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VOYAWilliam Shakespeare's Macbeth takes a nontraditional interpretation, remembering that Shakespeare's stories have been transplanted to a variety of settings both on stage and screen. This Macbeth takes place in "stardate 1040" with a trio of robot witches and mecha monsters or fantasy creatures. At times, the frames are so crowded with detail that following the story would be difficult for readers not already familiar with the story. The feel of true Shakespearean dialogue is intact but with enough "modernization" to allow most readers comprehension of the events. Fans of gritty science fiction action and plot lines will appreciate this graphic novel. Each book in the Puffin Graphics series contains a "Making of" section at the end that includes discussion or visuals from the creators, such as concept drawings or inspirational musings about the writing or drawing process used. Also, a one-page "About the Classic Author" summary provides concise biographical and literary points that help readers understand the historical importance of these authors. Overall, black-and-white illustrations with good detail along with fair adaptation into dialogue keep the stories moving. This series can be a good addition to existing graphic novel collections where broadening of classic, literary stories is warranted, especially where the Graphic Classics series is popular. It might be the perfect way to get teen readers more interested in reading traditional classic tales by using these more visually appealing and abridged versions. Others entries include versions of Treasure Island, The Call of the Wild, Dracula, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P J S (Readable without serious defects;Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Puffin Graphics/Penguin Putnam, 176p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.