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  1. 5 out of 5

    Bill Lynas

    I really like The Keep....the original novel, the graphic novel & (don't laugh) even the film. Oh yes, I also have the soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. This is the fourth time I've read this graphic novel, having already read the book twice & seen the film at least five times. F Paul Wilson pretty much rehashes his novel for the graphic version, but Matthew Smith's simple & straightforward drawings add a nice new dimension to this somewhat offbeat horror story. Wilson admits he dislikes the film, w I really like The Keep....the original novel, the graphic novel & (don't laugh) even the film. Oh yes, I also have the soundtrack by Tangerine Dream. This is the fourth time I've read this graphic novel, having already read the book twice & seen the film at least five times. F Paul Wilson pretty much rehashes his novel for the graphic version, but Matthew Smith's simple & straightforward drawings add a nice new dimension to this somewhat offbeat horror story. Wilson admits he dislikes the film, which is why he released this graphic version. It's director Michael Mann (who also made Heat, The Insider etc) disowns it, even though it's his best film. Just check out Imdb for the superb cast list. Of the three formats this graphic novel is my favourite. In fact I only took it down from the loft after a friend asked to borrow it, & ended up reading it again myself. Now that's the sign of a good story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    This is the comic adaptation of the novel. It has a lot of similarities to Hellboy even though the novel came first. It's about a keep taken over by Nazis in Romania. Every night one of them is found with their throat slit or beheaded. A Jewish professor and his daughter are brought in to discover the murderer. Matthew Dow Smith's art is almost a clone of Mike Mignola's but with less detail. All of the Nazis look the same and are hard to differentiate. Other than that he does a great job of sett This is the comic adaptation of the novel. It has a lot of similarities to Hellboy even though the novel came first. It's about a keep taken over by Nazis in Romania. Every night one of them is found with their throat slit or beheaded. A Jewish professor and his daughter are brought in to discover the murderer. Matthew Dow Smith's art is almost a clone of Mike Mignola's but with less detail. All of the Nazis look the same and are hard to differentiate. Other than that he does a great job of setting a horror vibe. All in all, it's worth a quick read if you're into horror comics.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    When the Nazi's are cartoons rather than characters it detracts from the story. When the Nazi's are cartoons rather than characters it detracts from the story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reyel2107

    nazi against monsters , i am on the monster side !!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Finished in one sitting. It's a novel, which was apparantly turned into a terrible film, and then (from the novel) turned into a graphic novel. I really like the way it's drawn, very much like Hellboy (which suits the nazi theme). The decision to keep it primarily in black, gray and white was a good one, again it reflects the era and enhances the occasions colour is used. The story is ok. Creepy castle in Transylvania and nazis. You can probably accurately guess the majority of the plot from this a Finished in one sitting. It's a novel, which was apparantly turned into a terrible film, and then (from the novel) turned into a graphic novel. I really like the way it's drawn, very much like Hellboy (which suits the nazi theme). The decision to keep it primarily in black, gray and white was a good one, again it reflects the era and enhances the occasions colour is used. The story is ok. Creepy castle in Transylvania and nazis. You can probably accurately guess the majority of the plot from this alone. It looks like it was originally a 5 issue run comic, but the story at 116 pages felt cohesive and strong as the full article. I felt that the main plot points were executed well, but I felt that the characters were executed in a weak way. I put this largely down to the comic format, in which it is very had to build characters over a relatively short run.

  6. 4 out of 5

    John Mihelic

    I was unfamiliar with the source text(s) of this when I picked it up in the library stacks. It already was a book, and it was a movie, and then it became this graphic novel. And it’s a compelling story about Nazis and Vampires (or are they something else) and ancient curses that must not be broken or evil will spread greater than the Nazis. It works as a graphic novel, but you can tell that it is a bit of a derivative product - some depth of character has been removed to make it work as a picture I was unfamiliar with the source text(s) of this when I picked it up in the library stacks. It already was a book, and it was a movie, and then it became this graphic novel. And it’s a compelling story about Nazis and Vampires (or are they something else) and ancient curses that must not be broken or evil will spread greater than the Nazis. It works as a graphic novel, but you can tell that it is a bit of a derivative product - some depth of character has been removed to make it work as a picture book. No matter, it was a fun read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kitap

    Reduces the much richer novel to the barest bones plot, and does not give much in return. I haven't seen the film version, but if it offers even less than this it must be a bad movie indeed. Reduces the much richer novel to the barest bones plot, and does not give much in return. I haven't seen the film version, but if it offers even less than this it must be a bad movie indeed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Olof

    Too close to the orginal novel. A graphic novel work differently than a novel. The adversary was not at all scary and the final battle did not at all feel like anything special. I really did like the very sparse use of color :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I had never heard of the author or the original motion picture which came out in the 80's. This was a really fun read, well paced and well drawn. I had never heard of the author or the original motion picture which came out in the 80's. This was a really fun read, well paced and well drawn.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Craig Bolton

    Keep by F. Paul Wilson (2006)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    You have to extrapolate the religious and philosophical implications while enjoying the action. Also the time period.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  13. 4 out of 5

    P

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Kiser

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jay Kenyon

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ray

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dennyhil

  18. 4 out of 5

    D. E.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elissa R.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda Bateman

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Barrow

  22. 4 out of 5

    Simon Walton

  23. 4 out of 5

    Buster

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ms. C

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kasey Cocoa

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

  27. 4 out of 5

    Edward

  28. 5 out of 5

    kevin Guarino

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rodney Wagner

  30. 5 out of 5

    Howard

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