Nowadays, people often opt for watching a movie rather than reading a book.
Statistics on reading are at an all-time low, and it might be a problem. In this article, we have gathered some brilliant comic books, hoping to spark your interest in this comic books.
According to statistics, the vast majority of people barely read one book per year. This might be because we’re always in a rush, or people are just getting lazier.
Reading is great for the brain as it can stimulate cognition like working out stimulates our muscles, and we should not forget about it. So, here is a list of quick and easy yet classic comics based on famous books.
ODY-C by Matt Fraction
ODY-C is a piece of antique literature with a modern twist. Based on Homer’s Odyssey, this comics is surely not as long and tedious as the original epic novel.
Although Odyssey has been an exciting read, the majority of folks only study it to write an obligatory essay for high-school. Which, if you don’t have 9 hours to spare (this is how long it takes to read the entire thing), EssayPro writers can do for you.
The visuals in this one are remarkable, but apart from this component, the novel is called “gender-bending” by many critics. The most outstanding feature is that the cast is almost entirely female.
The main character, Odyssia, comes in to replace the initial hero, Odyssey, on her trip to her home planet, Ithicaa.
Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton
If you are unfamiliar with the original, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, you should definitely pay attention to it. It is a dystopian novel about a man called Guy Montag, who lives in a world where books are entirely substituted with screens. Even worse, they are illegal.
The graphic novel has been fully curated by Ray Bradbury, and there is an exclusive foreword from the author of the original work. The illustrations are stunning, and the color scheme reflects the dystopian mood really well.
Tim Hamilton uses subdued colors to depict the atmosphere with bright reds, yellows, and orange highlighting the fires.
Pride and Prejudice by Nancy Butler
Marvel’s take on the classic novel by Jane Austen is a shortened version that is perfect for a younger audience. Five comic books combined in one volume also fit the needs of those who are in a rush or looking for an easy read.
The graphic novel was illustrated by Hugo Petrus. The artist managed to bring the nineteenth-century feel to the whole piece with a warm-toned color palette.
Unfortunately, the inside of the book looks nothing like the cover. The characters’ faces resemble each other a lot, and the whole story comes off as over-simplified. However, Pride and Prejudice has an extremely complicated plot that is nearly impossible to condense into a comic book without compromising some details.
The story will surely seem exciting to those unfamiliar with it. Yet, if you are looking to broaden your understanding of Jane Austen, you should look for other books of hers.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower
The illustrated version of the well-known book has received mostly positive reviews. It also got 9.2 points out of 10 from IGN, an entertainment and video game company.
The author, Eric Shanower, has done an excellent job of adapting the dialogues for a younger reader, without losing any details of the plot. A successful transformation of a classic book into a graphic novel is a rare occurrence. This one is an exceptionally good example.
Skottie Young, the artist behind this comic book, has created a unique world with his illustrations. They are vibrant, compelling, and unique. His choice of colors sets the mood perfectly, and the representation of Oz looks like what a child would see in dreams.
This adaptation is worth the time.
Frankenstein: Alive! Alive! by Steve Niles
A sequel of the classic sci-fi horror, illustrated by Bernie Wrightson, which happened to be his last project, deserves due recognition. The artwork is stunning.
Presented in black and white, it captures the characters’ emotions and reflects the mood perfectly. Although it has been finished by a different artist, Kelley Jones, even the last pages are nothing short of gorgeous.
Steve Niles has given the reader a thought-provoking look into the Frankenstein’s mind, with the monster acting like a mirror showing us our worst fears.
As you read the novel, you will easily empathize with the protagonist. It forces you to reflect on your own life in a way that no other comics would. The book is a short read, so don’t rush it, take it in, examine every page and every image.
Graphic novels are wonderful whether you are looking to escape the reality or to acquaint your kids with the classics in a way that they would understand and admire.
With books swiftly losing popularity among the youth, the creators are finding their ways to the younger generation. Reading should continue to live on in any form, and if it’s comic books, so be it.
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