The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2 Hardcover – Oct 7 2014
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“Essential reading for fans of Gaiman’s original and those who enjoyed the first entry.” (School Library Journal)
“Volumes 1 and 2 are a grand, elegant envisioning of Gaiman’s dark imagination...fans of thelauded first volume of the project will eagerly turn out for this artful conclusion.” (Booklist)
“All the strengths of the first volume carry forward under the direction of established Gaiman collaborator and adaptor P. Craig Russell. Full-color panels by a variety of artists convey Gaiman’s prose faithfully, with all its eerie and emotional impact.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review))
“Astounding, transfixing, sublime, and beautiful….just a few words to describe this wonderful graphic novel adaptation of the second half of Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Consider this a lovely interpretation of the story’s resolution.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))
From the Back Cover
It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.
Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, and didn't have a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.
There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy, and if Bod leaves, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family. Despite the danger, Bod wants to leave the graveyard to attend school with the living and find out more about his family's murder. But when Bod uses the Fear on two bullies and gets too close to the man Jack, he will put more things at risk than he knows.
Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman's award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.
This volume includes Chapter Six through the end of the book.See all Product Description
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In the 175 pages of the second volume, which covers Chapter Six through Eight of the original novel, we continue the story of Bod (short for Nobody, or Nobody Owens to give him his full adopted name) as he goes through his teenage-years. When Bod’s guardian Silas has revealed to him what happened to his family, Bod surprises him by wanting to go to school, as he wants to learn things so he’ll be able to survive outside the Graveyard where he grew up. At school, he uses the skills learned from his family and friends to stay under the radar - that is, until he decides to step in when bullies start to pick on another child. This does lead to him getting noticed – which leads to all kinds of trials and tribulations (familiar to those who’ve read the prose novel and which I won’t spoil for those who haven’t), including the final showdown with a man named Jack, the murderer of his family.
Story-wise, it stays very faithful to the original prose novel, with words and art meshing very well together. It really shows that Gaiman is equally adept at working in prose as well as the very different comic book-format. Overall, the art gives a very cohesive interpretation, and when you move onto a new chapter and a new artist, the style never changes so much it will jar you out of the story. Of course, because each artist has his or her own signature style, this may lead to personal preferences. But in the case of this concluding volume, there’s not one artist I would rate below a solid 5 stars for their work, even though I still wish the incomparable P. Craig Russell had done the complete graphic novel himself, but alas… Anyway, a beautiful graphic adaptation of an already wonderful children’s novel, that really makes the story come alive. Recommended!
I've read the book, heard the audio version read by Mr. Gaiman.
I'm a comics fan, love P. Craig Russel's work, so I got this. And it is fantastic! All the artists styles meld/blend together seamlessly. Silas looks even better than I imagined him.
And even though the text has to be edited to fit into the comic book (excuse me, graphic novel) format - I simply can't think of a thing that is missing. So I think having the author do the adaptation really works here.
Recommended most highly whether or not you've read the book.
In case you are unfamiliar with the story itself (I assume, given your interest in Vol. 2 you have an idea, but I like to be thorough), Gaiman has reimagined Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Books: The First and Second Jungle Book in One Complete Volume with an almost Burton-esque twist, setting the stories in a graveyard, Kipling's characters now ghosts and other creatures of the night.. It works beautifully.
As a graphic adaptation, there is much to recommend here. The story closely follows Gaiman's original story, but the the graphic novels - by their very nature- have to reveal some information about characters that is not explicitly stated in the book (making for a pleasant surprise later in the story once readers "figure it out".) The graphic novels also have some changes and additions different from the original; this could have been a tragic thing, but I think these (minor) changes add to the story rather than detract from it.
In terms of the graphic novel itself, what impressed me the most was the artwork (the "graphic" part of the graphic novel). Each chapter is illustrated by one of several artists, each with their own take on the characters. The final chapter, however, was a total collaboration with artwork by all the artists involved.
For Gaiman fans, this is a "must have" book. For others, it is a wonderful, beautifully illustrated (if somewhat modified) version of the original. I absolutely loved it - and recommend both volumes.
The story of young Nobody "Bod" Owens is a blend of myth and fantasy, of gothic horror and more. Bod, orphaned as a child due to the seemingly senseless murder of his parents and younger sister, crawls his way to the graveyard upon the hill, where he is taken in by the ghosts of the departed souls that inhabit the graveyard. Here Bod is raised among the dead, and has a guardian in the form of enigmatic vampire Silas. Over the years, Bod is taught skills that befit the dead more than the living, but nevertheless provide him with the protection necessary to keep him safe from Jack, the murderer who continues to hunt Bod.
Each chapter in this graphic novel is beautifully-illustrated in stunning visuals that makes the story come alive in a vivid mix of dark and bright colors. The story is a dark one and I would caution parents to check this out with their child to ensure the story and visuals are not too scary. My ten-year-old found the tale chilling but enjoyed the visual rendition immensely. I can't sing the praises of this book and its predecessor Volume 1 high enough. Both books are beautifully-conceived and will delight fans of horror/ Gothic fiction.
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