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Manga Review: Twilight Graphic Novel Will Either Make You Swoon or Groan

By March 22, 2010

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Twilight the Graphic Novel Vol. 1When Yen Press announced that they got the rights to publish a graphic novel adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, both fans and comics industry watchers were a-buzz. Given how popular the novels and movie adaptations of thissupernatural romance, and how popular vampire-themed titles like Vampire Knight have been, a manga-style version of Twilight seemedto havea sure-fire recipe for success: just take the story, add pictures and stir.

Sure enough, when the on-sale date for the first volume was announced, pre-sale demand for Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 1 was so strong, it made the Amazon top 10 bestseller list -- not just for graphic novels, but for ALL books, period. Pretty impressive by any measure.

So with so much buzz surrounding this title, all eyes were on the Yen Press editorial team and their chosen artist, Korean manhwa creator Young Kim to deliver a graphic novel adaptation that would satisfy Meyer and her legions of enthusiastic fans. But now that this hardcover edition of Twilight The Graphic Novel has hit the stores, has this book delivered on its promise and potential? Well, yes and no.

Check out my review of Twilight The Graphic Novel Volume 1 and find out where Kim and Yen Press got it right, and where they made some puzzling missteps.

Also, if you've got the urge for more supernatural reads, check out my ever-growing list of vampire manga worth sinking your teeth into.

Image credits: 2005 Stephenie Meyer, Hachette Book Group


March 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm
(1) HABE says:

“Catnip for teen girls” is the best description of this phenomenon I’ve ever read :D

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