Sunday, April 26, 2020

Hamlet (Manga Classics) art by Julien Choy - OPTIONAL

Hamlet (Manga Classics) art by Julien Choy, 464 pages. GRAPHIC NOVEL. Udon Entertainment, 2019. $18. 9781947808126

Language: PG13 (23 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13



Hamlet is appalled by how quickly everyone moves on from his father’s, the king’s, death -- even his mother is remarrying when she should be in mourning. Then Hamlet sees his father’s ghost and learns that he was murdered. The need for vengeance consumes Hamlet, and nothing will stand in his way.

The visuals in this graphic novel adaptation are beautiful, as per the standard I have seen with Manga Classics, and they helped convey how dramatic the characters are. I love the clarity granted to the reader from the illustrations that accompany Shakespeare’s words, though I found that this classic is more difficult to understand than other adapted classics, needing other supplements to help me interpret what happens in certain scenes. The mature content rating is for innuendo and mentions of prostitution; the violence rating is for blood, murder, and suicide.

Reviewer: Carolina Herdegen

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