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A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him - but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know? Alexandre Dumas' skillful narrative combines intrigu A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him - but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know? Alexandre Dumas' skillful narrative combines intrigue, betrayal, and triumphant revenge into a powerful conflict between good and evil. Now this exciting saga, rich and diverse, takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classics adaptation!


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A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him - but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know? Alexandre Dumas' skillful narrative combines intrigu A Conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dantès into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo . Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on whose who have wronged him - but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know? Alexandre Dumas' skillful narrative combines intrigue, betrayal, and triumphant revenge into a powerful conflict between good and evil. Now this exciting saga, rich and diverse, takes on an entirely new life in this Manga Classics adaptation!

30 review for Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo

  1. 5 out of 5

    [Shai] Bibliophage

    This is the nth time that I've read a Manga Classics from that were published by Udon Entertainment. I still haven't the classic book of The Count of Mount Cristo and I didn't have the slightest idea about the story. The original novel of Alexandre Dumas is a thousand-page book, hence it will take several days or weeks before I could finish reading it. However, through this adaptation, I was able to finish reading this classic story in just several hours. It's a great alternative This is the nth time that I've read a Manga Classics from that were published by Udon Entertainment. I still haven't the classic book of The Count of Mount Cristo and I didn't have the slightest idea about the story. The original novel of Alexandre Dumas is a thousand-page book, hence it will take several days or weeks before I could finish reading it. However, through this adaptation, I was able to finish reading this classic story in just several hours. It's a great alternative for someone like me who wants to read this classic but don't have much time to spare to read the novel. The tale of Edmond Dantes' and the revenge he did for the three people who deceived him will set readers to anticipate what will happen in the end. This story reminds everyone not to be naive and trustworthy just like Dantes at the beginning of the story. If only he was observant of the people around him, he would not be imprisoned because of the false accusation that Danglars and Fernand conspired. The Count of Monte Cristo is undoubtedly one of the best classic stories I've read so far. And these Manga Classics encourage not only reading, but also on promoting and appreciating the greatest classic novels of all time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite calssics and I read it long ago when I was in school. So to reminisce the delightful childhood memories, I read this classic manga and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the characetrs, the story and the art was also nicely done. What I didn't like was they totally cut the part of Edmond's escape. As a child, this used to be my favorite part and it still is. So, I was a bit disappointed. A couple of more pages wouldn't have hurt. I would recommend this The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite calssics and I read it long ago when I was in school. So to reminisce the delightful childhood memories, I read this classic manga and I wasn't disappointed. I loved the characetrs, the story and the art was also nicely done. What I didn't like was they totally cut the part of Edmond's escape. As a child, this used to be my favorite part and it still is. So, I was a bit disappointed. A couple of more pages wouldn't have hurt. I would recommend this to youngsters who haven't read classics yet. It is in no way equivalent to the original classic but is sure enough to give you the glimpse of how amazing classics were and still are.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✨Sumi's Books✨

    A great rendition of this classic. And the artwork is absolutely beautiful. I'm looking forward to more from the Manga Classics series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Abbas Fardil

    It's the manga adaptation of one of my favorite classics: The Count of Monte Cristo! It’s an amazing work. The story adaptation is very nice. The illustrations are extraordinary. Espeically, the visualization of characters attracted me. Nokman Poon is the illustrator of this version. All of the characters are being look like alive. Suitable illustration according to the environment and story-line has made this awesome. Thanks to NetGalley for the arc. It's the manga adaptation of one of my favorite classics: The Count of Monte Cristo! It’s an amazing work. The story adaptation is very nice. The illustrations are extraordinary. Espeically, the visualization of characters attracted me. Nokman Poon is the illustrator of this version. All of the characters are being look like alive. Suitable illustration according to the environment and story-line has made this awesome. Thanks to NetGalley for the arc.

  5. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of those classics I'd been meaning to read forever, but never seemed to get around to. When I saw it was available as one of the Manga Classics re-imaginings, I was pretty excited, as these renditions always make the classics a little easier for me to get through; they tell the same story in a condensed version, and the art is always so lovely and fun to read through. Thankfully, this was no exception, and was actually one of my favorites yet as far as the artwork The Count of Monte Cristo is one of those classics I'd been meaning to read forever, but never seemed to get around to. When I saw it was available as one of the Manga Classics re-imaginings, I was pretty excited, as these renditions always make the classics a little easier for me to get through; they tell the same story in a condensed version, and the art is always so lovely and fun to read through. Thankfully, this was no exception, and was actually one of my favorites yet as far as the artwork went! The Count himself is drawn in that classic style of the handsome hero you'd expect to see in a shoujo manga, which was really fun, even if it does kind of disregard his age. I kept forgetting that he'd be in his 40s or 50s by the time the bulk of the story takes place... but either way, it was a really enjoyable way to read the story and I can see how The Count of Monte Cristo would've taken people by storm at the time with its morally grey protagonist and vengeance-filled plot. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Manga Classics: Count of Monte Cristo!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.   It took me quite a long time to finish this Manga, it wasn't really the stories fault, more my own. First I had a bit of a reading slump, then I forgot to pick it up again. But I finished it today. And I truly enjoyed the story.   I LOVE a good revenge story, not going to lie. Granted, sometimes the revenger can go a little bit too far, people react differently and really bad things happen that he Manga Classics: Count of Monte Cristo!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.   It took me quite a long time to finish this Manga, it wasn't really the stories fault, more my own. First I had a bit of a reading slump, then I forgot to pick it up again. But I finished it today. And I truly enjoyed the story.   I LOVE a good revenge story, not going to lie. Granted, sometimes the revenger can go a little bit too far, people react differently and really bad things happen that he or she didn't want to happen. As was the case in this story.   I never read the original, I think it has tons of pages, so I probably never will read it, so I can't say if it was true to the original and if all the important things are mentioned. But I can tell you, that I felt like I really got to know the story very well and that for me, everything that was important was mentioned.   Once again, the artwork was just so damn stunning.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    This adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s novel ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ was excellent. The visualization of the characters and plot made it so easy to follow and enjoy 1200+ pages in the condensed Manga version with the right trimmings. Therefore, the primary focus here was the story of the Count, how he came to be and his revenge plans. Young Edmond Dantes had a lot going for himself in 1815. He was to become the new captain of a ship, marry his fiancé and save his father from poverty with his ne This adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’s novel ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ was excellent. The visualization of the characters and plot made it so easy to follow and enjoy 1200+ pages in the condensed Manga version with the right trimmings. Therefore, the primary focus here was the story of the Count, how he came to be and his revenge plans. Young Edmond Dantes had a lot going for himself in 1815. He was to become the new captain of a ship, marry his fiancé and save his father from poverty with his new earnings. Excitedly he looks to his bright future, but on his wedding day he is detained for crimes unexplained and incarcerated in a dark cell at Château d’If without any human contact. As the days, months and years pass, he endures through all stages of emotions and finally starts digging towards the neighboring cell. When he unites with the older man from the other side, they become very good friends and spend a lot of time together. He is the one who teaches him how to be patient and plan his revenge. He also gives him details for a huge treasure to take so he can move forth with his plan. “All human wisdom is contained in these two words - Wait and Hope” ― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo After his escape and obtaining his new riches, he becomes ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ and learns of the fate of his father, his fiancé and the conspirators and traitors behind his arrest that ultimately destroyed his path in life. But he has suffered much, endured and prevailed, and he is looking right into the eyes of his betrayers, and they do not know who he really is. His plans work out beautifully, as he avenges them all behind their backs and plays them. *** There is a fine line between what parts to leave out of the novel, which sub-plots to keep and what elements to foreshadow so they make sense. I thought that this was very well planned out and executed. I did not feel like I was missing anything and the art was captivating. This adaptation is definitely very appealing especially if one has been shy of reading the original tome. It would serve as a great introduction and create and interest in the more hesitant. I thought it was very well done. I received a copy of the ebook version of "The Count of Monte Cristo" in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. Thank you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Carrington-Fox

    I love this Manga Classic adaptations! I've read Jane Eyre and Pride and prejudice, two of my favourite books, and I found them almost perfect. But this manga of The Count of Monte Cristo is my first aproach to this liteature classic, so I can't tell if it's a great adaptation or not. I found no difficulty with the story, which of course is great (it's a classic for some reason!). I knew the story and I became hooked since page one. And the art is beautiful! With not too much detail but with move I love this Manga Classic adaptations! I've read Jane Eyre and Pride and prejudice, two of my favourite books, and I found them almost perfect. But this manga of The Count of Monte Cristo is my first aproach to this liteature classic, so I can't tell if it's a great adaptation or not. I found no difficulty with the story, which of course is great (it's a classic for some reason!). I knew the story and I became hooked since page one. And the art is beautiful! With not too much detail but with movement, a lot of facial expressions, even you can see how the characters grow old. I loved it. I think it's perfect for youngsters (and not so young people!) as a first aproach of a great literature classic.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carol Flores

    4.5/5 I’ve been wanting to read this classic for a couple of years now but I must be honest, I got intimidated by the +1000 pages that the original work has, so as soon as I saw that there was a manga adaptation, I just had to read it! The story begins with a young Edmond Dantés, a guy who’s about to become the captain of a ship. Life’s been good to him, unfortunately, three men are jealous of his good fortune and on his wedding day, they deceive important people and they turn him to the police. E 4.5/5 I’ve been wanting to read this classic for a couple of years now but I must be honest, I got intimidated by the +1000 pages that the original work has, so as soon as I saw that there was a manga adaptation, I just had to read it! The story begins with a young Edmond Dantés, a guy who’s about to become the captain of a ship. Life’s been good to him, unfortunately, three men are jealous of his good fortune and on his wedding day, they deceive important people and they turn him to the police. Eventually he goes to a prison and spends more than a decade there. But even on his darkest days, he meets an old man called Abbé Faria, the person who teaches everything he knows while they’re still alive. And it is thanks to him that Edmond discovers a hidden treasure and becomes the well-known Count of Monte Cristo. And whilst the story is focused on his revenge against Danglars, Fernand and Villefort (the bank man, the guy who marries his fiancé and the prosecutor who imprison him), you can see the duality of the Count’s persona: he’s beyond grateful with those who have been good to him, and he always seeks to help those in need. But at the same time, he uses his witty to torture those who did him wrong. To me, the Count of Monte Cristo was a character that I will never forget because he's the perfect impersonation of us humans. We always have both good and bad inside us and sometimes we trust the wrong people, and so, we become heartless; yet sometimes, we get to meet those who become a light in our lives, and we stay true to our heats. The Count was really charming in his own way and I couldn’t help but to root for him, even in the end. I think that despite all his efforts not to be close to someone again, he inevitably found himself friends for life. Anyway, as it is usual with the manga classic adaptations, the art is superb and it never gets boring! The ambience, the character design and overall, the work of the illustrator really help you visualize the different faces of the Count of Monte Cristo, as well as with the full cast. I really had to stop myself from finishing it because other way, I would have read it in a single day! So, it’s obvious to say I would totally recommend you to read this if you have the chance! I received an e-book copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. PREVIOUS REVIEWS FROM THE MANGA CLASSICS COLLECTION: Great Expectations | Jane Eyre

  10. 5 out of 5

    San

    Manga adaptation of classic books is such a great idea! As a huge fan of classic books I always wanted to read book ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ but somehow I’ve never really decided to start it. Reading book that has more than 1000 pages and was written so long ago could be a challenge and I always was a little afraid to take it. So when I found out there is a manga adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel, I was thrilled. I’m sure that converting such enormous book into manga, which is a lot shorter, Manga adaptation of classic books is such a great idea! As a huge fan of classic books I always wanted to read book ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’ but somehow I’ve never really decided to start it. Reading book that has more than 1000 pages and was written so long ago could be a challenge and I always was a little afraid to take it. So when I found out there is a manga adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel, I was thrilled. I’m sure that converting such enormous book into manga, which is a lot shorter, must be huge challenge, but the author manage to handle it very well. The writing is kept in old fashioned style but thanks to graphic format it’s easy to follow plot and understand everything. It’s one of the most famous story about revenge and it has never tasted so sweet. Edmund Dantes is truly good person. But he is also naive and because of that he suffered a lot from people who envied him. During his long stay in prison he changed a lot. From victim he became god of vengeance. My favorite character in this book was Haydee. She went through a lot even when she was a little girl. But she didn’t break down and she remained strong and fought against her enemy. The art style is stunning. Every character is unique and the artist took care of every detail. This book is a great choice for readers who are afraid to start their adventure with Count of Monte Cristo by reading classic book or for those who want to remember the main plot. This book was provided by the Publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Netgalley and Udon Entertainment!

  11. 5 out of 5

    palina

    4.5/5 This was honestly such a good fun read, one of the better books I’ve read in a while. I hadn't read the full book and i was generally unaware of the majority of the plot beforehand but i think this version does a really good job of giving the major plot points, and focusing specifically on the count’s account. The only issue that I had was that sometimes the politics and motivations of the side characters were a little unclear but that’s a given in such a shortened down version. I thorough 4.5/5 This was honestly such a good fun read, one of the better books I’ve read in a while. I hadn't read the full book and i was generally unaware of the majority of the plot beforehand but i think this version does a really good job of giving the major plot points, and focusing specifically on the count’s account. The only issue that I had was that sometimes the politics and motivations of the side characters were a little unclear but that’s a given in such a shortened down version. I thoroughly enjoyed the art work and think that the artistic elements of manga worked really well with the story. Since it is so much about the count's vengeance, the whole anger and mysterious brooding depicted this way was so entertaining. I think it does much better as a manga than it would just a graphic novel for instance. I finished this book so quickly because i was thoroughly invested in the count's character and the plot as a whole, and i honestly can’t wait to tackle the full version of this story. I know a lot of these graphic novel or manga versions of classics are used to get a general sense of the story before committing yourself but even if you decide not to read the 1300 page book that is the count of monte cristo, this read is still so worthwhile.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The rich story of Count de Monte Cristo comes to life in this amazing manga, with rich drawings, long detailed plot and many deep emotions. I didn't expect the ending since I've watched the movies but I did like it very much!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Licha

    Really enjoyed reading this but must definitely read the original. I don't know how the two compare but I liked it enough to get the basics of what the story is. It gets 3 stars because I find manga to be somewhat impersonal and hard to get a feeling for.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Geoff

    The first of the Manga Classics I've read where it was clear that they had cut material (they had to - the penguin edition of the book is over 1200 pages!), but they captured the essence of the melodrama, riches, revenge, machinations, and ultimate redemption story. The art didn't wok for me as much here - something about the characters was lifeless and generic. But overall a fun manga read. **Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    5 stars! I knew I would love this! 😁 I haven't read the original The Count of Monte Cristo, but from the reviews of those who have this is a really good rendition of it, staying true to the original and not leaving important details out. I, for one, have no complaints. I didn't feel confused at any point, but felt like I did understand the story as it developed well enough. Dantes and his plot for vengeance was awesome. I loved this story, and was rooting for Dantes all the way through. Oh, and the 5 stars! I knew I would love this! 😁 I haven't read the original The Count of Monte Cristo, but from the reviews of those who have this is a really good rendition of it, staying true to the original and not leaving important details out. I, for one, have no complaints. I didn't feel confused at any point, but felt like I did understand the story as it developed well enough. Dantes and his plot for vengeance was awesome. I loved this story, and was rooting for Dantes all the way through. Oh, and the art was excellent 😍 I loved the characters and the places depicted... there's just something about manga that I adore. I don't know, guys. This was a quick, fun and well-produced book that I'll be rereading for sure.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Silvia Rodriguez

    The Count of Monte Cristo, manga style. I never thought I would find something like this, basically because I always thought mangas where some Japanese comics you read from backward to forward, which an inconvenience from my point of view. Mangas never brought my attention but this one did. I had The Count of Monte Cristo novel with me for years but I was always unable to start it, scared of its size (around a thousand pages in Spanish, my native language), its author, its plot with a huge histo The Count of Monte Cristo, manga style. I never thought I would find something like this, basically because I always thought mangas where some Japanese comics you read from backward to forward, which an inconvenience from my point of view. Mangas never brought my attention but this one did. I had The Count of Monte Cristo novel with me for years but I was always unable to start it, scared of its size (around a thousand pages in Spanish, my native language), its author, its plot with a huge historical background, unfamiliar to me, even the writing, so old fashioned. So, I started reading the abbreviated manga version with medium expectations. I immediately liked the cover with Edmond on the front with broken chains and a determined look on his face, dressed in rich garments. Following the instructions on how to read a manga, I started. I immediately loved the story, the initial setting, the characters…the drawings (if I can call them that) were absolutely fantastic, the faces so dreamy...even in black and white (in a 4D high definition world) you could feel the strengths and flaws of each one, the intentions behind their faces, the love and regret, the sorrow and pain…as the story develops and more and more people appear, I started to realize the huge work it must have been to compress an average of a thousand pages of a full story with complicated twists and several parallel plot lines converging into a single manga of four hundred pages. Somehow, they made the story come to life. They made possible to feel the first encounter of Edmond with Mercedes long after his imprisonment, the nervousness, the regret, the unspoken words…that was the moment I decided two things: to read the whole story in one sitting (going to bed at three in the morning, having to work the next day) and after that, to start the novel that was sitting on my selves, waiting. I only felt a bit difficult to follow the story trying to recognise the faces of the character which, in black and white, they look very similar sometimes in a complicated story like this one. Really, not to be missed and I would recommend this to manga and classic stories lovers

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    I think this is the best Manga Classic adaptation yet. It helps that the original novel is a highly dramatic and very cool story, so there's something nice and meaty to work with. This is, I think, where The Jungle Book fell down for me: not enough interesting happens. With The Count of Monte Cristo, there's betrayals and blackmails and murder on almost every page. It's awesome. There's obviously been a fair bit trimmed. This is about 400 pages, and an unabridged English translation of the origi I think this is the best Manga Classic adaptation yet. It helps that the original novel is a highly dramatic and very cool story, so there's something nice and meaty to work with. This is, I think, where The Jungle Book fell down for me: not enough interesting happens. With The Count of Monte Cristo, there's betrayals and blackmails and murder on almost every page. It's awesome. There's obviously been a fair bit trimmed. This is about 400 pages, and an unabridged English translation of the original is more like 1200. But it felt, to me, like the script did a great job of leaving the most important things intact, keeping the story not just comprehensible but honestly riveting. The art is some of the best I've seen in this line, too. There's a lot of characters, and their designs are unique enough that I know who is who at a glance, which is not always the case in comics. I just wish the Les Miserables adaptation had been this good, though I'd probably be pickier if I loved The Count of Monte Cristo the way I love Les Mis.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jordanne

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. If you have read the Count of Monte Cristo, you obviously don't need me to give an overview of the plot, if you haven't then what the hell are you doing reading reviews on this book? Go and read the original. Now. It's amazing and you will not appreciate this book or the story unless you have read it. And not the abridged version, the whole 1300 page monster. The Count of Monte Cristo is easily my favourite classic novel - perha I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. If you have read the Count of Monte Cristo, you obviously don't need me to give an overview of the plot, if you haven't then what the hell are you doing reading reviews on this book? Go and read the original. Now. It's amazing and you will not appreciate this book or the story unless you have read it. And not the abridged version, the whole 1300 page monster. The Count of Monte Cristo is easily my favourite classic novel - perhaps my favourite book in general. I read it for the first time at the end of last year and fell in love with it, it just made me sad I was unlikely to have the time to read it again any time soon because, as I've said it's a monster of a book and really I think everything in it is important to the story, at least in prose form. I have read a few other Manga Classics as a way to sort of experience the classics in a consolidated way, and also out of curiosity to how they will be depicted and generally have liked them all and this was no exception as it allowed me to experience the story in only 400 beautifully illustrated pages. The way the characters were depicted was brilliant and I love how this team adapts classic stories to the manga style. That being said, being only 400 pages it does gloss over large portions of the book - Edmond's time in prison for example. I understand why this is done but if you have not read the original, and don't know how to fill in the blanks, it loses something. Either way, it's impressive how concisely they cut it down, and I also think it's clever how they changed the perspective slightly so that some of the 'insider info' or dramatic irony that the reader experiences in the novel is removed and then revealed in a more dramatic way, like an unravelling mystery, in this adaption. I will most definitely be adding this to my hard copy collection, along with Pride and Prejudice.

  19. 5 out of 5

    CYIReadBooks (Claire)

    My first Manga and I loved it. A concise version of the classic book and it highlights the important aspects of the story. A great first Manga for me.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Slater

    I hadn't ever heard of this book. Never seen the movie. Never read a picture book. And I loved it! I think part of it was, I had NO idea what on earth would happen next. It was so addicting! I literally had trouble putting it down to eat! Put this on your "must-MUST-read" shelf.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dini - dinipandareads

    4.5 stars. The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic that I've been meaning to read but have always been too intimidated to actually pick up, so when I saw this manga I immediately jumped on it! Surprisingly I realised I didn't really know the specifics of the story when I started reading it and since I haven't read the novel I also can't attest to how well the manga actually adopts the classic. I do however know that it's a fairly chunky text and I have no doubt that it has some very complex plot l 4.5 stars. The Count of Monte Cristo is a classic that I've been meaning to read but have always been too intimidated to actually pick up, so when I saw this manga I immediately jumped on it! Surprisingly I realised I didn't really know the specifics of the story when I started reading it and since I haven't read the novel I also can't attest to how well the manga actually adopts the classic. I do however know that it's a fairly chunky text and I have no doubt that it has some very complex plot lines and in-depth character studies. Based on that, I think that the manga artists did an amazing job in condensing everything into a more simplified text. It took me a couple of hours to read this 400 page manga while I'm sure it'd probably take me one month+ to finish the original! The story was perfectly illustrated! Sometimes I wish that manga was done in color because I would've loved to see what type of colour palette the artists would choose for the story. I definitely felt a darker more gothic tone to the story and I think the illustrations would've been made even more amazing with rich and dark reds. I'm sure that there are probably big sections of the original story that were left out but I thought the story still flowed very well from the start. There were parts that initially confused me, especially where there were big time lapses between sections that introduced new characters, but my confusion didn't last long as everything was quickly explained. For the most part, I really couldn't stand many of the main characters in the story, especially the Count's enemies, but I think the story of revenge more than made up for it! I loved the Count of Monte Cristo's character. Even in manga form you can tell that he's such a complex character that has a lot of different layers to his personality and I continuously wanted more scenes with him (that's not to say he's not in many scenes because he's actually in 95% of them lol). I do enjoy a good morally grey character and the Count really delivered on that front. I don't know what it says about me, but it was surprisingly satisfying to see him exact revenge on the terrible individuals who saw to his unjust imprisonment for their own selfish interests, for over a decade. One character that I wished we got to see more of was Haydée. The manga only shows glimpses of her, mostly about her past, but based on what happens with her character in the manga, I can tell that she must play a bigger role in the original text. Although she was a 'slave', she seemed like a strong and courageous character and I wished we got more of that from the women in the story. I couldn't get on board with the romance that ends the story. The Count's sudden turn around in his feelings for Haydée felt forced because in my opinion, the build up on their connection was missing. Overall, I'm so glad that this book was adapted into a manga. I now feel like if I ever decide to read the full text of The Count of Monte Cristo I won't end up being as confused or intimidated. I'm definitely keen to check out more Manga Classics (I see they have Les Mis!) because this was such a fun and simple read! I would highly recommend checking out these mangas if you're intimidated by classics or would simply like to have a more fun way to consume them! Thanks to NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Roopkumar Balachandran

    My rating 5 Stars. Basically I am a comic book lover, first time I am reading a Manga. I have not read The Count of Monte Cristo book when it was available for review in Net galley I picked it up. The graphic novel “The Count Of Monte Cristo” is 401 pages long, a classic tale of Alexandre Dumas adapted to Manga the art work by Nokman Poon and story adaption by Crystal S.Chan. From the blurb "A conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dante's into an implacable agent of fate: My rating 5 Stars. Basically I am a comic book lover, first time I am reading a Manga. I have not read The Count of Monte Cristo book when it was available for review in Net galley I picked it up. The graphic novel “The Count Of Monte Cristo” is 401 pages long, a classic tale of Alexandre Dumas adapted to Manga the art work by Nokman Poon and story adaption by Crystal S.Chan. From the blurb "A conspiracy and a miscarriage of justice turn the gentle Edmond Dante's into an implacable agent of fate: The Count of Monte Cristo. Obsessed by vengeance and empowered by providence, the Count avenges himself on those who have wronged him - but is this justice, or is this hubris? In the end, does even the Count know?" The story is huge and complex plot with vast number of characters the team have worked very well in nicely trimming the story at the same time stick to the rule of showing how Edmond Dantes took revenge on those who did him wrong. A commendable work that we have to appreciate. The artwork is superb and excellent, the facial expressions of characters are worth mentioning, even the copy I had is un-edited and low resolution ones. They have given a character design sketch book, character relationship guide, the artist have also shared his thoughts about the designing some of the characters such as Edmond Dantes, Haydee, Albert De Morcerf and Valentine De Villefort. Further they also added some photographs, the original locations related to the story. I enjoyed reading Manga Classic, recommended to Manga lovers. Review with images click the link below. http://www.chromaring.com/2018/02/man...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emily Wilson

    Two of my favorite things in one: classic literature and manga! I received a few digital editions of UDON Entertainment’s manga adaptations of classics. First of all, I think it’s important to note and acknowledge the mechanical team behind the manga. Starting with the art! The work and details are impressive. The artist of this adaptation is Nokman Poon. They have also worked on other manga adaptations as well, and I am really excited to see more of their work! The story was adapted by Crystal S. Two of my favorite things in one: classic literature and manga! I received a few digital editions of UDON Entertainment’s manga adaptations of classics. First of all, I think it’s important to note and acknowledge the mechanical team behind the manga. Starting with the art! The work and details are impressive. The artist of this adaptation is Nokman Poon. They have also worked on other manga adaptations as well, and I am really excited to see more of their work! The story was adapted by Crystal S. Chan. Once again, I am impressed. I cannot imagine taking an entire novel and trying to capture the same emotion and story-telling visually. There is certainly a dedication and patience involved. On to the manga: It was great. Unfortunately, I had not read Dumas’s novel prior, and I had to constantly look back and use references to remember characters and their French names. If anyone has seen the physical book, it’s massive. To tell a story through any visual medium, the stories are told at a quicker pace, which can be hard to follow when the story is packed with dialogue and events. I believe that I would have enjoyed this more if I had read the novel beforehand. I think it’s a very similar experience when you read the book before watching its film adaptation. I will be reading more, though! My next victims are Great Expectations and Jane Eyre, which I had read and loved thoroughly! A big thanks to NetGalley and UDON Entertainment for giving me an opportunity to read this.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books so I was a little worried about whether this would live up to my expectations. It did! The artwork is very good, and I believe this could introduce this treasured classic to a new audience. The book is very accessible in this format, and I think many will read it because it is a "comic" but they will find they want to read the original because of it. Wonderful!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    A manga that strays far from the original story and takes away many of its charm. Characters have far less depth and complexity than in the Dumas books. I wasn't very impressed by the drawing style either and the far-from-historical clothes, behaviours and items. I'd still recommend it for people looking for escapism and a fast-paced action.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an arch of this book. I think they did a fantastic job in condensing the brilliant classic into a manga. I really enjoyed it and I didn't feel it took anything away from the classic. This is a brilliant way to get people more engaged (especially those who love manga) into these classics. 4 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leah Hester

    I quite loved this adaptation of the great tale behind The Count of Monte Cristo. Its artwork is beautiful and captures the essence of the original story well. While parts were narrowed down or added in, it still has all the emotions and main understanding present. I reccomend for those who love manga and/or love reading adaptations of classic novels!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nightlizard

    I think this is my favorite Manga Classics so far. I love the original story and I knew I would like this one as well, knowing it made my reading process really easy and fast. My only "problem" with all the Manga classics books is that they all seems a bit rushed, but overall, I enjoyed it very much. *Digital review copy provided by NetGalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review or rating. I think this is my favorite Manga Classics so far. I love the original story and I knew I would like this one as well, knowing it made my reading process really easy and fast. My only "problem" with all the Manga classics books is that they all seems a bit rushed, but overall, I enjoyed it very much. *Digital review copy provided by NetGalley & the publisher in exchange for an honest review or rating.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Way

    Another classic adapted for a more modern audience. I love the tale of the Count of Monte Cristo. It's a classic tale of despair and getting your desired revenge. The original book for this is huge, so it is understandable why the Manga Classics team had to tweak the tale. But I do not think, that any the of the main story, plot and twists had been forgotten. Once again would really recommend to all, who wish to read a classic but with modern and different take.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maud

    I got a review copy form the publisher in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own. Possibly my least favourite manga classic. They had to condense the story which isn't strange, after all the book is over a 1,000 pages. However, I would have rather seen that they had published the whole story in separate volumes, giving us the full story at the right pace. What I loved seeing in the original novel is Edmund/The Count doing stuff that didn't make sense to me at all in the beginning I got a review copy form the publisher in exchange for my honest review, all opinions are my own. Possibly my least favourite manga classic. They had to condense the story which isn't strange, after all the book is over a 1,000 pages. However, I would have rather seen that they had published the whole story in separate volumes, giving us the full story at the right pace. What I loved seeing in the original novel is Edmund/The Count doing stuff that didn't make sense to me at all in the beginning until the revenge slowly started to actually take place later in the story. This manga is a very condensed version of the original novel and while it is still fun to read, I missed the feeling of excitement as I saw what those previous actions did when the revenge started to really roll. One thing that I do really appreciate about this manga though (and I think the book could actually also benefit from) is a page which puts all the characters in almost something like a family tree and explain their relationships. It has been a while since I read the book and it was nice to look back at it and remember everything. Overall I think that it would really help first time readers who want to read this book but feel intimidated by the size of the original novel. However, if I can give you some advice, I would still recommend to read the original novel first because the feel and the pace is just a lot better. If you have already read this book but want to refresh your mind and not reread it this is definitely a good choice!

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