Monday, February 9, 2015

Les Misérables (Manga Classics)

Title: Les Misérables (Manga Classics)
Author: SunNeko Lee (Art), Crystal Silvermoon (Adaptation), Stacy King (Goodreads Author) (English Script), Victor Hugo (Original Story)
Publisher: Udon Entertainment
Publication date:  August 19, 2014
Pages: 337
Source/format: e-ARC from Netgalley

Rating: ☆☆☆ 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo's classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition!

Gorgeous and expressive art brigns to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables! 

My Thoughts:

I love this manga rendition of Les Misérables. It would be ideal to have students read the manga after watching the musical or reading the original classic. The manga will tie in nicely with curriculum in an English high school class. Not only will they be able to enjoy a classic but they can learn to read a manga from back to front and from right to left. However, on the flip side, the manga will also appeal to teens who aren't big fans of reading. I believe this manga will encourage teens to read Les Misérables if they haven't read it already.

The drawings of Cosette are my favorite. The artwork is pretty typical of manga and I do like the artwork for the most part. However, I didn't like the hatching and the black borders because it was hard to see the images as a whole. The hatching in the background is the worst. My eyes hurt from staring at the page. I also dislike the black rings around some of the thought bubbles. I rather have the bubbles be bolded instead of a feathered black. Thank goodness the hatching, black borders and the feathered black bubbles are kept to a minimal throughout the manga.

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