Author: Jane Austen, Nancy Butler, Hugo Petrus
Genre: Graphic Novel
Release Date: September 2010
Source: Personal Copy
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one of my personal favourites. It is also a great place to start if you are new to the Austen verse. After having read all her novels, their modern adaptations and retellings, watching all the movies, I was pretty sure I had seen it all. Then I chanced upon Marvel’s Pride & Prejudice by Nancy Butler. It is a Limited Series which means it is a serialised version with 5 books in total. I read the collected paperback version of the book.
Sticking to the original story and dialogues in most parts, Nancy Butler, Hugo Petrus and Alejandro Torres have attempted to bring the story of Bennet Sisters to a newer demographic of readers. While the story does remain more or less faithful to the original, it is somewhat bogged down by the other elements, mainly the art and sometimes the dialogues.
I have issues with this adaptation. For starters, the panels are too brightly coloured for my taste and the illustrations, a tad disappointing. Mrs Bennet and Lizzy look scary in most panels. For that matter all the characters look startled or confused most of the times. At places the expressions are out of sync with the dialogues which can get frustrating after a while. Well, these are my observations. There are readers who have loved this adaptation but then again it is an art form, very subjective to likes and dislikes. Each one to his own, I guess.
I went in wanting to immerse myself in Austenland and came out wanting to read the original to undo the damage. The saving grace is by far the cover art which is absolutely wonderful.
Thankfully, Nancy Butler has worked on rest of Austen’s books for the Marvel Series with illustrators Sonny Liew and Janet Lee. Sonny Liew is the one who is responsible for the cover art of Pride and Prejudice. So, there’s hope. Also, I have read some wonderful reviews for Sense and Sensibility which makes me want to give the Marvel Illustrated Classics Series another chance.