Title- The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Vol. 1.
Author- Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell.
Publish date- August 2014.
RRP- $19.99 (AUD)
A graphic novel adaptation, by seven artists, of the story of a boy called Nobody who lives in a graveyard.
Thank you to Bloomsbury for this review copy!
Image Source: Bloomsbury.
I listened to Neil Gaiman (the, I believe, perfect voice for this story) read the audiobook of The Graveyard book a few months before, and I adored it. The story is odd., intriguing, amusing and whimsically blunt at times, and always with that vein of darkness- Bod is living in a graveyard, afterall, and he's there because someone (who may still be after him) killed his family one night when he was just a baby, though really that dark fact can be sidetracked every now and then as Bod's adventures take up the page and your mind alike.
It's a very vivd story, the characters unique and clear in my mind, and though I had very few troubles with the graphic novel, the fact that these characters are now drawn, pictured before me as they are in someone else's imagination, that took me a little but of time to get used to.
There are 7 different illustrators working on this, basically one for each chapter + the interlude covered in this volume, and that really struck me as neat- each had a different way of conveying the story, representing the characters (the favourites of mine being Stephen B. Scott with the Interlude and Galen Showman with Chapter 4), though none of them, no matter how intricate or fascinating or enthralling, truly fit what I already thought. Some characters, like the Indigo Man and Silus and the Sleer, they just are what they are in your head, and whilst I was so intrigued by how these artists chose to represent the characters, I can't say they felt right to me.
Rating: Ooh, very good.
It was such a marvellous experience, and a different one from listening to the audio, reading/taking in the graphic novel, though- I was excited by it, diverted- and my attention was persistently held.
All I could think when I finished was that I truly, truly wanted to see how what happened next would appear, and I fully intend to find out.