Sunday, November 6, 2011

Graphic Novel: Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes

     With reservations, I admit that I really did like a number of elements of the graphic novel portraying Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, and I will admit that I really wanted to like this graphic novel also, but it just did not happen.  On a positive note, I was first struck by the decision of the illustrator or publisher to go with black and white as these colors worked well for visual interpretation.   
     However, there are a number of key places where the graphic illustrator missed the fullness and richness of this amazing Bradbury work.  
     In fact, the single greatest deficiency is where the image fails the word.  The rich power of metaphors are totally missing in this visual representation.  
     Within this visual interpretation, at least three elements are clearly read into the work, including a portrayal of one literary work which was not even in print within the secondary literary world of Something Wicked This Way Comes.   To say it in the simplest terms, there are parts that are just plain ugly and poorly done.  While the black and white works on a symbolic level, the novel is filled with constant references to colors, tones, and shades that are absent from the black and white graphic novel.  I will be reviewing the graphic novel The Martian Chronicles in the future and hope that it is more in line with the ironic, but visually powerful Fahrenheit 451.