Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel

14-year-old Cosmo lives in a bleak future world, where orphanages are permitted to work the children to death, and everyone is dependent on the technology that is offered by the satellite (known as Big Brother) that gives the city, Satellite City, its name. The life expectancy of the children at the orphanage where Cosmo lives is only fifteen, so when a unique opportunity for escape presents itself, Cosmo takes it. He nearly dies, and in that moment he sees a strange, glowing being that seems to be sucking the life out of him. He is a rescued by a group of teens who call themselves the Supernaturalists,  a team dedicated to eradicating the world from the blue parasites that are invisible to most people. When they realize Cosmo can see them, too, he is invited to join them.

Their efforts take them to the seamy underside of Satellite City, and into one dangerous situation after another. But soon it becomes apparent that their suppositions about the parasites are not necessarily true, and it isn't long before the situation escalates, and Cosmo has some difficult choices to make.

I'm not a huge fan of graphic novelizations of regular novels, but I grabbed this one on impulse from my library because the artwork is so beautifully detailed, particularly the landscapes and colorful drawings of the science fictional backgrounds. I thought my 14-year-old daughter might like it, and indeed, she snapped it up and found it a page-turner. She thought I'd enjoy it too, and I did.

I haven't read the novel, but I felt that this graphic novel interpretation was a skillful telling of the story, and I didn't feel I was missing anything as I read. The characterization was fairly elementary, and surprisingly Cosmo turned out to be the least interesting member of the Supernaturalist team.  The villain was a little over the top, gleefully recounting all the motivations and dirty deeds when really that character should have been completing the dastardly plan, rather than allowing the heroes the opportunity to escape.  Still, it's a fun read, and should appeal to fans of Colfer's Artemis Fowl books as well as those who enjoy a good dystopian science-fictional read.

The Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer and and Andrew Donkin (Hyperion Books, 2012)

Reviews of other books by Colfer:
Artemis Fowl 
Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code 
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception 

Also reviewed at:
Chad Likes Movies"The Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel makes for a nice companion to the original book; as is the case with the Artemis Fowl graphic novels, it is better to read one (the book) or both, but never the graphic novel alone"
Fantasy's Ink: "A lot of times, manga and graphic novels adapted from books end up being too confusing and cramped, but this one turned out just fine. "

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