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Graphic Novel Review Roundup

I read seven graphic novels in about five days (around the totepack sewing schedule) in my rush to catch up on my Goodreads Challenge. I'm still behind. :P But I thought this would be a good chance to share some quick thoughts on these quick reads with those of you who, like I, don't get around to reading graphic novels and comics very often.

Darth Vader and Son is more of a one panel per page picture book; it's cute, silly, funny and short.

I've never read the Artemis Fowl novels, but the GN adaptations are quick ways to enjoy the same stories. Aside from the dialogue boxes, there are copious amounts of "thought boxes," too, giving us background narration from both Artemis and Holly. The result is a little crowded, but the GN would probably be a lot longer without them.

Amulet had a Miyazaki vibe: young girl finds stone of power and must save mother and world. The story clips along quickly with plenty of strange creatures, and the mix of action and the somewhat androgynous design of the heroine should keep the series appealing to boys and girls.

Stormbreaker's art took me back to my manga days. It's a YA adaptation, and the shonen-style art worked well for the action scenes. I haven't read the Alex Rider novel series, but I'd be interesting to see how the GN compares if any of you are willing to do some recon. ;)

Blue Bloods is an adaptation of a novel I have read and, despite the ridiculously fast romance and the details missing, the fact that it had to cut out so much of the teenage angst because of page count (and sitting around feeling angsty doesn't make a compelling visual) was a great change. The art has a nice style and matches the fashionable, rich New York setting. Although, it's kind of funny to see a novel like this reduced to just the main plot.

The Rise of Aurora West and I did not click. The book itself was significantly smaller than the others, more Reader's Digest-size, which made the many small frames per page problematic. The art style was not my favorite either; it kind of reminds me of old Cartoon Network shows (like Samurai Jack or Sym-Bionic Titan), but it's in black and white, and the multitude of lines without shades, especially around the monsters, got a little busy for my eyes.


  1. I really need to read some graphic novels, they look so fun but I have never picked one up
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. I definitely recommend checking out what the library has! Graphic novels can get a little pricey.