Dinamite Reviews: Kindred Graphic Novel

As mentioned before, one of my favorite reads last year was Kindred by Octavia Butler. It was such an enriched, enthralling novel about time travel and slave-culture that I just adored everything about it. So when Amazon shot me an email that advertised a graphic novel adaptation of it, I, of course, splurged out ten dollars and read it one afternoon on my Kindle.

Now, reviewing a graphic novel is different because there’s more to them than just words and stories. It is art that tells a story, and this particular story is one that I had already read. So I was more focused on the art style than the plot itself. Not to say that I wasn’t invested in the story again, however. If anything, this adaptation reminded me just why I loved the novel. The characters are interesting characters to read about, particularly with Dana. You can’t have a good story if your leading man or lady is dull. And the graphic novel highlighted just what made her interesting throughout the story.

Not to say that I wasn’t invested in the story again, however. If anything, this adaptation reminded me just why I loved the novel. The characters are interesting characters to read about, particularly with Dana. You can’t have a good story if your leading man or lady is dull. And the graphic novel highlighted just what made her interesting throughout the story.

Story-wise, though, the pacing is a lot quicker in the graphic novel than in the original book. There’s no drawn out paragraphs describing everything Dana is seeing in real time. That’s replaced with backgrounds and dialogue. There are only a few monologs cut along a few panels for the sake of time and to deepen the emotion that Dana was feeling, but not much else.

As far as art style goes, though, I will say that I had difficulty getting past the first few pages. The proportions on the characters at certain angles were a little off to me. And the harsher lines made some of the characters look really weird and boxy. And there was always some sort of white line in the characters face in most frames–what was that for? It was distracting at times.

I am not an artist myself, but I can say whether or not I like the thing that I’m looking at. And for some of the frames, I just didn’t like how it was drawn, accurate or not. Very good drawings, but not necessarily my style.

I still give it a high rating, though. The story itself is still good, and I did get used to the art style after a few chapters. Once you get past the first few panels, it makes for a nice afternoon read. I’d recommend it to people just for the story alone.

 

 

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