My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Distributors
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Classics Retold, Jane Eyre, Comics, Mystery
A reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre set in present day, written by acclaimed screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and Eisner Award-winning illustrator Ramón K. Pérez.
Well, I had high, high hopes for this book. The comic itself is exquisite. I keep holding it in my hands because it really looks so precious and the art inside is very interesting.
But the story lacks. And it’s not because classics cannot translate into the modern world. One need only read THE SECRET DIARY OF LIZZIE BENNET to be proved wrong. Therein does not lay the problem.
First, Jane herself. Note her beauty: she is skinny, blonde, green-eyed, full lips, not one flaw… Of course no one in their right mind would resist her. Although Mr. Rochester mentions he appreciates what Jane does for his daughter, he courts her maybe… once? Actually, he is always dark.
While the classic Mr. Rochester is dark also, he isn’t scary or intimidating in a way that makes it impossible to imagine anyone having a relationship with him. But this particular Mr. Rochester didn’t charm a single ounce of my body. I didn’t feel like I wanted to know him.
Second, the story. In many ways, it’s not that different from the classic. She may be in New York, in school and living a modern life, but she still has her passion for painting, cares for the girl of an elusive man and is being lied to about the mysterious footsteps and noises she hears. You will recognize the story instantly.
But in other ways, it’s not the beloved classic we know. The woman in the attic is only present because the classic said so. Her story is extremely unrealistic, especially her ending. What the mafia hell was that? And the ending, ending? Oh please. As if.
It is a fast-paced story, so there’s that. The art is intriguing, so the visuals are a pleasant experience. But Jane, although she is charming, is not Jane Eyre. She should not take her name. Thief! The little girl is cute, but only a pawn. And Rochester, aaaaah! He had only one facial expression and it was a scowling one.
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