Graphic Novel Disappoints

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Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel adapted by Michael Moreci and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin is a mediocre work about a thirteen-year-old evil genius named Artemis Fowl. The graphic novel is based on the first book of the eight-part series Artemis Fowl by Eion Colfer.

The story follows Artemis as he is trying to rebuild his family’s fortune after his dad went missing subsequent to making a bad business deal. This search for riches leads Artemis and his bodyguard Butler to a fairy that lives in Ho Chi Minh (also known as Saigon). After some reluctance, the fairy gives her rule book to Artemis for half an hour in exchange for medicine that will restore her proper three-hundred-year-old self.

 The graphic novel is poorly written and is not descriptive in the least. As a stand-alone work, it does not make a lot of sense and is hard to follow, unless you have already read the original series. Specifically, the character relationships are confusing, the story jumps between perspectives, settings, and time, and also does not have a clear storyline.

The pictures are unexceptional. While the drawings of the settings are beautiful, the character expressions do not fit the dialogue and the action scenes are poorly portrayed. The drawings in the graphic version do not fit the original novel’s descriptions of the characters, settings, and fight scenes.

If you have read the original series, the graphic version of it does not add anything more to the reading experience. Moreci and Gilpin’s book also does not have anywhere nearly as many crucial details as the original book does; for example, in the way of character development and storyline. 

I would rate Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel a 3 out of 10. While it would be interesting for somebody who has already read Colfer’s book to see it in a graphic novel form, the storyline does not make sense by itself, the character illustrations are disappointing and do not follow character descriptions. Overall, the book is not one that I would recommend, although I would recommend Eion Colfer’s original series.