The Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel

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Unwanted by his parents, Cosmo Hill is put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous products. Cosmo realizes he must get away, and escapes with the help of the Supernaturalists, a group of kids who have the same special abilities as Cosmo—they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving what is left of humanity in Satellite City. But soon they find themselves caught in a web far more ...

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Overview

Unwanted by his parents, Cosmo Hill is put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous products. Cosmo realizes he must get away, and escapes with the help of the Supernaturalists, a group of kids who have the same special abilities as Cosmo—they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving what is left of humanity in Satellite City. But soon they find themselves caught in a web far more complicated than they'd imagined, and they discover a horrifying secret that will force them to question everything they believe in.

With stunning art and nonstop thrills, The Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel will delight fans already familiar with the story and dazzle readers discovering it for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Science fiction, as a genre, translates exceedingly well to the sequential art medium. This adaptation is no exception. Colfer's story of an orphan navigating a future world was first published in 2004 as a print novel. It's the story of Cosmo Hill (so named because of where he was found as a baby), who attains the ability to see formerly invisible creatures after a near-death experience. He joins a band of "Supernaturalists" who see destroying said creatures as their mission. Colfer's world is a highly developed version of the future, with high concepts and ideas interwoven into the action-heavy plot. Technical description can be science fiction's greatest strength, but can also be science fiction's greatest downfall. In illustrated form, Colfer's world comes to life. Of particular note is one spread (within the first ten pages) where a character is undergoing a number of procedures. The way this is portrayed works beautifully, communicating a complicated experience clearly and thoroughly. Although not every adaptation of a print book into illustrated form is necessary, this is one of the good ones. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
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Gr 6 Up—Cosmo Hill is an orphan, and in Satellite City that means living in an orphanage and being used as a subject for experiments and product testing. The residents at the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys have very short life expectancies, so they are always looking for the chance to escape. When Cosmo does get away, he finds himself exploring a world he never imagined with a new group of friends, the Supernaturalists, who have unusual abilities and are on a quest to find the life-sucking creatures so dangerous to humans. Stefan, Mona, and Ditto rescue him, repair his injuries, and take him along on their dangerous adventures. The Supernaturalist is a murky story, both visually and thematically. Rigano's artwork is dark and ominous, visually reminiscent of the film Blade Runner. Glowing lights are often used to dramatic effect, whether the glow is in a character's eyes or in the nucleus of an alien creature. But the murkiness lies within the story as well, as readers are thrown back and forth between believing that different characters are good or evil, and even the heroes are made to question their own motivations. This exciting science-fiction story will make readers think as it keeps them on the edges of their seats.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Gr 6 Up Cosmo Hill is an orphan, and in Satellite City that means living in an orphanage and being used as a subject for experiments and product testing. The residents at the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys have very short life expectancies, so they are always looking for the chance to escape. When Cosmo does get away, he finds himself exploring a world he never imagined with a new group of friends, the Supernaturalists, who have unusual abilities and are on a quest to find the life-sucking creatures so dangerous to humans. Stefan, Mona, and Ditto rescue him, repair his injuries, and take him along on their dangerous adventures. The Supernaturalist is a murky story, both visually and thematically. Rigano's artwork is dark and ominous, visually reminiscent of the film Blade Runner. Glowing lights are often used to dramatic effect, whether the glow is in a character's eyes or in the nucleus of an alien creature. But the murkiness lies within the story as well, as readers are thrown back and forth between believing that different characters are good or evil, and even the heroes are made to question their own motivations. This exciting science-fiction story will make readers think as it keeps them on the edges of their seats. Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library—SLJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786848805
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Series: Supernaturalist Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 401,684
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Eoin Colfer (www.eoincolfer.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Andrew Donkin (www.andrewdonkin.com) is the author of more than sixty books for children and adults. His work in comics includes Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight as well as the graphic novel adaptations of Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident with Eoin Colfer. He lives in London, England.

Giovanni Rigano is the artist of the Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident graphic novels, and many others, including the Daffodil series by Fr d ric Brr maud and several Incredibles graphic novels. He lives in Como, Italy.

Paolo Lamanna is an artist, designer, and 3-D animator. He colored the Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident graphic novels, as well as the Monster Allergy series, W.I.T.C.H.: "Caleb's Challenge," Ali nor, and the Daffodil series. He lives in Milan.

Biography

Eoin Colfer is a former elementary school teacher whose Artemis Fowl series has become an international bestseller. He is also the author of The Legend of Spud Murphy, The Wish List, and the New York Times bestseller The Supernaturalist.He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Author biography courtesy of Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Colfer:

"My original ambition was to be a comic book artist. I would still love to write a comic one day."

"I have a real hatred of queues. If I see a queue of more than four people, I will leave the building and come back another day."

"I have four brothers and they are the inspiration for several of the sprites and gremlins in my books."

"I did a parachute jump recently and loved it. I would definitely take it up as a hobby if we had more clear sky over here in Ireland."

"I am a big theatre fan, and I go as often as possible with my wife. I actually started out in the theatre, writing plays for my actor friends."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Eoin Colfer (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 14, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Education:
      Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987
    2. Website:

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    One of a kind

    I read this book and bought when it first came out (paperback) and was awe struck. A great read.

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