“Amulet of Samarkand (A Bartimaeus Graphic Novel)” by Jonathan Stroud, Andrew Donkin, Lee Sullivan, Nicolas Chapuis (Hyperion, 2010)

Amulet of Samarkand Graphic Novel

After the continued success and popularity of the Bartimaeus trilogy – think of it like Harry Potter except the wizards don’t have much power, so they have to summon djinn to do all their work for them – Jonathan Stroud turns his hand to adapting the first book in the series into a graphic novel with some very talented artists.  Stroud’s first effort in writing a comic book is a good one: while he is a little wordy at times, he does an excellent job of turning the almost 500-page book into a 140-page graphic novel.  With such a creatively conceived book that’s bursting with the fantastic, with the likes of djinn, imps, afrits, and all other manner of strange and unusual creatures and demons; along with an alternate London and world, the artists do a fantastic job of bringing this world to rich, detailed, colorful life.  And then there’s the fun and interesting character of the millennia-old djinn Bartimaeus.  Lavishly drawn with just the right amount of humor, bravery and wit; Stroud keeps his character similar to the books with his impatience, distaste and at times indifference to wizards.  Whether you’ve read the trilogy or not, this graphic novel will either serve to remind you of how much you enjoyed the series; or make you start reading the books as soon as you’re done.

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Originally written on November 16, 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.