Graphic novels are a interesting and diverse way of telling a narrative. There are so many themes, stories and genres that can be presented through beautiful illustrations and aesthetics that differ across various artists visions. Christmas brought me a vast amount of new graphic novels ranging from humorous fantasy to thrilling manga. Easily readable and compelling, here are some short reviews on five exceptional graphic novels I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed.
Jack is 5 years old. For those 5 years of his life, he’s grown up with the same four walls surrounding him. He’s never experienced anything outside of Room. His Ma has struggled to keep up this livelihood, yet still accomplishing to make a loathsome situation slightly bearable for her son’s sake. Adapted from the novel by Emma Donoghue, Room shows what it’s like to finally escape the isolating surroundings and into an unchartered world through the eyes of a naive and sheltered child.
Danish painter Einar is living is 1926 Copenhagen, together with his fellow painter wife Gerda. With a lack of new inspiration for her work, Gerda turns to her husband for a unfamiliar muse in the form of a woman persona – Lily. Dumbfounded by this unconventional transformation, Einar then finds solace in this modification to his appearance. The paintings of Lily begin to gain high recognition across in Paris, initiating unconventional contemplations over a conflicting persona within himself. Testing their six year marriage to new limits, the pair face tough decisions as Lily craves to emerge entirely through uncertain surgeries.
TV Episode Review
Set in the rightful home period of the 19th century, 221B Baker Street lays residence to one of the most ingenious detectives ever to be established. Sherlock Holmes, a well spoken, resolute gentleman of great intellect is presented with a new case concerning a suicidal bride and the apparent ghostly murders that ensue. Accompanied by his ever-faithful war doctor comrade, John Watson, together they undertake the venture to expose the truth behind the mysterious, violent apparition.
Recently broken loose from the circus and provided with a new identity, Igor is an unfortunately constructed circus freak with an ingenious mind for physics and the human anatomy. His mastermind of a rescuer comes in the deranged form of Victor Frankenstein, an unswerving student of medicine who visualises his new companion as an unexpected gift. Together, they embark on a journey of science and remarkable discoveries, striving for creating a fully living being.