Classics Illustrated Deluxe #11: The Sea-Wolf
When the intellectual Humphrey van Weyden is lost at sea and rescued by Captain Wolf Larsen, he thinks he's been saved, but his troubles have just begun. Forced into a brutal life of hard labor and bare knuckle brawling aboard the seal-hunting schooner, Ghost, van Weyden must learn how to survive as quickly as he can. After a botched mutiny leaves van Weyden in danger and his soul in the balance, only the love of the beautiful castaway Maud Brewster can keep him tethered to the world he once knew. A new life is on the horizon for the brave couple, but Wolf Larsen is still at large . . .
Jack London's classic adventure is lavishly illustrated by Riff Reb's in this thrilling graphic novel for the ages!
About the Author
JACK LONDON was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He is best remembered as the author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush. He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf. London was a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers and wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes. London died in 1916 on his ranch in California.
With his dynamic graphics, RIFF REB'S has established himself as one of the founding fathers of a new school of comics artists. In 1984, he founded the Asylum studios, where he was soon joined by fellow artists like Édith, Kisler, Cromwell, Ralph, Gonnort, Joe Ruffner and Karim to work on animated series and graphic novels. Most recently, he has adapted Pierre Mac Orlan's satirical pirate book 'À bord de l'Étoile Matutine' for Soleil and further stories from the sea in his series 'Le Loup des Mers.'
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's been a very long time since I've read the original story so can't really compare, but I do love Jack London. This is an especially fine tale. Dark and morbid, looking into the deepest blackest part of man's soul while another holds onto his beliefs come what may, however bleak. Riff Reb's art is outstanding and made reading this tale a delight. If you haven't read the original this will certainly have you looking for it and indeed it's whetted my desire for a re-read. Gorgeous volume, fantastic tale of the sea! This is a prime example of why one would/should read graphic retellings of the classics!
Riff Reb’s preface is brief but each word is emotionally charged. The full page black & white portrait of Wolf Larsen is so dark, mysterious, bleak, and foreboding — a hint of events yet to come. I was excited to turn the page and begin reading. Riff Reb’s monochromatic artwork is cinematic in effect and makes you feel like you are right there on the docks, in the ship, and on the waters. It’s amazing how much a single color palette (varied by chapter) can convey so much emotion, mood, and even motion. The monochromatic artwork is hauntingly beautiful, stunning, very detailed, and quite realistic. I actually shuddered when Wolf Larsen makes his debut appearance in the graphic novel (chapter 2, page 31). As the story progresses, the artwork perfectly emanates the cold and wet, the dank and dark, the agony, the despair, the pain, the anger, the fear. And, the text is clean and crisp and easy to read. Admittedly, I have not read the novel, so I cannot state with authority how well the adaptation was done. But Jim, the editor-in-chief, explains the reasoning behind some of the creative liberties taken when adapting The Sea-Wolf into a graphic novel format. My only concern is that Papercutz has this book marked for ages 8 and up. The themes in The Sea-Wolf are dark, there is creative potty mouth and name calling, violence, death, and ghosts to name just a few things that might be a bit unsettling for an 8 year old. If this book were rated like a movie, I feel it should be PG-13, but really I feel the book should be for teens aged 14 and up. All in all, Riff Reb’s adaptation of The Sea-Wolf exceeded my expectations and was definitely a very enjoyable and thrilling reading experience, it is not to be missed. isniffbooks[dot]wordpress[dot]com
In an unfortunate accident, the gentleman, Humphrey van Weyden, gets washed overboard while traveling on a ferry. The sailors of the Ghost, a sea hunting ship, pull Humphrey from the sea. Humphrey believes that he is saved but the captain of the ship, Wolf Larsen forces Humphrey to be the new cabin-boy on his ship (one of his other crew members just died and he needed a replacement). Humphrey is held captive and forced into a hard and terrifying life at sea. When a castaway lady named Maud Brewster ends up on the boat, the two rely on each other and escape together. But, the Sea Wolf is still out there… What I thought – WOW – this was a great story! I think the Papercutz Classics Illustrated series is a great way to get kids to read classics and see what awesome stories the classics have. The illustrations in this adaptation makes the reader totally involved in the story. You can feel the mood of the whole book from them – dark, creepy, cold… The character Wolf Larsen is terrifying! I think he is now one of my top favorite literary villains. The description of the brutal life on the ship was vivid and the illustrations made it even more so. At 144 pages this is no comic book, it is a graphic novel and you get a great story. I have not read the original Sea Wolf. I have read Jack London’s White Fang and there is violence in Jack London books. The publisher rates this book as 8+ but I think because of the violence this book is good for kids 12+. As I said I never read the full version of the book, so I can’t tell how close the adaptation is to the real thing. I can say that the story kept me reading. I read it straight through, no stops. I am sure, after reading this adaptation, I will pick up the full version of the book one day. *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review