Geary’s Great Expectations
I hadn’t paid much attention to Papercutz’s Classics Illustrated line revamp. Although a wonderful idea, doing classic works of literature in comic form, it never seems to work out quite as intended. (This is at least the third attempt at the idea with that name.) I suspect kids can tell that what they’re getting is supposed to be good for them, and adaptations, even of great books, don’t inspire quite the creative achievement that more original work does.
Great Expectations is a full-color hardcover, 56 pages long, at a size of 6 1/2″ by 9″, a cover price of $9.95, and the ISBN 978-1-59707-097-3. In both the prose novel and the graphic novel, the homeless orphan Pip falls desperately in love with the beautiful but shallow Estella. Pip struggles to prove himself worthy of Estella while a mysterious benefactor intervenes in the boy’s life.
It’s not new work, but a reprint of a 1990 First Comics release. The hardcover binding should make it more school- and library-friendly, which I suspect are the key audience targets. Nice price point for that.