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Manga Classics: Macbeth

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I love these series. This manga was really good and it was so unique. Thank you Netgallery for a copy of this mang.a.

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This retelling of Macbeth was interesting with some great art to bring it to life. Definitely a good way to get younger generations to read this classic story. You can see the very darkness in the art as you read and watch this story unfold.

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The manga classics are absolutely stunning. I have adored all of the ones I have been able to get my hands on. They add beautiful art to classic stories. I think this could help engage children when they want to get into classics or need to read the stories for class. It helps bring the reader into the story and possibly see what is happening when it could be lost with the flowery wording,

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I love classics, but some of them can be so hard for me to follow along and understand. This manga classic does do justice to the original while also adding visual entertainment and context. I am thankful to NetGalley and the publisher for this copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Macbeth is one of my favourite works from Shakespeare. But his plays are definitely hard to transpose in another medium than the one intended for. Classics in a manga format are a formidable idea and it seems like a great way to get younger people inspired to try some classics that they might otherwise avoid.

The first half of this manga was great. The witches were my favourite. However, after reading it for a while the way it was presented got a bit boring. It wasn't engaging enough, especially because I was not the biggest fan of the character design.

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I love the manga version of my favorite classics. And I am slowly collecting the am. And I can’t wait to read all of them.

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The Scottish play is adapted in this Manga Classic. I was more into this than Othello, but I still struggle to get emotionally attached to the characters. I have read the Scottish Play before and really enjoyed several productions of it, I found one online and read the manga while watching the play, that really helped my flow. I didn’t really like or dislike the manga.

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I love the story of MacBeth, so seeing it in manga style was amazing. I enjoyed reading it, and I liked how it was faithful to the original story while also having its own spin on it.

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The Manga Classics series really makes classic novels and plays accessible to modern readers. These are always enjoyable books, and Macbeth is absolutely no exception.

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I've read some Manga Classics, and they've all been great reads. Manga Classics' Macbeth is another I can add to that list. With amazing designs and faithful to Shakespeare's plays, the graphic novel is a must-read for those who want to enjoy the language of Shakespeare but can't sit through over two hours on stage or those who want to ease into Shakespeare's tragedies through comics before seeing it on stage. I also recommend those who love Shakespeare to read this as it's very faithful to Shakespeare's words and shows the story in a new adaptation (and let's be honest, who doesn't love a good Shakespeare adaptation?)

Thank you, NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for sending me an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read a free copy of this manga in exchange for my honest opinion! As with all manga classics retellings, I feel like the original content is much clearer and easier to understand. That being said, I still had a hard time following all of the plot of the manga, I think in part due to the old language used. Still, I found this read quite enjoyable and adored the art. I will always pick up and manga classics retellings to see just how good they are!

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I have read many different comic, graphic novel, and manga versions of Macbeth. While not the best adaptation I have read, this book is still a highly enjoyable read. I would encourage those who like Shakespeare or are trying to lure reluctant readers into enjoying his plays to try this work, and others in the series.

Reviewed from a copy made available by the publisher via NetGalley.

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I've read other Manga Classics, but this is the first one I've read based on a Shakespeare play and I found it quite well done. This Macbeth manga does a good job of illustrating Shakespeare's metaphors and meanings, providing more context clues when you're unsure what precisely a turn of phrase in old English means. It's a helpful supplement to anyone who may be struggling with just reading the original text cold. And it's a more exciting alternative to the usual "Shakespeare translates into modern English" books, as with those you're still just reading text upon the page rather than seeing it acted out as Shakespeare intended

As an experiment, I even tried to ignore the speech bubbles and just follow along with the pictures for a few pages, and it was even more striking to me how well these pictures tell the well-worn story of Macbeth.

Such as the famous "look like the innocent flower, but be the servant underneath it" metaphorical turn of phrase, or Macbeth's famous "Is this a dagger I see before me? Come, let me clutch thee" with a ghostly vision of a dagger that represents his shaky resolve to murder Duncan.

The images illustrate Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's character transformations quite well, too. Macbeth is more visibly shadowed after the murder, his face literally expressing the darkness within him. His madness in the Banquo ghost scene after his friend's murder is also so well captured, guilt and anger so clear.
banquo's ghost scene. Lady Macbeth is similarly transformed from a ruthless lady who tells us of how she would dash an infant's brains out after breastfeeding it (and said violence is not directly depicted but still quite graphically implied), to one who cries "out damn spot, out!"

I do want to warn that obviously, this isn't a manga that shies away from depicting blood and such. I don't think you can tell Macbeth without the violence, but I still people to know what to expect when they pick up this book.

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Great way to read classics that I would otherwise not re-read. Pictures were great and storyline depicted well.

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This one was a great read and the pictures were beautiful.....I'm looking forward to reading more Manga Classics

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I am in love with this. I love Shakespeare, and I've always advocated that Shakespeare should be experienced, not just read. This Manga classics edition preserves the fantastic language while the illustrations help keep you fully engaged in the story. The Scottish play is so dramatic, and you can sell all the anguish, anger, fear, etc on the characters' faces. The point of view is also amazing, and I felt as though I was in the story.
Thanks so much to NetGalley for allowing me access to this.

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It was quite a quest to find app for read this manga but it was worth it. I like Shakespeare and this adaptation is a fresh breath to immortal classics. Macbeth is true one of the best book written by Shakespeare.
Thank Netgalley for providing arc copy so I can enjoyed this remarkable story.

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Everything I would imagine about a William Shakespeare play brought to life within the beautifully drawn images of Julien Choy. I honestly have never read this play before reading this book. It was enlightening for lack of better wording.

Macbeth is told that he is meant to become the king of Scotland by some witches. Them telling him that put his plan to murder the current king into action. There is so much that takes place within the pages of this book that a simple review could not possibly give it justice.

The illustrations and the text go hand and hand so nicely you’d think this was just how William Shakespeare wanted his play portrayed. The illustrations help to show the reader so many different raw emotions such as: anger, regret, guilt and more. I think the illustrations are a nice touch because they help to show more so much more to the reader. It doesn’t leave much space for one’s imagination about the scenes, but it does show the reader such raw emotion within the images that it’s alright.

Macbeth is shown at his best, at his worst and in all the depictions he is shown as truly human.

I think this book is a wonderful rendition of a Classic. I am going to need to read the actual play sometime in the near future. I think that reluctant readers will find this as a worthwhile read and who knows, they may even discover a new found love for William Shakespeare.

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Unfortunately, I can't review this title as I couldn't manage to open the file due to problems with the digital adobe program. The only option was to download it on computer, I couldn't view it in the Netgalley app.

But I can say this: I really like the Manga classics series! For us that may struggle with classical texts it is a wonderful way to know what they are about. It is even more fun that the graphic novel is in manga style! These series would surelly benefit many higschool students that need to read the classics but struggle with them.

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I really enjoyed adaptation of Frankenstein so I thought "maybe it'll be a smart idea to read Shakespear as well?" In school I found Shakespeare boring. I could not be bothered with it.
This adaptation somehow made it fun.

I enjoyed reading play in manga format. Not only are the visuals pleasant to look at, they also make understanding of wider context much easier.

People who adapted this play payed attention to details. I love when peole who adapt something are also fans of the source materials and add all sorts of cool details. I don't want to elaborate for fear of spoiling the fun for first time readers.

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