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A respectable household is shocked when a strange police inspector visits them shortly after dinner... and proceeds to unravel their prejudices and lies. Through this almost surreal murder-mystery, Priestley interweaves social comment with a gripping story that twists and turns every few pages. True to the original vision of the author and featuring beautiful engaging artw A respectable household is shocked when a strange police inspector visits them shortly after dinner... and proceeds to unravel their prejudices and lies. Through this almost surreal murder-mystery, Priestley interweaves social comment with a gripping story that twists and turns every few pages. True to the original vision of the author and featuring beautiful engaging artwork, the book features the entire play, unabridged (in the original British English), as well as an illustrated Character List (Dramatis Personae), 132 pages of story artwork, and support material that details the life and work of J.B. Priestley - all beautifully presented in colour.An alternative text edition with simplified US dialogue is available in paperback enabling differentiation in the classroom.


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A respectable household is shocked when a strange police inspector visits them shortly after dinner... and proceeds to unravel their prejudices and lies. Through this almost surreal murder-mystery, Priestley interweaves social comment with a gripping story that twists and turns every few pages. True to the original vision of the author and featuring beautiful engaging artw A respectable household is shocked when a strange police inspector visits them shortly after dinner... and proceeds to unravel their prejudices and lies. Through this almost surreal murder-mystery, Priestley interweaves social comment with a gripping story that twists and turns every few pages. True to the original vision of the author and featuring beautiful engaging artwork, the book features the entire play, unabridged (in the original British English), as well as an illustrated Character List (Dramatis Personae), 132 pages of story artwork, and support material that details the life and work of J.B. Priestley - all beautifully presented in colour.An alternative text edition with simplified US dialogue is available in paperback enabling differentiation in the classroom.

30 review for An Inspector Calls: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Harriet

    I've always liked the play since I read it at school and the graphic novel was an easy way to re-read it in a different way. I've always liked the play since I read it at school and the graphic novel was an easy way to re-read it in a different way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    Wow wow wow! I had no idea what this book was about I checked it out on a whim and it has been sitting on my bed side table for months. I read it in one sitting today! I am still thinking it over.... A great fun masterpiece. Highly recommended

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    A family dinner quickly turns wrong when an inspector comes to "inspect" their lives. The truth hidden under these pleasant facades is dug up, and the ugliness of each character is brought to light. A dramatis personae with busts is right at the beginning as all the characters are quickly introduced in succession. All the characters expressions and manners are very reserved, as befits the time period, for this is the era of industrialization; business grows for the upper class, social unrest bre A family dinner quickly turns wrong when an inspector comes to "inspect" their lives. The truth hidden under these pleasant facades is dug up, and the ugliness of each character is brought to light. A dramatis personae with busts is right at the beginning as all the characters are quickly introduced in succession. All the characters expressions and manners are very reserved, as befits the time period, for this is the era of industrialization; business grows for the upper class, social unrest breaks out in the lower, and war looms. This is the setting for their mindset, and is important to understand for a graphic novel full of dialogue. Little action occurs and what dramatic effect there is comes from the lighting rather than movement or expression. Dialogue happens to be the inspectors strength, as he manipulates each persons feelings of guilt. He reveals his information at his own discretion, never letting onto what else he knows, letting his target fill in the blanks. Slowly he draws out the facts, using this pressure tactic. Finally at the end all propriety is lost, blame is tossed around, and this reserved family breaks down into its true self. After the inspector leaves, the family discovers he was not a real inspector, immediately the mother and father try and pretend nothing happened, while the daughter and son learned a lesson about caring for others in the changing world, and responsibility they have for their own actions. The fiance of the daughter deduces that they were duped, they can't be sure that the supposed dead girl they all knew was one and the same, and even calls the morgue to confirm there is no dead girl. The end takes a rather odd turn, a supernatural twist that shakes everyone up, and leaves the audience questioning things. Did these people in a drunken state of guilt confess (they did drink port at the beginning), was the inspector a metaphor for social change, or was it a divine being, Justice herself, that decided to give them a chance to repent.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bindu

    great story and perspective! and its a graphic novel!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Bessey

    Though the version represented here is the "Original Text" version, I read the "Quick Text" version, which I guess is better adapted for US audiences. This book was recommended to me by my father-in-law who enjoys mystery and who dunnit tales. I somewhat enjoy mystery and can say this was a good read. I started reading this tale thinking it was a murder mystery done in the fashion of Clue. I will say it was laid out in an interesting way and having the graphic novel version to read instead of read Though the version represented here is the "Original Text" version, I read the "Quick Text" version, which I guess is better adapted for US audiences. This book was recommended to me by my father-in-law who enjoys mystery and who dunnit tales. I somewhat enjoy mystery and can say this was a good read. I started reading this tale thinking it was a murder mystery done in the fashion of Clue. I will say it was laid out in an interesting way and having the graphic novel version to read instead of reading the novel probably made it more enjoyable. It also helped to keep track of characters. Pros: interesting story and presentation. Cons: even in graphic form, the illustration and dialogue seemed overly dramatic Bottom line: very quick read and good for "something different"

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elaine White

    Really loved this play when I was in school and it was recommended reading. One of the only books the school got us to read that I actually fell in love with. It works perfectly in graphic novel format. The story still shines, the colours do a great job of indicating mood, atmosphere and singling out the flashbacks. Really well executed gritty and realistic artwork that captures the mood of the story and its setting. I'll be buying more Classic Comics in the future. Really loved this play when I was in school and it was recommended reading. One of the only books the school got us to read that I actually fell in love with. It works perfectly in graphic novel format. The story still shines, the colours do a great job of indicating mood, atmosphere and singling out the flashbacks. Really well executed gritty and realistic artwork that captures the mood of the story and its setting. I'll be buying more Classic Comics in the future.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    One of my favourite plays, and this is the entire script beautifully drawn and performed. The characterisation remains clear and the message is just as affecting. The format means the experience of the story is different to watching a stage version; we create the action and empathy is more personal. Wexare not watching, we are involved. I loved this adaption and it has become an instant treasure to me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heli

    An Inspector Calls A very poignant play about how our. Human society treats our fellow humans which sadly reflects our biter treatment of refugees and those who desperately need our help but appeal to only deaf ears.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anne-Marie

    A MUST READ. I CAN'T EMPHASISE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Astoundingly good. The illustrations were beautiful, the glossy finish and the gripping narrative that made me "ooo and ahh". This got me into graphic novels and classic lit (although I haven't ventured too far yet). A MUST READ. I CAN'T EMPHASISE HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Astoundingly good. The illustrations were beautiful, the glossy finish and the gripping narrative that made me "ooo and ahh". This got me into graphic novels and classic lit (although I haven't ventured too far yet).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    This took me a little bit to get into but once I got more into the story it was really interesting. I got hooked on each characters side of the story and wanted to know more. Very interesting. Can't wait to read some more classical graphic novels This took me a little bit to get into but once I got more into the story it was really interesting. I got hooked on each characters side of the story and wanted to know more. Very interesting. Can't wait to read some more classical graphic novels

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Byde

    great pace

  12. 5 out of 5

    Suzzi

    Grabs one’s attention, but theme may be inappropriate for classroom

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Very engaging and nail biting retelling of the Priestley’s dramatic mystery classic

  14. 5 out of 5

    Siddhartha

    This is a very intense story. Worth giving it a try.

  15. 5 out of 5

    BMK

    Good story well adapted as a comic. Would love to see it as the original play.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maryke

    What a life lesson!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan Key

    Very simplistic but i like the story and the art. Difficult to follow at some points.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Thought provoking. I watched the movie first. Came across the play script as an original text graphic novel. Enjoyable read. https://m.imdb.com/title/tt4271918/ Thought provoking. I watched the movie first. Came across the play script as an original text graphic novel. Enjoyable read. https://m.imdb.com/title/tt4271918/

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kas

    Great adaption to graphic novel which made it readable end enjoyable

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    I've always liked this play, it's a great story with some important points about how our actions affect other people's lives. I also love the mystery of Inspector Goole. The story was just as good in comic form, just wish I'd read the version with the original text instead of the quick text edition (although this version was still good). I've always liked this play, it's a great story with some important points about how our actions affect other people's lives. I also love the mystery of Inspector Goole. The story was just as good in comic form, just wish I'd read the version with the original text instead of the quick text edition (although this version was still good).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emma Dargue

    Interesting graphic novel of one of my favourite plays that highlights the true outcomes when cruelty and indifference reign and how class structure messed up people's reactions and actions to situations. Interesting graphic novel of one of my favourite plays that highlights the true outcomes when cruelty and indifference reign and how class structure messed up people's reactions and actions to situations.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lissibith

    Its always nice to see a comic book adaptation that feels like a solid version in its own right, rather than a conversion to comics in order to "dumb it down" and try to appeal to people for whom theater or novel-reading aren't pursuits they choose to follow. Comics are not shorthand for "for idiots" as some conversions seem to believe. I haven't seen the stage version of this, but I suspect I would like it based on this. Solid plot, interesting characters, a hair too much heavy-handedness in its Its always nice to see a comic book adaptation that feels like a solid version in its own right, rather than a conversion to comics in order to "dumb it down" and try to appeal to people for whom theater or novel-reading aren't pursuits they choose to follow. Comics are not shorthand for "for idiots" as some conversions seem to believe. I haven't seen the stage version of this, but I suspect I would like it based on this. Solid plot, interesting characters, a hair too much heavy-handedness in its lesson, and a good if tenuous mystery all make the heart of this story rather exciting and made the whole book a compelling read. Finishing a comic book in one sitting is my preferred way of reading them anyway, but this one refused to be put down once I really got into the story. The art has a lot of work to do, as the entire story (with the exception of memories) takes place in the same location and features a number of characters who look very similar. There's pretty much no action either. It's really yeoman's work, and the artist pulls it off rather well. In the end, this tale about classism, social responsibility and plain morality is enjoyable but may not be your cup of tea if you're particularly sensitive to taking discussions and stories about -isms as personal attacks upon yourself.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gregor

    I haven't read this since I was 14 at school and I remember thoroughly enjoying the play anyway, but I enjoyed it even more as a graphic novel! I loved reading a graphic novel adaptation of a play, as it meant you could visualise everything that the playwright intended but without going to see a production. I loved being able to visualise the characters and watch them move around etc. As for the story, I love the way it strips the family down and shows that perfect seeming families are never perfe I haven't read this since I was 14 at school and I remember thoroughly enjoying the play anyway, but I enjoyed it even more as a graphic novel! I loved reading a graphic novel adaptation of a play, as it meant you could visualise everything that the playwright intended but without going to see a production. I loved being able to visualise the characters and watch them move around etc. As for the story, I love the way it strips the family down and shows that perfect seeming families are never perfect. I love the slightly supernatural element of it and the mystery aspect. It's well written and just a short and enjoyable read! My only issue is with the illustrations. I liked them, but at times it was hard to distinguish between two of the male characters which was which, and the same for two of the female characters, which confused me a few times. They were detailed in some frames but not in others, which was okay but sometimes they were not as pleasing to look at. Definitely going to look into graphic novel adaptations of plays in the future.

  24. 5 out of 5

    The Book Lender

    In pre-WW1 Britain, a well-to-do family is celebrating the engagement of their daughter to a young industrialist. Their revelries are cut short when an inspector calls about the death of a young woman. I could tell early on that there was more going on than was immediately apparent. I had fun guessing where the twists and turns would take the story, and was never more than half right in my predictions. It is hard to talk about the plot without spoilers, but things are never as they seem. I quite In pre-WW1 Britain, a well-to-do family is celebrating the engagement of their daughter to a young industrialist. Their revelries are cut short when an inspector calls about the death of a young woman. I could tell early on that there was more going on than was immediately apparent. I had fun guessing where the twists and turns would take the story, and was never more than half right in my predictions. It is hard to talk about the plot without spoilers, but things are never as they seem. I quite enjoyed the graphical rendition of the story, although at times it was difficult to tell some of the characters apart - especially early on.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    4.5 What a brilliant play and graphic novel! I had heard of it, of course, but never found the time or inclination to read it. So happy I finally did. I literally forgot where I was (train), so engrossed was I in the story and art.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    a good read. I really liked the "flash back" illustrations". a good read. I really liked the "flash back" illustrations".

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aisling

    Great aid for students who aren't the fastest readers and have difficulty keeping track of character switches or who remains on or off stage. Great aid for students who aren't the fastest readers and have difficulty keeping track of character switches or who remains on or off stage.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Umer

    Good

  29. 4 out of 5

    Garnett

    Heavy handed social commentary and the art work isn't very good. Heavy handed social commentary and the art work isn't very good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bill C

    Technically, I think it's a "graphic play." Technically, I think it's a "graphic play."

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