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Conceived as part of a literary game among friends in 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th century literature. The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who saves the life of a man at the North Pole. That man, Victor Frankenstein, tells Walton about his experiments with the creation of life and how he ended Conceived as part of a literary game among friends in 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th century literature. The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who saves the life of a man at the North Pole. That man, Victor Frankenstein, tells Walton about his experiments with the creation of life and how he ended up at the North Pole. Through this simple plot device, Shelley was able to deal with serious real-world issues like acceptance, tolerance, and understanding, as well as the universal human need for companionship and love. The novel, of course, inspired a host of films, from the 1931 classic starring Boris Karloff to Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, and more recently, a series of novels by Dean Koontz. This version, though slightly abridged, retains much of the original dialogue and remains true to Shelley’s brilliant vision.


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Conceived as part of a literary game among friends in 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th century literature. The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who saves the life of a man at the North Pole. That man, Victor Frankenstein, tells Walton about his experiments with the creation of life and how he ended Conceived as part of a literary game among friends in 1816, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is today regarded as a classic piece of 19th century literature. The story begins with the journey of an adventurer, Robert Walton, who saves the life of a man at the North Pole. That man, Victor Frankenstein, tells Walton about his experiments with the creation of life and how he ended up at the North Pole. Through this simple plot device, Shelley was able to deal with serious real-world issues like acceptance, tolerance, and understanding, as well as the universal human need for companionship and love. The novel, of course, inspired a host of films, from the 1931 classic starring Boris Karloff to Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, and more recently, a series of novels by Dean Koontz. This version, though slightly abridged, retains much of the original dialogue and remains true to Shelley’s brilliant vision.

30 review for Frankenstein The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Janete Fabricio ON SEMI HIATUS

    Adapted text + audio CD. Project Learning English by myself. I never read the original text, so I don't know if this graphic novel is true to Mary Shelley's plot. Overall, it was an OK read, but I liked the audio and the colorful drawings very much. Adapted text + audio CD. Project Learning English by myself. I never read the original text, so I don't know if this graphic novel is true to Mary Shelley's plot. Overall, it was an OK read, but I liked the audio and the colorful drawings very much.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I really liked this graphic novel, but I am sad to say this is the only Frankenstein book I have ever read!!! I need to get the mass market paperback! I have seen a million movies but never read a book until this graphic novel. The graphics are good, but I hate how Victor just leaves the poor monster. He doesn't try to help him or anything, he just makes him and then freaks out. Victor is telling his story to some men that saved him from the frozen sea, where he was chasing a beast. He told them I really liked this graphic novel, but I am sad to say this is the only Frankenstein book I have ever read!!! I need to get the mass market paperback! I have seen a million movies but never read a book until this graphic novel. The graphics are good, but I hate how Victor just leaves the poor monster. He doesn't try to help him or anything, he just makes him and then freaks out. Victor is telling his story to some men that saved him from the frozen sea, where he was chasing a beast. He told them the whole story. You would think after the beast killed one of Victor's family members because of how Victor just ran away and left him, he would become friends with the beast. Even after the beast tried to be friends and told him what he wanted so he wouldn't be lonely. Did Victor do this.. well no.. not in this book.. duh.. what are you think is going to happen when you keep being cruel to creatures... I felt sorry for poor ole beast/man/would be a cool friend/Frankenstein... I mean he was in son if you look at it that way.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    ..........FRANKENSTEIN..........Gosh, I feel like a kid! Love the cover.....Love the feel and size of the book.....Love the beautifully colored illustrations.....Love that I own it....can display it....can read it again and again.....but most of all.....Love that the story is true to the classic first published in 1818 when Mary Shelley was only twenty years of age! It's also good to know the movie versions I've seen over the years deviate a long way from this original gothic tale.While the stor ..........FRANKENSTEIN..........Gosh, I feel like a kid! Love the cover.....Love the feel and size of the book.....Love the beautifully colored illustrations.....Love that I own it....can display it....can read it again and again.....but most of all.....Love that the story is true to the classic first published in 1818 when Mary Shelley was only twenty years of age! It's also good to know the movie versions I've seen over the years deviate a long way from this original gothic tale.While the story was a great read, it was interesting to find out about Mary Shelley's personal life too and how she actually came to write this timeless novel.As I read more graphic novels, I now understand why so many of my adult GR friends are enjoying these fun works of fiction!

  4. 4 out of 5

    L. McCoy

    I recently tried the original story but couldn’t finish because I wasn’t into the writing style and the audiobook was glitchy but after reading this... I will probably re-add the original to my reading list because this was good! What’s it about? In case you’ve been living under a rock or in a coma since the 19th century, Frankenstein is the story of a doctor (Victor Frankenstein) who ends up creating a new life form using a corpse... It goes horribly wrong. Pros: The story is very interesting and n I recently tried the original story but couldn’t finish because I wasn’t into the writing style and the audiobook was glitchy but after reading this... I will probably re-add the original to my reading list because this was good! What’s it about? In case you’ve been living under a rock or in a coma since the 19th century, Frankenstein is the story of a doctor (Victor Frankenstein) who ends up creating a new life form using a corpse... It goes horribly wrong. Pros: The story is very interesting and never made me bored. The art is fantastic! It really brings this book to life! The horror aspect of the book is really well done through both the story and illustrations! This book has some fast paced action scenes that are very well done. That doesn’t mean it’s an action book or anything, it is a bit more slow paced (it suits the story well though) but it has those good, exciting scenes! This book is extremely suspenseful! Cons: The characters are not interesting. Victor goes from bland to a**hole. Victor’s wife who we are meant to care about is barely in the book. Frankenstein’s monster was interesting but when he starts his whole (view spoiler)[ revenge killing thing, though it makes sense and I like a good revenge story, it almost proves to Victor that his creation is a monster so it’s kinda stupid. (hide spoiler)] I didn’t care for the narrative. Overall: This is a good book that I think most horror fans will enjoy but is not a masterpiece or anything in my opinion. I would recommend this to horror fans or fans of the classic tale in general (this is meant to be one of the most accurate retellings of the story in the comic book format. Can’t tell you if that’s 100% accurate though). 4/5

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I have quickly become a fan of Classic Comics, original text versions of classic literature. Last month I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and now this month, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which was as equally thought provoking as it was heart wrenching. Prior to reading the Frankenstein graphic novel, I admittedly knew very little of this classic literary work other than it was a story about a man who created a monster who gets loose in the world and frightens, torments and even murders innoc I have quickly become a fan of Classic Comics, original text versions of classic literature. Last month I read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and now this month, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which was as equally thought provoking as it was heart wrenching. Prior to reading the Frankenstein graphic novel, I admittedly knew very little of this classic literary work other than it was a story about a man who created a monster who gets loose in the world and frightens, torments and even murders innocent people. I did not know the characters, the plot or the thought provoking themes of the story including the moral implications of scientific and medicinal advancements and the responsibilities that lie therein. Nor did I have any inkling as to how very sad and tragic this story is. Before, I merely thought it a horror story. This graphic novel version of Frankenstein also includes a brief, yet informative biography of Mary Shelley and an account of the immediate and long term success of Frankenstein from when it was first published in 1818 when the author was merely 21 years old to the present day. Nearly two hundred years later, Frankenstein is still widely known all over the world and has been adapted into countless retellings and productions on stage, in radio and film. Frankenstein is an exceptionally insightful and expressive story. I highly recommend this graphic novel to everyone. You might just be surprised at how little you truly know about Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    A pretty decent adaptation of Frankenstein, which is one of my favorite novels. I liked that it used Shelley's actual language for the most part, and the art added to it. A fun read, but go read the actual novel, too! A pretty decent adaptation of Frankenstein, which is one of my favorite novels. I liked that it used Shelley's actual language for the most part, and the art added to it. A fun read, but go read the actual novel, too!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    My MT and I are considering teaching this graphic novel version of the classic instead of the novel itself (supplementing the unit with excerpts from the real thing, of course). After reading, I definitely support the switch! This version exclusively used language from the original text, the rendering was extremely easy to follow and accessible for students who are unfamiliar with graphic novel jargon and logistics, and the artwork really preserves the haunting enchantment of the classic without My MT and I are considering teaching this graphic novel version of the classic instead of the novel itself (supplementing the unit with excerpts from the real thing, of course). After reading, I definitely support the switch! This version exclusively used language from the original text, the rendering was extremely easy to follow and accessible for students who are unfamiliar with graphic novel jargon and logistics, and the artwork really preserves the haunting enchantment of the classic without so much of the (at times) sticky language. I think my students will love it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Logan Brown

    Disclaimer: I haven't read the original. I absolutely hated the art in this. The overuse of shadows just made it feel like there was an issue in the printing process. I thought the story's pacing was really disjointed and I just wanted to it be over the entire time. I haven't decided yet if this version has made me want to read the original or stay far away from it. Disclaimer: I haven't read the original. I absolutely hated the art in this. The overuse of shadows just made it feel like there was an issue in the printing process. I thought the story's pacing was really disjointed and I just wanted to it be over the entire time. I haven't decided yet if this version has made me want to read the original or stay far away from it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mauoijenn

    I was excited that I found this at my local library. I have been on a graphic novel kick for the past couple of months, so checking this one out was a no-brainer. Excellent story, of course!! Good graphics. A Frankenstein must for any fan.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Triss

    I loved the art in this book! It was definitely a different take on the typical Frankenstein that is shown in movies and media. I can't wait to compare this to Mary Shelley's book. I loved the art in this book! It was definitely a different take on the typical Frankenstein that is shown in movies and media. I can't wait to compare this to Mary Shelley's book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bjorn

    Lazy adaptation, simply keeping a simplified version of Shelley's text and letting Frankenstein monologue on top of images. The one thing I do like is that it downplays the monster's ugliness, making him (at least in the text) more horrifying and wrong than simply ugly. Much better recipe for horror. Lazy adaptation, simply keeping a simplified version of Shelley's text and letting Frankenstein monologue on top of images. The one thing I do like is that it downplays the monster's ugliness, making him (at least in the text) more horrifying and wrong than simply ugly. Much better recipe for horror.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicke Pearson

    I love the artwork, I love the story, I love the atmosphere created by both! If you find reading classics too daunting, these graphic novel versions are a great alternative! Or if you fancy reading your favourite classic but don’t have the time to delve into the full novel, these Classical Comics are a great way to quickly dip into the genre! Highly recommend x

  13. 5 out of 5

    Spectre

    Graphic presentation of the classic horror story of human engineering gone astray.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Keating

    This was kind of a refresher from my previous reading of Frankenstein. Don't read many graphic novels but this was pretty cool. The images were ok but not exactly like Stan Lee comics. As far as the story goes, it wasn't how I remembered it, which made it more interesting. Worth the time! This was kind of a refresher from my previous reading of Frankenstein. Don't read many graphic novels but this was pretty cool. The images were ok but not exactly like Stan Lee comics. As far as the story goes, it wasn't how I remembered it, which made it more interesting. Worth the time!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kaycee

    Back in high school I read Frankenstein Frankenstein and to much of a popular opinion I absolutely hated it with every ounce of my being.. I didn't need to read page after page of how the characters felt with every step they took. It was a complete snooze fest. So based upon that I was leery when I received a copy of the graphic novel. So with udder dread and harsh feelings I dove in with the attitude of this is going to "suck more then the book did and it won't change how I feel." About 30 page Back in high school I read Frankenstein Frankenstein and to much of a popular opinion I absolutely hated it with every ounce of my being.. I didn't need to read page after page of how the characters felt with every step they took. It was a complete snooze fest. So based upon that I was leery when I received a copy of the graphic novel. So with udder dread and harsh feelings I dove in with the attitude of this is going to "suck more then the book did and it won't change how I feel." About 30 pages in, I found myself actually enjoying the graphic novel. It became such an easy read and the art work was amazing. I absolutely love this version of Frankenstein. I would have probably loved the book more if the graphic novel was available when I was in high-school.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Icats

    As I mentioned before when my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him The Sandman Volume 10: The Wake. I received Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction. My birthday was at the end of January and when he asked what I wanted I said I was good with Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil. I was once again surprised with Frankenstein The Graphic Novel. Despite the all black front cover, the graphics are very colorful and vivid. I thought they did a good job in the conversion to the graphic As I mentioned before when my husband asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I told him The Sandman Volume 10: The Wake. I received Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of Destruction. My birthday was at the end of January and when he asked what I wanted I said I was good with Hellboy Volume 2: Wake the Devil. I was once again surprised with Frankenstein The Graphic Novel. Despite the all black front cover, the graphics are very colorful and vivid. I thought they did a good job in the conversion to the graphic novel, though there were a few illustrations of the creature where I thought its expressions did not go along with the text. For me the most fascinating part of the book was at the end where they gave a 6-page biography of Mary Shelly, including how she came up with the inspiration for Frankenstein. I had always heard it was from a dream, but according to this book it started with a challenge from her circle of friends to all write a supernatural tale. At first she struggled to come up with any ideas and it was after the challenge was over following another gathering and bad weather that sparked the vision for her Frankenstein. There are several passages from her journal through out the biography. Mary Shelly's short life was anything but typical for the times and unfortunately encompassed a great deal of grief. After the biography the book goes on with the history of Frankenstein and how the creature from the book evolved to the creature we know today including when we began to blur the name of the doctor with the name of the creature. It ends with a brief section on the steps involved of creating the graphic novel. I know this will sound bad, but I think I enjoyed the additional section at the end more than the story itself. Still, I would recommend this book to those who are huge gothic horror fans, those curious on the transformation from classic novel to graphic novel, or those who like to get their history from other sources versus Wikapedia ;) .

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jacqi

    Great way to get kids to read the classics!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alexa

    3.5 stars

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    I loved the novel and I can easily understand why it is a classic. If my sources are correct, it is one of the first gothic novels ever written and it inspired many great works all around the world. There are a lot of things that are to be remembered about this novel and to those who dare to dig deeper than the surface, great morals are to come out of this work. The first thing that struck me is the Nature/Nurture duality. It is common knowledge that a child’s future and capacities are guided by I loved the novel and I can easily understand why it is a classic. If my sources are correct, it is one of the first gothic novels ever written and it inspired many great works all around the world. There are a lot of things that are to be remembered about this novel and to those who dare to dig deeper than the surface, great morals are to come out of this work. The first thing that struck me is the Nature/Nurture duality. It is common knowledge that a child’s future and capacities are guided by the education that he receives in his early years and, of course, by missing that guidance, Frankenstein’s creature didn’t have much of a life. His nature was repulsive, monstrous and scary, which started him at an enormous step behind everyone else, and he was completely alone to deal with that undeserved hatred towards him. What was so special, yet dangerous about him is that he was gifted the body of a grown adult, cognitive abilities of a grown adult, but no life experiences at all. He was capable of understanding, of learning, of affection, of restraint, of emotions and of humanity, but how was he supposed to know when to use those abilities when he never learned how to. Plus, what was the point of showing mercy, restraint and empathy towards others when the only thing he knew about human nature was it’s fear of difference. I feel like with a little bit of help from his creator, he would have been able to live a happy life. That leads us to the importance of appearances in our way of treating others and the consequences of these unfair and shallow judgements. No one gave him a shot at anything. He was never given the chance to express himself or to explain himself to anyone. His difference labeled him as something apart from the human race and these many rejections led him to think the way he looked was a reflection of what he had inside. I mean, what is the point of fighting when there is no one to fight for. But he had to do something of his existence, so he made it his life goal to steal the life he wanted from the person he held responsible for his misery: his creator. I think the biggest mistake he made was generalizing mankind. As if we were all the same, filled with the same motivations and fears and who were all incapable of understanding. By putting us all in the same boat, he decided that we all deserved the same fate, that all of our lives were meaningless. His desire of vengeance and the measures he was ready to take to get his vengeance instantly doomed him to a life of misery and pain. The mutation of pain into anger ended him and I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if Frankenstein had helped him get started in life and showed him the power of goodness.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This was a fun read! Spooky and slightly gory... just right for the season, and for a person who is easily frightened, like me. :) I read the original quickly for a class many years ago and barely remember it all, and the graphic novel makes me want to pick it up again and give it a bit more attention. The story makes us wonder about kindness and the cruelty that may or may not live inside all of us. Where do we draw the line upon who deserves kindness, and who does not, and why? And aren't we a This was a fun read! Spooky and slightly gory... just right for the season, and for a person who is easily frightened, like me. :) I read the original quickly for a class many years ago and barely remember it all, and the graphic novel makes me want to pick it up again and give it a bit more attention. The story makes us wonder about kindness and the cruelty that may or may not live inside all of us. Where do we draw the line upon who deserves kindness, and who does not, and why? And aren't we all, in a way, responsible for the "creation" of our fellow humans as a result of how we treat each other? Interesting, interesting stuff, Mary Shelley. (The stars are for the graphic novel, which I thought was good, though not mind blowing.)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kael

    Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. I really enjoyed this book mainly because I love the story of Frankenstein. It was sad how a couple of people died because of Frankenstein, especially his brother. That was sad to see his family fall apart. My favorite character is Dr. Frankenstein. I loved how he was able to cope will all the trials and struggles that Frankenstein threw at him. He says, "You must create a female for me, this you alone can do, you must not refuse to concede!" (Shelley 81). As you can Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. I really enjoyed this book mainly because I love the story of Frankenstein. It was sad how a couple of people died because of Frankenstein, especially his brother. That was sad to see his family fall apart. My favorite character is Dr. Frankenstein. I loved how he was able to cope will all the trials and struggles that Frankenstein threw at him. He says, "You must create a female for me, this you alone can do, you must not refuse to concede!" (Shelley 81). As you can see Frankenstein has to, in order to save mankind, must make Frankenstein a female to be with forever alone.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Callum McLaughlin

    Frankenstein is one of my favourite novels of all time, so it was fun to revisit it with the added bonus of some deliciously gothic artwork. The team that worked on this did a fantastic job. Though the text is slightly abridged to allow the art to supplement the story (a couple of my favourite lines got the chop, hence the docking of a star), the core prose, themes, and narrative that made Shelley’s work so iconic still feel largely intact. The visuals add a new dynamic for those looking to re-ex Frankenstein is one of my favourite novels of all time, so it was fun to revisit it with the added bonus of some deliciously gothic artwork. The team that worked on this did a fantastic job. Though the text is slightly abridged to allow the art to supplement the story (a couple of my favourite lines got the chop, hence the docking of a star), the core prose, themes, and narrative that made Shelley’s work so iconic still feel largely intact. The visuals add a new dynamic for those looking to re-explore the birth of the sci-fi-horror genre, but they also make a potentially daunting classic feel all the more accessible for those who may have been putting it off.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    4.5 stars! This graphic adaptation was incredible. The team did a wonderful job of portraying the complex themes present in the original story via this medium. It was a page-turner despite the fact that I knew the entire outcome of the story. The colors were vivid, the imagery sharp, the lessons mapped out. I would recommend this to all! (I guess I should add that some of the drawings were a bit graphic in parts, but it added to the story for me, so if that sort of thing freaks you out or sticks 4.5 stars! This graphic adaptation was incredible. The team did a wonderful job of portraying the complex themes present in the original story via this medium. It was a page-turner despite the fact that I knew the entire outcome of the story. The colors were vivid, the imagery sharp, the lessons mapped out. I would recommend this to all! (I guess I should add that some of the drawings were a bit graphic in parts, but it added to the story for me, so if that sort of thing freaks you out or sticks with you against your wishes, maybe the original Mary Shelley novel is for you.)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashton

    The book was really interesting and is a good read if you are in need of a book that takes little time to read taking me only 2 days to read. However short it maybe doesn't mean it's not a great take on this classic! The book was really interesting and is a good read if you are in need of a book that takes little time to read taking me only 2 days to read. However short it maybe doesn't mean it's not a great take on this classic!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Aro

    It's a good option if you are learning English. It uses a basic vocabulary, perfect for beginners. In addition, it inclues a CD, so that you can listen to the dialogues and that will help you assimilate the pronunciation. Moreover, the graphic design looks wonderdul. It's a good option if you are learning English. It uses a basic vocabulary, perfect for beginners. In addition, it inclues a CD, so that you can listen to the dialogues and that will help you assimilate the pronunciation. Moreover, the graphic design looks wonderdul.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sean Dorsey

    I did not like Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein but I respect it. This book does not do it justice I did not like Mary Shelley's original Frankenstein but I respect it. This book does not do it justice

  27. 5 out of 5

    Elle Kay

    Very accessible and easy to read graphic retelling of this classic story of love and torment and the weakness of man. A nice version for those new to the classics.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Valentine Boyev

    Rush storyline with a pretty typical graphic style.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caro

    3/5 Read it for school. It was good though a little bit short in my opinion. The drawings were great.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Miya

    super. i really enjoy these graphic novels...

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