Sunday, September 26, 2010
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the graphic novel by Tony Lee
Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: the graphic novel
Author: Tony Lee (adapter), Jane Austen (author), Seth Grahame-Smith (author), Cliff Richards (illustrator)
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Del Rey (May 4, 2010)
Genre: Graphic Novel
Rating: 3 out of 5
This is a graphic novel of the mash up of Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice with Seth Grahame-Smith's. The mash up is adapted by Tony Lee, who has worked extensively in comics for the last six years, including writing for such licenses as X-Men, Spider Man, Starship Troopers, Wallace & Gromit, Shrek and Doctor Who. His critically acclaimed graphic novel ‘Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood’ has been announced as a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2009.
Illustrator Cliff Richards is a veteran artist best known for his five-year run on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics series. He has also worked on several projects for other comics publishers, including Birds of Prey, Huntress, and Wonder Woman for DC Comics, and Rogue, Excalibur, and New Thunderbolts for Marvel Comics.
If you want more gore and less story, then read this graphic novel instead of the book. There's definitely more zombie splicing, heads rolling and women kicking A in the graphic novel. What's missing, though, is the hilarious nature of the original mash up. In my original review, I did like the goriness of the illustrations, and I think Richards does a fabulous job of illustrating macabre, but I miss the humor.
Some books that I actually enjoyed when they turned into novels:
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Twilight the graphic novel adapted by Young Kim
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer, adapted by Andrew Donkin
Any graphic novels that you prefer over the book?