Artemis Fowl: Eternity Code – The Graphic Nut

June 28, 2017     erinthebooknut     Book review, Graphic Nut

Artemis Fowl: Eternity Code – The Graphic NutArtemis Fowl: The Eternity Code. The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, Giovanni Rigano, Paolo Lamanna
Published by Disney-Hyperion on July 9th 2013
Pages: 112

Artemis Fowl is going straight . . . as soon as he pulls off the most brilliant criminal feat of his career.

But his last job plan goes awry, leaving his loyal bodyguard, Butler, mortally injured. Artemis’s only hope of saving his friend is to enlist the help of his old rival, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. It is going to take a miracle to save Butler, and Artemis's luck may have just run out. . . .

Praise for The Eternity Code:

“Readers will burn the midnight oil to the finish.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“. . . the action is fast and furious, the humor is abundant, characterizations are zany, and the boy genius works wonders—all of which add up to another wild ride for Artemis’s fans.” —Booklist

“Colfer’s young antihero might be getting more likeable all the time, but that hasn’t taken the edge off the Tom-Clancy-meets-Harry-Potter action.” —

It is the strangest thing to read a graphic novel version of a long beloved book. You have your own internal vision of how each character should look, their voice, the way they hold themselves. Then suddenly you have pictures of them before you and they look nothing like the ones in your head. It’s a bit jarring, a similar experience to seeing a movie adaptation. The question is can you overcome it?

As adaptations go, The Eternity Code graphic novel is pretty solid. The story is all there, even though a bit a bit of a shock looking at Butler. He’s SO bulky. It’s hard for me to imagine him to be quick and accurate with so much of him. Artemis looks strange as well but I can’t put my finger on why. The story, however, remains the same and Eternity Code is my favorite book in the series.

The art in general was decent, if a bit weird at times. Mulch Diggums looks plain ridiculous and I can’t figure out what they were doing with Jon Spiro but the rest of the characters look alright. Just not really how I imagined them.

Notably the biggest thing I missed was Eoin Colfer’s way with words as he describes certain things. While it’s interesting to actually see it I think part of the charm of the series is the way Colfer snarks his way through humorous parts of the book, particularly those involving dwarves and their bodily functions.

In general I prefer to read the book itself over this graphic version, however if you have a child who likes this format or is a difficult reader I think this is a good way to introduce them to the series, starting from the first of course.

From my shelf to yours,


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