The Graveyard Book Vol 1 - More of this, please!

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1 - P. Craig Russell, Neil Gaiman


This blew me away from start to finish. I didn't even know my library had this book, so when I saw it on the shelf, I didn't even stop to think. But I had other books due the week before, so it sat there staring at me and tempting me.


Today, I finally got the chance to stick my toe in. However, I ended up binging on it; I couldn't put it down. Having already read the original book, I knew basically what was coming but it had been long enough for details to fade. They came flooding back and my remembered personal/mental illustrations melded perfectly with the illustrations these exceptional artists contributed.


I could write a review about each chapter, particualry on the artwork, but I'll try to keep this brief. First, this is a great adaptation of the book. Like the Artemus Fowl graphic novels, I think you should read the book first but you don't have to. But I don't see that much cut from book, though it's been awhile since I've read it. The first five chapters and interlude are each illustrated by a different artist and while I like some (2, 4, 1, and Interlude) better then others (3 and 5), I feel like each one fit their chapter perfectly. My favorite chapters were 3, 4. and 1, and I love anytime Silas is there. He's my favorite character hands down with Bod and the Lady on the Grey tying for second. Silas also serves as a great way to see how each artist interprets his outward appearance. As Bod does grow in the course of these chapters, it's less easy to tell with him.


Whether you've read the book or not, this graphic novel is the best I've read this year, never mind ever. The original plot of a living boy raised by a graveyard and a...solitary type is one of Gaiman's best, in my opinion and this graphic novel brings it to life perfectly. I can't wait to pick up volume two!