TITLE = EVIL STAR: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
AUTHOR = ANTHONY HOROWITZ
ADAPTATION = TONY LEE
ART = LEE O’CONNOR
GENRE = FANTASY, HORROR, ACTION, SUPERNATURAL
INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 8+
Tony Lee has provided a great graphic novel adaptation of the novel “Evil Star” by Anthony Horowitz. This is the second book in the “Book of Five” series and the action is moved from England to the Nazca desert in Peru. Once again Matt Freeman is fighting forces he barely understands with powers he struggles to control. Once again the opening of a gate is threatening to unleash the Old Ones onto the world. Once again he has the support of Richard but when they are separated in a kidnapping attempt, Matt finds a new companion in Pedro, a young lad of his own age, a street urchin from the streets of Lima.
Is Pedro the boy in his dreams; does he have powers too? And most importantly can 2 boys really survive in a fight against the Old Ones especially when the most powerful man in Peru and the Peruvian police are set against them??
For action, adventure, mystery and horror look no further than this graphic novel. Fans of the original will be delighted to read this new version whilst those new to the series will be equally thrilled … and may well want to read the original (link) too!
Tony Lee may be familiar to readers as he has adapted the first book in this series “Ravens Gate” and “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”.
Lee O’Connor also illustrated the graphic novel version of “Ravens Gate” and he again does a fine job of suiting his illustrations and panel design to the mood and tone of the book. The bold black and white illustrations capture the darkness that underlies this story. O’Connor’s flair with panel layout also complements the mystery and uncertainty behind the plot: the focus of the eye is constantly shifting for the reader just as Matt’s focus is constantly under threat. O’Connors illustrative style also captures the pace and action of the chase and fight scenes.
All in all, this is a great package and sure to excite both boys and girls.
HR (dma) *****