Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Review of 'Snow White: A Graphic Novel' by Matt Phelan

"Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylize noir Snow White set against the backdrop of Depression-era Manhattan.

The scene: New York City, 1928: the dazzling lights cast shadows that grow ever darker as the glitz 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."

This is a quick read, but what a beautiful graphic novel.  I'm a fan of the Roaring 20s aesthetic, so this whole book was just wonderful for me to look through.  The illustrations are graceful, and yet I just want to do the Charleston all day long.

One thing that I liked about this graphic novel (besides the art) is that it seemed to provide more of a backstory to this girl we call Snow White.  My only other experience with Snow White is the Disney version of it.  From what I can remember, we're just kind of dropped in on this girl's life.  She's beautiful and she's the servant of this awful witch lady... I can't remember if it's clear that this wicked lady is her stepmother or not... But in this book, we at least get to meet her father and understand where she's coming from and what led up to the classic aspects of this story.

This book would be good for young readers and for readers who are interested in a different time period (although it would be more of an introduction to the '20s than a comprehensive history).

I give 'Snow White: A Graphic Novel':
Thanks for Reading!


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