. However, that being said I loved this and will probably buy my own copy as I read it in one go and could not put it down. My thanks to Diamond Book Distributors and #NetGalley for providing me with an advance reading copy of #ThePhantomoftheOperaTheGraphicNovel
Kenneth Roman
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A beautiful rendition of a classic. The illustrations by Varga Tomi are stunning and bring to life this timeless tale. They make a sometimes confusing original story into something understandable by all. Most changes to the narrative and/or dropping of story points from the original novel by Gaston Leroux fit very well with the story Tomi is telling. He kept the narrative focus on the three leads. A must read for any Phantom of the Opera fan or a great introduction. A nice addition to the ever g ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a fan of all things Phantom, I was excited to see a graphic novel adaptation. The artwork was, at times, lovely. I’m sure I’ll be adding this to my collection when it’s published.
Beautiful illustrations with slight tweaks to the classic story, carefully incorporated into a gothic setting. The Phantom himself was a but different but his originality was kept throughout the novel. Bravo Tomi for the effort you took to graph all the characters.

Thank you Varga Tomi, the publisher & Netgalley for the ARC. This is my own honest opinion.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it liked it
The cover of this book is gorgeous and I saw the Phantom of the Opera last year and loved the story, so I was excited to read this. For me, this was a good rendition of the story; however, it is a long story, so difficult to make in to 100 pages seamlessly. I do like that there is a lot of dialogue; however, some of the story felt quite rushed with little black text boxes of storyline to speed things up, where I would have preferred a longer book without the plot boxes. I found the art inside go ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gothic Monster
The original Gaston Leroux Phantom of the Opera is a great novel, and it does not get nearly as much attention as it should. The graphic novel is an abridged version of the original Phantom of the Opera. Though, with all retellings, there are always some parts of the original book that are left out. The major difference is the tone of the story, focusing more on the Gothic horror, and less on the mystery. With the aesthetics of the literal interpretation of the phantom’s skull-like
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