Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: Not set

Member Reviews

On the story side, it’s been too long since I read the original novel for me to remember exactly the details, so I can’t really judge if important parts are lacking that deserved to be kept. I just felt the period during which Edmond Dantes finds the treasure and transforms into the Count of Monte Cristo is too quickly explained. In spite of that I thought we get in this adaptation the complex plots, the carefully orchestrated vengeance, and how everything ends up matching and fitting together little by little. We also get numerous characters and that can be a bit complicated at first to remember who’s who, but it would be the same with the original novel.
Purists will probably protest the cuts done but I’d say it’s not really different from those done for a movie adaptation – and The Count of Monte Cristo has known around twenty adaptations for film and around ten for small screen! And for those the prospect of reading a more than 1000 pages novel discourages, a 400 pages manga is much more accessible.
I really liked that at the end of the manga – so at the beginning of the book in the occidental reading direction – the adaptation team created a characters chart and explained some of the choices done concerning the story and the drawings.

Actually, on the drawings side we see graphic arts classic of manga, with sometime a close-up on an eye or a foot that can be disconcerting when you’re not used to the genre but are used to highlight a specific moment or emotion. Each character is drawn in a unique and recognizable way, the faces expressions are very well-made, the ladies’ outfits are refined and the settings are splendid. Of course, as it’s a manga, the characters in the same generation as the Count seem to be in their twenties, even the Count, when they are supposed to be at least in their forties, but it only made me smile.

To conclude I thought this really well done adaptation was a good way to discover a literary classic. I wonder which other novel they have adapted in the same way.
Was this review helpful?
I’ve seen Manga books before, but never sat down and read one before.  As a French teacher I’ve read the story many times and the plot is involved and complicated, covering a timeframe of many years.  It usually takes me a fair while to read the story.

This book is brilliant. The story has been carefully adapted to the Manga format, with certain aspects simplified, but loses none of the drama.  I loved the illustrator’s style, there are lots of dramatic costumes and flowing hair.  The review copy isn’t in colour, but I can imagine that a full colour version would be dazzling!  I was also impressed by the careful background notes, the tree showing the links between the characters and the instructions on ‘how to read a Manga book’ for beginners.

I understand that this is part of a wider series and if they are all as good as this one, they’re worth looking for.  Recommended for readers aged 10+ and a definite possibility for readers who find the original book a bit daunting.
Was this review helpful?
A wonderful adaption of the classic "The Count of Monte Cristo". The artwork was lovely and well thought out, carefully matched to the original book descriptions. I absolutely loved how clearly and well adapted the story was, I don't feel like I missed a lot of the story, it covered the majority and showed great attention to details. It was portrayed in a way that would make the story very clear for first time readers and reminiscent for fans of the original. I would love to read more by this author and from this Manga Classics Series!



My thanks to NetGalley, the publisher Udon Entertainment, and the author,  for giving me the opportunity to read a digital copy of this book. This did not influence my rating of the book.
Was this review helpful?
A beautifully adapted version of the Count of Monte Cristo.

The artwork makes it a joy to read and to rediscover the story that I loved reading many years ago. The Pace of the story here is well done and the visual presentation adds a whole new dimension to the reading experience. I was reluctant to put it down as I felt myself getting lost in the story and turning back to enjoy certain moments again.

I would definitely recommend to both those who have read the book but also to those who are brand new to the story.
Was this review helpful?
I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A cute manga of a classic story, but I wasn't a fan of black and white. It would have been much better in color.
Was this review helpful?
I love the Manga classics so far. The art is solid, I believe the story boards to be as close to the original stories as possible. What a great pleasure it is to read through a 400 page Manga adapted from a 1000 page book.
Was this review helpful?
As someone who still haven't read the classic book, this manga is something that really gave me that force to go and find myself the will to buy the enournous classic! 

With nice art, it's something that you can devour in one day, or take your time to enjoy it.

From what I know and saw of the book, it's actually pretty impressive it was done in just one volume. But I'm pretty sure it was very well resumed to the main points so we can see what matters the most in the form of a manga, to give us just a taste for those who want to read the book and are just scared from the sheer size of it, and to give it a chance for those who can't read all that much to get to know this classic in a easy and fun way!

It's something that I really see myself reading more than one time since the whole story and art are just marvelous.

I would like to thank Netgalley and Udon Ent. for the chance of reading this ARC!
Was this review helpful?
Thanks is a lovely adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo, and I think an acceptable shortened version of the story for manga.

It retained most of my favorite parts while still keeping the main themes of the novel.

A great alternate to the original story, and a good way to get folks interested in the classics.
Was this review helpful?
I loved the graphics and the book itself. It's slightly difficult to enjoy a book when you have to read it on your desktop because publishers don't provide a kindle link but other than that this book that I got from NetGalley is great!
Was this review helpful?
'Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo' by Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan and Alexandre Dumas with art by Nokman Poon is an ambitious undertaking for an adaptation. Manga Classics gets it right.

A young man on an upward career path with a beautiful woman to marry finds his path overturned by three conspirators. He finds himself wrongfully imprisoned. With no one to talk to but the man in the cell next door, he's got nothing better to do than to plot his revenge. When the man in the cell nearby dies and leaves his fortune to the now not so young man, it is opportunity to escape and enact his revenge. Now the rich Count of Monte Cristo, he uses other disguises and criminals to get his revenge.

There is a nice afterword talking about the adaptation, which is good, because there are parts of the novel left out or transformed. In this case, it keeps the story faithful to the book and makes the manga move along a bit more. At 401 pages, this is a hefty adaptation. The art is really good in this one and I enjoyed revisiting this story.

I received a review copy of this manga from Udon Entertainment and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this manga.
Was this review helpful?
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love these adaptations, they're a fun and easy way to get interested in classics. The art is always quality and I enjoy reading them. The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite stories and this was really fun .
Was this review helpful?
I'd forgotten how complicated and dramatic this book is. But it was fun to reread it as a manga. It definitely was quicker than reading the book version and a lot more fun.
Was this review helpful?
I loved the artwork and the adaptation is both interesting and accurate to the original story by Alexandre Dumas. Of course, the story was simplified due to length restrictions, but it's still a long and thoroughly enjoyable graphic novel. It looks like a manga in terms of character design, which I actually prefer, and it made for a fast and quite engaging read. I started thinking I'd get a feel of it, then read it later. And I did eventually stop, at the end :)
Was this review helpful?
I don't think it is a secret that Alexandre Dumas' master-piece The Count of Monte Cristo is my all-time favourite novel. I have written an extensive review of the book this summer which you can read here. I think the novel is simply one of the greatest pieces of literature ever written. I adore the plot, the characters and the whole vibe of the book. The writing is simply stunning. So, naturally, when I got the chance to read the Manga Classics retelling of my favorite story I simply could not say no.

I rather liked this manga. I liked that there was little to no step away from the original story. The art is beautiful, but I must say I was not amazed by it. At moment it did seem like the dialogues were made more easy in a way. That I didn't like. I believe they did it in case a person who did not read the original novel wanted to read the manga. I am a bit opposed to that, but that is simply because I think the original work is amazing.

One thing I particularly like about the art in this manga is the way certain character were drawn when they were young and old. I think it was done masterfully. Also, Edmonds disguises were wonderful!

I received this book in exchange for an honest review
Was this review helpful?
I always wanted to read this great book by Alexander Dumas but it's hulk size delayed me starting it. But I am happy finally I have enjoyed this great work in form of a magna.
This magna does great work of trimming this giant book full of characters and twists into a readily understandable work.
It covers all major characters and twists of plot in a enjoyable format.
Artwork is great and you can see lovely backgrounds, eyes and emotions of characters and drawings capture the contemporary construction and outfits.
All female characters are charming and captions are concise and consistent.
Character of Count is nicely depicted and after reading it story slowly sets into your senses and you are left with admiration.
Thanks netgalley and author for review copy.
Was this review helpful?
A great adaptation of one of my childhood favorites. The artwork is beautiful and it is one of my favourites from Udon Entertainment so far, highly recommended and definitely check out their other works.
Was this review helpful?
This is a beautiful retelling of the classic tale. I have always loved The Count of Monte Cristo and this retelling is a great and fun version.
Was this review helpful?
TW: suicide, murder

Disclaimer: I haven't read the original book, so I don't know how this compares to that. 

Holy sh*t y'all, that was a lot but so fricking good, oh my gosh! 

I want to own this manga in physical form, I want to be able to look at the glossy pages and flip through them and be able to physically hold this.

What a whirlwind of a ride!

I loved everything about this, from the story to the art, the characters, the placing. This version made me actually read this book that I've wanted to read for years but have put off. I'm so glad I picked it up, so, so glad!
Was this review helpful?
A very good retelling of this classic tale in a manga format.  It is beautifully illustrated.  The story is condensed enough that the essence of the story is maintained.
Was this review helpful?
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of those classics I'd been meaning to read forever, but never seemed to get around to. When I saw it was available as one of the Manga Classics re-imaginings, I was pretty excited, as these renditions always make the classics a little easier for me to get through; they tell the same story in a condensed version, and the art is always so lovely and fun to read through.

Thankfully, this was no exception, and was actually one of my favorites yet as far as the artwork went! The Count himself is drawn in that classic style of the handsome hero you'd expect to see in a shoujo manga, which was really fun, even if it does kind of disregard his age. I kept forgetting that he'd be in his 40s or 50s by the time the bulk of the story takes place... but either way, it was a really enjoyable way to read the story and I can see how The Count of Monte Cristo would've taken people by storm at the time with its morally grey protagonist and vengeance-filled plot.
Was this review helpful?