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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2 Hardcover – October 7, 2014
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“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))
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
This volumes continues the adventures of Nobody Owens; the boy raised by ghosts in a graveyard in an effort to protect him from the mysterious man named Jack who killed his family. In this book Nobody (Bod) ventures outside the graveyard seeking education and starts to learn how to interact with other people. He also learns a lot more about the mysterious Jack and has to confront this enemy.
I really loved this 2nd volume in The Graveyard Book graphic novel series. There is a lot more adventure and the story is a lot deeper as Bod starts to come of age and question the world he was raised in.
The graphic novel is full of beautifully detailed illustrations that are easy to follow and fun to look at. I really enjoyed the illustration a lot.
I love the story and the history behind Jack and why he was after Bod and his family. I also loved the bittersweet ending to the story. It’s a bit melancholy, but also has a hopeful feel to it as well.
Overall this was a spectacular continuation of The Graveyard Book in graphic novel format. I have absolutely no complaints; I loved the illustration and the story. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of fantasy/supernatural graphic novels.
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I'm not sure how I could rate this higher. I think I was just left wanting more, feeling like it didn't do what I wanted, despite the fact that it ended the only way I expected it... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jordan
This concludes the trail of Nobody Owens. The Graveyard Book is a great read as a novel this graphic version does it fair justice. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Frodo of the Shire
I absolutely LOVED this graphic novel. I preordered it not knowing what it was about because it was Neil Gaiman book and have never been disappointed in the slightest with his work... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Nicholas A. Horine
Wish to read more and more about Bod and his adventures.
As usual Gaiman is worth every penny.
This is a really good read, my 11 year old really liked this book. This is best enjoyed after reading volume 1. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Madison T. Edwards
Me and my lil bro are really into the graveyard book graphic novels mostly because he's dyslexic and can't read so he enjoys the pictures as i read out loud thanks so much for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gabi Ramos
Very excited to have this book, great for collectors. Love Niel Gaimans books, and graphic novels. Made very well, and great art work.Published 6 months ago by Caroline Martin