February 27, 2019 by TinyNavajo
American Gods, Vol. 1: Shadows by Neil Gaiman
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*Published March 13, 2018*
I seem to like reading different versions of different books and this one is no exception. I have read American Gods in actual book format, but now this is the graphic novel format, and according to my friends and coworkers, this is more based off of the TV series rather than the book. I haven’t seen the TV show, so it’ll be interesting to see it through the graphic novels.
Shadow Moon gets out of jail only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard–thrusting Shadow into a deadly world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a god war is imminent.
In this first volume of American Gods, I met a lot of familiar characters and I think what I loved most was that I was able to actually see these characters. Seeing Shadow, seeing Mr. Wednesday, seeing Mr. Jacquel and Mr. Ibis. I love meeting the characters and actually being able to see their interactions, some things make more sense, but also some things are just a tiny bit freakier as well.
This is what I truly love about graphic novelizations of books; I can see how someone, usually the illustrator, interprets the scene with input from the author of course. I can see what’s going on and I like that. I can see it when I read the actual novel, because you know, imagination. But I like have a skeleton to base my own interpretations, it helps me flesh out the world even more. I hope to have more soon, but it sounds like the TV show might tank. We’ll just have to see what happens.
What do you think of graphic novelizations of books and TV shows? Do you like them? Comment below and let me know!