Featured Review: Snow White: A Graphic Novel (Matt Phelan)
About This Book:
Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.
The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words "Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL." In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.
*Review Contributed By Melissa Craven, Indie Manager*
A truly unique retelling of a classic tale
I knew at the first glance of the Art Deco title font that I would love this book. The Deco/film-nior vibe of this retelling perfectly captures the mood and nostalgia of the roaring twenties in pre-Depression New York.
The story is easy to follow with emphasis placed on the beautiful images rather than the text. The text is there to guide you when it’s necessary, but the author allows his images to speak for themselves throughout the book. Phelan manages to capture the menacing tone of the story though the powerful expressions of his character’s faces.
The images are almost always black and white, with a vivid red used for the poisoned apple, Snow’s ruby red lips, a smattering of blood, and the blush of young Snow’s cheeks. The stepmother might be the most evil version of the wicked stepmother I’ve ever seen. And “The Seven” were a clever interpretation of the classic seven dwarves.
Snow White, a Graphic Novel is the perfect gift for fans of fairytale retellings as well as fans of the Art Deco and film nior periods.
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