Graphic Novel Review: Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novels, #1) 
by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano (Artist), Paolo Lamanna (Artist)

2 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius, who discovers a way to infiltrate the hidden world of the faeries, and how to steal their gold. Holly Short is the only female police officer with the LEP (Lower Elements Police, the fairy law enforcement). Desperate to prove herself in the field, Holly will need all her tactical training to take on the young genius, but Artemis has his own secrets and outsmarts the faeries every step of the way.

I have always loved the Artemis Fowl stories, but this graphic novel does not do them justice. I did NOT like the art style. The colors are dark and brown and boring.

The characters look weird. Artemis has a triangle head. Holly’s face looks like a football. Butler has a massive neck that is bigger than his entire head. The proportions on every character are so bizarre. Their height is weird, their eyes look strange, and everyone’s ears are displaced on their head. Foley looked nothing like I imagined. I could barely stand to look at each page, because it creeped me out all the time.

And I was not happy with the strange way the dialogue would jump from actual spoken words to internal thoughts of the characters. It was very confusing to see internal thoughts in a box, and then some spoken dialogue in a similar box indicating that the person was speaking “off screen”, and then more spoken dialogue in a speech bubble indicating the person speaking “on screen.” Who the hay is talking here?!?! Argh! It was confusing and unclear for much of the book.

I’m very disappointed in this, but I suppose I’ll keep reading the other graphic novels, because I DO love the story.
My recommendation: Read the actual novels, because they are wonderful, but skip these graphic novel adaptations.

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