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Gris Grimly, the New York Times bestselling artist and creator of the beloved Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, has long considered Mary Shelley's classic tale of terror to be one of his greatest inspirations. He is now paying homage to it with a lavishly illustrated full-length adaptation, the first of its kind in this or any format. The tale of the hubris o Gris Grimly, the New York Times bestselling artist and creator of the beloved Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, has long considered Mary Shelley's classic tale of terror to be one of his greatest inspirations. He is now paying homage to it with a lavishly illustrated full-length adaptation, the first of its kind in this or any format. The tale of the hubris of Victor Frankenstein, the innocence of his monstrous creation, and the darkest desires of the human heart have never been more vividly represented on the page. Using an abridged version of the original text, Gris has created an experience that is part graphic novel, part prose novel, and all Gris Grimly: a bold sewing-together of elements both classic and contemporary. Beautifully terrifying and terrifyingly beautiful, this is Frankenstein as you've never seen it before.


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Gris Grimly, the New York Times bestselling artist and creator of the beloved Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, has long considered Mary Shelley's classic tale of terror to be one of his greatest inspirations. He is now paying homage to it with a lavishly illustrated full-length adaptation, the first of its kind in this or any format. The tale of the hubris o Gris Grimly, the New York Times bestselling artist and creator of the beloved Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness, has long considered Mary Shelley's classic tale of terror to be one of his greatest inspirations. He is now paying homage to it with a lavishly illustrated full-length adaptation, the first of its kind in this or any format. The tale of the hubris of Victor Frankenstein, the innocence of his monstrous creation, and the darkest desires of the human heart have never been more vividly represented on the page. Using an abridged version of the original text, Gris has created an experience that is part graphic novel, part prose novel, and all Gris Grimly: a bold sewing-together of elements both classic and contemporary. Beautifully terrifying and terrifyingly beautiful, this is Frankenstein as you've never seen it before.

30 review for Gris Grimly's Frankenstein

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    wow. woW. WOW. I FREAKING LOVED THIS. The art was AMAZING.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I think about “Frankenstein” (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) a lot. Yes, I know how that sounds, and I don’t care. I think about the nineteen-year-old girl who wrote it. She had recently given birth to her second child, the first one having died just a few months before. She knew that she would be a social pariah for the rest of her life, for having had the audacity to run away with and bear the children of a man she wasn’t married to. The weather that year was atrocious and there was I think about “Frankenstein” (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...) a lot. Yes, I know how that sounds, and I don’t care. I think about the nineteen-year-old girl who wrote it. She had recently given birth to her second child, the first one having died just a few months before. She knew that she would be a social pariah for the rest of her life, for having had the audacity to run away with and bear the children of a man she wasn’t married to. The weather that year was atrocious and there wasn’t much to do for Mary but to stay inside and write. That combination of hormones, grief, angst and probably seasonal affective disorder – added to the incredibly sharp intelligence she had developed over her highly unorthodox upbringing, proved to be a fertile creative brew, and would color the lines of what is, arguably, the first science-fiction novel. Gris Grimly has obviously thought about it a lot as well. He cares about Mrs. Shelley’s creation very deeply, and has captured it stunningly in this illustrated version of the story. Now it might sound a bit obvious, but you have to like his style in order to enjoy this, so Google extensively before you commit. I would call the art “whimsical Goth”, for lack of a better description; sort of Tim Burton-esque, but a bit darker and less cutesy. I’m quite fond of that style, having been brought up on “The Nightmare Before Christmas”, and while I had never pictured Victor and his Creature quite the way Grimly drew them, it was beautiful and unique enough for me to fall madly in love with this book. The illustrations are lovingly detailed and surprisingly expressive. It’s easy to forget that the novel contains a lot of very strong, bombastic emotions: it was written as part of the Romantics movement, after all, and they were a crowd well-known for feeling things a little intensely. I'd recommend taking one's time with each page to truly appreciate the meticulousness of Grimly's work, especially the pages dedicated to the Creature's tale, which contain no dialogue. It has been a while since I’d read the original novel, and it was lovely to be reminded of the philosophical aspects of the story: no one has ever framed the idea of asking one’s creator about their purpose (and holding them accountable for their creation) better than Mary Shelley, and Grimly’s gorgeous and grotesque art really brings it beautifully to life. This book could definitely appeal to people who find the style of the novel to be too ponderous to enjoy: there is plenty of text here, but the illustrations lighten it up significantly. In his afterword, Grimly theorizes that monster fans are either Dracula people or Frankenstein people; it goes without saying what camp I fall into, but he does have a point – I like my speculative fiction gritty, thought-provoking and philosophical. If you like the great Mary Shelley’s masterpiece, check this one out!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melki

    "Cursed Creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?" The classic tale of man and monster is given new life by Gris Grimly's atmospheric artwork. The story is presented in a visually exciting style that mixes text, handwritten letters, and Grimly's eerie art. Some pages are very text-heavy, while others, including the monster's account of his dealings with the outside world feature a series of nearly wordless panels. I found this "quiet" section of th "Cursed Creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?" The classic tale of man and monster is given new life by Gris Grimly's atmospheric artwork. The story is presented in a visually exciting style that mixes text, handwritten letters, and Grimly's eerie art. Some pages are very text-heavy, while others, including the monster's account of his dealings with the outside world feature a series of nearly wordless panels. I found this "quiet" section of the book to be the most powerful, and also deeply moving. Whether you've read the original story or not, this is an enjoyable rendition that will leave you wondering about the identity of the true monster. "I am thy creature: I ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel who thou drivest from joy for no misdeed."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    We've probably all seen at least one of the movies (my favorite is still Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein. Lon Chaney as the Wolfman, Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Glenn Strange as the Monster. If you haven't seen it you've missed out on great comedy. Check it out. 😊) This book is an excellent retelling. It highlights the best parts to keep the story easy to follow. The art is great and really adds a powerful visual. We've probably all seen at least one of the movies (my favorite is still Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein. Lon Chaney as the Wolfman, Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Glenn Strange as the Monster. If you haven't seen it you've missed out on great comedy. Check it out. 😊) This book is an excellent retelling. It highlights the best parts to keep the story easy to follow. The art is great and really adds a powerful visual.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)

    I love the story, hate the illustrations. They're not a style that I enjoy, so I think I'll stick to reading the original. I love the story, hate the illustrations. They're not a style that I enjoy, so I think I'll stick to reading the original.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Harlee

    I tend to avoid these kinds of books but I really enjoyed it! From the moment I saw this book I knew I needed to own it. I first read Frankenstein years ago in high school and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Reading this book reminded me of those days reading it in school. I wouldn't say you need to read the original before this but I'm glad I did. Though he does use the majority of Mary Shelley's text there are some passages just conveyed with pictures and because I have already read it I I tend to avoid these kinds of books but I really enjoyed it! From the moment I saw this book I knew I needed to own it. I first read Frankenstein years ago in high school and was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Reading this book reminded me of those days reading it in school. I wouldn't say you need to read the original before this but I'm glad I did. Though he does use the majority of Mary Shelley's text there are some passages just conveyed with pictures and because I have already read it I was able to think, "oh yeah, and then that happened". Overall I think Gris Grimly did a wonderful job bringing this story to life. The pictures were creepy yet beautifully done, especially Elizabeth and the monster. There was a steampunk theme to them, which I'm not a huge steampunk fan, but it didn't bother me at all. I'm very happy with my purchase of this book and it looks gorgeous on my bookshelf!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    GRAPHIC NOVEL CATEGORY The only reason this book got an okay is because the text is Mary Shelley's. I have a lot of beef with this book, and that may be because I am a bit of a literary snob. But please, hear me out. This is a graphic representation of Shelley's classic. In case you're not familiar with the story, Viktor Frankenstein creates a living body from dead ones. He freaks out when it comes alive and runs away; the creature must fend for itself and although he isn't inherently evil, takes GRAPHIC NOVEL CATEGORY The only reason this book got an okay is because the text is Mary Shelley's. I have a lot of beef with this book, and that may be because I am a bit of a literary snob. But please, hear me out. This is a graphic representation of Shelley's classic. In case you're not familiar with the story, Viktor Frankenstein creates a living body from dead ones. He freaks out when it comes alive and runs away; the creature must fend for itself and although he isn't inherently evil, takes a bitter view on the world because of his abandonment. The creature kills, Frankenstein is upset, and ultimately Frankenstein and his creation are doomed in an icy wasteland. I hope I didn't spoil too much for you. Now, on with my critique. I didn't expect it to have her original text, but I was rather pleased when I realized it did . . . until I saw it coupled with the illustrations. The illustrations are whimsical and ultimately grotesque. The characters are ugly, the pictures seem dirty, and there are skulls and bones everywhere. The beauty of this story, for me, was that when I read it for the first time, the characters seemed real. Although Frankenstein's creation was fantastical, the story was not. That's what grips you: the seeming reality of it all. Grimly has distorted this reality into a fantastical story, which I personally did not appreciate. I think the story lost some of it's punch, some of it's value, due to these illustrations. This is my main issue with this story, although it may not be a problem for other readers. But who are these other readers? This is marketed as a YA lit book, but I really don't see many teens getting through it. Sure, they might do a better job than going through the original Frankenstein novel, but it's the same text. The beginning of the book starts our with the letter from Captain Walton to his sister--six pages of letters in a script font (difficult to read) that I quite frankly don't think many teens will make it through. But maybe I'm wrong, and it's just the literary snob in me that makes me really dislike this book (although I'm really not a fan of grotesque illustrations).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Wiebke (1book1review)

    This was the perfect combination of text and illustration. The tedious long winded writing that stopped my enjoyment of the original novel was replaced by engaging images. The atmosphere created by the original text passages and Grimly's illustrations told the story in a vivid and capturing way I missed in the full novel. I found myself immersed in the story and world and just flew through it. I can recommend this to fans of the novel as well as to people struggling with the full length text, or This was the perfect combination of text and illustration. The tedious long winded writing that stopped my enjoyment of the original novel was replaced by engaging images. The atmosphere created by the original text passages and Grimly's illustrations told the story in a vivid and capturing way I missed in the full novel. I found myself immersed in the story and world and just flew through it. I can recommend this to fans of the novel as well as to people struggling with the full length text, or just anyone who loves to read graphic novels.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Debra Palmer

    The story is about Victor Frankenstein and becoming so obsessed with science that he creates a creature. After creating the creature Victor wants nothing to do with it, so he lets it run wild. During this time of being free the creature wants what everyone else has and that is love. After a failed attempt of love and acceptance the creature goes and kills Victor's youngest brother. This starts an ultimatum that the creature gives to Victor and that is to create a female for the creature. If Vict The story is about Victor Frankenstein and becoming so obsessed with science that he creates a creature. After creating the creature Victor wants nothing to do with it, so he lets it run wild. During this time of being free the creature wants what everyone else has and that is love. After a failed attempt of love and acceptance the creature goes and kills Victor's youngest brother. This starts an ultimatum that the creature gives to Victor and that is to create a female for the creature. If Victor does this the two creatures will leave Europe and go to South America never to be heard of again. Will Victor end the murders by creating a female creature or does Victor have another plan? I became wrapped up in this book the minute I picked it up. The text is assembled form the original text by Mary Shelley, so for me that made the story much more easier to follow. I didn't need to get into details that made the book better, but also longer. I liked that Gris Grimly kept true to the characters of Victor Frankenstein and the monster. Mr. Grimly's use of steampunk graphics made the story more modern and also very bleak and barren. He kept to very neutral tones and shades of light green. When there was a glimpse of joy or happiness Mr. Grimly used colors of spring that were relaxing and joyful. The pictures were very modern and had very hard lines to them. I found them to be very appropriate to go along with the steampunk theme of an industrial era. monsters, murder, love, family, friends Recommended Age 14-17

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amber Marshall

    I consider myself Team Dracula (not trying to be meme-ish, just referencing Grimly's afterword), but when it came to reading both novels, both of which I believe I read on my own, not in a class, I couldn't get through Dracula. Somewhere in the middle of the umpteenth letter pledging eternal friendship to one another, I got sick of the twee and said "screw it." I ended up much preferring Frankenstein, when I got to it. Maybe Mary Shelley's writing style appeals to me more than Bram Stoker's. I s I consider myself Team Dracula (not trying to be meme-ish, just referencing Grimly's afterword), but when it came to reading both novels, both of which I believe I read on my own, not in a class, I couldn't get through Dracula. Somewhere in the middle of the umpteenth letter pledging eternal friendship to one another, I got sick of the twee and said "screw it." I ended up much preferring Frankenstein, when I got to it. Maybe Mary Shelley's writing style appeals to me more than Bram Stoker's. I somehow ended up with a small sort of pocket-book sized comic book ("Classics Illustrated" version talked about here http://finalgirl.blogspot.com/2009/12...) of Dracula years ago and found that more engaging. My husband got me this graphic novel for my Halloween birthday as an appropriately spooky gift. I thought it would be as engaging as the Dracula one (styles VERY different). Now I have to issue a disclaimer here: I'm not immediately shocked and turned off by freaky illustrations, dark stuff, some gore, surrealist illustration, etc. And I think the illustrations are very well done, and intentionally have that Tim Burton/American McGee/Todd McFarlane vibe because let's face it, necromancy is gross. And things are ugly. It's kind of interesting that all the characters look like gothy Tim Burton characters. So good job to Grimly for getting that feeling across. One thing that irrationally bothered me is that Frankenstein didn't seem to do that great a job of cobbling his monsters together. He has the bride almost done and I'm looking at her like, "Vic, you don't even have her leg attached all the way, she's missing a foot, WTF sloppy work dude." Granted I'm not sure how he could spend months assembling "parts" and not have those parts rot completely away by the time he wants to use them, but disbelief suspended I guess (clever, Mary Shelley, evading having to come up with HOW he did it by having him loath to tell anyone lest they follow in his footsteps). I know all the text is from the book but I don't think it's ALL of the text from the book and maybe that's why I wasn't as jazzed about this comic as I remember being about the novel itself. I think I'll have to reread the original and see. I am interested in checking out some of Grimly's graphic-novelizations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Feyas

    Gris Grimly is now one of my favorite people, because his version of Frankenstein is the most incredible thing I've read this year. I read the original by Mary Shelly and, at risk of being hanged, hated it. She was to descriptive for my tastes and it took to long to get to the meat and potatoes of the story. I completly understand that she needed to describe the beauty of the Alps and that there just are not enough words to complete that task. However, for a plot driven reader like me, it's just Gris Grimly is now one of my favorite people, because his version of Frankenstein is the most incredible thing I've read this year. I read the original by Mary Shelly and, at risk of being hanged, hated it. She was to descriptive for my tastes and it took to long to get to the meat and potatoes of the story. I completly understand that she needed to describe the beauty of the Alps and that there just are not enough words to complete that task. However, for a plot driven reader like me, it's just a bunch of stuff to trudge through until I get to the story. Grimly remedied all of that and I was finally able to see the amazing story that everyone else so loved. I now proudly and with joy join the hords of Frankenstein lovers world wide. I was nearly overcome by tears at the end of the story. It made me sad and happy all at once to finish the book. The art was also just plain fantastic. I loved the tone scenes took on and thought it was prefect for the novel. I enjoyed seeing the illustrations as much as I enjoyed reading the rich language the book uses. Overall I can not say enough how in love with this book I am and I'm really upset that I borrowed a friend's copy. l now have to return it and buy my own. If you are even remotely curious about the book, read it. If you hated the original, read it. If you love every incarnation if Frankenstein, read it. If you have never encountered Frankenstein, read it. In short, read it, read it, read it, read it, read it, and for a little change of pace read it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    DNF at Page 26. I was expecting this to be a graphic novel interpretation, rather than an illustrated version of the story, and I don't really feel like rereading a book that I didn't care much for, even if interesting illustrations are involved. DNF at Page 26. I was expecting this to be a graphic novel interpretation, rather than an illustrated version of the story, and I don't really feel like rereading a book that I didn't care much for, even if interesting illustrations are involved.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dov Zeller

    I feel pretty mixed about this book. It's a beautiful artifact, with lovely paper and a richness with its earth tones and scripted letters (straight from the novel, I think) and tim burton meets steampunk (?) aesthetic. But alas, the "handwritten" scripted letters I found so difficult to read, I skipped them. And the aesthetic, though compelling in its way, didn't match the tone of the story. Or, maybe I just didn't get it. Everyone is basically ghastly and so the monster's monstrosity is matched I feel pretty mixed about this book. It's a beautiful artifact, with lovely paper and a richness with its earth tones and scripted letters (straight from the novel, I think) and tim burton meets steampunk (?) aesthetic. But alas, the "handwritten" scripted letters I found so difficult to read, I skipped them. And the aesthetic, though compelling in its way, didn't match the tone of the story. Or, maybe I just didn't get it. Everyone is basically ghastly and so the monster's monstrosity is matched if not exceeded by that of his human creator and company. I know I am meant to feel compassion for the monster who is created against his will (no one exactly chooses to be born, and this becomes metaphorical on many levels) by a creator who refuses to make for him a 'helpmeet' (as if, in the garden of Eden, Adam asks for a companion and God says, 'okay' but then realizes the two might hate each other and the 'helpmeet' might be even more monstrous than that first golem created of earth. And so God does no such thing and Adam is left alone and, tormented by his loneliness and isolation, destroys all the other creatures God adores. But in this version of the myth, of course, science has rendered humans almost god-like creators. A theme that is still relevant and perhaps becomes more relevant as genetic and robotic technology grows.) Parts of the original novel ring clearly and stand out in this adaptation--the case of Franknstein's poor judgment created by cold ambition; VF having to bear witness as others suffer the consequences of his actions and his powerlessness and inability to undo the horrors he has created (without consideration for possible outcomes); the depravity that can come from guilt and shame and loss; the profound sorrow of the outcast that can understandably turn to violence and/or illness. And the question or illusion of choice (or of having at any turn a good choice and a bad choice. For VF, at a certain point, none of his choices can be 'good' choices. And so, are they choices at all?) this book is, like the original, a philosophically and existentially rich exploration. But I found it hard to care about the characters because the art is consistently grotesque and the characters sort of exaggerated and one-dimensional. that said, I'm glad I read it and Bernie Wrightson's older graphic adaptation from the library (an influential graphic adaptation by Wrightson, who wrote a forward to this book.) adding this link just for fun since I came across it today http://www.jspowerhour.com/comics/57

  14. 4 out of 5

    Zaz

    The story was good, but I've no idea if it was faithful to the novel or not, having read it a loooong time ago. The events unfolded nicely, with a good pace, many dramatic events and interesting ethical questions (yep, science without conscience is the ruin of your life and you'll unleash terrible things on the world). The story was presented in a good variety of formats, not always conventional in a graphic novel (letters, strips without text, full page illustrations, boxes near the text, etc) The story was good, but I've no idea if it was faithful to the novel or not, having read it a loooong time ago. The events unfolded nicely, with a good pace, many dramatic events and interesting ethical questions (yep, science without conscience is the ruin of your life and you'll unleash terrible things on the world). The story was presented in a good variety of formats, not always conventional in a graphic novel (letters, strips without text, full page illustrations, boxes near the text, etc) and there was a lot of text, giving the impression to read a shorter and illustrated version of the novel rather than a graphic novel. I found the read visually pleasant, and even if the artwork wasn't totally for my tastes, it perfectly conveyed the emotions, the atmosphere and the gothic side (with a touch of steampunk). The important characters were of course featured, with Frankenstein, his family, Monster, etc, each having traits that I succeeded to recognize at first glance so I suppose they came from some visual adaptation I stumbled on at some point. The choice for Monster's design was different from the usual but it really enhanced the sense of horror, which was nice and a better way to show why people were afraid of him or disgusted. I especially loved when Monster's told his debut through a story without text, it was really cute. Overall, a good pick and I think a good adaptation too, maybe easier to digest than the novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kahalachan

    With Mary Shelley's Frankenstein being among my favorite books of all time, do I give this an automatic 5 stars since this book contained the original text? Or do I grade this on the artwork alone since credit cannot be taken for any of the writing? The most fair way to rate this, in my mind, is to base my rating entirely on this interpretation of the classic Frankenstein story. Which sections of text were chosen and how does it coincide with the artwork? With that as my criteria, I give this 4 With Mary Shelley's Frankenstein being among my favorite books of all time, do I give this an automatic 5 stars since this book contained the original text? Or do I grade this on the artwork alone since credit cannot be taken for any of the writing? The most fair way to rate this, in my mind, is to base my rating entirely on this interpretation of the classic Frankenstein story. Which sections of text were chosen and how does it coincide with the artwork? With that as my criteria, I give this 4 stars. All the major and significant segments of Mary Shelley's original story were used and provide a narrative that is complete on the surface but a bit hollow. Ironically, the story itself mirrors the creation of Frankenstein's creature. Large segments of the original text were pieced together and given life that is a distorted version of the original tale. The artwork provides unique imagery. The most accurate description that comes to mind is if a Tim Burton film had steampunk elements in it. It's not my favorite interpretation of this story, but it is also not a disservice. The art style fits the portions of text it accompanies and correctly matches the mood. It evokes the same emotions and feeling as the original book but to a lesser degree. I recommend this for anyone who read the original novel and wants a brief reminder or refresher. It's simply enjoyable.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Zelsh

    I don't think I would have read Frankenstein if it wasn't like this. I was really intimidated by it and only the beautiful cover and the promise of more pushed me to it. Apparently, everything I thought I knew about it was wrong (Can you believe there's no Igor?! Maybe it was just me --probably; it's ok, though), so everything was a marvelous surprise for me: from the story (the beginning especially!) to the characters to the end. And I gotta say is a very good story. I completely understand why i I don't think I would have read Frankenstein if it wasn't like this. I was really intimidated by it and only the beautiful cover and the promise of more pushed me to it. Apparently, everything I thought I knew about it was wrong (Can you believe there's no Igor?! Maybe it was just me --probably; it's ok, though), so everything was a marvelous surprise for me: from the story (the beginning especially!) to the characters to the end. And I gotta say is a very good story. I completely understand why it's a classic. The English, of course, it's quite gothic (duh!) but understandable. Gris Grimly's art gives such a great and imaginative and dark atmosphere to the whole everything, it's amazing all the small details that a simple picture can give (especially when from the monster's point of view), how well it transmits so many feels and sensations. I enjoyed this book a great deal. I totally recommended if you're looking to read this classic this way.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Isabel Khine

    I love that my job allows me to do my favourite things: read, and then talk about what I've read. While I definitely got an inescapable, if subtle, sense of body horror from Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, the ever-ineffable sense of the sublime comes through beautifully and - at times - forcefully. I doubt that any reproduction will ever parallel Mary Shelley's masterpiece, but as a standalone text it lives up to expectation. The ever-present question remains though; where will we take ourselves ne I love that my job allows me to do my favourite things: read, and then talk about what I've read. While I definitely got an inescapable, if subtle, sense of body horror from Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, the ever-ineffable sense of the sublime comes through beautifully and - at times - forcefully. I doubt that any reproduction will ever parallel Mary Shelley's masterpiece, but as a standalone text it lives up to expectation. The ever-present question remains though; where will we take ourselves next?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nick Rath

    A nice graphic novel to pick up. Some really macabre artwork and storytelling, but certainly a progressing story that is interesting to follow. I'm not typically a person to enjoy a dramatic love story, but Frankenstein is a pretty cynical dude so I'll make an exception because of him as a character. Only thing I disliked was having to read letters to characters in cursive, because trying to figure out something that my school didn't teach me in the third grade was not worth the struggle! A nice graphic novel to pick up. Some really macabre artwork and storytelling, but certainly a progressing story that is interesting to follow. I'm not typically a person to enjoy a dramatic love story, but Frankenstein is a pretty cynical dude so I'll make an exception because of him as a character. Only thing I disliked was having to read letters to characters in cursive, because trying to figure out something that my school didn't teach me in the third grade was not worth the struggle!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Abooked

    Almost 5 stars. The artwork was marvelous!! The style of Grimly’s in this graphic novel reminds me so much to ‘Coraline’ ( the adaptation of Tim Burton). Dark and terrific with characters that have strange complexes. Also, apart from the illustrations, it has text so, the plot and the characters have a lot of depth If you want to read ‘Frankenstein’, but you don’t want to read the original book this graphic novel is a great choice because it’s super accurate to the classic.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bri

    I dearly love the Shelley's original work, and while no adaptation can ever take its place, this one is excellent. I am new to Grimly illustrations, but I'm falling in love with them. He somehow managed to make Frankenstein's monster horrifying and, when appropriate, endearing. It was a very nice touch to execute the monsters earliest memories in a text-less series of frames. I think this adaptation does a nice job of engaging more modern sympathies for a classic novel that shows its age, which ( I dearly love the Shelley's original work, and while no adaptation can ever take its place, this one is excellent. I am new to Grimly illustrations, but I'm falling in love with them. He somehow managed to make Frankenstein's monster horrifying and, when appropriate, endearing. It was a very nice touch to execute the monsters earliest memories in a text-less series of frames. I think this adaptation does a nice job of engaging more modern sympathies for a classic novel that shows its age, which (lamentably) can alienate readers before they invest enough time to really understand how wonderful it is.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Loves Books and tea

    This is such a beautiful book and Gris Grimly's illustrations perfectly complement Mary Shelley's classic novel. This would be ideal for students studying Frankenstein as it includes large chunks of the original text with the illustrations making it much easier to understand. I love Grimly's work and hope that he adapts and illustrates more classic novels. This is such a beautiful book and Gris Grimly's illustrations perfectly complement Mary Shelley's classic novel. This would be ideal for students studying Frankenstein as it includes large chunks of the original text with the illustrations making it much easier to understand. I love Grimly's work and hope that he adapts and illustrates more classic novels.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Hauntingly beautiful gothic illustrations that pair with a condensed but original Mary Shelley Frankenstein text. Impeccable art that helps to bring this story to a new generation. Relive the classics, I love it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex Klimkewicz

    This is an interesting graphic novel assembled from pieces of Shelly’s original text and supplemented with whimsically gothic pictures. The text of the letters are written in a script that can be difficult to read at times, but the rest of the letter is fine. I’d give it 3.5 stars; this was MUCH better than the Dracula graphic novel I read earlier.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I really enjoyed this version of Frankenstein. The story stays true to the original novel, but it does condense the story a little bit. For example, Victor's middle brother drops out of the story completely after (view spoiler)[ Victor's baby brother, William, is killed. If I remember the original story correctly, the middle brother is killed as well. (hide spoiler)] In this version that part is glossed over, so it seems like the middle brother just disappears completely. The language is a bit I really enjoyed this version of Frankenstein. The story stays true to the original novel, but it does condense the story a little bit. For example, Victor's middle brother drops out of the story completely after (view spoiler)[ Victor's baby brother, William, is killed. If I remember the original story correctly, the middle brother is killed as well. (hide spoiler)] In this version that part is glossed over, so it seems like the middle brother just disappears completely. The language is a bit hard to read, due to the fact that it tries to emulate the old-fashioned wording in the original. I personally found that the language made it harder to read the book, since you couldn't just breeze through each page; you had to work to absorb what the writing was trying to say. That's just me, though. Another thing that was a little difficult was the cursive in the different letters throughout the book. I have a hard time reading cursive sometimes, so it was a bit of a struggle to read the letters. One thing I noticed about the letters was that Gris Grimly chose different fonts for each person who was writing the letter. Some of them were easier to read than others, which was nice. What I loved about this book was the artwork! It was so intricate and detailed. It had a sort of steampunk vibe to it, what with the gears and pipes and rusty-colored cars. I just loved it! The artwork was done for the most part in dull, drab shades with the occasional pop of color. I thought the color scheme worked well with the tone of the story. There were all these little details throughout the story that I loved pointing out to my book club members. For example, there were skulls inside the middle circles of some of the flowers, as well as bones on the wings of the butterflies on page 128. I liked the contrast between Henry Clerval and Victor Frankenstein, too. Henry is positive and optimistic and innocent, so Gris Grimly chose to dress him in flamboyant oranges and reds. Victor, however, was dreary and dismal throughout most of the book, so he was dressed in black clothes with bones on them. I swear I could have had a whole book club meeting just about the different details in the artwork! I really enjoyed Gris Grimly's version of Frankenstein, although without the images, I'm positive it would've gotten 2 or 3 stars from me. In the afterword, Gris Grimly states that he spent 4 years on this book, and it shows. So go get a copy and read it! I promise you won't regret it!

  25. 5 out of 5

    5-Donovan

    A really good book on how a death of a loved one can affect someone with trauma, anger, and addiction. Now this book isn't some kind of character study or a life lesson. The artwork from the book, feels like something out of a Tim Burton animation or film. This isn't related to the fantastic adaptation of one the most iconic and influential movie monsters portrayed by Boris Karloff. At the end of the day, this was a really good book. And a really great transition from book to comic. A really good book on how a death of a loved one can affect someone with trauma, anger, and addiction. Now this book isn't some kind of character study or a life lesson. The artwork from the book, feels like something out of a Tim Burton animation or film. This isn't related to the fantastic adaptation of one the most iconic and influential movie monsters portrayed by Boris Karloff. At the end of the day, this was a really good book. And a really great transition from book to comic.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laken Wilson

    5 stars for the gorgeous art alone. Having never read the original, I am not familiar if it does the original any credit or not. On its own, it was lovely.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daisy

    Gris Grimly has taken a classic horror and turned it into something hauntingly beautiful and amazing. There's an afterword at the back of this book by Grimly; he talks about how 'Frankenstein fans tend to be dishevelled, crude, rebellious and all while feeling misunderstood.' I think that defines everything I feel about the story and the book. And it definitely makes me a Frankenstein fan. Frankenstein is a young man, eager to make his impact on the world. But as he studies the sciences further a Gris Grimly has taken a classic horror and turned it into something hauntingly beautiful and amazing. There's an afterword at the back of this book by Grimly; he talks about how 'Frankenstein fans tend to be dishevelled, crude, rebellious and all while feeling misunderstood.' I think that defines everything I feel about the story and the book. And it definitely makes me a Frankenstein fan. Frankenstein is a young man, eager to make his impact on the world. But as he studies the sciences further and further, he begins to obsess over his discovery. Eventually, he manages to complete his work. It is only then, however, that he realises how his personality has deteriorated, and he vows to turn his attentions back to his life and family. But it seems his achievement can not be ignored quite so easily, and Frankenstein's creation comes back to haunt him. I've always found classics hard to get through because the language is so long-winded; the poetic nature usually seems to me to just be there, rather than have an actual purpose to the story. But actually, in Frankenstein I found that the beautiful style of narrative helped me love the story and characters even more. I was also able to read it reasonably easily. Furthermore, I usually find that classics have a way to make the reader feel disconnected from the characters, and make them seem merely like characters in a book. However, I found that I actually understood these people without having to experience a narrative from them. Frankenstein is a well-known horror novel, however I can't say that when I started reading this book I was completely aware of the story. It wasn't exactly what I expected; a tale of an ambitious scientist creating a horrific monster whilst losing his mind in the process. In a sense, that is what the story is about, although that's a very shallow synopsis to create. This story holds far more morals and tales of heartbreak and genuine emotions experienced through life than I thought was possible. I don't think this graphic novel contains the entire of Mary Shelley's story, however the parts it does contain are equally stunning and captivating. I'm excited to go on to read the novel in its entirety now. The story broke my heart, something I really wasn't expecting. I knew it was sad, but I thought it might be to do with some stupid romance in the background. Instead, I was sobbing in sympathy and pure sadness for a character who truly became whole for me in the words and illustrations provided in the book. My heart really was breaking, but not for the idea that I thought. Classics have a way of making the reader feel very disconnected from the characters, usually due to the style of narrative. This is why I usually have a lot of trouble reading classics, however this book still allowed me to understand and feel for the people in the story, despite the style of writing. Frankenstein, despite common misunderstanding, is not the monster itself, but instead its creator. Victor starts as an avid, enthusiastic young man desperate to make his mark on the world, much like any other young man. And he does, as works harder and harder, but things don't turn out the way he wants them to. Such is life, and I found myself feeling more and more for this character as everything started to truly crumble around him because of his actions that had sprung from good intentions. It was terrible to watch something so disastrous to send a man out of his mind - as it was in fact the consequences of his actions, rather than their actual happening, that causes our protagonist to become so terribly lost. The Monster. I don't like calling it that, because the book tells a different story. But he deserves to be mentioned, as he is so key to the plot, and has his very own story. I'm not even sure what to say, but he was amazing, and I kind of wish he had a name because he should have one. As well as the wonderful story, this book wouldn't be the same without Grimly's drawings. They're one of the most beautiful gothic illustrations I've ever seen. There's also a steampunk twist to them, and they're very powerful and add to the story so much. I love the progression of Frankenstein's appearance throughout the book; you kind of forget that actually the time period is years, but the images helped me to remember the continuation. It was really amazing. I must admit my surprise at loving this book. I mostly read it for the stunning illustrations, but I'm so glad I did read it. It's a beautiful book, both in appearance and the story. I think you probably have to have a certain state of mind to really empathise with the plot, and I consider myself one of those people. I would recommend this to anyone who likes stories that echo the harsh reality in a heartbreaking way. It's also an amazing horror, but the story really can connect and make the reader think if they're in the right place at the time.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Wolbert

    Fantastic art style. The story: it's what's on the inside that counts or don't tick off your creations. Fantastic art style. The story: it's what's on the inside that counts or don't tick off your creations.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Clarissa

    3.5 stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Harvey

    Love the illustrations in this book and it's very dense for a graphic novel, lots of text and information that really brings out the classic story. Love the illustrations in this book and it's very dense for a graphic novel, lots of text and information that really brings out the classic story.

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