Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

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I absolutely love the tale of Monte Cristo! Seeing it in this manga format brought back my initial glee in reading the novel so many years ago. It truly captures the essence of the tale and brings a fresh new perspective of the story in comic book form. The art and character designs in general are impeccable. I gladly would purchase this book for others and encourage them to read the actual novel as well!
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This manga does a great job at condensing the obviously complex story of Edward Dantès and his plan for revenge after being unjustly jailed. There is a bit of learning curve with using manga format but the artwork is superb. The explanations at the end help with understanding the decisions made and to explain certain scenes. It has encouraged me The Count of Monte Cristo on my reading list. It will definitely be great for those who want to revisit the story without reading the 1300 plus pages version. 

Highly recommend.
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The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favourite books of all time so when I found this manga adaptation, I just had to read it. With the original book containing over 1200 pages, I was curious to see how well this 400-page adaptation would compare. 

I'm happy to say that it doesn't disappoint! Not only is the art stunning but it also stays true to the original. There's a page or two at the beginning of each chapter solely dedicated to a narrative of certain events. I thought this was such a great idea when it came to trimming parts of the book without losing important details. 

This adaptation is perfect for readers new to The Count of Monte Cristo. If you don't feel like reading the original but have time for this adaptation, I highly recommend it! (It may just entice you enough to read the book if you find the manga too 'short' ;D) Readers who have read the original book will love this too. It's the perfect way to 'reread' when you don't have time for 1200 pages and I have a feeling I'll be doing just that whenever I miss this story.
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Once again, a brilliant adaptation of the original into a Manga Classic! It keeps the dramatic atmosphere and the gripping suspense of the most complex classic revenge story.

This is the story of a young man that had a bright life ahead of him. He was to become captain of his own ship, marry the love of his life and save his father from poverty. Until, on his wedding day, he's arrested for a crime he didn’t commit and is sent to an isolated prison with no contact with the outside world. After digging into the cell next door, he becomes friends with an old man that helps him discover the truth about his arrest and carefully plans his revenge. Giving invaluable information about a hidden treasure, the old man teaches Edmond everything he knows. As the years' pass, Edmond Dantes is a changed man with a single goal in life: make the people that betrayed him suffer as he did and take everything from them. 
A masterpiece that still gives me pleasure in reading. It’s a complex story full of betrayals, murder, blackmails and hidden businesses. 

The story is engaging and the complexity of the plot is addictive. Much like the original, the manga was able to keep the same emotion and suspense that defines this French classic in 400 pages. In end, it motivated me to read the translated version of the original again.

The story has been shortened quite a bit but Crystal was able to keep all the important details that keep the story attached and that leave no loose strings. The plot follows the story of the Count and his path to execute his revenge. This is the perfect book for the readers that don’t want to go through the 1000-page original. 

The style of writing is faithful to the translated copy but the language is simplified in certain scenes. I imagine that it’s for the reader to be able to fully understand the story.

There is a big number of characters in the manga and for me, it was easy to recognise who is who. The designs are unique to each character, going from facial expressions to the dressing details. I’ve read the novel before and the drawing of these characters go in line with the way I imagined them. 

The visuals are captivating and beautifully created. There is a special attention to detail; from the dresses and the suits to the prison itself and Edmond’s home. I could hear the noises in the street and walk around in this world. It definitely pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go until they fall in love with the story and this reality. 

I highly recommend this adaptation to both readers that already know the original story and those that didn’t read it yet. 

Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Udon Entertainment, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
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3.5

This story is too long and has too many characters to make it into one manga, but the author did quite a good job of it. I haven't read the original, and I was confused a lot of the time, but it was still enjoyable. I wish there was a character list (instead of a family tree-esque page) so it would have been easier to keep track of the characters and who they were. 

My favorite character had to be the Count - he is so extra, I love it. The plot was intriguing, especially since I had no idea what was going to happen, and I did not expect it to end the way it did. 

All in all, I think this is an excellent way to enjoy classics without reading the super boring originals LOL
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It took me quite a long time to finish this Manga, it wasn't really the stories fault, more my own. First I had a bit of a reading slump, then I forgot to pick it up again. But I finished it today. And I truly enjoyed the story.
 
I LOVE a good revenge story, not going to lie. Granted, sometimes the revenger can go a little bit too far, people react differently and really bad things happen that he or she didn't want to happen. As was the case in this story.
 
I never read the original, I think it has tons of pages, so I probably never will read it, so I can't say if it was true to the original and if all the important things are mentioned. But I can tell you, that I felt like I really got to know the story very well and that for me, everything that was important was mentioned.
 
Once again, the artwork was just so damn stunning.
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This adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s novel ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ was excellent. The visualization of the characters and plot made it so easy to follow and enjoy 1200+ pages in the condensed Manga version with the right trimmings. Therefore, the primary focus here was the story of the Count, how he came to be and his revenge plans.

Young Edmond Dantes had a lot going for himself in 1815. He was to become the new captain of a ship, marry his fiancé and save his father from poverty with his new earnings. Excitedly he looks to his bright future, but on his wedding day he is detained for crimes unexplained and incarcerated in a dark cell at Château d’If without any human contact. As the days, months and years pass, he endures through all stages of emotions and finally starts digging towards the neighboring cell. When he unites with the older man from the other side, they become very good friends and spend a lot of time together. He is the one who teaches him how to be patient and plan his revenge. He also gives him details for a huge treasure to take so he can move forth with his plan.

“All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope” 
― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo 

After his escape and obtaining his new riches, he becomes ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ and learns of the fate of his father, his fiancé and the conspirators and traitors behind his arrest that ultimately destroyed his path in life. But he has suffered much, endured and prevailed, and he is looking right into the eyes of his betrayers, and they do not know who he really is. His plans work out beautifully, as he avenges them all behind their backs and plays them.  

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There is a fine line between what parts to leave out of the novel, which sub-plots to keep and what elements to foreshadow so they make sense. I thought that this was very well planned out and executed. I did not feel like I was missing anything and the art was captivating. 
This adaptation is definitely very appealing especially if one has been shy of reading the original tome. It would serve as a great introduction and create and interest in the more hesitant. 
I thought it was very well done.
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I have loved the Count of Monte Cristo since I watched the movie about 12 years I believe. So I was excited about this book but I can't review it because the file keeps messing up every time I try to download it. However, I will be picking this title up soon so I can finally read it.
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*** I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*** 

I have read this before of course, but reading it in this manner was very exciting. I love seeing the expressions in the pictures. Very exciting and entertaining way to read this classic story. It's almost like reading it for the first time.
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I love the Udon Entertainment reinventions of the classics. They make quite complex stories into enjoyable and accessible packages for young adults (and people who just don't really like the writing style of classics). The Count of Monte Cristo is no exception. A really well-designed and enjoyable read.
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This is the nth time that I've read a Manga Classics from that were published by Udon Entertainment. I still haven't the classic book of The Count of Mount Cristo and I didn't have the slightest idea about the story. 

The original novel of Alexandre Dumas is a thousand-page book, hence it will took several days or weeks before I could finish reading it. However, through this adaptation, I was able to finish reading this classic story in just several hours. It's a great alternative for someone like me who wants to read this classic but don't have much time to spare to read the novel.

The tale of Edmond Dantes' and the revenge he did for the three people who deceived him will set readers to anticipate what will happened in the end. This story reminds everyone not to be naive and trustworthy just like Dantes in the beginning of the story. If only he was observant on the people around him, he would not be imprisoned because of the false accusation that Danglars and Fernand conspired. 

The Count of Monte Cristo is undoubtedly one of the best classic story I've read so far. And these manga classics encourage not only reading, but also on promoting and appreciating the greatest classic novels.
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My rating 5 Stars.

Basically I am a comic book lover, first time I am reading a Manga. I have not read The Count of Monte Cristo book when it was available for review in Net galley I picked it up. 

The graphic novel “The Count Of Monte Cristo” is 401 pages long, a classic tale of Alexandre Dumas adapted to Manga the art work by Nokman Poon and story adaption by Crystal S.Chan.
From the blurb 
"A conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dante's into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo. Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on those who have wronged him - but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know?"
The story is huge and complex plot with vast number of characters the team have worked very well in nicely trimming the story at the same time stick to the rule of showing how Edmond Dantes took revenge on those who did him wrong. A commendable work that we have to appreciate. The artwork is superb and excellent, the facial expressions of characters are worth mentioning, even the copy I had is un-edited and low resolution ones.

They have given a character design sketch book, character relationship guide, the artist have also shared his thoughts about the designing some of the characters such as Edmond Dantes, Haydee, Albert De Morcerf and Valentine De Villefort. Further they also added some photographs, the original locations related to the story. I enjoyed reading Manga Classic, recommended to Manga lovers.
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This manga adaptation of "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas is just...beyond words! It's 
a visually stunning masterpiece that incorporates all of the classic elements of the original work, but also adds a unique, artistic perspective that elevates the story on another level. I truly loved the portrayal of the characters and the environment the artist created. The vividness of it all placed me right in the middle of all the action. 

A must read and much needed addition to any literary collection. Will certainly do a write up on my blog!
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I am not sure that reproducing some classics into a more modern form of manga is the best idea. Sometimes it works this unfortunately didn't. The Count of Monte Cristo  is originally over 1000 pages and this is around 400 I honestly think to do this tome of revenge justice the author and illustrator should have made it into a two part to show the tone of the original book. Also this seems to have modern slang being used which completely takes you out of the book and the setting. This just wasn't for me but I would suggest it to someone who wants to read the original work and this might give them an idea of what to expect.
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Amazing, I love it. The art is good and the story its strong.
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Unfortunately, I wasn't able to read it. The file only downloaded one page, all in black. Tried multiple times and got the same result.
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This is my first attempt at reading the classic and I was really excited at the chance of reading this adaption. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. 

The cover is spectacular and it caught my eye right away. The artwork was lovely and it pretty much covered all my requisites for manga, but when it came to the actual adaption of the story… sorry but no. 
The narrative is hard to follow and there were so many characters in the first few chapters that were introduced without proper explanation that I wasn’t able to tell them apart or tell where the heck they had come from. I usually read a book before I gift it to my younger peers to make sure they will be able to understand it, and being that I had a hard time following this one I sincerely think it’s not something I will be giving away any time soon, at least not to anyone that hasn’t had a crash course on the classics. 

** I received this book via Netgalley at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.***
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I have only read the original text once and seen the 2002 movie. I liked it just not enough to read it over and over. The tale is about Edmond Dantes. Dantes spends his life plotting his revenge after he is wrongfully imprisoned just as everything is about to fall into place in his life. So when I was told that it was put in manga form, I decided I wanted to give it a try. Especially since I have read other manga classics and really enjoyed those. It was adapted well into manga form. The drawings came to life for me and helped the story flow in harmony. There was not a time that I was lost because of an image. The pages that had notes on different subjects such as different design was really helpful to read and helped me understand this version even more! This manga was delightful I recommend it to all especially those who love the original version.
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If you have read the Count of Monte Cristo, you obviously don't need me to give an overview of the plot, if you haven't then what the hell are you doing reading reviews on this book? Go and read the original. Now. It's amazing but you will not appreciate this book or the story unless you have read it. And not the abridged version, the whole 1300 page monster.

The Count of Monte Cristo is easily my favourite classic novel - perhaps even in general. I read it for the first time at the end of last year and fell in love with it, it just made me sad I was unlikely going to be able to read it again any time soon because, as I've said it's a monster of a book and really I think everything in it is important to the story, at least in prose form.

I have read a few other Manga classics as a way to sort of experience the story in a consolidated way, and also out of curiosity to how they will be depicted and generally have liked them all and this was no exception as it allowed me to experience the story in only 400 beautifully illustrated pages. The way the characters were depicted was brilliant and I love how this team adapts classic stories to the manga style. That being said, being only 400 pages it does gloss over large portions of the book - Edmond's time in prison for example. I understand why this is done but if you have not read the original, and don't know how to fill in the blanks, it loses something.

Either way, it's impressive how concisely the cut it down, and I also think it's clever how they changed the perspective slightly so that some of the 'insider info' or dramatic irony that the reader experiences in the novel is revealed in a more surprising method, like an unravelling mystery in this adaption. I also noticed the Count and Haydee's relationship is dialed down slightly on the weird scale in this - I cannot imagine why they did that (sarcasm).

I will most definitely be adding this to my hard copy collection, along with Pride and Prejudice.
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