Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Stephenie Meyer (Story) and Young Kim (Art) (2010)

Pages: 224

ISBN: 9780759529434

Isabella “Bella” Swan decides to move back with her father, Charlie, to a town in the Pacific Northwest. Once she gets back to Forks, she remembers why she preferred to be in Phoenix. While attempting to adjust to her new school and new people, she has an interesting run in with the Cullen family, specifically with Edward. She is completely fascinated by him and apparently he can’t stand her. Over time, the two develop a friendship that seems to be more.

This manhwa (Korean manga or comics) adaptation of the wildly popular Twilight saga had much to live up to, and did. The images were stunning and breathtaking. Young Kim’s beautiful art style brought the tale to life much better than the Hollywood movies. Kim conveyed the emotions brewing between the surface with subtle color and lines. For a better look into the artist, check out his interview with Twilight News.  My main issue with the novel was the typesetting and speech bubbles.  It really seemed to hinder my enjoyment of the beautiful art and made it someone difficult to read at times.

I cannot recommend this book enough. The art was beautiful and even though I know the story, I couldn’t turn the pages faster to see what was going to happen.

Score: 4 out of 5

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About Michelle

I'm a Midwest girl who has landed herself on the east coast. I spend my days in libraryland. My passion/specialty is graphic novels, manga, and anime. For a few weekends of the year you will find me at an anime convention somewhere on the east coast.

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