BOOK REVIEW: 'The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2': Bod's Story Concluded

Reviewed by David M. Kinchen

Nobody Owens -- AKA "Bod" -- is a live boy being raised by dead people in a graveyard in the two-book graphic novel series adaptation based on the popular Neil Gaiman book, "The Graveyard Book". The 2008 book won the prestigious Newbery Medal in 2009.

The second volume of the series resolves the story, containing Chapter Six to the end. It's "The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 2" (Harper, 176 pages, $19.99).

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 2': Bod's Story Concluded

For my review of Vol. 1:

From the publisher:

It Takes a Graveyard to Raise a Child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead.

There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family.

Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman's award-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated two-volume graphic novel adaptation.

Volume One contains Chapter One through the Interlude, while Volume Two includes Chapter Six to the end.

As I said in my review of Volume 1, the book is for children but can and will be enjoyed by young adults -- and older ones, too!

Adapted by P. Craig Russell, the "Graveyard Book" Volume 2, like the first volume, is illustrated by an extraordinary team of renowned artists. Artists Kevin Nowlan, P. Craig Russell, Galen Showman, Scott Hampton, and David Lafuente lend their own signature styles to create an imaginatively diverse and yet cohesive interpretation of Neil Gaiman's luminous novel.

Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman

About Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman's work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honoured with 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 2 Mythopoeic Awards. Gaiman was born Nov. 10, 1960 in Portchester, England.

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