Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel Book Review

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel Hardcover Book Review

 About the Book: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who ages in reverse: He is born seventy years old and becomes younger as the years progress. This faithful graphic-novel adaptation chronicles Benjamin Button's many adventures: He falls in love with a woman who ages normally (this causes complications), starts a family, and establishes a successful business. In his later years, he attends Harvard and plays on their football team. By the time he is an old man, Benjamin Button resembles a baby. "And then he remembered nothing. Through the noons and nights he breathed and over him there were soft mumblings and murmurings that he scarcely heard, and faintly differentiated smells, and light and darkness."

The film adaptation of the story—starring Brad Pitt (as Benjamin Button) and directed by David Fincher (who also directed Pitt in Fight Club and Seven) opens on December 19, 2008. This adaptation will allow fans of the film to experience the original source material in a fresh and fun graphic-novel format.

F. Scott Fitzgerald is the author of The Great Gatsby, Tender Is the Night, and other Great American Novels.

Ninzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir have written for a variety of comic books, including Wonder Woman, New X-Men, and Adventures of Superman.

Kevin Cornell is an illustrator and designer in Philadelphia.

Our Take: We're big fans of comic books here at the LEGION.   There have been a number of tales of classic literature and biographies of modern figures released in graphic novel format recently.   In fact, we just got done reviewing a graphic novel version of Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of the Species'.   Nunzio DeFilipps and Christina Weir help to bring to life a fresh new adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story (now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt) with the Curious Case of Benjamin Button: A Graphic Novel.

Kevin Cornell does a really nice job of bringing this grapic novel to life with his watercolored illustrations!   He sticks to a very drab palet of mostly tans, grays and blacks, which really adds to the vintage tone of the story.   The character designs are fantastic and spot-on to the descriptions in the tale.  He even goes the extra mile to give them a bit of a dreary and not 'gothy', but he definately creates the atmosphere of a darker yesteryear.

Overall, this is a great effort.  Its a fantastic way to get a good book to young people.  Anyone that enjoys visual medium, such as myself, will also greatly enjoy it.  When you can take a great story and put it to pictures, its a win-win situation.  We highly recommend this one.

How to Buy: or the Quirk Books Store

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