A great way to introduce new readers to literature, Manga Classics is a joint production of Udon Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing. The series adapts a number of classic stories, including The Scarlet Letter, Great Expectations, The Jungle Book, and Emma.
I’m a huge fan of graphic novels and literature, so it’s exciting when the two combine to create a series that encourages readers to explore stories in a new way. I think the biggest value of this project is the opportunity to draw in readers who wouldn’t otherwise be interested in these titles.
To celebrate these books, I’m reviewing seven of the mangas collected in the series. Starting on November 20th, I’ll publish a new review each day.
Here’s the schedule for my Manga Classics review series:
Monday, November 20th
On the very day of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes, a young merchant sailor named Edmond Dantès is falsely imprisoned for life, laying to waste his plans of marriage and hard-earned fortune. Following several long years in prison, he has managed to escape and reinvent himself as the mysterious Count of Monte Christo.
Tuesday, November 21st
Book One of The Jungle Book includes Mowgli’s Brothers, the story of Mowgli, the abandoned man-cub who was raised by animals in the Indian jungle, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the heroic mongoose, and Toomai of the Elephants, the tale of a young elephant-handler. In The White Seal, we meet Kotick, a northern seal as he searches for a home where his family will not be hunted.
Wednesday, November 22nd
Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga adaptation by Crystal S. Chan! In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter.
Thursday, November 23rd
Chafed by the “civilized” restrictions of his foster home, and weary of his drunkard father’s brutality, 14-year-old Huck Finn fakes his own death and sets off on a raft down the Mississippi River. He is soon joined by Jim, an escaped slave. Together, they experience a series of rollicking adventures that have amused readers, young and old, for over a century.
Friday, November 24th
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s powerful tale of forbidden love, shame and revenge come to life in Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. When Hester Prynne bears an illegitimate child she is introduced to the ugliness, complexity, and ultimately the strength of the human spirit.
Monday, November 27th
In the telling of Pip’s story, Dickens traces a naïve boy’s path from a hardscrabble rural life to the teeming streets of 19th-century London, unfolding a gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, and love and loss.
Tuesday, November 28th
When Jane uncovers the terrible secret Rochester has been hiding, she flees and finds temporary refuge at the home of St. John Rivers. Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale of morality and social criticism takes on an entirely new life in this beautiful Manga Classic adaptation of Jane Eyre.
To make it easy to find all the reviews, I’ll update the following list with the links once they go live.
Monday, November 20th – The Count of Monte Cristo
Tuesday, November 21st – The Jungle Book
Wednesday, November 22nd – Les Misérables
Thursday, November 23rd – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Friday, November 24th – The Scarlet Letter
Monday, November 27th – Great Expectations
Tuesday, November 28th – Jane Eyre