Author: Philip Pullman, Stephane Melchior-Durand, and Clement Oubrerie
Release Date: September 22
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Source: Random House Canada (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
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Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars of Jordan College, with her dæmon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle—a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, and a mysterious substance known as Dust. As she hurtles toward danger in the cold far North, Lyra never suspects the shocking truth: she alone is destined to win—or to lose—this more-than-mortal battle. (Source: Goodreads)
This is a graphic novel adaptation of the first part of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. The next two volumes will be published in 2016 and 2017 respectively. I read the source material for this graphic novel a long, long time ago when I was very young so reading this was a treat because I got to think back to my first encounter with Philip Pullman’s amazing trilogy. I had a hard time coming up with a rating for this book because I think the story is absolutely wonderful, and while that is adapted well I could not stand the art.
I think the adaptation does the source material justice. It’s been a long time since I read the original but it definitely captured the spirit and movement of the book in my opinion. I think I followed everything well and it definitely had me thinking back on the book and remembering the direction everything will be moving in.
The art for me was the problem. It was very rough looking and felt kind of lacking. It didn’t capture the magic of the world of Pullman’s books for me. The people in particular were really rough looking and looked like badly drawn children’s book illustrations. I was not a fan of the art at all and it very nearly ruined the experience of reading this for me.
Overall it’s worth a read but I’m not a fan of the art.
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