Goodreads: Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo
Publish date: 11 April 2017
Publisher: UDON Entertainment
Genre: Graphic Novel, Classic Literature
A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him – but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know? Alexandre Dumas’ skillful narrative combines intrigue, betrayal, and triumphant revenge into a powerful conflict between good and evil. Now this exciting saga, rich and diverse, takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classics adaptation!
The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic that I’ve been meaning to read but have always been too intimidated to actually pick up, so when I saw this manga I immediately jumped on it! Surprisingly I realised I knew very little of the story when I started reading it and since I haven’t read the novel I also can’t attest to how well the manga actually adopts the classic. I do however know that it’s a fairly chunky text and I have no doubt that it has some very complex plot lines and in-depth character studies. Based on that, I think that the adaptors did an amazing job in condensing everything into a more simplified text. It took me a couple of hours to read this 400 page manga while I’m sure it’d probably take me one month+ to finish the original!
The story was perfectly illustrated! Sometimes I wish that manga was done in color because I would’ve loved to see what type of colour palette the artists would choose for the story. I definitely felt a darker more gothic tone to the story and I think the illustrations would’ve been made even more amazing with rich and dark reds.
I’m sure that there are probably big sections of the original story that were left out but I thought the story still flowed very well from the start. There were parts that initially confused me, especially where there were big time lapses between sections that introduced new characters, but my confusion didn’t last long as everything was quickly explained. For the most part, I really couldn’t stand many of the main characters in the story, especially the Count’s enemies, but I think the story of revenge more than made up for it! I loved the Count of Monte Cristo’s character. Even in manga form you can tell that he’s such a complex character that has a lot of different layers to his personality and I continuously wanted more scenes with him (that’s not to say he’s not in many scenes because he’s actually in 95% of them lol). I do enjoy a good morally grey character and the Count really delivered on that front. Watching the Count’s plot for revenge come together was surprisingly satisfying!
One character that I wished we got to see more of was Haydée. The manga only shows glimpses of her, mostly about her past, but based on what happens with her character in the manga, I can tell that she must play a bigger role in the original text. Although she was a ‘slave’, she seemed like a strong and courageous character and I wished we got more of that from the women in the story. However, because we didn’t see much of her character, I just couldn’t get on board with the romance that ends the story. The Count’s sudden turn around in his feelings for Haydée felt forced because in my opinion the build up on their connection was missing.
Overall, I’m so glad that this book was adapted into a manga. I now feel like if I ever decide to read the full text of The Count of Monte Cristo I won’t end up being as confused or intimidated. I’m definitely keen to check out more Manga Classics (I see they have Les Mis!) because this was such a fun and simple read! I would highly recommend checking out these mangas if you’re intimidated by classics or would simply like to have a more fun way to consume them!
Thanks to NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Have you read the Manga Classic of The Count of Monte Cristo or is it on your TBR?