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Obsessed with natural philosophy, young Victor Frankenstein succeeds in creating life from its basic elements - and abandons the newborn monstrosity in terror when he cannot bear to look at it. The rejected creature vanishes, and Victor attempts to forget what he has done... But the monster survives. It learns. Deprived of everything, fated to forever be alone, it has nothi Obsessed with natural philosophy, young Victor Frankenstein succeeds in creating life from its basic elements - and abandons the newborn monstrosity in terror when he cannot bear to look at it. The rejected creature vanishes, and Victor attempts to forget what he has done... But the monster survives. It learns. Deprived of everything, fated to forever be alone, it has nothing left but revenge. Manga Classics® proudly present a frightening new manga adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - a classic tale of creation and destruction!


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Obsessed with natural philosophy, young Victor Frankenstein succeeds in creating life from its basic elements - and abandons the newborn monstrosity in terror when he cannot bear to look at it. The rejected creature vanishes, and Victor attempts to forget what he has done... But the monster survives. It learns. Deprived of everything, fated to forever be alone, it has nothi Obsessed with natural philosophy, young Victor Frankenstein succeeds in creating life from its basic elements - and abandons the newborn monstrosity in terror when he cannot bear to look at it. The rejected creature vanishes, and Victor attempts to forget what he has done... But the monster survives. It learns. Deprived of everything, fated to forever be alone, it has nothing left but revenge. Manga Classics® proudly present a frightening new manga adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - a classic tale of creation and destruction!

30 review for Manga Classics: Frankenstein

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    4.5 Stars ⭐️ This cover is everything! I was thrilled when I saw this Manga and Anne of Green Gables on preorder. Naturally I had to get them and I have not been let down thus far! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bernie Gourley

    This is Mary Shelly’s story adapted into a manga-style graphic novel. It’s the story of an ambitious young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who races to create a human-like living being, but faced with the horror of seeing the creature alive and in the flesh, Victor flees, abandoning his “monster” to its own resources. Shelly’s story is considered one of the first (if not The first) science fiction novel and is also one of the great works of horror. But it’s not just a piece of cross-genre pop fi This is Mary Shelly’s story adapted into a manga-style graphic novel. It’s the story of an ambitious young scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who races to create a human-like living being, but faced with the horror of seeing the creature alive and in the flesh, Victor flees, abandoning his “monster” to its own resources. Shelly’s story is considered one of the first (if not The first) science fiction novel and is also one of the great works of horror. But it’s not just a piece of cross-genre pop fiction. Because it artfully deals with a number of issues central to the human experience, such as the potential for monstrosity in ambition and question of whether evil is made or birthed, the book is frequently studied as literary fiction and is one of the preeminent works of the Romantic movement. The manga adaptation follows the beats of Shelly’s story. The story opens in media res with a Captain Walton seeing Victor out on the ice. Victor is giving chase to his creature. Walton brings the haggard scientist aboard. Thus, the tale is told through this device of a story within a story. The manga adaptation even begins with an epistolary (told through letters) entry and revisits that form briefly at the end. However, the story is largely conveyed as a shipboard Victor introduces flashbacks by directly speaking to the Captain. Shelly wrote the novel in epistolary form, which was popular in those days, but it isn’t the most conducive to a graphic vehicle. The epistolary dialogue bubbles are given their own distinct font, and so it’s not hard to distinguish them. The major points of the story will be familiar to many, even if one hasn’t read the book. [While the most famous of the movies are quite different and less philosophical, elements of the story appear throughout various pop culture media.] In a nutshell, Victor Frankenstein goes off to university, learns to animate a pile of stitched up animal and human parts, and goes deadbeat dad when his creature comes to life. A while later, Victor returns to his home to find that his young brother William has been murdered, and that a beloved family servant, Justine, is to be tried for the killing. Nobody in the family believes Justine is responsible, and Victor (in particular) has reason to believe his sins have come back to haunt him. (However, Victor’s ongoing lack of capacity to truly see what his sins are and to address them is the source of virtually all the suffering in the book – not only his own. While the creature does the killing, Victor often comes off more monstrously. Conversely, the creature explains himself in a way that invites empathy in the reader.) The monster appears to Victor and tells him the whole story of what happened after Victor fled. The creature wandered off and prodigiously learned how to be human [including how to speak and read classic literature,] largely by watching the De Lacey family from a distance. In his loneliness, the creature introduces himself to the blind old man De Lacey, and the meeting is going swimmingly until De Lacey’s [sighted] children come home and freak out upon seeing the monstrous (if articulate) being before them. This is when, twice spurned, the monster goes to Victor’s home, kills William, and frames Justine. The monster offers Victor a deal, if Victor will build the creature a companion, it will stop its deadly rampage. Victor travels to England and Scotland, mostly with a friend Clerval, but leaves solo to a remote island to construct and animate the creature’s companion. The creature follows him. With Frankenstein’s bride stitched together, Victor has a change of heart and destroys it as the creature watches. Instead of killing Victor as the self-obsessed scientist expects it to, the creature retreats after delivering an ominous threat. A pair of dire tragedies follow. It is the second of these that results in Victor’s chase of the monster toward the Arctic pole. Soon, we are back to the point that Victor is on the ship. The crew are petitioning Captain Walton to return toward home even though Victor has already begged the Captain to assume the scientist’s obligation to kill the creature [if the beaten-down scientist is unable to.] Ultimately, Walton agrees to turn back because he is at risk of getting his crew killed. Victor is in poor shape. We see the creature once more, when he comes to ask forgiveness of his creator. The creature explains to Walton that it isn’t the only monster, nor is it the one whose actions really created the tragedy. I thought the art, which was drawn and shaded in monochrome, was well-done. The artist took efforts to capture the descriptions conveyed in the book. They chose to stick with the convention of reading as one would a Japanese manga (right to left, not left to right,) but there is a handy explainer page up front to make this clear from the start. Also, there are visual cues to help remind one as one reads, e.g. how the bubbles are positioned and angled, etc., and so I can’t say I had any problem reading it that way. It just seemed a bit odd, but I don’t know whether there is a Japanese edition. If there isn’t, it seems like it would have been just as easy to put it together in the manner of an English language comic book, but – like I say – it was no great reading challenge. I thought this adaptation was well done. I think one gets a very good sense of the story through the combination of selected text and graphics, as well as the varied styles of text and thought bubbles used to suggest who is speaking or thinking. I’d highly recommend this book for those wishing to revisit the story in a compact and / or visual form, or even for those who have trouble following the writing style of early 19th century epistolary novels, which can be a bit formal.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Manga Classics: Frankenstein in exchange for a fair and honest review. Yes! It's another manga adaptation of a classic, and this time around, it's Frankenstein! I couldn't be happier about the news, or about the entire experience. Manga Classics: Frankenstein was created by M. Chandler and Linus Liu, not to mention the original author, Mary Shelly. As with the rest of this collection, one of the biggest points is to make as many of the classics as possible accessible for I received a copy of Manga Classics: Frankenstein in exchange for a fair and honest review. Yes! It's another manga adaptation of a classic, and this time around, it's Frankenstein! I couldn't be happier about the news, or about the entire experience. Manga Classics: Frankenstein was created by M. Chandler and Linus Liu, not to mention the original author, Mary Shelly. As with the rest of this collection, one of the biggest points is to make as many of the classics as possible accessible for all readers. How many times have you looked towards a classic novel, only to be intimidated by the sheer volume of it? Well, Manga Classics not only changes the format, but it typically condenses the story as well (as a requirement of the medium). It probably goes without saying that I am a huge fan of Frankenstein, and thus I screamed just a little bit when I saw this latest adaptation. Obviously, that meant I had high expectations going into it. So, that raises the question, did it hold up? Absolutely! M. Chandler and Linus Liu did a fantastic job of bringing Mary Shelly's story to life on these pages. Everything from the decisions made about the adaptation, to the art style itself was really well done. Speaking of the art, I really do feel like it was the perfect fit. The cover should give potential readers a good idea of what I'm talking about. It's the right blend of that classic Frankenstein style, and the style inherent to manga. In short: Manga Classics: Frankenstein was pure perfection, and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. It doesn't matter if you've read the story a hundred times, or not a single time. Either way, it is an experience worth diving into. Check out more of my reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  4. 5 out of 5

    April Gray

    This is the first of the Manga Classics series I've read, and I quite enjoyed it! I haven't read the original version yet (in this case, the author of the adaption used the original 1818 edition of the book), but it's in the line up, y'all know how that TBR pile is. I can't say for sure how close this gets to the source material, but it seems like it's close based on what I've read about Frankenstein. What a story, peeps, a jerk scientist who refuses to take responsibility for his actions create This is the first of the Manga Classics series I've read, and I quite enjoyed it! I haven't read the original version yet (in this case, the author of the adaption used the original 1818 edition of the book), but it's in the line up, y'all know how that TBR pile is. I can't say for sure how close this gets to the source material, but it seems like it's close based on what I've read about Frankenstein. What a story, peeps, a jerk scientist who refuses to take responsibility for his actions creates a man by sewing together a bunch of body parts, human and animal, then gets all petulant when his creation isn't beautiful. Dude, you saw that body before you sparked it up, did you think there was going to be a Magical Monster Transformation Sequence and he'd turn pretty if you gave him some juice? So Victor runs away, leaving poor monster guy alone, not knowing what was going on. He goes out into the world, gets hated on, hides in the shed by a cottage and stalker watches some family, learns how to speak, reads books, gets smart, tries to make friends, and gets run off again. Guy goes looking for his maker, and bunches of stuff happens I'm not gonna totally spoil this), and the end is just messed up. Great story, but it's not a happy one. The art really works with the text, the artist captures the feels of the story, gives us clues to what's going on that isn't included in the text, and makes us feel the madness of Victor Frankenstein.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Frankenstein is a well-known story that has been regularly classified as both horror and a cautionary tale, earning both of those titles thoroughly with a plot that is as intriguing as it is unsettling. Liu's illustrations accompany Chandler's adapted story and text with deft line work and panels full of emotion. The art quickly establishes changes in scenery with sweeping landscapes and just as easily depicts the quick changes in emotions for the large cast of characters. This latter skill is we Frankenstein is a well-known story that has been regularly classified as both horror and a cautionary tale, earning both of those titles thoroughly with a plot that is as intriguing as it is unsettling. Liu's illustrations accompany Chandler's adapted story and text with deft line work and panels full of emotion. The art quickly establishes changes in scenery with sweeping landscapes and just as easily depicts the quick changes in emotions for the large cast of characters. This latter skill is well matched to the story as Frankenstein's descent into madness (or drive to atone for his actions, depending on how you perceive his character) and the creature's desire for love are key themes. Just as in the original, the manga has multiple narrators and this is done by altering the shape and color of the text boxes to assist readers in remembering who is telling their story at that point.  The abridged text, which contains Shelley's original words, is thus very easy to follow.  Chandler's selection of elements and pivotal plot points is fairly well done but some scenes feel repetitive as five years of events from the original are pushed into a smaller page count. Most notably is Victor's reactions to the creature's presence; he is immobilized with grief or madness a total of four times, which begins to feel excessive in a graphic novel a little over 300 pages.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    I love Manga Classics. They offer the best adaptation out there, and I'm always eager when I have a new volume. I studied Frankenstein in high school during our classes of English Literature. We read an excerpt, and we probably watched the movie with Robert De Niro, as well. I was intrigued by the original novel but I've never been brave enough to read it. So, I was happy when this came in the mail. I love the art, which is a bit different compared to the other Manga Classics books. It's dirtier a I love Manga Classics. They offer the best adaptation out there, and I'm always eager when I have a new volume. I studied Frankenstein in high school during our classes of English Literature. We read an excerpt, and we probably watched the movie with Robert De Niro, as well. I was intrigued by the original novel but I've never been brave enough to read it. So, I was happy when this came in the mail. I love the art, which is a bit different compared to the other Manga Classics books. It's dirtier and grittier but it fits the novel perfectly. I love the way the novel was adapted and it made me think about the creature differently. Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter had the same effect on me. I hope they'll keep on adapting the great novels of literature because the Udon teams is doing such an excellent job.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I have not read the original full length book Frankenstein, but I still found this book enjoyable. Victor Frankenstein is fascinated by science, so much so that he wants to bring a creation to life. Once he succeeds, he is so disgusted by the creature he made that he flees from it and abandons it. The monster goes on to learn how to speak, but it is lonely. He resolves to force Frankenstein to make him a companion. Frankenstein initially agrees, but th A retelling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. I have not read the original full length book Frankenstein, but I still found this book enjoyable. Victor Frankenstein is fascinated by science, so much so that he wants to bring a creation to life. Once he succeeds, he is so disgusted by the creature he made that he flees from it and abandons it. The monster goes on to learn how to speak, but it is lonely. He resolves to force Frankenstein to make him a companion. Frankenstein initially agrees, but then changes his mind as he does not want to fill the world with monsters. The monster flies into a rage and says that he will kill everyone that Frankenstein loves which he does. Frankenstein dies while trying to pursue the monster. The monster expresses remorse and resolves to go to the southernmost point of the globe and die.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martin Lukanov

    One of my earliest memories related to the classics of literature is watching the Japanese retellings of the Grimm Brother's fairytales, tat used to air every Saturday morning on the Bulgarian TV. Since then, contemporary retellings of famous pieces of literature and folklore have a special place in my heart. Why am I saying all of this? Because even with this soft spot for this the art of adaptation, together with a lifelong love of manga, I was unable to enjoy Manga Classics Frankenstein. Hell One of my earliest memories related to the classics of literature is watching the Japanese retellings of the Grimm Brother's fairytales, tat used to air every Saturday morning on the Bulgarian TV. Since then, contemporary retellings of famous pieces of literature and folklore have a special place in my heart. Why am I saying all of this? Because even with this soft spot for this the art of adaptation, together with a lifelong love of manga, I was unable to enjoy Manga Classics Frankenstein. Hell, I couldn't even finish it, it's that bad. From the uninspired drawing style to the shoddy writing, everything in this volume just screams half-assed work and lack of love towards the original.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    This is a fairly enjoyable and pretty faithful manga adaptation of the classic story. I think the art conveys the complexity and horror of the narrative rather well. The monster is, especially, well articulated. Would definitely recommend~

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    So many people think that this is just a book about a monster with bolts in his neck. This book is so much more! Very complex relationships. I took a class in college based on Mary Shelley and the writing of this book. It is really a very compelling read!

  11. 5 out of 5

    MJ

    This is perfection! I love everything about this ❤ And for anyone wondering- its the original 1818 edition that's been adapted, yay! : ) This is perfection! I love everything about this ❤ And for anyone wondering- its the original 1818 edition that's been adapted, yay! : )

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Walsh

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Smith

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kenan Banda

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kirstie

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paula

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ljiljana Krasic

  18. 5 out of 5

    Haleigh

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lenka

  20. 4 out of 5

    cin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Grace Vaughan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily Maria

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jay

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maite Hoet

  26. 4 out of 5

    Camila Fernanda

  27. 4 out of 5

    Justina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Barragán

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Pisano

  30. 4 out of 5

    Miriam

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