Saturday, March 5, 2011

Twilight in Comics

You've read the books; you've seen the movies. What's next for the Twi-hard?

The Graphic Novel of course!

Illustrator Young Kim has taken Stephenie Meyer ever-popular series and created a beautiful graphic novel. If you aren't a fan of Twilight or of graphic novels, you might want to skip this one. However, if you appreciate either, you'll enjoy wiling away a couple hours with this book. It stays pretty tight to the story line, and puts pictures of someone other than Robert Pattinson in your book imagination. (Gratefully appreciated in my case.)

Volume 1 takes the reader up through the meadow scene of the first book, so we get to see Kim's vision of how vampires sparkle. Seriously disappointed in the movies. Pretty okay in the graphic novel. Still a fan of Buffy where vamps spontaneously combust in the sun.

Meyer approves so that's something. And some of the pages are truly beautiful. My only complaint is that the characters are so stylized that I had some trouble telling them apart. Full-color might have helped, but I realize that's pretty expensive to do.

Also for fans, it's not a word-for-word retelling. There are some scenes where the illustrator chose to let the frames tell the story. To veteran graphic novel readers, this may be no big. But for me, I miss some of the exposition.

Check it out if you're so inclined!

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