The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & The Body Snatcher: A Graphic Horror Novel

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & The Body Snatcher: A Graphic Horror Novel
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustration: Robert Smith
Graphic Novel Released: 2016

Publisher: Metro Books
Paperback
Purchased at Barnes and Noble

This book contains two classic horror stories, Jekyll and Hyde, along with The Body Snatcher. These stories will give you the kind of feeling that Robert Louis Stevenson would want you to have while reading: the creeps. Both tales provide the desired amount of entertainment that you would expect if judging the book by its cover.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Originally Released: 1886

The Pros: Before there were ever any doctors turning into hulking figures with green skin and purple shorts smashing things out of anger, or villains with multiple personalities and two-faces obsessed with flipping coins, there were Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This story could be considered very philosophical when read between the lines. We all put on our civilized “Jekyll face” but deep inside each of us can be found nasty characteristics resembling Mr. Hyde. Will we face those demons or become them? As Dr. Jekyll stated: “I am slowly losing hold of my original and better self.” The differences between Jekyll and Hyde were written very well by Stevenson, showing that the educated doctor could become addicted to being a deranged lunatic. The ending was perfect at enforcing consequences for actions on the main character(s) as well as showing how right/wrong choices affect other people’s lives. This novel is the perfect gift for every selfish person in your life!

The Cons: The only complaint is that the story is as short as Mr. Hyde’s temper.

Being a jerk and blaming it on someone else never looked so good.

Jer gives it 5/5.

The Body Snatcher
Originally Released: 1884

The Pros: This horrendous story is based off of actual notorious events during the 1820s in Scotland. Mr. Fettes’ entire world is suddenly turned upside down with the new job he takes. Right from the beginning you wonder along with Mr. Fettes: where are all of these bodies coming from, and why is he being required to perform dissections on them? You soon become the victim of good storytelling, and before you know it this fun novel is over. The artwork is simple, and the colors are expressive. The ending… well you will just have to see for yourself. It was very dreadful and “stiff.”

The Cons: The story moves extremely fast, which lessens the connection to the characters. The ending…

Snatch this novel up before you become a cadaver.

Jer gives it 4/5.

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3 thoughts on “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & The Body Snatcher: A Graphic Horror Novel

  1. Michael J. Miller says:

    I liked your connection of characters like the Hulk and Two Face to Dr, Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Exploring the classic literary forces that have helped inspire some of our more modern pop culture characters can be fascinating. There’s a great graphic novel by Cullen Bunn, ‘Deadpool Killustrated’ (the second book in his Deadpool Killology), that examines similar themes. Deadpool travels through classic literature and it meditates on how these classics informed Marvel’s modern characters. It’s a lot of fun!

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    1. jerscomicbooks says:

      It’s amazing how influential those classic novels have played into the current pop-characters/culture. It shows that no matter how long it’s been since they were first published, they are still worth the time. Thanks for your input and the reading suggestion.

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      1. Michael J. Miller says:

        It’s a really interesting comic. Essentially Deadpool tries to travel through literature to kill all these classic characters. It’s wild, postmodern, and entertaining too. You’ll have to let me know what you think of it whenever you read it!

        And you’re right. There are SO MANY classic allusions around us all the time in our comics, movies, music, sitcoms, etc. and we so often miss them. But it’s fun when we start to see the connections!

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