Wednesday, July 4, 2012
House of Night #1 (House of Night: The Graphic Novel #1)
The magical world of New York Times best-selling authors P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast comes to comics!
Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you are Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood
For somebody that has just recently gotten into picking up graphic novels, I have to say that I have become very particular about the ones I read.
I recently read the Wicked Lovely graphic novel and wanted more color and vibrancy to the look and pages of it, but it's a good and fun read. I also recently read the Vampire Academy Graphic Novel and felt there was not enough dialogue to go with the pictures, a lot of the character and world building was missing and for a short book way to much drama and emotion thrown in. But the artwork was amazing and I loved the full colored glossy pages.
Now onto the reason your here. The House of Night graphic novel. This was a perfect match between artwork, color schemes and story-line. I highly enjoyed this one.
I have come to the reasoning that when I buy a graphic novel, it costs just as much or more as the original novel itself. So I tend to lean more towards the graphic novels that represent the most of the novel as possible, as thoroughly as possible. (if that makes sense).
In House of Night the visual of of the tattoos and the attitudes of the characters comes through on the pages through the artwork. The graphics alone tell the majority of the story just through the facial expressions and the details in the buildings and clothing. It's not just about shading and frowns, the actual coloring of the shadows and the smaller details that I have come to appreciate.
This graphic novel did a perfect job of combining the story of the novel along with the visuals. There was an amazing balance of dialogue and story to go along with the visuals. And again the artwork is very detailed and I loved the color choices, they complimented the mood to the novel.
If you enjoyed the House of Night series, or are interested in the novels you should check this one out. If you have not at least been introduced into the story, this graphic novel may have a bit of spoilers in it. But if you are curious about the series and would like an introduction to it and the Fledgling handbook (aka you don't mind a little spoilers) I highly encourage you to pick it up, it's a great price.
House of Night: Legacy [Hardcover]
PC Cast (Author), Kristin Cast (Author), Kent Dalian (Author), Joelle Jones (Author), Karl Kerschl (Author), Joshua Covey (Author), Daniel Krall (Author), Jonathan Case (Author), Eric Canete (Author)