published March 16th 2010 by Yen Press (first published January 1st 2010)
details Hardcover, 224 pages
When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret... Beautifully rendered, this first installment of Twilight: The Graphic Novel is a must-have for any collector’s library.
With several popular novels and movies based on The Twilight Saga, a graphic novel adaptation of this dark teen romance seems to have a sure-fire recipe for success – just take the story, add pictures and stir. By letting Young Kim's artwork do much of the storytelling, the graphic novel is an improvement on the novels, because Meyer's florid prose is one of the most distracting aspect of her books.
But for all the things it does right, this adaptation is also beset by poorly-placed word balloons and lovely, but occasionally awkward artwork. It'll please Twilight fans, but won't likely win many new ones.
-Lovely artwork that captures the dark, moody and romantic tone of the novels
-Relatively straightforward storytelling that's easier to follow than say, Vampire Knight
-Selective use of color in this mostly black and white story creates drama at key moments
-Classy, library-worthy hardcover will please fans and collectors
-Suffers from haphazardly-placed word balloons that sometimes cover characters' faces
-Occasional lapses of draftsmanship, with some awkward anatomy and foreshortening
-At P800+, it's roughly twice the cost of most graphic novels
Jacob and other characters' faces lack the rich characterization seen in Bella and Edward's faces