Saturday, November 18, 2017

Best of: Snow White by Matt Phelan - Book Review

Originally Posted: September 15, 2016

;Snow White: A Graphic NovelSnow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Published September 13th 2016 by Candlewick Press

Award-winning graphic novelist Matt Phelan delivers a darkly stylized 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 glitzy 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.

Short, sweet, simple.

Snow White set in the 1920's with a film noir style, yes please.

Like I said above; it's short and simple, there isn't too much dialog and it just let's the stunning illustrations do the talking for themselves. We all know the story of Snow White and can probably figure it out in any format, era, or setting so it's not like we need the extra details. It's like they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
And I was absolutely caught up in each of these illustrations; to a point where I kind of forgot that it even was a book. I was just there.

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