Classics Illustrated Deluxe #11: The Sea-Wolf

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When Sun Wukong, the Monkey God, was free to roam the earth, he battled emperors and shook the pillars of the heavens in his rebellion against the gods themselves. After 500 years of peace, the Bodhisattva Guanyin tasks the monk Xuanzang with a dangerous pilgrimage from China to India, and he calls on Sun Wukong for help. Their agreement is simple: in exchange for freedom, Sun Wukong must protect Xuanzang from the bandits and demons that imperil his journey. But bargains made are less easily kept, especially when...

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Overview

When Sun Wukong, the Monkey God, was free to roam the earth, he battled emperors and shook the pillars of the heavens in his rebellion against the gods themselves. After 500 years of peace, the Bodhisattva Guanyin tasks the monk Xuanzang with a dangerous pilgrimage from China to India, and he calls on Sun Wukong for help. Their agreement is simple: in exchange for freedom, Sun Wukong must protect Xuanzang from the bandits and demons that imperil his journey. But bargains made are less easily kept, especially when the fury of the Monkey God is in play.

Journey To the West, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature, gets the CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED treatment in this lavish adaptation of one of the most thrilling tales ever told.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Children are more ruthless about what they consider entertaining. They don’t love books because they think they should. They love stories that deliver, and Classics Illustrated always had the goods. Looks like it still does." — NEWSWEEK

"Congress should create an amendment that demands every single school in America place Classics Illustrated in their curriculum." — DIAMOND GALLERIES SCOOP

"For those who may have grown up with the original Classics Illustrated, Papercutz’s decision to resurrect the series will be welcome news." — OMNIVORACIOUS

"The remarkably detailed color illustrations open passages that words alone cannot convey. Recommended." — LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION

From the Publisher

"Children are more ruthless about what they consider entertaining. They don’t love books because they think they should. They love stories that deliver, and Classics Illustrated always had the goods. Looks like it still does." — NEWSWEEK

"Congress should create an amendment that demands every single school in America place Classics Illustrated in their curriculum." — DIAMOND GALLERIES SCOOP

"For those who may have grown up with the original Classics Illustrated, Papercutz’s decision to resurrect the series will be welcome news." — OMNIVORACIOUS

"The remarkably detailed color illustrations open passages that words alone cannot convey. Recommended." — LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION

From the Publisher
"Children are more ruthless about what they consider entertaining. They don’t love books because they think they should. They love stories that deliver, and Classics Illustrated always had the goods. Looks like it still does." — NEWSWEEK

"Congress should create an amendment that demands every single school in America place Classics Illustrated in their curriculum." — DIAMOND GALLERIES SCOOP

"For those who may have grown up with the original Classics Illustrated, Papercutz’s decision to resurrect the series will be welcome news." — OMNIVORACIOUS

"The remarkably detailed color illustrations open passages that words alone cannot convey. Recommended." — LIBRARY MEDIA CONNECTION

Library Journal
06/01/2014
A legendary patriarch of American genre fiction, London (1876–1916) wove emotion and adventure into a wildly popular combo that flowers today throughout all media. The book's hero, effete gentleman-journalist Humphrey Van Weyden, must survive not just the amoral Pacific Ocean but its titular wolf: Wolf Larsen, the brilliant but "unmoral" captain of seal-hunting schooner The Ghost. First rescued by Larsen and then forced onto his crew, Van Weyden confronts philosophical debates, crew unrest, treacherous weather, and a beautiful castaway who's also a writer. While some other literary graphic adaptations modify the original, Reb's gets inside London's vision with detailed, period-inspired inks enhanced by varying monochrome. The artist's light/dark palette creates thrillingly dangerous ocean vistas. Moreover, the hypercivilized Van Weyden and the sonuvabitch Larsen come across as complex, asymptotic characters, each worthy of both scorn and admiration throughout their unlikely mentor/apprentice relationship. VERDICT This fine adaptation will make excellent fodder for book clubs as well as for armchair sailors owing to the complexity of the characters, their dilemmas, and their choices. With brutality and some oblique sexual content, this title is for teens and adults.—M.C.
School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 8 Up—Humphrey Van Weyden is a literary critic who, due to his large inheritance, has never had to work a day in his life. During a routine voyage, his ship is sunk and he is rescued by a vessel called Ghost, where he is forced into service by the ship's terrifying captain, Wolf Larsen. Throughout the course of his time aboard Ghost, the protagonist is challenged to grow physically and mentally. At the outset, Larsen appears to be nothing more than a frightening and unpredictable ship captain. Van Weyden soon learns that the man is an autodidact, who enjoys partaking in philosophical arguments and solving complex problems. Unfortunately, Larsen's cruel and abusive nature dominates his behavior, thus leading to death and destruction. This graphic novelization of London's classic makes it accessible to low-level and reluctant readers. The illustrations are drawn so as to emphasize the wild passion and tense tone of Van Weyden's various interactions and observations while on the vessel. Similar in style to popular superhero comics, the book's chapters are each assigned a monochromatic color theme, which greatly enhances the work's mood. For example, the chapter in which Larsen attempts to assault a young woman and Van Weyden intervenes is depicted in red tones emphasizing the tension, violence, and approaching climax. The detailed images give readers a clear understanding of the basic themes and storyline so that they may better focus their attention on comprehending the dialogue. This title would be an excellent addition to any library or classroom.—Annalise Ammer, City of Rochester Public Libraries, NY
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Meet the Author

WU CHENG'EN was an accomplished writer in China during the 16th century Ming Dynasty. A former imperial official who grew unhappy with the political corruption surrounding him, Wu escaped into solitude and wrote stories and poems for the rest of his life. He is considered to be the author of Journey To the West, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

JEAN DAVID MORVAN has been nominated for two Angoulême Youth Comics awards. His faithful, detailed, and nuanced literary adaptations have appeared in several volumes of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED DELUXE from Papercutz.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 1, 2014

    Riff Reb¿s preface is brief but each word is emotionally charged

    Riff Reb’s preface is brief but each word is emotionally charged. The full page black & white portrait of Wolf Larsen
    is so dark, mysterious, bleak, and foreboding — a hint of events yet to come. I was excited to turn the page and begin
    reading.

    Riff Reb’s monochromatic artwork is cinematic in effect and makes you feel like you are right there on the docks, in the ship,
    and on the waters. It’s amazing how much a single color palette (varied by chapter) can convey so much emotion, mood,
    and even motion. The monochromatic artwork is hauntingly beautiful, stunning, very detailed, and quite realistic. I actually
    shuddered when Wolf Larsen makes his debut appearance in the graphic novel (chapter 2, page 31). As the story
    progresses, the artwork perfectly emanates the cold and wet, the dank and dark, the agony, the despair, the pain, the anger,
    the fear. And, the text is clean and crisp and easy to read.

    Admittedly, I have not read the novel, so I cannot state with authority how well the adaptation was done. But Jim, the editor-in-chief,
    explains the reasoning behind some of the creative liberties taken when adapting The Sea-Wolf into a graphic novel format.

    My only concern is that Papercutz has this book marked for ages 8 and up. The themes in The Sea-Wolf are dark, there is creative
    potty mouth and name calling, violence, death, and ghosts to name just a few things that might be a bit unsettling for an 8 year old.
    If this book were rated like a movie, I feel it should be PG-13, but really I feel the book should be for teens aged 14 and up.

    All in all, Riff Reb’s adaptation of The Sea-Wolf exceeded my expectations and was definitely a very enjoyable and thrilling
    reading experience, it is not to be missed.  isniffbooks[dot]wordpress[dot]com

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    In an unfortunate accident, the gentleman, Humphrey van Weyden,

    In an unfortunate accident, the gentleman, Humphrey van Weyden, gets washed overboard while traveling on a ferry. The sailors of the Ghost, a sea hunting ship, pull Humphrey from the sea. Humphrey believes that he is saved but the captain of the ship, Wolf Larsen forces Humphrey to be the new cabin-boy on his ship (one of his other crew members just died and he needed a replacement). Humphrey is held captive and forced into a hard and terrifying life at sea. When a castaway lady named Maud Brewster ends up on the boat, the two rely on each other and escape together. But, the Sea Wolf is still out there…

    What I thought – WOW – this was a great story! I think the Papercutz Classics Illustrated series is a great way to get kids to read classics and see what awesome stories the classics have. The illustrations in this adaptation makes the reader totally involved in the story. You can feel the mood of the whole book from them – dark, creepy, cold…

    The character Wolf Larsen is terrifying! I think he is now one of my top favorite literary villains. The description of the brutal life on the ship was vivid and the illustrations made it even more so. At 144 pages this is no comic book, it is a graphic novel and you get a great story. I have not read the original Sea Wolf. I have read Jack London’s White Fang and there is violence in Jack London books. The publisher rates this book as 8+ but I think because of the violence this book is good for kids 12+. As I said I never read the full version of the book, so I can’t tell how close the adaptation is to the real thing. I can say that the story kept me reading. I read it straight through, no stops. I am sure, after reading this adaptation, I will pick up the full version of the book one day.
    *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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