on 23 August 2010
My 11 year old son loves these graphic novels. This is the second Artemis Fowl graphic novel he's had, and he seized it with glee when he unwrapped it (it was a birthday present). The illustrations are sumptuous, with great colours and thick glossy pages. The whole book has a quality feel to it and the stories really come to life. The graphic novel format is terrific for these action adventures, and in no way should it be dismissed as a comic book. If you want your children to watch less TV, but can't get them to read a book, then try this. The novelty might just lure them to reach for that off switch. I can't think of a better stocking filler for Christmas.
on 29 September 2009
Aside from being a long time fan of the original "Artemis Fowl" books, I was completely won over by the 2007 graphic novel and had hoped that Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin would be given the chance to work together again on further adaptations in the series. This follow up volume really takes things to the next level.
"The Arctic Incident" ups the level of action in terms of story and is superbly matched by Giovanni Rigano's epic art. Colfer/Donkin also make sure the humour is always on tap. Having established the characters in the first book, this time they build on their relationships. The spark between Artemis and Captain Holly Short is great fun and as Artemis predicts his own puberty in a mere eight months, I can't wait to see that spark ignite in further adventures.
The storyline marries a sinister plot to take over the Fairy's Haven City (and ultimately the world) with the realisation that Artemis's Father is very much alive and held captive in Murmansk, Russia. Russian Mafia desperados, who kill their captives regardless of any ransom being met, are holding him prisoner.
Some great new characters are added to the roster and we meet evil and beautiful genius Opal Koboi for the first time. Koboi has teamed with Briar Cudgeon, now on a personal vendetta against the LEPrecon Fairy Police's Commander Root.
In order to rescue his Father, Fowl must team up with the characters from the Fairy world and help them on a rescue mission. This quid pro quo set up really allows us to see a more human and vulnerable side to Artemis. His attraction to crime comes across as a means to an end and his "Holmes" like brilliance is now put to good use.
Colfer/Donkin are clearly having fun working on these books and I can't wait for the next one in the series.