The tragic story of two star-crossed lovers from different worlds comes to life in graphic novel format. Romeo, from the Montague family, and Juliet, of the Capulet clan, fall deeply in love at first sight. Fearful of punishment from their respective factions, the two teens keep their love hidden from everyone. However, when their commitment to each other is exposed, it adds more fuel to the heated family feud between the Capulets and Montagues and puts their love — and their ...
The tragic story of two star-crossed lovers from different worlds comes to life in graphic novel format. Romeo, from the Montague family, and Juliet, of the Capulet clan, fall deeply in love at first sight. Fearful of punishment from their respective factions, the two teens keep their love hidden from everyone. However, when their commitment to each other is exposed, it adds more fuel to the heated family feud between the Capulets and Montagues and puts their love — and their lives — at risk.
The romantic tragedy Romeo & Juliet, one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, continues today in feature films, opera, ballet, comic books and contemporary news reports of honor killings. The plot is well-known. It has no surprises. Yet, the pure flame of magnetic love, lit at first sight, between this beautiful couple, skilled at poetic flirting, and swept up by irresistible force in their first kiss, continues to attract audiences in the 21st century. Shakespeare writes his poetic dramas for a live audience presented by artists of the spoken word. Skilled actors draw the audience to participate in the dramatic action, awakening their imagination and eliciting a broad spectrum of responses. Powell creates a graphic novel form of the original play with Cabrera, a national prize winning sequential comics/cartoons artist, and Gonzalez, an artistic, graphic novel colorist. Powell retains the dramatic structure (five acts) of Shakespeare's play, with a brief original quotation to highlight the theme of the action. Cabrera and Gonzalez bring alive the opulent lifestyle of the Montagues and Capulets, the parents of Romeo and Juliet, and wealthy merchants of the noble class in the 14th century Italian city of Verona. Cabrera's framed drawings unfold as in a film. A medieval cityscape: palaces, gardens, churches; the luxurious fabrics of richly decorated costumes; uniformed retainers, masked balls, feasts, and lightning duels; all reflect authentic period research. Gonzalez uses rich colors to intensify states of mind and emotion. For example, the table of contents is stark black, the color of mourning, against which crisp, white letters stand out. A few drops of crimson color, sprinkled blood, appear in the left hand corner of the page. They seep, growing like a river of blood, covering both pages of Act I, spilling out onto the cobbled and violent streets of Verona. This color scheme is repeated at the announcement of each act, accentuating and echoing the hurtling destruction caused by the Montague/Capulet feud. This edition includes excellent notes on William Shakespeare, the history of the play, Shakespearean language with examples, discussion questions, and writing prompts. There are also notes on this retelling's author and illustrators. One earnestly wishes to feast on the visual splendors and colors of the other titles in the "Shakespeare Graphic Novels" series: Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. These books will make beautiful gifts, especially for young people interested in printing, dramatic performance and stagecraft, illustration, animation, and film. They are also useful additions to a library, particularly for those who studying the Fine Arts. One quibble, there is a spelling error of the word "feud" on the first page. Reviewer: Rita Monteiro
Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)
Meet the Author
Eva Cabrera is a sequential artist born in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. She is currently the Art Director of Neggi Studio (videogames) and anillustrator at Zombie Studio.
Shealso illustrates comic books for Protobunker Studioas the main artistfor El Arsenal: Been Caught Stealing. She has wonseveral comic-related national contests and has participated in various art expos. In her spare time, Evafeeds her addiction to coffee and the Internet.
Jorge Gonzalez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1982. Since then, he has dedicated several years of his life to the comic book industry. Jorge began his career as a colorist for the graphic novel retellings of The Time Machine and Journey to the Center of the Earth. In 2006, Jorge, along with several other artists, established Protobunker Studio, where he currently works as a colorist.
Since 1986, Martin Powell has been a freelance writer. He has written hundreds of stories, many of which have been published by Disney, Marvel, Tekno comix, Moonstone Books, and others. In 1989, Powell received an Eisner Award nomination for his graphic novel Scarlet in Gaslight. This award is one of the highest comic book honors.