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This graphic novel adaptation of RL Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde brings together the creative comic “dream team” of Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy and is a follow-up to their first collaboration, Kidnapped — The Graphic Novel.
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This classic has tremendous modern appeal. A complex detective story for the most part, this adaptation depicts the gaslight era of London in all its gloomy grandeur. Topcoats, top hats, funereal suits, walking canes, and roaring fires all play prominently in the artwork. Most of the characters are depicted as grimacing, displaying an apparent distaste for their surroundings. The literary quality of the text makes for a heady read, but it will appeal to teens who could otherwise overlook the eternal power of a simple, fantastic story. Public libraries with an eye to keeping a varied teen fiction shelf should consider this title.-John Leighton, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
Two comic-book veterans condense Stevenson's well-known psychological thriller into 40 pages in this slim graphic-novel adaptation. Following closely to the original, Grant's adaptation portrays the enigmatic Dr. Jekyll, as pursued by the lawyer Mr. Utterson. When Utterson hears rumors of a ruthless maniac named Mr. Hyde, he begins an investigation into Hyde's background. As he deepens his search, he makes the startling discovery that Jekyll and Hyde are actually the same person. Grant's reworking should serve as an adequate introduction for younger readers interested in Stevenson's work. Kennedy's illustrations, while brightly colored, are somewhat flat, with a consistently straight-on point-of-view; the overuse of this angle becomes tiring. As far as graphic-novel adaptations go, this one is rather pedestrian: There are no real standout features, though no glaring detractions. And not much popular appeal, either, unless classics adapted in this form are actively being sought. (Graphic fiction. 10 & up)