Original Author: Mary Shelly
Adapter: M. Chandler
Artist: Linus Liu
Released: November 10th, 2020
I received a copy of Manga Classics: Frankenstein in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Yes! It’s another manga adaptation of a classic, and this time around, it’s Frankenstein! I couldn’t be happier about the news, or about the entire experience. Manga Classics: Frankenstein was created by M. Chandler and Linus Liu, not to mention the original author, Mary Shelly.
As with the rest of this collection, one of the biggest points is to make as many of the classics as possible accessible for all readers. How many times have you looked towards a classic novel, only to be intimidated by the sheer volume of it? Well, Manga Classics not only changes the format, but it typically condenses the story as well (as a requirement of the medium).
It probably goes without saying that I am a huge fan of Frankenstein, and thus I screamed just a little bit when I saw this latest adaptation. Obviously, that meant I had high expectations going into it. So, that raises the question, did it hold up?
Absolutely! M. Chandler and Linus Liu did a fantastic job of bringing Mary Shelly’s story to life on these pages. Everything from the decisions made about the adaptation, to the art style itself was really well done.
Speaking of the art, I really do feel like it was the perfect fit. The cover should give potential readers a good idea of what I’m talking about. It’s the right blend of that classic Frankenstein style, and the style inherent to manga.
In short: Manga Classics: Frankenstein was pure perfection, and I highly recommend to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’ve read the story a hundred times, or not a single time. Either way, it is an experience worth diving into.