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Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

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Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo Review

This manga version of The Count of Monte Cristo is quite possibly the best rendition of the classic story that I've ever read. It manages to fit a ton of details into its 404 Pages. I'm very impressed with it.

Platforms: Amazon, Barnes, and Noble
Price: $17.99 (Paperback) - $24.99 (Hardcover)
Author: Alexander Dumas (Original Story), Crystal S. Chan (Manga Adaptation), Nokman Poon (Artist)
Release Date: April 04, 2017
No. of Pages: 404
Genre: Classics, Manga, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Intro
Hello everybody, I'm finally back after a short break. In this review, I'm covering a manga rendition of The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas, Crystal S. Chan, and Nokman Poon.

I'm actually a pretty big fan of The Count of Monte Cristo and I was first introduced to this story through the movie that was released back in the early 2000s. I was still a teenager at the time of release but I was immediately interested in its tale of intrigue and revenge, which is always best served cold. 

After reading this manga I can safely say that this was easily the best rendition of the classic story that I've ever read. It manages to pack an incredible amount of detail into its 404 pages and it was a very enjoyable read throughout.

Since the original story is such a long one, the manga cuts out a lot of the fluff and focuses more so on the count and his revenge. This creates a very solid narrative and it manages to include all three characters he plots revenge against, which was great. 

The manga was a very entertaining read and it includes some details on the design process at the end of the manga, which was pretty insightful regarding its design and choices. 

I think that covers our introductions for this review, so let's don our disguises and get this review going!

Story and Setting
The Count of Monte Cristo follows the story of a man named Edmond Dantes who, upon his wedding day, is arrested and imprisoned. He spends 15 years in prison, renewing his plot of revenge on the people that betrayed him daily. After he manages to escape he sets in motion a series of events that will destroy the lives of his enemies. 

The story is filled with intrigue, romance, and mystery throughout. It's a fascinating tale and one that I've come to really enjoy. This was largely thanks to the movie but this manga has definitely renewed my interest in the story. 

The Count of Monte Cristo largely takes place in Paris, France but The Count also finds himself in Italy for a short period of time as he enlisted the help of a famous thief and befriends Mercedes' son Arthur. 

Many of the locations that are used in this story (Both the manga and original) are all real-world locations, many of which have become famous tourist attractions. This includes the prison that Dantes was imprisoned in.

Artwork
I was very impressed with the artwork in this manga. The artist managed to include an immense amount of detail into each panel and it helped tell the story incredibly well. There are some details regarding the artwork in the last few pages of the manga and it mentions that in the ball scene, in the beginning, it manages to cover 3 chapters in merely 7 pages. This is quite impressive and shows that the artist did a superb job bringing the story to life.

The character designs were quite superb as well and I really liked the design for The Count. He's cleanly shaven in the manga and he kinda reminds me of Dracula from Castlevania in a way. The other characters had really good character designs as well.

Pros
Superb Artwork
Very Entertaining Story Filled With Intrigue, Mystery and Romance
Focuses More So On The Count and His Plot For Revenge Creating An Excellent and Easy To Follow Narrative
It's One Of The Best Renditions of The Story I've Ever Read
Very Easy to Get Into, and Will Likely Please Younger Readers As Well.

Cons
I Honestly Have No Complaints With This Manga, It Was An Excellent Read, And I Loved It Quite A Bit.

Final Verdict
Overall, this rendition of The Count of Monte Cristo was quite amazing. I enjoyed every second of it and I honestly can't recommend it enough. If you're a fan of classic novels, or are new to the story and want something easy and straightforward to get into, then this manga is an easy recommendation. 

In the end, I've decided to give this manga my first 5/5 stars.

Thanks A Lot For Taking The Time To Read The Review!
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The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favourite classics and I really enjoyed this version of it. The author did a great job by drawing and narrating the story exactly like I always imagined it. A huge recommendation for everyone who loves classics and or manga.
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First I want to thank NetGalley for giving me this opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I really enjoyed this manga! I just had to read the classics when I saw they are in manga form. This was beautifully done with the characters, facial expressions and story details. I was drawn into the story and happily enjoyed the manga bring to "life" one of my favorite novels. This was very easy to read and follow along if you never read a manga before. 

I finished this quite quickly and already miss the story.  The original story is entertaining, captivating and exciting. The manga adaptation took the characters, especially the count, straight from the pages from how cunning, witty, resourceful and tactful right onto the pages. Likewise, also showing how caring and endearing he could be to the ones cares about. It was quite fun to read and see the expressions. 

If you haven't read any manga or manga classics, I highly suggest reading this one or another manga classic as they are quite pleasant and entertaining to see their adaptations. Plus, the art is stunning and cant go wrong with appreciating the hardwork going into them. 

Thank you again.
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Honestly this is my first Manga novel and I’m in love. The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic thats been on my list forever, I have never read it. So when I saw this graphic novel in Netgalley, I had to get it. The illustrations are extraordinary and the story flow is kept well. The reactions of every character is amazing it helps with the tone, while reading. A+ work by Stacy King!! I’ll watch out for more Mangas in future! Consider me a fan.

Thank you Udon Entertainment & Netgalley for the arc. This is my own honest opinion.
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Amazing visual adaptation of a classic piece of literature!

It has been a long time since I have read the original masterpiece by Alexandre Dumas. What I do remember is that it was a very long read, a great one but a long one. How can such an extensive epic adventure be condensed enough to fit in a single manga volume? Better than I expected, apparently.

Manga Classics and Crystal S. Chan deliver a near-perfect condensed version of the Count’s story. I did miss some scenes from the original that were either summarized on a single page with narrative boxes or cut out altogether. However, the focus was kept on the major theme: Revenge. For this reason, I believe it does justice to the original.

The art by Nokman Poon makes for a beautiful visual adventure. It gives a good manga vibe while staying faithful to the story setting of 19th century France.

All in all, this is the first manga I have read from the “Manga Classics” series, but it inspires me to seek out some of the other stories! I wish they could have done multiple volumes to delve deep in the original story of Monte Cristo but this abridged version was probably the best it could be for a single tome.
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The first of the Manga Classics I've read where it was clear that they had cut material (they had to - the penguin edition of the book is over 1200 pages!), but they captured the essence of the melodrama, riches, revenge, machinations, and ultimate redemption story.  The art didn't wok for me as much here - something about the characters was lifeless and generic.  But overall a fun manga read.
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In love with this Manga!!! 

The court os Monte Cristo it's a beautiful story and this art OMG just perfect
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I really enjoyed this! The art is lovely and the facial expressions capture the emotions of the characters very well. It felt like a complete story, which was nice. I also was able to read it in one sitting which is something I definitely would not have been able to do with the original novel.

It's been a number of years since I've read the Count of Monte Cristo, but I feel like this manga captured the story beautifully. It might have been a bit confusing if I hadn't read the Count of Monte Cristo before, but I think even without the background information the story would mostly make sense, since it's been 18 years since I read the novel.
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I'd like to preface this by saying I've never read any manga and the only Count of Monte Cristo I have experience is the 2002 film.

However, I really loved this! I thought there was some additional drama and love angles than the movie and I thought the whole story was super easy to read and enjoy,

I really like anime style art and the facial expressions and style lent drama to some scenes. 

Really fun and I'm definitely going to try some more classics like this.
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This is one of the classics that I already knew because I read this adaptation, so I knew what I was getting myself into. The artwork is just as amazing as in the other manga classics adaptations and the story is just as good.
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Interesting and innovative take of the well-known classic. As a fan of the original version of the book, I appreciate they have tried to take a quite lengthy book (which can often be intimidating to young readers) and modernize it for a new audience, bring new fans of the manga version who could potentially read the classic version after. It is visible how much effort has gone into this version, it is drawn beautifully and has been well summarized to be a 400 page manga. I still prefer the original, as it's the book that made me a fan of reading as a child.
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On the day of his wedding, merchant sailor Edmond Dantes is falsely imprisoned and sent to rot in a secluded prison. He manages to escape and makes his way back to the men who imprisoned him as a reinvented man with a large fortune. Since no one recognizes him, he’s able to slither his way into their lives and enact the revenge he’s been plotting throughout the years he spent in prison.

What made the manga version of this book so appealing was the format of it. It condensed the plot in such a way that all the major elements and characters were present and didn’t waste time on less important matters. It was engaging that you could feel the tension in each plot line because you could see the emotions on the characters’ faces, something that only a graphic novel could give you. Another really cool element is at the end of the book, the artist mentions that visits were made to the infamous scenes in the story in order to get the most accurate images.

The story itself is, of course, absolutely enthralling and delightful as you watch the brilliance with which the Count exacts his revenge. He’s cunning, resourceful, and kind to those he cares about so it’s easy to side with him and empathize as the story unfolds. If you haven’t read any manga classics or are a fan of the original novel I highly recommend reading this one!

Thank you Udon Entertainment for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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A visual re-telling of one of the best books in literature. Very exciting and very well done!

I still recommend you read the original, but this one is a lot of fun.
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This manga adaptation of the classic tale The Count of Monte Cristo is a great, easy read for those who want to know what all the buzz is about, but can’t be bothered to actually read the book. I’ve read another manga classic by the same people who adapted – and authored – Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter, and while I enjoyed that more, this story had some good points to it.

First of all, what is this story actually about? Well, let me tell you. This story follows a lucky man who ends up in prison after false accusations by jealous people. He escapes, finds an immense amount of treasure, and returns to where he came from, under a new guise (well, two new guises, but that’s a minor detail). And he seeks revenge.

Despite that somewhat dark summary I just gave you, this story isn’t that dark. It can be sad at times, but overall it’s quite a hopeful, happy tale with lots of friendship and a found family and also a found family who are actually related but never knew each other, so they count as a found family, too. My enjoyment of the story itself isn’t what I’ll be reviewing, though, because the author is dead, and this book will not suffer without any more publicity.

I’m going to review this particular adaptation of the story, and I’ll be doing it without any reference to the actual novel, because there’s a reason I chose a graphic version of this story and that reason is very real and simple; I am lazy.

Let’s start with the art style, which was fine. Much better than I could ever do, but it did not leave much of an impression on me. I found the faces to be a little inconsistent in style, and I think that was to signify age – older people had skinnier faces and small eyes, while the younger characters had big eyes and, well, yeah that’s it – but it made the overall image of each scene, that featured older and younger people, feel disconnected. Don’t get me wrong, each face was well drawn and looked great. But it just didn’t feel consistent.

I also had an issue with the chunks of description in this graphic adaptation. While I understand that turning a novel into a graphic version would be difficult in terms of pacing, there were a few scenes with chunks of prose and then a single frame to showcase what was happening. These scenes were quite slow, even for a manga, and did not fully utilise the adaptation of an illustrative story. Like I said before, I’m lazy and did not want to read full paragraphs of story. I wanted to see it happen, but there was a lot of telling rather than showing.

However, despite my previous point, the scenes that showed rather than told were excellent. I loved how easy it was for me to understand what was happening in those pages, which is why I will always recommend people read these manga versions of classics they are intimidated to read. It is a fully legitimate way of understanding the story, so you can impress all your cool English-lit friends next time you hang out to debate and drink tea. (Can you tell I have never hung out with an English-lit student?) (I am an English-lit student.) (I have no friends.)

This was another satisfying classic read and I’m ready to read them all. Surprisingly, when you take out all the fancy words they don’t teach us anymore, classic stories are pretty good.
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A story of hope. One that teaches the reader the power of perseverance. 
Despite the manner in which many of the characters end up, it says that justice will be served either from the hand of man or providence.
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Okay first off-- unrelated to the quality of this book-- I read this through the netgalley app, and about a quarter of the way in when I was thinking this story made no sense at all, I realized I was reading it backwards. As a warning for others who might be reading it the same way... you'll have to scroll all the way to the bottom of this very long book to get to the start! Since I read this over the course of a few weeks and it's pretty dense, my initial foray didn't spoil much for me.

I'm usually not much of a fan of Manga Classics because the combination of the art style with the original ye olde dialogue of a classic is jarring and a little confusing. But the more I read, the more interested I was and I was able to adjust to the style of storytelling. Admittedly, keeping every character straight in my head was difficult because there are so many players but if I'd had a physical copy, I'd easily be able to flip to the pedigree chart that helpfully illustrated the connections (although it also acts to give key elements of the story away).

But I still found it straight forward enough-- boy meets girl, boy is about to marry girl, boy gets falsely accused of treason and is sent to prison for a decade and a half and vows revenge, boy (now man) enacts carefully planned revenge scheme over the course of 350 pages or so.

I appreciated the attention to detail of the period costumes, the scenery, and the distinct character drawings. There are some alterations to the original character designs from the book, but they are done for good reason as visual media has certain limitations. There were moments when my blood ran cold by what I read, which tells me this adaptation succeeded in capturing the original's mood and message. Well done!
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Edmond Dantès gets the exciting news that he will become captain of the ship he has been working on. When his adversaries find out, they make sure he will not be captain, and put him in jail. After being in prison for years, Edmond becomes friends with a fellow prisoner who gives Edmond his personal fortune. With this newfound wealth, Edmond reinvents himself as the Count of Monte Cristo. It takes a few years, but the Count devises a plan to bring justice down on all of the men who made him suffer.

I found it funny that the characters didn’t recognize Edmond as the Count. It had been years since they saw him and they assumed he had died, but I still think they would have recognized him. This created some dramatic irony, since the reader knows that he is Edmond, but most of the characters don’t recognize him.

I liked the illustrations in this manga. I find that sometimes the characters end up looking alike in some manga comics. Each character had a distinct style and looked different, so it was easy to tell them apart. I also found the story very easy to follow with the illustrations. The Count of Monte Cristo is a long novel that I’ve never read, but I could understand the story, and read it much quicker, in this format.

This is a great manga adaptation!

Thank you Udon Entertainment for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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This was a really interesting take on the classic. The whole manga edition was a great addition to the classic oeuvre. the size for the original book had always intimidated me and as such, I never got the courage to pick it up. But this manga edition was great because apart from the fact that the drawings made the story much more captivating, the condensation also brought down the overall size of this humongous classic. The illustrator has done justice to the story and the fact that he did his due research going to France etc, only reflected wonderfully in his sketch renderings of the story. Overall, I really recommend this to anybody who is afraid of picking up the actual classic. Reading this marvelous union of a French story narrated in an originally Japanese art form, was a super delight for my reader's heart as well as the manga fan inside me. Pick it up!
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This has always been one of my favorite classics. I was a bit nervous going in to this read, because I figured that much of the story and plot would be cut or oversimplified. I was wrong. The writing was great, the illustrations amazing. I think they managed to keep the heart of this story while at the same time, giving it a fresh presentation that new generations will enjoy.
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What a wonderful introduction to classic literature!
The graphic novel format allows the reader to learn the main story. If they’re hooked, they can check out the novel to get all the subplots.
The illustrations are terrific.
I loved it!
It won’t be my last classic graphic novel!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for my honest review.
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