Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

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I really love these manga classics. It's a quick and fun way to refresh on books that are amazing, but sometimes very long and time consuming to re-read. This particular book does skip quite a bit, but I suppose it's to be expected given how long and complex the original story is. Overall, I think it was done quite well and was still very enjoyable to read. I don't think it's an ideal option for a first time reading, but it makes for a nice follow up or refresher.
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I read the count of Monte Cristo when I was a child, and remember absolutely loving the story, the revenge, the drama - who doesn't like a good story about getting back at those who have wronged you in the past ? 
This Manga describes the terrible revenge of Edmond Dantès in the exact way I visualized it when I was a child - and Edmond himself too, tall, dark, magnificent and terrifying at the same time. The artwork is brilliant, full of details that truly make the characters come alive between those pages. The story, while reduced to only 400 manga pages, is kept intact and respects the original work. I would definitely recommend getting this for a child who gets a little impressed by the 1600 pages of the original novel.
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The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite stories and I think this manga does a great job of telling the story in a way that is true to the original.
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I loved being able to read The Count of Monte Cristo in manga format. They both lend themselves to each other so well. The story is perfect for manga with the betrayals and revenge what else could you expect. The manga style of art works well with these characters. This art form is about big expression and these characters are the types that would give you that. 

If you have not read the story of the Count of Monte Cristo you should definitely read this manga to introduce yourself.
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So I kind of knew going into this one that I would love it. I love manga, and have a keen curiousity about classics but, guilty as charged, rarely ever read them due to the often imposing lengths (The Count of Monte Cristo, for example, is 1,200 pages.) and weightier writing that is common of classic literature. It can feel like work sometimes, yet there is always this lingering curiosity about the storylines and characterization- I mean there’s a reason these stories have endured throughout dozens of years or even centuries, right?

First thing I want to mention art-wise is that the nature of The Count of Monte Cristo’s plot happens to be perfect for the lovely art style employed here. The high drama, the twists and turns, the romance, the shades-of-grey characters and situations. All of it meshes well with beautifully illustrated characters and briskly-paced panels. The Count himself, while not looking perfectly like the book description, has attractive, slightly ethereal looks that are perfect for a manga protagonist and match well to the fascination the character is intended to inspire. Backgrounds, costumes, architecture- all of it is quite meticulous and pretty to look at.

Now onto the storyline. It’s very noticeable how much of a challenge it must have been to take 1,200 pages of historical text and convert it into 400 fully illustrated pages, approximately the size of 2.5 typical volumes of manga. 

The dialogue comes off very naturally and the narrating panels that detail more of the on-going storyline are concisely written.

The beginning feels a bit rushed. Several characters are introduced. Pleasant, but overwhelming. It’s at the midway mark that I can say I was officially glued to the action, and the last hundred or so pages are a whirlwind of character development and plot lines reaching their fully realized and dramatic conclusions.

There are several quotable lines (most of them courtesy of the main character) and I’d call the content safe for all ages due to any violence being non-graphic in nature and the life lessons at the core of the story being good ones. There are also some afterward pages detailing the process of adaptation and the reasoning behind certain panels, handling of characterization, etc. It’s easy to see how much effort went into this. Highly recommendable.
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This is one of my favorite stories of all time. (I mean, I grew up watching the 6h movie so many times I can’t even remember.) And of course I read the original The Count of Monte Cristo.

In a nutshell: The manga is not long enough. :D

It is doing a good (but not great) job introducing readers that are turned off by 1200 p tome to a story that is absolutely worth reading. The drawings are good, too. I like the way Dantès looks but I have to say, it was funny to see Mercédès in Manga-style. However, due to streamlining 1200 pages of awesomeness into 401 pages of mostly pictures and a little bit of text, too many characters were introduced too quickly for my taste, the reveals were lacking suspense (e.g. Dantès figuring out who betrayed him in under 1 minute reading time), and back stories were cut short and thus lacked depth. I am actually surprised this book got so many 4 and 5 star reviews. But maybe it’s just me because I live for a good, suspenseful build up with details that make me gasp and I love a surprising climactic reveal. I guess some people are happy when a back story is explained in one or two bubbles, not realizing it takes the ‘wow’ out of it. And if you haven’t read the original, you don’t really know what you’re missing out on. (That’s probably the reason for the very positive reviews). I was much, much more invested in Edmond’s quest for reward and retribution in the original and a Manga series would have done the plot more justice.

So, if you are not going to pick up the original, read the Manga! The story is AMAZING! And if you enjoyed this Manga Classic, you should definitely read the original as well. It will blow you away!

Thank you NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas in manga format published by UDON Entertainment is such a fun and amazing read. I absolutely love the concept of classics to be adapted in manga format. This makes the whole reading experience so much fun.

It is such an enticing read especially because of the illustrations in manga. The illustrations were just so 👌😍.

I am also a huge fan of art present in comic books, graphic novels and manga. The art is just amazing here.

I definitely recommend this to anyone. I recommend especially this to:

> Students
> Teachers 
> Teachers who want to get students interested in classics
> Those who just love classics (like me) a
> Manga lovers
> Those who want to give classics a try but are not sure where to start
> Those who want to introduce their children to classic stories but children are mostly interested in reading picture books and short stories (this can be a win-win. You would get your children to read, introduce them to classic books and they would get to read in a way they like).
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I will admit, I was very interested in these classic stories adapted to manga format to see how these artists would illustrate and change the original stories as they turned them into manga. And, after a long struggle with getting them to download, I finally got all of the manga/graphic novels I requested to download onto my e-reader. However, I found myself very underwhelmed at all of these stories, as I feel they were okay but were nothing amazing or life-changing. Overall, I thought this whole collection of stories was alright, but I will probably not pick any more of these up in the future.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.

Thanks to the Manga Classics collections, readers can read international literature’s classics in a new guise. It is perfect not only for those who loves classics novels but also for those who would like to read classics but are afraid by big books and sometimes dense stories. On the contrary, a manga format is the perfect way to approach classic books in a different look, more simple, easy, funny and fast to read. 
What I loved most of The Count of Monte Cristo is how has been reinterpreted and illustrated. I was concerned of missing parts, on the contrary I feel the story has been told in a proper way attentive to details. The manga is divided in 15 chapters with some bonus materials at the end. All of it is in a classical manga edition so black and white. 
I do not have negative remarks, on the contrary I will search for other manga classics, and I will definitely recommend to everyone loving classic novels.
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As with both Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth, I didn't read this book before. However, I liked the story. These manga's do make me more interested in reading the original classics, I'd definitely recommend them in schools! The art is amazing, and it's much easier readable than the original classic, especially if you're around high-school-age.
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I read the original version of this YEARS ago, and remembered pretty much nothing of it, other than that I really liked it, so when I got the chance to read an ARC of this manga adaption of it, I jumped at the chance - especially as I have had the opportunity to read several of Stacy's adaptions by now, and have generally been impressed by how true they are to the original.

As always, when adapting such a dense story to a graphic novel, allowances had to be made, and a lot was cut out, but nothing - I felt - which distracted from the main plot, and unlike some of the other adaptions, I didn't feel like the story was too disjointed to follow easily. I liked the drawings, and found it easier than usual to tell the different characters apart.
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I really enjoyed this book. I find the idea of turning classics into manga books really cool and found that it was done quite well. I like that the traditional manga format was used and liked even more so that it is explained how to read it that way. I never knew about such things until very recently. I had never read The Count of Monte Cristo before, but found the story really intriguing. I think this manga style will convince others like myself who had not read the book to give it a try. I think that the graphics would be stunning to see in print. I am excited to check out more manga classics.
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This book is a classic revenge story. If you don’t know the plot of this book by now, you’ve been living under a rock.

Art wise, it’s the classic Manga Classics look. I hope there’s a colored Manga Classic soon, it would be stunning.

Character wise, they’re so iconic that they invented the tropes we’re so sick of today.

Story wise, it was fun to read. I really likes how the plot kept moving forward and how every character, no matter how small, was connected to every other one.

Overall, this was a nice book and I hope I get to read the original soon.

Raing: 4 stars
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I received this book via Netgalley in return for an honest review. I really enjoyed this Manga version of The Count of Monte Cristo. I just read the classic version last year, so it was fun to revisit it in this format. I thought the artist and author did a great job re-telling this story and loved the graphic design in the book.
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This was an incredible read. Not because this was a condensed story, but because the author managed to capture the essence of the original plot in a short(ish) format. Wonderful for all age groups and a must for the library.  Thank you NetGalley and Manga Classics for this eARC. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite calssics and I read it long ago when I was in school. So to reminisce the delightful childhood memories, I read this classic manga and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the characetrs, the story and the art was also nicely done. 

What I didn't like was they totally cut the part of Edmond's escape. As a child, this used to be my favorite part and it still is. So, I was a bit disappointed. A couple of more pages wouldn't have hurt. 

I would recommend this to youngsters who haven't read classics yet. It is in no way equivalent to the original classic but is sure enough to give you the glimpse of how amazing classics were and still are.
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I remember reading the story as a child in the comic book Donald Duck but not as a comic but as a adaptation summarizing it by three pages each week. I was wondering if I had read the original novel as well. Probably. I do remember seeing a movie. So I knew the story. 

The fun for me in reading this adaptation was that it was the first manga I ever read and very much liked the way the creative team explained how to read a mango but even better told about their decisions in adapting a classic novel to a Japanese style of comic book. How she scanned society pages looking for a man who could be the inspiration to the count and such. 

Manga is not my favourite style of comic book though. The way people are pictured is too childish for my taste. But for an experiment I really liked this well researched and imagined version of the classical tale. It is also a great way of introducing literature to people who will not be enthusiastic about the more old fashioned, many pages original. And remember I was introduced to this great story by a comic book too.
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I really enjoyed finding a classic book in manga style, let alone The Count of Monte Cristo, which is one of my favorites! 
I enjoyed the art style, and how the story remain intact, since the original is a huge book. I liked also the research and explanation shown.
I truly recomend it and I believe that this series of Manga Classics can introduce and make the classic lit more reader friendly.
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Beautifully illustrated and captivating! I wanted to check this out as the film is one of my favorites but I’ve always been a little hesitant to pick up the brick, I mean book...! This was an engaging format to experience the story all over again and I highly recommend! It’s also given me a newfound confidence to tackle the novel, which is my favorite part about telling/reading/viewing the same story via different mediums.
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After several man get Edmond Dantes vows revenge. After finding the hidden fortune of another prisoner and escaping, he reinvents himself as the Count of Monte Cristo in an attempt to enact his revenge. Will he succeed? This manga adaptation does a great job bringing to life this classic tale. Poon and Chan’s illustrations are expressive, detailed, easily accessible, and make this story easier to understand for a wider audience of reading abilities An explanation of how the original novel was adapted to manga format, a character relationship guide, and character designs and sketches are also included. Recommended for most library collections.
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