Book Review: Snow White: A graphic Novel
Title: Snow White: A graphic Novel
Author: Matt Phelan
Published: September 13th, 2016
Dates Read: August 11th, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Netgalley and Candlewick Press
The scene: New York City, 1928. The dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitzy prosperity of the Roaring Twenties screeches to a halt. Enter a cast of familiar characters: a young girl, Samantha White, returning after being sent away by her cruel stepmother, the Queen of the Follies, years earlier; her father, the King of Wall Street, who survives the stock market crash only to suffer a strange and sudden death; seven street urchins, brave protectors for a girl as pure as snow; and a mysterious stock ticker that holds the stepmother in its thrall, churning out ticker tape imprinted with the wicked words “Another . . . More Beautiful . . . KILL.” In a moody, cinematic new telling of a beloved fairy tale, extraordinary graphic novelist Matt Phelan captures the essence of classic film noir on the page—and draws a striking distinction between good and evil.
(photo from Matt Phelan’s video trailer for the novel)
Recently I have gotten into reading comics/graphic novels. Therefore I was excited to have a chance to read a graphic novel with a Snow White twist and with the novel being set in New York.
Now what I noticed right away was the fact that there was very little writing. Therefore it was a quick read. But what it lacks in writing it shines in illustrations. The illustrations are stunning and beautiful.
I think that Matt Phelan has created a retelling of the classic Disney tale of Snow White in the style of a graphic novel in a wonderful way. It provides twists and turns with each page. And with a few recasting but I won’t so more because……spoilers.
I could see myself getting this for my niece when she gets a little older. I would love to introduce her to different takes of the Disney movies she loves.