Raven’s Gate The Graphic Novel Review

Raven’s Gate The Graphic Novel

By Anthony Horowitz, Tommy Lee (adapter), Dom Reardon (Illustrator), Lee O’Connor (Illustrator)

This is an atmospheric graphic-novel adaptation of the number 1 bestseller “Raven’s Gate”, from the creator of “Alex Rider”. Sent to Yorkshire on a rehabilitation programme, Matt Freeman finds himself in the midst of a sinister conspiracy of witchcraft and murder. He uncovers a terrible secret: the Old Ones – monstrous godlike beings once banished from our world – are trying to return. Matt is about to discover that he alone stands between the forces of evil and the annihilation of humanity… Featuring striking, high-contrast black-and-white art with vibrant splashes of colour, this distinctive graphic novel captures the brooding atmosphere of the bestselling book.

Summary from Goodreads.

I read the novel many years ago while I was in high school. Whilst I still have a vague understanding of what occurred, the details of it are fuzzy. So going into this graphic novel adaptation I was very excited to reacquaint myself with it since I did love this series.

The art style was very interesting. It is very blocky and heavy lines, which I liked as a whole. At times though, I did find it very overwhelming with more black on the page than I would have liked.

The actually storyline was confusing to me. Going into reading this graphic novel, it was very easy for me to approach it as it’s own thing since it has been such a long time since I read the series. Unfortunately, what I found was a very confusing storyline that did not progress in a fluid way that I would expect. It is almost like this should have been a longer graphic novel, or even split into 2 parts to allow for more expansion on what occurs. While lots of main plot points were hit, I feel like everything was rushed over so that it could fit into a certain amount of pages.

While most may enjoy this if you have not read the original novel, I personally enjoyed the novel more.

2/5

Have you read Raven’s Gate The Graphic Novel? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!

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