It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife... Tailored from the adored Jane Austen classic, Marvel Comics is proud to present Pride & Prejudice! Two-time Rita Award-Winner Nancy Butler and fan-favorite Hugo Petras faithfully adapt the whimsical tale of Lizzy Bennet and her loveable-if-eccentric family, as they navigate through tricky British social circles. Will Lizzy's father manage to marry off her five daughters, despite his wife's incessant nagging? And will Lizzy's beautiful sister Jane marry the handsome, wealthy Mr. Bingley, or will his brooding friend Mr. Darcy stand between their happiness?
|Fun game: guess which one's Lydia...|
Mrs Bennet looks like Divine from Hairspray (ie a man in a dress), and on that same note, Lady Catherine kinda looks like a tranny granny. Col Fitzwilliam was just flat out ugly (and fat). I didn't always get the decisions. I mean, Mr Bennet fell in lust with Mrs B because she was beautiful, and Jane finds Col Fitz at least some what alluring, so why not have this reflected? Regardless of the decision making process behind it, I just didn't get why some panels could be beautifully expressive (Fig 1) and some would just be...*shudder* (Fig 2).
Fig 1: Beautifully expressive
Fig 2: Divine and Tranny Granny
|Collins proposal to Lizzie.|
Note: Collins sorta looks like
a cross between Tom Hanks and
the guy who plays Golum...
And that's really all I have to say. There were some...odd things that happened in some of the panels that I questioned, and the forward from Butler about how this graphic novel was getting people to read P&P left me feeling a little odd. I mean, yes, it is familiarizing them with the story, and opening up the realm of "girly" classical lit to guys and reluctant readers, but if you're changing the story...Well, it's not like you can read this and say "Sure, I've read Pride and Prejudice" because the fact is, you haven't. You've read the Joe Blow bubblegum comic version.
Other points of interest:
Lizzie was very expressive (which was nice), but sometimes laughably modern.
|Talk to the hand.|
Best thing about this series of comics: they have fantastic covers with Cosmo-like blurbs.
My fave - What to Think When He Thinks You're Thinking.
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