Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes

The Authorized Adaptation

Book - 2011
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Cooger and Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show howls into Green Town, Illinois, at three in the morning a week before Halloween. Under its carnival tents is a mirror maze that steals wishes; a carousel that promises eternal life, in exchange for your soul; the Dust Witch, who unerringly foresees your death; and Mr. Dark, the Illustrated Man, who has lived for centuries off the misery of others. Only two boys, Will Halloway and Jim Nightshade, recognize the dark magic at work and have a plan to stop this ancient evil--that is, if it doesn't kill them first.

Something Wicked This Way Comes is Ray Bradbury's incomparable work of dark fantasy, and the gifted illustrator Ron Wimberly has stunningly captured its sinister magic in gorgeously realized black-and-white art. Complete with an original introduction by Bradbury, Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Authorized Adaptation reintroduces this thrilling classic.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809087464
Branch Call Number: Graphic Wimberly
Characteristics: ix, 130 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Bradbury, Ray 1920-2012
Alternative Title: Something wicked this way comes


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Aug 11, 2019

Official graphic novel adaptation. I read it as part of the ELPL Summer Reading Challenge 2019. Quick read: took me 2 days to go through it. Good way to remember Bradbury's novel, read more than 10 years ago. I still remember some chilling moments from the novel. Some of these scenes are well portrayed, the choppy, dark art helps the mood. On the other hand, the quality of the drawings is inconsistent, and they feel amateurish at times. I felt disappointed that the adaptation omitted entirely a scene that has been etched in my head since I read Bradbury's novel for the first time: the fact that 3:00am is the dead time, the time when grim events take place, when the wind cries to no avail. I'll be honest, that 3:00am moment goes through my head everytime I stay awake late working. I feel particularly uneasy being at work at 3:00am. I'm fine if its 2:00 or 4:00am, but 3:00am is still a dreaded time.

FindingJane Jun 23, 2016

Enter the crazy, colossal, colorful carnival that is Cooger & Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show, a show of mystery and misery. Two small boys embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they dare pit their puny strength against Mr. Dark’s malevolence.

Mr. Bradbury’s works have always been sources of wonder and fascination. Lyric charm seems to flow from his words until it seems he writes poetry disguised as mere prose. In <u>Something Wicked This Way Comes</u> metaphor leaps off the page to weave its magic spell about a traveling freak show that is more than it appears.

Drawn in starkly outlined black-and-white graphics that grow progressively darker as the story continues, Mr. Wimberly’s drawings lend their own sinister charms to Mr. Bradbury’s immortal tale of good versus evil, of wishes granted to ghastly effect.

PorcusWallabee Nov 16, 2012

Having never read Bradbury's book, much of the story's magic was lost on me, and yet the tale was still heartfelt.

Not bad, but not great. Probably better off with the novel.


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