It’s always interesting to see how graphic novel adaptations of complex and long books are going to turn out. Thankfully, Ryall’s and Rodriguez’s adaptation of Barker’s book is one that he can be proud of, and will make fans happy. For a summary of the novel, see my review for The Great and Secret Show.
The key here is that this is the first volume in an at least two-volume series, because the forty or fifty pages would not be able to cover the whole story. What’s so refreshing is the art. Clive Barker has a very vivid imagination and to see these crazy and complex images show in art form, rich with color and detail, is a truly enjoyable experience. Along with a brilliantly written script that manages to condense a six hundred page book – or three hundred in this case – into this slim graphic novel.
Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show is perfect for the fan of the book looking to see it done in a whole new way, as well as those not sure if they want to tackle a long dense book, and looking for a Cliffnotes version. Of course, once they’ve read it, they will probably want to read the novel version, which of course is highly recommended.
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Originally written on April 5th, 2007 ©Alex C. Telander.