Review: The Mortal Instruments: Graphic Novel Vol. 1

Status: On Going

Volume Count: Currently 1 Volume

The Mortal Instruments: Graphic Novel Vol. 1: During a night out at the Pandemonium Club, Clary spies three suspicious figures harming a boy. Thinking that they are threatening, Clay tries to stand up to them. However, her efforts are fruitless because it turns out they are not your typical humans.

After another run-in with one of them (Jace), she finds out that they are actually shadowhunters, nephilim who hunt demons. Yet, she’s still unsure why she’s on their radar.

When she discovers her mother has disappeared, Clary starts working with the shadowhunters in order to bring her back. But nothing is what it seems, and Clary ends up uncovering all the lies her mother has told her. From this, Clary is now in search of the truth, and the hope of finding out where her mother has gone.

Review: I loved this adaptation!

I’m most likely going to go back and read the original series (or rather finish it, because I’ve been so preoccupied that I haven’t done that yet).

The art was just so stunning! I, personally, like anything, but believe me when I say that all the characters were so adorable this time around!

The mortal instruments City of Bones Clary Protect this child, review, Icebreaker
Protect this child! (Awwwww!!!)

(The formatting of the novel was so similar to a manga that I almost read it from right to left. 😅)

I thoroughly enjoyed how descriptive the line art was (it’s not easy, trust me). Especially the brush/pen pressure of the art. (I can’t even get my own tablet pen to do it that well.) And by being descriptive, I mean how you can clearly see what parts are supposed to be shaded without using hatching or having to fully color it all in. (You can see it with the picture above, on the nose.) To me, I was kind of mesmerized by all that.

Also the detail with eyes and clothing (all the tiny little lines) fascinated me as well. (I probably sound crazy, I’m so sorry. I got caught up in Jean’s artstyle. It’s so pretty!)

All the characters (even Hodge, strangely) were depicted as I originally thought of them. (You know, before they made a movie and show about it.) And so I enjoyed seeing them up close, and right there, for me to read.

Their personalities were slightly altered to fit that kind of “manga trope-y” feeling, but I was perfectly fine with it. I actually thought the extra expressions, and personality alterations, gave them more of an entertaining feel. (And the lines were great! I don’t think Jace burned Clary for being short in the original book. And it was hilarious when he pointed out her shortness in here.) (<Tell me if he did point out how short she was in the original source material, I can’t remember.)

The pacing seemed a little quick at first, in that first chapter. But it quickly evened itself out as I kept reading, and I felt as though the transition and flow of the story went pretty smoothly. (I’ve read my share of different types of pacing, either in graphic novels and in manga, and this had a good balance compared to the others.)

There’s not really much else that I have to add. I’m only going over the art, pacing, and anything else of interest from this adaptation. Mainly because I feel that it’s all that I can cover in an adaptaion alone. I’m not trying to connect this too much with the original, nor am I trying to critique the original. This is just a review on this book, by itself.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this (I read it immediately after I bought it)! The only thing I want to add is that I wish there was more for me to read. I felt that the ending point was actually executed pretty well. And also because I understood that it’s going to cover the rest of the story in more volumes. (Which I feel is a better plan. It evens out the story, gives more room for extra panels, and allows some suspense for the reader.)

I highly encourage you, if you’re a fan of the original series, to try this out! I hope you all will enjoy t as much as I have! 😀

Rating: ❄❄❄❄❄

More: Thank you so much for reading! Please go visit Cassandra Clare’s (the author) website that’s right here! And I also encourage you to visit the artist behind the book Cassandra Jean! Click here to view her site as well! And if you want to help me out, give me a Like to cheer up my day, or a simple Follow. 😀 Thanks again, I’ll swing back again later!


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