Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaption
Adaptor: Damian Duffy
Illustrator: John Jennings
Published: January 10, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: April 15-17, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars
I lost an arm on my last trip home.
Home is a new house with a loving husband in 1970s California that suddenly transformed in to the frightening world of the antebellum South.
Dana, a young black writer, can’t explain how she is transported across time and space to a plantation in Maryland. But she does quickly understand why: to deal with the troubles of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder–and her progenitor.
Her survival, her very existence, depends on it.
This searing graphic-novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s science fiction classic is a powerfully moving, unflinching look at the violent disturbing effects of slavery on the people it chained together, both black and white–and made kindred in the deepest sense of the word.
As you are aware, I previously read Kindred and loved it and read it again this month for #Diverseathon. I bought the graphic novel online from Book Outlet for just a few dollars, so with having Kindred fresh in my mind, I decided to read the graphic novel.
This graphic novel is an adaption and covers the whole story, some in shorter sections than the novel. I’m not going to talk about the story of Kindred, that review has been previously posted, I am going to to talk about the graphic novel. The illustrations do not enhance the story, they take away from it. I admittedly have not read many graphic novels, but this one disappoints. There is just something missing from the artwork, but really nothing could live up to Butler’s original novel. The artwork is just not pleasant for me to look at, and Dana just does not look feminine. The novel does capture the brutality of the antebellum world towards African Americans. The biggest thing for me with this graphic novel was when we reach the climax and then we get just one panel and then the epilogue! In my opinion a whole important section was reduced to just one panel!
I have included some pictures that show what the art work looks like. I gave the graphic novel 3 stars, which averages out the 5 star review of the story with the 2 star poor artwork.
The graphic novel is divided up into the same chapters at the novel. There were a few things I did like about the graphic novel: There is an introduction to the novel and Butler herself, a Q& A with the adaptor and illustrator, and notes on their process of the progression with the panel artwork. There is also a teacher’s guide.
I recommend you to read the novel version of Kindred and reader beware if you choose to read the graphic novel.
Suleika is having a US only giveaway: She is giving away a copy of Spy in the Struggle by Aya de Leon That information is here.
Author: Rayco Pulido
Published: August 18, 2020
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: September 27, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Barcelona, 1943. As a scriptwriter for a popular radio advice column, Laia is embroiled in the romantic entanglements of others. Each day, she reads letters from troubled wives and girlfriends recounting their partners’ abuses and tries her best to counsel them. In contrast, her own life seems perfectly ordered, with a devoted husband and a baby on the way. But when the city is terrorized by a vengeful killer, who leaves behind cryptic messages in blood alongside the mutilated bodies of married men ― while at the same time, Laia’s husband goes missing ― her world begins to come apart. Desperate to find her husband, she turns to Mauricio, a private eye practiced in hypnosis. During the course of his investigations, Mauricio soon suspects that there may be more to this unassuming young woman than meets the eye. Rendered in a clean-line chiaroscuro style and masterfully paced, Ghostwriter takes the reader on a wild ride full of twists and turns right through to its thrilling conclusion. Black & white illustrations.
Ghost Writer is a graphic novel, so it is a different type of read for me. It was a dark, disturbing read…. And I really enjoyed it!
This graphic novel is 96 pages of black and white illustrations divided among 18 ‘acts’. This is a crime noir story/thriller that won Spain’s National Comic award in 2017, and it is well worthy of that win! This is also Pulido’s English debut.
Ghost Writer is not for the ‘little ones’ as it is aimed for ages 16+. As one that doesn’t usually read graphic novels, I wasn’t sure if I was ‘getting the reading’, and then BAM: We get an unexpected twist. From that point I knew I was ‘getting it’ and really enjoyed this ‘different form of reading. I don’t think most readers will realize the twists, unless they read crime noir, then they might (well maybe….????)
If you like graphic novels and stories with a noir-ish detective story with some dark humor then Ghost Writer will be for you! Read Ghost Writer and meet a new to the USA author!
Many thanks to the publisher for granting me a copy via Amazon Vine.[Top]
Today Kim is bringing you a video review of the graphic novel Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Dave McKean.
Batman: Arkham Asylum – A Serious House on Serious Earth
Series: Batman: One-Shots
Author: Grant Morrison
Illustrator: Dave McKean
First Published: January 1, 1989
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars
Graphic Novel Description:
In this groundbreaking, painted graphic novel, the inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over Gotham’s detention center for the criminally insane on April Fools’ Day, demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to live and endure the personal hells of the Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison. During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knight’s own sanity is placed in jeopardy.
Kim’s Video Review: