The Graveyard Book: Volumes 1 & 2 by P. Craig Russell
Series: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novels
Genre: Young Adult, Middle Grade, Paranormal
Released: 11 Sept 2014, original novel published in 2009
Length: 188 & 164 pages
Format: pbk from the library
Book Blurb: An irresistibly-brilliant graphic novel adaptation of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, adapted by award-winning illustrator P. Craig Russell.
Vol. 1: 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, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it’s in the land of the living that the real danger lurks, for it is there that the man Jack lives, and he has already killed Bod’s family.
Vol. 2: 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, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.
There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy–an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack–who has already killed Bod’s family.
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.
My Thoughts: To put it out there, I haven’t read the novel version. I heard so many good things about Neil Gaiman from the ladies at Epic Reads, that I put a few of his books on my TBR. Their recommendations never lead you astray, especially when it comes to YA.
I really love that these are a collaboration of numerous illustrators. If you look closer, you can see their styles as you flip through the chapters, even for something as small as drawing Bod’s face. It doesn’t distract you from the story which is good. The colours are amazing and reflect the scenes well, the graveyard mostly blues & black for night, greens for the day & grays for the crypt.
I haven’t read a story quite like this. A man comes to murder an entire family but when he makes his way to the child’s room, he isn’t there. The toddler has mysteriously made his way uphill to a cemetery, where he is sheltered from the killer by ghosts & Silas, who is dressed in a vampire-ish black cape with red lining. It follows the boy’s life, highlighting his adventures inside the grounds and the few when he sets off outside the safety of the graveyard. Until the boy becomes a man and seeks the wonders of the outside world.
I read each graphic novel in a day, as part of my TBR for Bout of Books. I certainly didn’t rush through them but the story really captured my imagination and I didn’t want to put them down.
Final Comments: I think you can’t read the first graphic novel without reading the second. It’d be like only reading half of a book. When it’s good, you can’t do that. This is good, so go read it.