Manga Classics: Les Miserables

Manga Classics: Les Miserables by Stacy King
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I’ve seen the show on Broadway, and other adaptations in the past, however I can’t truly say I am deeply familiar with the tale. It has been twenty years since I’ve touched the show more than pop culture and my theater centered girlfriend have demanded. I enjoyed the story told here and it filled in some gaps for me. I can truly say I now have a much greater appreciation for the story.

While manga can often be as significant a work of art as a good novel, just as there are many types and audiences for novels, so too are there for manga. This particular work seems to be geared toward teens, and hitting marks both above and below that range. The art is a bit on the cute side for my tastes, but I do not believe I am the target demographic. There’s nothing wrong with this, however, a slightly more serious style would have better matched the tone of the story, which, even in this telling, is somewhat heavy. It softens the edges just a bit too much. If the cuteness was toned down a bit, the work might have appealed to a broader audience.

Overall I give this 3.5 stars. I would recommend it to any interested teen or tween, with more adult folks requiring a higher affinity for the style and medium.

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