Thursday, June 15, 2017

Graphic Novel Book Review: Redwall by Brian Jacques

Title: Redwall
Author: Brian Jacques
Illustrator: Brett Blevins
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: October 7, 2007
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Length: 148 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed

It was meant to be: The classic fantasy adventure that began the Redwall phenomenon is finally available in a cool graphic format. Illustrated by renowned comics artist Bret Blevins, Redwall: The Graphic Novel brings to life all the battles, all the heroes, and all the villains in a fun new format perfect for reluctant readers, those just entering the Redwall world, or the countless existing fans of the series. 

My Thoughts:
Matthias Mouse dreams of being like Martin the Warrior. When a band of fearsome rats attacks the abbey, led by Cluny the Scourge, he gets his chance. After finding a few clues as to the whereabouts of Martin's famous sword, Matthias sets off on an adventure to claim his right to the sword and protect the creatures of the abbey and the surrounding lands. 

It has been almost two decades since I read the full novel and there was a lot that I had forgotten so this was a wonderful reminder of the story. It has definitely helped me make a decision about starting this series over again since I've always been a fan of anthropomorphic stories. 

The illustrations are in black and white but still do an amazing job of bringing out the essence of the characters, even if the rats do look quite frightful. I think perhaps that there is a lot missing from the story here but all the action parts are definitely there so anyone looking for a quick, fun read will find it to their liking. 

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a nice GN. I've been kinda wanting to read this series...