Graphic Novel vs. Movie: V for Vendetta

Hello, my darling readers!
Welcome to my final graphic novel vs. movie/TV show review for this month. V For Vendetta was one of the things I bought at comic con and I was super excited to read it. Let’s see how both the iconic graphic novel and the movie fared imho!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, this graphic novel takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet.

Graphic Novel vs. Movie:

I’ll begin with some thoughts on the graphic novel.
First of all, I am rather smitten with the artwork. At times it’s super colorful, at other times it’s drab, always perfectly capturing the mood.
The drawing reminded me quite a bit of the Watchmen graphic novel. Alan Moore is the author of both but the illustrators differ, so I was rather surprised by that.

Alan Moore wasted no time giving you an accurate picture of just how horrible this world is. By the way, on one of the first pages we get the line “every man needs to seize the initiative and make Britain great again.” I found it a little unsettling that the slogan of the president of the United States comes from a graphic novel about a fascist regime. I don’t know what I’d worse: that they have no clue about that line being in V for Vendetta and they accidentally went with it, or that they deliberately chose it.

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Comic vs. TV Show: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Hello, my darling readers!
It only recently dawned on me, that one of my favorite Netflix shows is also based on comics. So let’s how Chilling Adventures of Sabrina fares on paper!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

Terror is born anew in this dark reimagining of Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s origin. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family’s past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda.

Comic vs. TV Show:

This time, I’ll begin with some thoughts on the Netflix production as I had watched the show before I picked the comics.

If you followed my reviews, you’ll already know that I am quite smitten with the show. I love the dark tones and that the show isn’t afraid of anything. The stories presented so far are interesting and even though I had some stuff to criticize, the show is one of my favorite Netflix productions so far.

The casting is 100% on point and Kiernan Shipka delivers as Sabrina. However, ever single one of the other cast members fully convinced me as well. Be it Ross Lynch as Harvey, Miranda Otto as Zelda or Michelle Gomez as Madam Satan.

Furthermore, the show comes with some really intriguing aesthetics. The set and costume design is amazing and the color palette is just perfect for the vibe of the show.

So – the comics. I’ll keep it short: I loved them. If that’s even possible, the comics are even a tad darker than the show. While on-screen there are quite a few funny moments, that is not really the case here. It’s a bit different but that’s a good thing!

The comics also take the time to explore more of the backstories of the characters. Although we are – at the moment – up to three parts of the show, I still feel like I don’t know enough about Edward Spellman, Madame Satan or Salem for that matter. As is usually the case with comics, the stories aren’t long but I feel like I’ve gotten a good insight – also in Sabrina past.

To be honest, there’s nothing that I didn’t like about the comics. The drawings are amazing and as I was reading I kept making mental notes of certain images. I wanted to recreate so many of the amazing panels, reading the comics was actually quite inspirational!
The only thing I am sad about is that the future seems to be hanging somewhere in limbo. There are currently 8 comics with more supposed to be coming. However, the last one came out in 2017, so I don’t know if there is still any hope for more.

In this case, I don’t want to decide which version is better. I thoroughly enjoyed both the comics and the show. Both are very recommendable, so be sure to give each a shot!

Did you prefer the comics or the show? Let me know in the comments!

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Graphic Novel vs. Movie: Constantine

Hey guys and welcome back to the second part of my Constantine reviews!
I recently wrote about the TV show Constantine in comparison with the first compilation of comics titled Hellblazer: Original Sins. Well, it doesn’t do to neglect the 2005 movie adaptation starring Keanu Reeves!

The Plot (as provided by Wikipedia):

John Constantine is a cynic with the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form. He seeks salvation from eternal damnation in Hell for a suicide attempt in his youth. Constantine exorcises demons back to Hell to earn favor with Heaven but has become weary over time. With terminal lung cancer, he helps a troubled police detective learn the truth about her twin sister’s death while simultaneously unraveling a much larger and darker plot.

Comics vs. Movie:

Okay, so the film draws from two major story arcs that appeared in the comics over the years. First of all, some ideas are drawn from Original Sins which I already mentioned and additional material comes from Dangerous Habits where Constantine finds out he has lung cancer. However, the movie deviates quite a bit from its source material.

As I mentioned in my last post, the comics are rather dark and gritty. Constantine is definitely a major bastard but it’s fun (well, maybe fun is not exactly the correct term) to follow him along. The artwork goes absolutely perfectly with the story and it’s one of my favorites so far.

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Graphic Novel vs. TV Show: Constantine

Hello, my darling readers!
Today I bring you another review inspired by my Comic-Con acquisitions. I got my hands on Hellblazer: Original Sins, which marks the first collection (issues 1-9) of the almost 300 comics released so far. Well, there is both a movie and TV version of John Constantine’s (the main character) exploits, so let’s kick things off of with the NBC show and check back the day after tomorrow for the film comparison!

The Plot (as provided by Wikipedia):

John Constantine, a demon hunter and dabbling master of the occult, must struggle with his past sins while protecting the innocent from the converging supernatural threats that constantly break through to our world due to the “Rising Darkness”. Balancing his actions upon the line of good and evil, Constantine uses his skills and a supernatural scry map to journey across the nation to send these terrors back to their own world, all for the hope of redeeming his soul from eternal torment.

Graphic Novel vs. TV Show:

Let’s begin with the comics, shall we?
I had a loose idea about who Constantine is before I picked up the first compilation of comics. Expecting this to be right down my alley, I immediately dove right in.

Turns out, I was right!
The comics are rather dark and gritty. Constantine is definitely a major bastard but it’s fun (well, maybe fun is not exactly the correct term) to follow him along. The artwork goes absolutely perfectly with the story and it’s one of my favorites so far.

It’s a bit of a rocky road to really get into the Hellblazer comics, but after a while, you get sucked in. I appreciate the variety of dark stuff writer Delano has John Constantine dealing with. There are many interesting monsters and demons but also lots of stuff that provides food for thought.

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Graphic Novel vs. Movie: Watchmen

Hello, my darling readers!
After my comparison of the Watchmen graphic novel and the TV show released in 2019, I also had a look at the 2009 movie adaptation by Zack Snyder!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

Graphic Novel vs. Movie:

I’ll begin with my thoughts on the novel.
The aesthetics are beautiful and the colors hypnotizing. Honestly, I could have spent hours flicking through the pages and enjoying the artworks. It’s worth picking up the graphic novel for that alone.

Looks aside, the story is hands down amazing. It could scarcely put the thing down, I was so entranced and wanted to find out more. This alternate universe is fascinating and (dancing around spoilers here) the entire premise is a unique take.

What can be said about the film? Well, first of all, it was LONG. I happened to watch the ultimate cut which comes with a whopping length of 3 hours and 35 minutes. Even the basic cinema version comes to almost three hours. Just for reference: 3 hours and 35 minutes is longer than a Lord of the Rings movie.

Somebody really needs to have a serious conversation with Zack Snyder about that. It’s not the first of his films that I find way too long!

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Graphic Novel vs. TV Show: Watchmen

Hello, my darling readers!
Today I present you one of my favorite shows of 2019 and the reason I ended up picking up all the graphic novels I’m talking about this month. Please enjoy my little comparison of the graphic novel and the TV show Watchmen – and come back on Wednesday when I check out the Watchmen movie!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

Graphic Novel vs. Movie:

First of all, I am fully aware that the show is not a straight adaptation of the graphic novel, but more of a sequel. Still, I have good reasons for writing this post, so bear with me.

I’ll begin with my thoughts on the novel.
The aesthetics are beautiful and the colors hypnotizing. Honestly, I could have spent hours flicking through the pages and enjoying the artworks. It’s worth picking up the graphic novel for that alone.

Looks aside, the story is hands down amazing. It could scarcely put the thing down, I was so entranced and wanted to find out more. This alternate universe is fascinating and (dancing around spoilers here) the entire premise is a unique take.

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