Snow White: A Graphic Novel
Matt Phelan’s graphic novel re-imagining of the classic fairytale of SNOW WHITE was fresh and unique. In this adaptation, the iconic character of Snow White is a young girl in the 1920s whose wealthy father marries a beautiful flapper --- but when he dies, her step-mother decides to get rid of her.
The artwork style was utterly gorgeous and would be reason enough to pick up this novel. I found the choice of putting Snow White in the 1920s to be very smart. The retelling interacts wonderfully with the historical setting. The time period allows for the story elements to be used in a new way. Let’s face it, this story has been told and reimagined so many times that it is very difficult to take it down a new path.
"The artwork style was utterly gorgeous and would be reason enough to pick up this novel. I found the choice of putting Snow White in the 1920s to be very smart. "
Prince Charming is a cop and the seven dwarves are orphaned children. The story would often take more non-traditional and modern choices. If only there was more interesting plot changes like these to the story, other than the historical setting to add something new to the story.
While the artwork was gorgeous, there wasn’t enough text in the novel. There were many pages without any writing at all. It was able to put across tone and mood, but the lack of words left the novel without much depth. It was too quick of a read, which lends it to being on the forgettable side because without words the author was unable to create much plot or any subplots that was different from the original narrative. There was no character development to speak of.
SNOW WHITE: The Graphic Novel is a beautiful revisioning of the Snow White story you love, but the lack of text doesn’t allow for any depth and makes the story too fast. That said, I would pick up another novel from the author for his artwork alone.
Reviewed by Dana Cuadrado on September 19, 2016