Monday, October 10, 2016

Review: Disney Manga Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas by Jun Asuka

Manga publishing pioneer TOKYOPOP brings you a special edition gorgeous hardcover manga based on the classic Halloween masterpiece Disney Tim Burton s Nightmare Before Christmas. A must-have for manga fans, Tim Burton fans, and Halloween fans alike!! Collect this horrifying masterpiece!"

Rating: 2 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have long been a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas. I have seen the movie, read the book, heard the book read by Christopher Lee. I thought that a manga adaption could, at the very least, be interesting. It came at the perfect time too. One never knows if this should be a Halloween or a Christmas book and, as this version is set to be published November 8th, it comes in relatively close to both holidays.

Despite all that, I was sorely disappointed in it. This had none of the life that any of the previous adaptations had. There were a few portions of the book where the lyrics for the iconic songs were included to attempt to harness some of that energy, but they fell flat.

Some of the characters felt like watered down versions of themselves, Sally in particular. She may have secretly been in love with Jack in the original, which is evident to the viewer, but in the manga, she became ever more of a wishy washy love sick girl and that took away some of the strength that Sally always had within her.

The art was alright, but it wasn't spectacular work that could make up for weak writing. If it had been of a higher caliber, than I might have been able to forgive a lot of the other faults, but this was sadly not a book that was meant to be highly rated in my esteem.

If you're a fan of The Nightmare Before Christmas, I highly recommend sticking to the movie or Tim Burton's original picture book. Both are much more deserving of your viewing/reading time.

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