I am so impressed with this graphic novel! The artwork is beautiful and each panel shows a clear story. The classic story of the Scarlet Letter is condensed but retains its integrity, and the characters are powerfully depicted. The tension and emotion of the story really comes through in the art and dialogue. Even small changes in the coloring or lighting show a change in mood or scene, and as the characters develop and change through the story, their appearance slightly changes to reflect that as well.
I was especially delighted in the way little Pearl was drawn. She looks like an imp straight from fairyland. Her wildness and sweetness are perfectly balanced in the art and in her dialogue. You can see her anger and her love, her free nature and her curiosity all so clearly! Beautifully done!
The tension, both romantic and fearful, between Hester and the men in her life is palpable as it comes through each panel. It’s such a big part of the emotional landscape of the story.
I was glad to see that a lot of the symbolism of the original classic is highlighted in this manga. The serpent around Chillingsworth, showing his mania and darkness, and the emphasis on sunlight and shadows, and how the letter A on Hester’s bosom is almost a character by itself… all wonderfully done!
I can’t wait to read more of the Manga Classics! It’s such a unique and lovely way to experience these classic stories.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. The opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.