In recent years we have seen a trend to take classic works which have passed into the public domain and either reinterpret them (Wicked for example) or just present them to a new audience. So for this week’s Sunday Comics issue I’m going to review a few of these works in graphic novel form.
Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carol
This classic work of children’s literature is creatively adapted into a somewhat manga style by Rob Espinosa. It’s been a while since I’ve read Carol’s original work but to my recollection Espinosa’s adaption is true to the original. Well drawn and colored, the comic has been out for a few years now. This hardcover edition weighs in at 128 pages and is scheduled for release February 12th, 2013 from Dark Horse Comics. I read this as a review copy from the publisher, however you can find it for pre-order at Amazon.
If you are looking for a way to introduce someone to Carol’s original Wonderland I would recommend this one.
Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
Another example of a classic redone in a manga style, OZ: The Manga by David Hutchison does a wonderful job of taking Baum’s original work and translate it into a somewhat more modern style. Hutchison takes the original style of the OZ illustrations, which had what we might now call a Steampunk feel and enhanced that vision. I can’t say I’ve read the original Wizard of Oz beyond the first chapter but from what I understand of the story this is a good adaption as opposed to a retelling. I read this in digital form purchased on my iPod, it can be found at Amazon here.
I would definitely recommend this one for its great art backed by a classic story.
Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I grew up a big fan of Conan Doyle’s archetypal sleuth Sherlock Holmes, I was introduced to these works in version presented on Mystery! with Jeremy Brett in the title role. I later moved on to read many of the mysteries. This graphic novel version of Hound of the Baskervilles by Patrick Thorpe and Jamie Chase takes the original story and translates it faithfully into the graphic format. I was very pleased with the effort they took to remain true to the master’s work. The art of this book is very well done, however to be honest it wasn’t my thing. This one I also am reviewing from a copy I received from the publisher, Dark Horse. You can pre-order a copy for the early March release here.
This one is a must buy for fans of the works of Conan Doyle.
So that’s it for this week’s issue of Sunday Comics, catch you next week.