Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl Graphic Novels) Paperback – 4 Oct 2007
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Praise for Artemis Fowl:
'Artemis is a brilliant creation' – Antony Horowitz
'Reads like the fastest, punchiest comic strip you've ever come across' – Daily Telegraph
'Wickedly brilliant' – Independent
'Fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, with some laugh-out-loud jokes. Smart and page-turning' – Sunday Times
'A huge hit' – Guardian
About the Author
Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. He began writing plays at an early age and, as an adult, continued to write. Artemis Fowl, his first book featuring the brilliant young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller and won several prestigious awards.
Andrew Donkin is an enormously experienced graphic novelist and the author of over forty books for adults and children, including Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight for DC Comics.
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Top Customer Reviews
I suppose this means it's a hit!
Credit where credit's due to Colfer for working so diligently with someone who understands the medium. The collaboration of Colfer and comics veteran Andrew Donkin makes this a truly original experience.
Way too many comic adaptations tend to be cut-and-paste cash ins. You only need to give yourself a few pages to see that's not the case here. I'm delighted (and surprised) to say this is a lovingly rendered tome, respectful of the source but inventively opened up by Artist Giovanni Rigano's breathtaking visuals. Rigano makes full use of every expertly conceived panel.
Colfer's imagination, gift for story-telling and humour serve as the foundation for what I truly enjoyed as a motion picture experience bound into this book's 110 pages... and all in glorious technicolor.
The only thing missing was popcorn. Fast-paced and funny, it gives a new take on a story the fans will embrace and tap a new audience for the "Artemis" series. I only hope the whole series gets this treatment.
Artemis fans, this is the real thing. Eoin Colfer has collaborated with Andrew Donkin to produce a gem of a graphic novel. Every page is a work of art. The spirit of the original story is captured, and the graphic format is used to great effect.
Every reader of the novels will have their own mental picture of the characters and some are not as I imagined, but I really enjoyed seeing what they came up with for each.
The only problem is that it looks like it took so much effort, he won't have the time to do the other novels (come on EC - you can do it!).
Lucky for them then, this is a really superb retelling of the early adventures of boy genius and criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl. Colfer's witty novel has been made flesh by some very tight, smart editing and well-crafted storytelling by Colfer and co-scripter Andrew Donkin. Remarkably, the care and disciplined attention to pace and page layouts compare favourably even with the industry Gold Standard of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' `Watchmen' series, which speaks volumes for the whole team involved.
Of course, if your script is of a high standard, any reasonable art should function pretty well, but the art of Giovanni Rigano is a revelation. I'm unfamiliar with his prior work, but based on this evidence he's a very talented guy and is an inspired choice for this project (and hopefully for future instalments). His very elegant, almost spidery line style makes the Manga-inspired character designs far more textured than the bulk of the work it's derived from. It's a great combination of Asian and European graphic styles and some of the backgrounds are mind-bogglingly detailed.
Icing on this particular cake: the colouring. Paolo Lamanna's sophisticated palette and very careful use of colour effects really enhance the artwork and make the whole piece look like a book that should cost twice as much as it does. Hyperion really have to be congratulated for publishing a book of such high standard rather than going for a cheap knock-it-out cash-in.Read more ›
And what a terrific job Colfer and Co have made of this electrifying story by putting it into a comic strip format. The original novel was extremely fast paced and had an action film feel to it, yet the graphic novel has taken this premise and run with, very quickly!
The visuals suit the story perfectly; sharp, modern, funky and perceptive. The varying size and the scope of these images really help to capture the drama of the narrative. Especially impressive is the use of light and dark and the way these two polar opposites are paralleled (good vs. evil / surface vs. subterranean).
On the negative side, the story does lose some of its depth (unfortunately, this is to be expected). The characters are not so vivid and realised in picturesque format and if I were reading this as a first time Fowl voyeur, I would not have such an appreciation for the amazing inventions of Colfer. Nor would I be as desperate to pursue a sequel.
Yet the differences between the written story and the comic ironically are the reasons why this HAS to be purchased by Fowl fanatics, or simply by anyone who enjoys terrific fast-paced fiction. Seeing Haven City and Holly Short for the first time was first class, and my first look at the Neutrino 2000.... well, it was riddled with jealously - why can't I have one?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been a huge fan of Eoin Colfer & the Artemis Fowl series since 2001 when the first book came out, and have followed the series ever since until it's end a couple of years... Read morePublished 18 months ago by MattW
Wonderful as all Artermis Fowl stories. The graphic novel is a quick way to get through the story, but is no replacement for the "real thing".Published 23 months ago by Liene Z Kalnins
It was a very intriguing book which I really enjoyed and would happily read again and again and again. Very goodPublished on 3 July 2014 by Fergus Dewhurst
Excellent products. Glad it is avialable to buy.
I love the instancy of delivery too.
Made a lot of difference to the little children at the home. Read more
I love this book. The detail is amazing and the whole book is full of bright colours. Buy this book!!!!Published on 13 April 2014 by philip aslangul
I've started (and failed) to read the actual novel several times but I finished this one in one sitting. Read morePublished on 26 Feb. 2014 by Non-stop Reader
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