Tag Archive for Campfire Graphic Novels

Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book

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Dan Johnson has adequately adapted Rudyard Kipling’s original text in his reworking of various stories about Mowgli from The Jungle Book (1894) and The Second Jungle Book (1895). The dialogue and caption entries are sometimes text heavy and archaic for…

Space Race

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Chet’s unnamed grandfather is taking Chet on a camping trip, which has Chet kind of bummed out, because he and his friend are racing to build better rockets in their own little space race. This turn of phrase amuses Chet’s…

In Defense of the Realm

In Defense of the Realm reminds me of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion. Both books were written by knowledgeable scholars who clearly have a great deal of enthusiasm for their area of study, but whose interest in world-building far outweighed their…

The Count of Monte Cristo

Edmonde Dantes appears to have it all. He’s been promoted and now is captain of his ship. Mercedes, the girl with whom he’s madly in love, has agreed to marry him. He is extraordinarily happy. However, due to the nefarious…

Three Men in a Boat

Jerome K. Jerome’s novel Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog) is an occasionally awkward yet much beloved comedy classic. Sadly, this graphic adaptation inverts that ratio, serving up more awkwardness than affection-inspiring amusement. Originally intended…

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

While I think that it’s great that publishing companies are trying to get the younger generation more interested in reading, I am generally not a fan of re-working/re-writing classic literature for a younger audience. My worry, along with the worries…

The Treasured Thief

A beautiful princess has traveled to Memphis, the grand capital of ancient Egypt, seeking a husband. She asks each of her suitors the same questions – what is the cleverest thing you’ve ever done, and what is the wickedest? But…

Sita: Daughter of the Earth

Recounting the Ramayana, a part of Hindu sacred texts, Sita: Daughter of the Earth tells the tale from Sita’s perspective. She was born from the Goddess of Earth because of a king and queen’s prayer. She was raised as a…

The Merchant of Venice

This simplified version of a controversial play leaves this reviewer cold. There is no mention of Shylock being Jewish, which certainly reduces the controversy over this character but also demeans Shakespeare’s words, characterization, and plot. The graphic novel opens with…

Macbeth

Upon the Scottish moor, three witches are stirring up trouble. Macbeth and Banquo, two Scottish nobles are on their way home from a victorious battle which has suppressed a rebellion against the king. As the two parties meet, the witches…

Jason and the Argonauts

Story and Writing- Jason is heir to a throne that was violently taken away from his parents by his uncle, Pelias. In his youth he was trained by Chiron, the centaur, and then went back to his home town to…

The Dusk Society

I have been hooked on Campfire graphic novels since I first read Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: Reloaded. The Dusk Society had me even before I read page one. As soon as you open the book, you see the…

Alice in Wonderland

The Campfire Classic adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland lands firmly in the realm of mediocrity. The art (by Rajesh Nagulakonda) and scripting (by Lewis Helfand) both succeed in the task of relaying the basic plot of Carroll’s novel,…