The Hunchback of Notre DameFeatured
I found the palette and style viscerally evocative of fifteenth-century France, although why, I'm not sure I can quantify. There was something muddy, something almost bloody about the art which seemed appropriate to that harsh, sometimes brutal time. Yet there was beauty too, which also rang true, since so much of the story takes place in and around the glory of Notre Dame cathedral.
It is impossible, of course, to condense Victor Hugo's marvelous work into a short graphic novel, and I hope very much no-one reads this version and thinks he's done. This graphic novel should be a way to introduce the classic, or to supplement it but not to replace it.
However, judging it by what it sets out to do, I found this HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME an excellent evocation of the story, and something which made my experience of the original novel somewhat richer.
Faithful to original without getting bogged down