Quite frankly, I found this rendition of the tale a bit boring. I havent read the original Coraline, but I assume this graphic novel, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell, follows it pretty closely. All the colors are pretty muted in the artwork and it definitely lacks the intensity of other Gaiman graphic novels (Im thinking the early Sandman Chronicles). Now I love Gaimans work, so it is a little hard for me to say this: Coraline lacks magic. Yep. There it is. Perhaps I am, in part, saying this because I have seen the animated movie Coraline with all its colors and odd beauty. So, I went into this graphic novel expecting something similar. Still, with that honesty, I still say it lacks. I almost did not finish it.
Reviewed by Breia "The Brain" Brickey for TeensReadToo.com
This version of CORALINE is a graphic novel adaptation of the novel penned by Neil Gaiman.
The story follows a common theme in his works of the naive, yet determined, everyman who stumbles into an alternate reality.
The protagonist in this story arises in the form of a young girl named Coraline.
I found the dialogue to be smartly written and the narrative engaging. The artwork, while typical comic fare, set the visual mood quite well.
I greatly enjoyed this story. I found the characters likeable and believable in the context of the story, which in and of itself seemed to me to be an odd metaphor for "growing up."
I cannot recommend this enough to fans of Neil Gaiman's work or to someone looking for something just a little bit different.