The Graveyard Book: Vol. 1 Graphic Novel Mini Review

The Graveyard Book: Vol. 1 Graphic Novel Mini ReviewThe Graveyard Book Volume One by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell
Series: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel #1
Published by HarperCollins on July 29, 2014
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 188
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four-half-stars

The first volume of a glorious two-volume, four-color graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book, adapted by P. Craig Russell and illustrated by an extraordinary team of renowned artists.

It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.

There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman's award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.

Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.

OH MAN! I loved this so much! I couldn’t put it down and read it in one sitting. I immediately picked up Volume 2 as soon as I finished. You’ll be able to find my review of Volume 2 here later today

I read Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book back when it was first published in 2007. I loved it! It was dark and creepy and just lovely. Bod was endearing and curious. He quickly became one of my favorite characters as well as the rest of the residents of the Graveyard. The Owenses and Silas and Liza have stuck with me for years.

This new adaptation of his story through the beautiful illustrations brought me back to the Graveyard and made me smile. Volume 1 encompasses the story form Chapter One to the Interlude in the original book. This graphic novel is sure to enthrall readers of all ages and will introduce many new readers to this wonderful story by Gaiman. With a few violent and gory scenes, I wouldn’t recommend it to any really young kids. The creativity of the story matches the graphic novel platform (a more creative and engaging experience for the reader).

The artwork is breathtaking and I couldn’t stop looking at it. After I finished, I went back and flipped through it just to admire the illustrations again. Each chapter is illustrated by a different artist. How cool is that? I really loved this aspect of the graphic novel! The ghosts are creative and individually unique from Roman figures to Victorian. I especially enjoyed the Indigo Man. The art flowed from each artist and worked well rather than being a distraction from the plot. It made for an interesting graphic novel full of beautiful artwork.

I’d highly recommend this graphic novel especially if you are a fan of the original book. It was amazing to visit the world within the gates of the Graveyard again and be reintroduced to all of the lovable characters again. The story in combination with the illustrations kept me interested until the very last page. Overall, it was another great graphic novel based on a story from an author who has brought me so many joyful nights’ reading.

four-half-stars
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Overall: five-stars

Jessie H.

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  1. […] you missed my review of Volume One, you can find it here. There are no spoilers in each post so you should be safe if you read this review before the other […]

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