This graphic novel adaptation of the Alex Ryder novel Skeleton Key is an excellent adventure story. I have not read any of the novels, but I am an avid comic-book reader, and found this at my local library. The story itself is excellently plotted, and the script and artwork are both excellent. The artwork is a bit too ‘cartoony’ for my usual tastes, but it somehow fits in perfectly with the feel of the story, and the Japanese artist-team’s style does seem to make it all look like a young person’s view of the world (and of James Bond films).
This is the third Alex Rider book, following on from “Stormbreaker” and “Point Blanc,” and the two previous books are also available as graphic novels. This book sees Alex rider forced to go into hiding on Skeleton Key, an island near Cuba, where a Russian General called Sarov is hatching a plan to change the history of the world…
My son loves graphic novels and these books do remain faithful to the original storyline, plus the books have excellent artwork. Anything which encourages children to read is fantastic; so if your child is daunted by longer novels, then possibly graphic novels could be the way to get them interested in books. Of course, they should be enjoyed just for what they are – which is good and exciting reads, with lots of child appeal.
on 18 January 2013
As far as I know it was appreciated but it was a Christmas present, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!!!! Yeassh!!