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Book review: Twilight, the graphic novel, vol.2

By Stephenie Meyer adapted by Young Kim
Age Recommendation: 13+
Yen Press, October 2011, 978-0-316-13319-7
240 pp, $19.99 (HC)

I was re-reading my review of volume 1 and studying the publication date and was a little taken aback at how much time had passed between volume 1 and volume 2. I wasn’t surprised, because original comics do take a long time, but it surprises me that an interest still exists!

Volume 2 starts where volume 1 ends off. Bella and Edward are very much in love. She’s afraid to meet his family, because she fears their disapproval. Instead, she plays baseball with them and they meet up with a bunch of wandering vampires. One of the non-vegetarian vampires smells Bella and is now determined to stalk her. Fortunately, Edward’s family likes Bella and is very happy that he’s finally found love. So they help Edward protect her from James…

Like volume 1, this was a good adaptation of the novel. Kim managed to get the salient points of the novel and keep readers interested. Her artwork is what makes this stand out, though. The action is drawn well. Color is used with great effect. (Mostly, the color was used for flashbacks, when Edward shares his family’s history and how they all became vampires. It was also used at the end.)

There were a couple of standout scenes for me. The first is when Edward plays the piano for Bella. I loved how the musical notes enveloped them both, showing how the music washed over Bella. It actually made me feel like I could hear Edward playing. The second scene was the climax of the book: The scene with James and Bella in the dance studio. The action was quick, making your head spin, a bit confusing, but I was confused in the same way when I first read Twilight and I had to go back to re-read those pages.

This is a very successful adaptation—and I think my teens will be pleased I finally wrote up this review, because I’ve been hogging this copy of the comic for ages. The only question that remains in my mind is… will Yen Press bother adapting the rest of the series, or is the Twilight craze really over?

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