Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1
Publisher/Year: Yen Press, 2010
Artist: Young Kim
Writer: Stephenie Meyer
I'll admit right now that I was not a fan of the movie, and I have not read the original novel. After watching The Twilight Saga: New Moon, I was hoping that this graphic novelization would inspire me to read the books. Not so much.
When it comes to the manga style, I'm fairly particular on what I like. Robotech and Yu-Gi-Oh I like, but I never cared for Naruto and One Piece. When I saw the previews for the graphic, I thought I would like it. The art wasn't too fantastic, and I thought that the black & white art was from the paper I read the preview. I understand that most manga is in B&W, but I am a huge fan of color. Color brings a great deal to the table in any media. It helps to add accents and drama. The color in this graphic is few and far between.
The characters from this graphic didn't give the feel of the characters from the movies. I enjoyed the constant look of uncomfortability on Jasper's face, and I really like Ashley Greene as Alice as opposed to the rendition portraited within this book. Like most manga, these American characters looks as though they were run through the Japanese machine before they were printed on these pages. This really ruined it for me.
If you are a teenage girl, or a die hard "twi-hard", you might enjoy this graphic. The story doesn't stick very close to the movie, but what movie does stay absolutely true to the original story?
If you have a friend who has a copy of this graphic, and you're in the mood to waste a few hours of your life, by all means go ahead and pick up this book and waste away. I do not recommend wasting your money, however. Save it for something you will enjoy, such as ice cream, chicken McNuggets or a rectal exam.