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Welcome to the Manga Classics brilliant adaptation of Macbeth! In this classic tale by William Shakespeare, a brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then w Welcome to the Manga Classics brilliant adaptation of Macbeth! In this classic tale by William Shakespeare, a brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.


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Welcome to the Manga Classics brilliant adaptation of Macbeth! In this classic tale by William Shakespeare, a brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then w Welcome to the Manga Classics brilliant adaptation of Macbeth! In this classic tale by William Shakespeare, a brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia.

30 review for Manga Classics: Macbeth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    One of a series of manga adaptations of Shakespeare that will surely sell many copies in schools, faithful as it is to the original in certain ways, and not visually boring. Macbeth and most of the other men have male manga (think: eighties rock star) hair. Whenever metaphors are mentioned, we have to see them illustrated, which is a disappointingly literal artistic thing to do. The best and worst aspect of it is that it translates Elizabethan English here and there to contemporary understanding One of a series of manga adaptations of Shakespeare that will surely sell many copies in schools, faithful as it is to the original in certain ways, and not visually boring. Macbeth and most of the other men have male manga (think: eighties rock star) hair. Whenever metaphors are mentioned, we have to see them illustrated, which is a disappointingly literal artistic thing to do. The best and worst aspect of it is that it translates Elizabethan English here and there to contemporary understandings. This is necessary for most contemporary teenaged readers, and surely will be helpful to those teachers facing the daily resistance based in frustration from generations of students. And adults, too; I skimmed some reviews that admit their reviewers would not have understood what is going on without the illustrations. Some of the beloved set pieces are largely left alone, such as the "tomorrow speech," though many are, as in almost every Shakespearean production of a play ever, edited down. And whole sections of the original language are, of course, gone, to keep the action lean and mean, which I am not as upset about as I am about the loss of some of the poetry. If Macbeth is largely reduced to an action plot, it loses so much. I'd rather see a film production in the original language than read this manga, but I'll admit it will be useful. It was useful to my son, too, as we prepared to see a production of the play for his first time. I was a high school teacher for a long time, and I see baffled faces in my urban high schools, so I know every new generation is another decade away from the original language. I hope this and other books help keep people reading Shakespeare. Macbeth is a great story of witches and ghosts and murderous greed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    Manga Classics: Macbeth is a lovely adaption of the Shakespeare classic that translates the work well into a more modern take. I was informed by the publisher that the entire play is within the book. They contacted me after my review was posted to let me know. I previously said it was translated at some spots (because it honestly did seem that way. I didn't get my copy out to verify, so that's my bad...) but it is apparently not. I've had other reviewers reach out to me and tell me they thought t Manga Classics: Macbeth is a lovely adaption of the Shakespeare classic that translates the work well into a more modern take. I was informed by the publisher that the entire play is within the book. They contacted me after my review was posted to let me know. I previously said it was translated at some spots (because it honestly did seem that way. I didn't get my copy out to verify, so that's my bad...) but it is apparently not. I've had other reviewers reach out to me and tell me they thought the same thing, so that's cool. I did find it interesting that I was contacted numerous times by different people from the publisher in a short time span about my comment though. Take from that what you will. I think the best way to use this book is as a supplement for mandatory school readings or for introductions into Shakespeare. Nothing can quite replicate the original (or a live take on the play), but this sure makes the story easier to follow. If this would have been used as a supplement in my Grade 11 class, I think we would have found learning way more enjoyable. The manga was a lovely addition to this story, and is probably the biggest takeaway for me. If you haven't seen the play, you can't always imagine what's going on in the story. Seeing it in picture form was a great way to show the story. Major points for that. I didn't like that some of the metaphors were illustrated exactly as they are written, but that's me as a Shakespeare lover. I understood the metaphor, I didn't need to see it to. I received this book for free through NetGalley.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    I generally enjoy the Manga Classics line, so I was eager to see their take on Macbeth, my favorite Shakespeare play. Unfortunately, even Macbeth cannot survive the casting of Jon Bon Jovi's 1980s giant hair in the lead role. I mean, that crown perched awkwardly atop the head on the cover gives new meaning to the term hair metal. Add in the giant kingly robes he wears, and Macbeth looks like a ridiculous Dalek/Bon Jovi hybrid throughout most of the book. On top of that, the writer and artist deci I generally enjoy the Manga Classics line, so I was eager to see their take on Macbeth, my favorite Shakespeare play. Unfortunately, even Macbeth cannot survive the casting of Jon Bon Jovi's 1980s giant hair in the lead role. I mean, that crown perched awkwardly atop the head on the cover gives new meaning to the term hair metal. Add in the giant kingly robes he wears, and Macbeth looks like a ridiculous Dalek/Bon Jovi hybrid throughout most of the book. On top of that, the writer and artist decided to bring Shakespeare's text alive by illustrating the metaphors he uses as background images. So when Lady Macbeth mentions a serpent, a giant serpent floats around her. She says cat, and there's a cat floating behind her. So we have page after page of characters standing in front of dogs, gorgons, bears, wolves, more serpents, etc. And that's as visually interesting as things get. Disappointing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mark Porton

    Manga Classic: Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a graphic novel experience I didn’t expect. Foolishly, I was unaware of what “Manga” was, if I had of known I probably wouldn’t have requested it – but it’s good to try new things. Okay, for the uninitiated – Manga is a type of comic originating from Japan and it encompasses a certain style which most of us have probably seen. I was just unaware it had a name. This style isn’t a modern phenomenon, in fact, it’s been around since the 1600’s. This se Manga Classic: Macbeth by William Shakespeare is a graphic novel experience I didn’t expect. Foolishly, I was unaware of what “Manga” was, if I had of known I probably wouldn’t have requested it – but it’s good to try new things. Okay, for the uninitiated – Manga is a type of comic originating from Japan and it encompasses a certain style which most of us have probably seen. I was just unaware it had a name. This style isn’t a modern phenomenon, in fact, it’s been around since the 1600’s. This series of graphic novels covers a good number of the classics, and Macbeth is one of them. I thought I would try this out as it’s always good to see interesting variations of well-known literature. But I must say, I just found it all too much. The graphics for me were highly distracting and in my view not appropriate for the story – it was too light, too Rockstar and way too busy. These guys have hair like Duran Duran!! It also wasn’t ‘moody enough’. These books seem to be popular with the younger generation, and to my mind would be an excellent and very digestible introduction to fine literature. Just not for this old fuddy-duddy. 2 Stars Many thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nana Spark

    If it weren't for the imagery, I would have no idea what was going on in this book. This book really is a classic adaptation to read in a class room setting, where you can dissect each and every line so you understand the story better. I wouldn't read this as a casual classic read as the Old English is intense. The grammar is completely different and I mostly understood what was happening on the pages through the imagery. So kudos to the artwork, great stuff, but the original material is where I' If it weren't for the imagery, I would have no idea what was going on in this book. This book really is a classic adaptation to read in a class room setting, where you can dissect each and every line so you understand the story better. I wouldn't read this as a casual classic read as the Old English is intense. The grammar is completely different and I mostly understood what was happening on the pages through the imagery. So kudos to the artwork, great stuff, but the original material is where I'm just left with a meh feeling. If I had read this as a classroom assignment to really analyze I probably would have loved it but I didn't. ℹ Disclosure: I received an arc copy of this book from Udon Entertainment via NetGalley and I’m reviewing it voluntarily.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    First things first: I received this book through NetGalley I don't know how to rate this. I don't completely hate it, but I didn't love it either. I liked the story but at the same time, didn't care for it at all. I'm just really meh about the whole thing. I just really don't care for anything Shakespeare, really. Who would've thought. Actually, I knew. Please don't hate me. Let's talk about something very positive, tho. The artwork. Hot damn, the artwork was just fantastic and beautiful and just e First things first: I received this book through NetGalley I don't know how to rate this. I don't completely hate it, but I didn't love it either. I liked the story but at the same time, didn't care for it at all. I'm just really meh about the whole thing. I just really don't care for anything Shakespeare, really. Who would've thought. Actually, I knew. Please don't hate me. Let's talk about something very positive, tho. The artwork. Hot damn, the artwork was just fantastic and beautiful and just everything that made me actually like the book enough to keep going. Damn, they are good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maritina Mela

    I've been wanting to get my hands on those classics-turned mangas for quite some time. And finally the time came! Manga Classics: Macbeth is the known story of a man who manipulates and is manipulated and through deceit and murder ends up becoming the king of Scotland. But this time it's been adapted into a manga. To be honest, never before had I read a manga (I've only watched a couple of animes) and reading a book backwards was a little tricky. Also, for some reason, I thought that the language wou I've been wanting to get my hands on those classics-turned mangas for quite some time. And finally the time came! Manga Classics: Macbeth is the known story of a man who manipulates and is manipulated and through deceit and murder ends up becoming the king of Scotland. But this time it's been adapted into a manga. To be honest, never before had I read a manga (I've only watched a couple of animes) and reading a book backwards was a little tricky. Also, for some reason, I thought that the language would have been adapted in a more modern form. It didn't though. it's still Shakespeare's English, which I am also going to admit that sometimes I don't 100% understand. And yet, this one was more entertaining than I initially expected. It was very easy and quick to read, even with a harder form of English. Granted, being essentially a 'graphic novel' was a great help. Both because it made reading it easier and because, since this is a play, it added to the visual experience - because as I've said before, plays don't always work as books - plus, the artworks were quite nice too. This may be deserving of a *3.8/5 because the plot did stop dead a little in the middle and before the end. But overall it was a positive reading experience. If you made it this far, congratulations! 'Til next time, take care :) :) :) I received a free e-book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arybo ✨

    But 'tis strange: And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence. I read Macbeth two years ago, and I did not understand it. I took the opportunity this year to reread it first in original and then in manga format. I discovered an unexpected beauty. Füssli - the three witches and Macbeth I believe that many know the story of Macbeth, his fall in the abyss and in wickedness, a fall helped by the Meph But 'tis strange: And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, The instruments of darkness tell us truths, Win us with honest trifles, to betray's In deepest consequence. I read Macbeth two years ago, and I did not understand it. I took the opportunity this year to reread it first in original and then in manga format. I discovered an unexpected beauty. Füssli - the three witches and Macbeth I believe that many know the story of Macbeth, his fall in the abyss and in wickedness, a fall helped by the Mephistophelian lady Macbeth. Few know, however, that the world of manga can make a very high contribution to this text. Shakespeare often speaks for metaphors and images: the format of the manga can give the opportunity to create real works of art within the narration, as evidenced by the other volume of the Udon Manga Classics, Romeo and Juliet. Truly an excellent choice, that of re-enacting Shakespearean tragedies in manga style. Good good good. The drawings related to the scenes with lady Macbeth transmit all the madness and the wickedness of the woman, her cold blood and her bravado. Even “portraiture” plays a fundamental role: Macbeth changes face in the course of the story, as well as the authors of the manga at the end / beginning of the book explain. They also did An excellent job in the reconstruction of clothes and settings, about which little we known. And now we come to a brief description of the story, just to end the review in the best way. Frequently represented and readjusted over the centuries, Macbeth has become the archetype excellence of the show for unbridled power and its dangers. For the plot Shakespeare freely inspired the historical account of King Macbeth of Scotland by Raphael Holinshed and that of the Scottish philosopher Ettore Boezio. Also very popular is the opera version of this tragedy, music by Verdi with a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. The tragedy opens in a gloomy Scotland of early Middle Ages, in an atmosphere of lightning and thunder; three Witches decide that their next meeting will have, as a guest, Macbeth, to whom they will make a prophecy. Personal note: I loved the scenes with the witches, really dark and Halloween. Macbeth writes to his wife about the prophecies of the three witches. When Duncan king of Scotland decides to stay at Macbeth's castle in Inverness, Lady Macbeth devises a plan to kill him and secure the throne to her husband. Although Macbeth shows concern at the idea of ​​a regicide, Lady Macbeth eventually persuades him to follow her plan. Macbeth is not discovered after the regicide, but he remains very shocked. According to Lady Macbeth plan, he directs suspicions about the king's guards. the morning after the killing , and the Castle arrive arrive Lennox, a Scottish nobleman, and MacDuff, the loyal baron of Fife. The doorman opens the door and Macbeth leads them to the king's room where MacDuff discovers Duncan's body. In a simulated rage, Macbeth kills the three guards before they can claim their innocence. Fearing for their lives, the sons of Duncan escape, but this make them suspicious. Macbeth ascends to the throne of Scotland as the heir of the former murdered king. Macbeth continues to see enemies everywhere, so much that he sends assassins to kill MacDuff's wife and children. Lady Macbeth begins to be tormented by the weight of the murders: there is a scene in which Lady Macbeth walks in her sleep and tries to wash away the imaginary bloodstain from her hands. I can say with total confidence that this is one of the best scenes in the manga. In order not to spoil, I will not write the end of the tragedy: it is all to be enjoyed. This is a bloody tragedy, in which evil dominates and in which the characters are complex and ambiguous. Lady Macbeth, the personification of evil, is animated by ambition and wants more power: it is she who persuades her husband, often undecided, to commit the regicide. The supernatural is present with apparitions of ghosts, witches and they represent he absurd in the real life. As always, manga editor and drawer make a wonderful job with this play. Characters and settings are phenomenal and just perfect. The scenes are well described and well executed. It was a pleasure reading this manga during a stormy night. Hope you’ll enjoy the reading as much as I did. *Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for sending me a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jazzy Lemon

    Another brilliant rendering of a Shakespeare classic! This is one of my favourites and the visual story telling has done it more than justice - this graphic novel is a work of art.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J.B.

    I read Macbeth in high school, and have been wanting to read it again for some time. I saw this and thought, I'll give it a go. While the art work is really well done, the manga style took away the series edge and made what is dark and claustrophobic fill feel anything but. It gave a light almost happy feel to the look that killed right away any want to continue on past the first page. If you think that is harsh, it isn't. The copy I received breaks down each character (with sketches) and talks I read Macbeth in high school, and have been wanting to read it again for some time. I saw this and thought, I'll give it a go. While the art work is really well done, the manga style took away the series edge and made what is dark and claustrophobic fill feel anything but. It gave a light almost happy feel to the look that killed right away any want to continue on past the first page. If you think that is harsh, it isn't. The copy I received breaks down each character (with sketches) and talks about the adaptation process. You see what everyone and everything is going to look like before the story even starts. So by the time it does, you're either stoked, or like me, put out. I couldn't take it seriously.

  11. 5 out of 5

    🌈⭐️RoseOfRainbows⭐️🌈💕

    A classic comes to life in vivid color as history tells the tale of Macbeth and company. A must read for any fans of history and the legacy that classics have created. 5/5 stars for a beautiful rendition of a tale as old as time.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joanna E.Lopez

    Out, damn'd spot! Out, I say! I received this Manga graphic Novel from Netgalley and publishers. as a free complimentary ARC in exchange for an honest review. I read several Manga graphic Novels however, this is my first Shakespeare Manga classic. I am familiar with "The Scottish play."I've seen several versions of it from puppetry to creative dance interpretations to stick figures. (Seriously) I've seen them all. lol. Although not my favorite I still enjoy and like the story of Macbeth very muc Out, damn'd spot! Out, I say! I received this Manga graphic Novel from Netgalley and publishers. as a free complimentary ARC in exchange for an honest review. I read several Manga graphic Novels however, this is my first Shakespeare Manga classic. I am familiar with "The Scottish play."I've seen several versions of it from puppetry to creative dance interpretations to stick figures. (Seriously) I've seen them all. lol. Although not my favorite I still enjoy and like the story of Macbeth very much. It is a compelling story of revenge, blind ambition, betrayal, and guilt. And it has ghosts haunting their murderer the king... This is all told beautifully by the artwork in this Manga. The dialogue recited above the character's heads. The artist captured the Midevel setting with bright colors of reading, black, etc making the story flow along at a good pace. I was able to follow the dialogue and the story without a problem.. I will definitely plan to buy another Manga Shakespeare Play. Maybe even the collection. I would definitely recommend this to a teacher, mother, friend to teach the undeniably timeless tales of Shakespeare.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    Book Review Title: Manga Classics: Macbeth Author: Crystal S. Chan (Adapted by), William Shakespeare & Julien Choy (Illustrations) Genre: Manga Rating: ***** Review: So, from all the manga classics I have read all stick very close to the original source material, so I won’t be going in depth into the story as most people have read Macbeth at some point in the educational lives or they are familiar with the source material. When I read Macbeth in Comprehensive school, I found it to be a very raw, grit Book Review Title: Manga Classics: Macbeth Author: Crystal S. Chan (Adapted by), William Shakespeare & Julien Choy (Illustrations) Genre: Manga Rating: ***** Review: So, from all the manga classics I have read all stick very close to the original source material, so I won’t be going in depth into the story as most people have read Macbeth at some point in the educational lives or they are familiar with the source material. When I read Macbeth in Comprehensive school, I found it to be a very raw, gritty and visceral story so I was excited to see how the story would translate to a more visual format. To summarize Macbeth: A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. I was correct about this particular play translating well into manga as it opens with a bang and Macbeth makes a great entrance into the story and from the moment, he meets the witches we can see his path laid before him. One thing I love about Macbeth is a lot of the key scene are foreshadowed in earlier scenes, for example, when the witches first meet Macbeth, they reveal that he will someday be king, but they do not specify that he will obtain that position by murdering Duncan. There is an astounding amount of the original information for the play in this manga, but most isn’t in dialogue although these manga does contain far more dialogue than there is in traditional manga. I found the way the manga was drawn really allowed the bloody and grim nature of the play to blossom in a way the original material doesn’t. However, I did find that much of the tension and suspense found in the original play are lost be seen a visual representation. Overall, I really loved the version of Macbeth and seeing both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s decent in madness and eventual death and I highly recommend all the manga classics series, however, there is a far amount of dialogue in all of them which isn’t common in manga.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jodie "Bookish" Cook

    Book Review Title: Manga Classics: Macbeth Author: Crystal S. Chan (Adapted by), William Shakespeare & Julien Choy (Illustrations) Genre: Manga Rating: ***** Review: So, from all the manga classics I have read all stick very close to the original source material so I won’t be going in-depth into the story as most people have read Macbeth at some point in the educational lives or they are familiar with the source material. When I read Macbeth in Comprehensive school, I found it to be a very raw, gritt Book Review Title: Manga Classics: Macbeth Author: Crystal S. Chan (Adapted by), William Shakespeare & Julien Choy (Illustrations) Genre: Manga Rating: ***** Review: So, from all the manga classics I have read all stick very close to the original source material so I won’t be going in-depth into the story as most people have read Macbeth at some point in the educational lives or they are familiar with the source material. When I read Macbeth in Comprehensive school, I found it to be a very raw, gritty and visceral story so I was excited to see how the story would translate to a more visual format. To summarize Macbeth: A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. I was correct about this particular play translating well into manga as it opens with a bang and Macbeth makes a great entrance into the story and from the moment, he meets the witches we can see his path laid before him. One thing I love about Macbeth is a lot of the key scene are foreshadowed in earlier scenes, for example, when the witches first meet Macbeth, they reveal that he will someday be king, but they do not specify that he will obtain that position by murdering Duncan. There is an astounding amount of the original information from the play in this manga, but most aren’t in dialogue although this manga does contain far more dialogue than there is in traditional manga. I found the way the manga was drawn really allowed the bloody and grim nature of the play to blossom in a way the original material doesn’t. However, I did find that much of the tension and suspense found in the original play are lost be seen a visual representation. Overall, I really loved the version of Macbeth and seeing both Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s decent in madness and eventual death and I highly recommend all the manga classics series, however, there is a fair amount of dialogue in all of them which isn’t common in manga.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    Despite its popularity, MacBeth has never been one of my favorite Shakespearean plays. Too bloody and gory and gloomy for my taste. But if you like a dismal adventure with plenty of violence and mayhem, MacBeth has plenty of that! And this manga adaptation rings true with the moods and poetry of the original play. I like that the exact dialogue of the play is used in this manga, and the artwork beautifully illustrates all the action and drama. Each character has a memorable and striking appearanc Despite its popularity, MacBeth has never been one of my favorite Shakespearean plays. Too bloody and gory and gloomy for my taste. But if you like a dismal adventure with plenty of violence and mayhem, MacBeth has plenty of that! And this manga adaptation rings true with the moods and poetry of the original play. I like that the exact dialogue of the play is used in this manga, and the artwork beautifully illustrates all the action and drama. Each character has a memorable and striking appearance, and I found it especially interesting to see how MacBeth's demeanor changed after he commits murder. His posture and facial expressions are different, and shadows gather around him in the darker colors of the artwork. It's a subtle but effective way of showing the development of his character, slowing falling into madness and despair. The witches were especially frightening and creepy with all their dark arts and ugly meddling. Their faces were hairy and eerie, and it weirded me out! All of the paranormal scenes were chilling, and that is just how powerful the illustrations are. I love the heroic characters, with their square jaws and clear eyes. Just from seeing their facial expressions, I could really imagine their dialogue being spoken in distinct voices. I'm so in love with all the Manga Classics series, and this one is excellently done! Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    As I did with Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet I read this version of Macbeth with an Italian translation close by. One scene in English, one scene in Italian to check how much I had understood. Kind of useful, even if the notes in my edition were way too focused on mentioning the Greek and Latin sources Shakespeare used for his story. I love Macbeth and it's my favorite Shakespeare's play. But, yeah. I have to admit I've only read three of them in their original and a couple more as graphic nov As I did with Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet I read this version of Macbeth with an Italian translation close by. One scene in English, one scene in Italian to check how much I had understood. Kind of useful, even if the notes in my edition were way too focused on mentioning the Greek and Latin sources Shakespeare used for his story. I love Macbeth and it's my favorite Shakespeare's play. But, yeah. I have to admit I've only read three of them in their original and a couple more as graphic novel adaptations. I enjoyed this version and my five stars rating goes to the adaptors and their wonderful job. In addition, being am avid manga reader, the Macbeth's Bon Jovi hair didn't bother me at all. If this adaptation came with Sparks Note attached, that would be perfect. :-) Looking forward to read A Midsummer Night's Dream...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ioanna

    Another brilliant re-edition of a great work of literature, Macbeth manga stays true to the original play. Accompanied by beautiful and inventive illustrations, it is difficult not to love this edition. Strongly recommended to fans of mangas, but also to fans of Shakespeare.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my thoughts. While I haven’t read Macbeth in its original form, nor have I seen it performed, I am somewhat familiar with the story thanks to today’s pop culture and Google. This manga version of Shakespeare’s work seems to be a very close adaptation - it claims that every line has been adapted from the original, but I personally can’t attest to that - but I fully went into this expecting A copy of this book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my thoughts. While I haven’t read Macbeth in its original form, nor have I seen it performed, I am somewhat familiar with the story thanks to today’s pop culture and Google. This manga version of Shakespeare’s work seems to be a very close adaptation - it claims that every line has been adapted from the original, but I personally can’t attest to that - but I fully went into this expecting it to be ‘translated’, too. Sadly, that wasn’t the case and Shakespeare’s writing style is preserved in this. It would have been a much easier and fun read, for me personally, if the dialogue had been modernised. As it stands, though, this is a solid manga. The art seemed fitting for the story - nothing felt out of place, I got a real sense of the doom and gloom surrounding Macbeth - and you could tell the characters apart well. The latter was aided by a cast list at the start of the book, which was a very helpful addition. I feel like this could be a very helpful tool for those studying Macbeth and struggling with some of the themes and imagery in it, as they are displayed through the artwork in this. Having finished it, though, I’m very torn on how to rate it: it wasn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t a book for me. The craftsmanship that went into creating this manga is very apparent, and it’s a beautiful little book. I just don’t care too much for the Bard.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tahoora Hashmi

    I DID IT. I FINALLY DID IT. I started reading the manga version of Macbeth around a year ago but I couldn't get past half of it hence I DNF'd the book. It had to do less with the plot and more with the illustrations. I feel in the manga version the illustrator took too much liberty and ended up making a dark theme into vodoo stuff. And that was very uncomfortable to read tbh. I read the play this time (without illustrations) in order to complete it at least and I won't lie I kinda ended up likin I DID IT. I FINALLY DID IT. I started reading the manga version of Macbeth around a year ago but I couldn't get past half of it hence I DNF'd the book. It had to do less with the plot and more with the illustrations. I feel in the manga version the illustrator took too much liberty and ended up making a dark theme into vodoo stuff. And that was very uncomfortable to read tbh. I read the play this time (without illustrations) in order to complete it at least and I won't lie I kinda ended up liking it. To compliment it I also watched the 2015 adaptation of Macbeth and woah I ended up liking it A LOT. I really wish I felt the same way about the manga as well. While the rest of the art was amazing it was just the illustrations of dark magic that put me off the edge. Trigger Warning: Death, War, Murder

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikita

    Macbeth is a classic tale about a brave Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will one day become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and aided by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. However, in doing so he is wracked with guilt and paranoia. This book is a classic and truth be told, I’ve always wanted to read it, expect I knew I would never get through the book for one reason or another so I thought reading the manga versio Macbeth is a classic tale about a brave Scottish general who receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that he will one day become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and aided by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the throne for himself. However, in doing so he is wracked with guilt and paranoia. This book is a classic and truth be told, I’ve always wanted to read it, expect I knew I would never get through the book for one reason or another so I thought reading the manga version would be better for me to understand. The manga did a great job in capturing the story and bringing it to life while keeping to the original story. I enjoyed it as weird as the story is.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Roobie

    ⭐️4 stars⭐️ Beautiful.. I love the manga classics series and this was a great one. Can't wait to read more. ★Thank you to Netgalley for the copy★ ⭐️4 stars⭐️ Beautiful.. I love the manga classics series and this was a great one. Can't wait to read more. ★Thank you to Netgalley for the copy★

  22. 4 out of 5

    H.L. Roethle

    (First-time [re-read as far as the text goes] - Review to come)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carro Herdegen

    Language: PG (3 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13 On their way back from battle, the victorious Macbeth and Banquo run into three witches prophesying of greatness in their futures. The two heroes laugh off the impossible predictions until the first shocking fortune proves true. Is everything the witches said true? Macbeth takes matters into his own hands to ensure it is so. Choy’s illustrations are impressive as they echo Macbeth’s gradual transformation through the story. While Language: PG (3 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: PG13 On their way back from battle, the victorious Macbeth and Banquo run into three witches prophesying of greatness in their futures. The two heroes laugh off the impossible predictions until the first shocking fortune proves true. Is everything the witches said true? Macbeth takes matters into his own hands to ensure it is so. Choy’s illustrations are impressive as they echo Macbeth’s gradual transformation through the story. While these visuals certainly assisted reading comprehension, I don’t think this adaptation is as effective as other Manga Classics in helping readers understand the old English used by Shakespeare. The mature content is for partial nudity and innuendo; the violence rating is for gore and murder. Reviewed for https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/

  24. 4 out of 5

    Steve Tetreault

    What it's about: In Scotland in the 11th century, King Duncan is seen as a wise and caring ruler. When Norway attacks, aided by a traitor within Scotland, Duncan sends his best and most trusted men to fight off the invasion. Macbeth and his best friend Banquo lead the fight and defeat the Norwegians. While returning from battle, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches who tell the men their futures. Macbeth, the current thane (lord) of Glamis, is told he will also be thane of Cawdor, and also What it's about: In Scotland in the 11th century, King Duncan is seen as a wise and caring ruler. When Norway attacks, aided by a traitor within Scotland, Duncan sends his best and most trusted men to fight off the invasion. Macbeth and his best friend Banquo lead the fight and defeat the Norwegians. While returning from battle, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches who tell the men their futures. Macbeth, the current thane (lord) of Glamis, is told he will also be thane of Cawdor, and also king of Scotland. Banquo is told he will have children who are kings of Scotland. The two men think this is ridiculous, but before they can get more information, the witches disappear, and a messenger from King Duncan appears. The messenger tells Macbeth that, because he has been such a loyal and brave servant to the king, and because he led the battle that defeated the Norwegian invasion, Macbeth will get the title and lands that once belonged to the Scottish traitor - the thane of Cawdor. Macbeth begins to wonder if the witches' prophecy could be true. He sends a message to his wife, Lady Macbeth, telling her about the strange prophecy. Lady Macbeth realizes that the only way her husband can become king is if he takes the title by killing Duncan. She also knows her husband is too good and kind and loyal to ever do so on his own, so when he arrives home, she convinces him that he needs to kill Duncan in order to truly reach his greatest potential. Duncan is on his way to stay with them, so Macbeth and Lady Macbeth hatch a plan to kill the king and blame others so Macbeth can take control of Scotland. On his way to commit the murder, Macbeth is plagued by a hallucination of a bloody dagger - his conscience is trying to prevent him from continuing with the horrific plan. But his wife talks him through it and he murders his friend and leader. At first, everyone seems to believe the story that Duncan's servants murdered him after being bribed by Duncan's sons; but Banquo remembers the prophecy and seems suspicious of his best friend. Macbeth decides the only way he can be safe is to kill Banquo and his son, so he convinces a group of soldiers that Banquo is the one who caused them to be poor and unrecognized. The men hunt down Banquo and kill him, but Banquo's son escapes. Meanwhile, Macbeth is having a dinner for all the nobles of Scotland to recognize Macbeth as the new king. During the meal, the assassins come and tell Macbeth that Banquo's son has escaped. Macbeth sends them to find the son; but when he goes back to the feast, he sees Banquo's ghost at the table. Macbeth starts to yell at the ghost, causing everyone at the feast to wonder what is wrong with their new king. Lady Macbeth tries to reassure them by saying this is a minor illness that Macbeth has, and it's not a big deal. But many of the nobles are now wary of Macbeth. Macbeth hears that there are people who don't like him as king. He tries to find the witches again to see if they have more information about his future. The three hags are speaking with the evil goddess Hecate, who tells the witches that they need to be more evil and less truthful. When they again encounter Macbeth, he asks if his position as king is safe. They call forth evil spirits that tell him that he will remain undefeated until the forest of Birnam moves from where it is and comes to Macbeth's new home in Dunsinane. They also tell him that no man who was born of a woman can kill him. But a final spirit shows Macbeth that the next eight kings of Scotland will be from Banquo's family. Macbeth takes this to mean that he cannot be defeated or killed, but that he will be attacked, so he goes back to Dunsinane to prepare for a battle he is positive he can't lose. Among the Scottish nobles is a guy named Macduff. He is extremely loyal to Scotland, and particularly loyal to Duncan and his family. He is not happy with how Macbeth is treating the people of Scotland. Afraid Macduff might stand up against him, Macbeth sends assassins to kill Macduff and his family. The assassins find that Macduff is not home, but they kill his wife and children. Macduff, it turns out, has gone to England to to find Duncan's eldest son, Malcolm. Malcolm fled Macbeth's castle after the murder, afraid he might also be killed; he went to England to seek help from one of the noble lords there. Macduff tries to convince Malcolm to come back to Scotland and re-take the kingship from Macbeth. Malcolm says that he would be an even worse tyrant that Macbeth; Malcolm tells stories of how he is lustful and greedy and violent. Macduff gets angry and says Scotland deserves a better king than either Macbeth or Malcolm, and Malcolm reveals he was just testing Macduff to make sure he actually wanted a good ruler for the country and not just someone he could flatter to gain power. Malcolm reveals that he has gained the support of Siward, an English lord, and his 10,000 troops; they are going to march on Scotland and depose Macbeth. Meanwhile, Lady Macbeth has started sleepwalking. A concerned servant calls for a doctor, and they watch her walk about, trying to wash imaginary blood off her hands. She also talks as she sleepwalks, dropping lots of hints that she and Macbeth killed Duncan. It seems that her guilty is overcoming her, preventing her from sleeping soundly. The servant and doctor swear each other to secrecy, fearing for their lives if they reveal what they've heard. A few days later, Macbeth is preparing for the battle to come. He's been told that 10,000 men are marching on his position. Macbeth is becoming more and more erratic; he is one moment worried about the uprising, but the next he is positive that he has nothing to worry about because the witches told him he could not be defeated unless a forest moved, or killed by any man who was born of woman. Malcolm, Macduff, and Siward march toward Macbeth's castle at Dunsinane. On the way, Malcolm realizes he can make it harder for Macbeth to know how many troops are coming if they camouflage themselves, so Malcolm has the troops cut limbs from the trees of the forest they are in - Birnam Wood - to carry with them as they march. As Macbeth readies for battle, women begin to scream and cry. A servant tells Macbeth that Lady Macbeth has died; she has thrown herself off a tower of the castle. Macbeth is heartbroken, but unable to take time to mourn her, since the battle is about to begin. Then a soldier comes and tells Macbeth that it looks like a forest is marching toward the castle. Macbeth is horrified - he realizes Birnam Wood has come to Dunsinane, just as the witches predicted. However, he gathers his courage to lead the battle, knowing that he can't be defeated by any man of woman born. Macbeth wades into battle, killing people left and right, unafraid that anyone can hurt him. The invaders manage to drive Macbeth's forces back into the castle (mostly because Macbeth's troops are the weakest folks who aren't following him because they love and believe in Macbeth, but because they are easily swayed or too lazy or scared to stand up against him). Macduff enters the castle and finds Macbeth. They square off, and Macbeth is completely unafraid, since he has the witches' prophecy that he is sure protects him from any harm. Macbeth tells Macduff that he should just give up and leave him alone; then Macbeth tells the prophecy to Macduff. Macduff says he was not born of a woman - he was born by Cesarean section, cut from his mother's womb. He and Macbeth then have a massive brawl. Malcolm and Siward are looking over the remains of the battlefield when Macduff comes to them - carrying Macbeth's head. What I thought: I was not very impressed with this adaptation. First, the language: They kept the original language, but there were a few typos and misspellings that should have been caught in editing. There were also choices made about where to split sections of dialogue that cut sentences into ribbons; if readers aren't familiar with Shakespeare's style, and specifically this story, they are likely to find themselves confused in several places by sentences that seem to end in mid-thought, and others that seem to be non-sequiturs. I also found myself confused by some of the artistic choices that were made to depict figurative or symbolic elements of Shakespeare's language; there were several places where I found myself re-reading to see if I could spot the connection they were going for, but to no avail. I looked up the time setting of this play to find it is set in the 1000's; and found that, while I was correct in my assumption that it was based on real people, the story itself bears no resemblance to what actually happened. Why I rated it like I did: If I were using this book to teach Shakespeare, I would feel a need to provide extensive background and explanations along the way to prevent readers from getting lost or misled. I might consider this as a supplement to the original text - reading the original, discussing what it means, then looking at relevant sections of this adaptation. As it is, I am using this text as an example of manga and as a graphic novel adaptation of a classic piece of literature. It will serve its purpose; but I plan to seek out alternatives in the future that I can put in the hands of students and send on their way without a need for extensive explanations.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received a copy of Manga Classics: Macbeth in exchange for a fair and honest review. I know I’ve said this time and time again, but I sincerely adore the concept behind Manga Classics. I love that it gives me a new perspective on many of the classics I know and love. And for those I haven’t read it gives me an excuse to try them out and not be quite so intimidated (we’ve all come across that one classic that was so large it was impossible not to be intimidated by it). I think it’s great that I received a copy of Manga Classics: Macbeth in exchange for a fair and honest review. I know I’ve said this time and time again, but I sincerely adore the concept behind Manga Classics. I love that it gives me a new perspective on many of the classics I know and love. And for those I haven’t read it gives me an excuse to try them out and not be quite so intimidated (we’ve all come across that one classic that was so large it was impossible not to be intimidated by it). I think it’s great that they’re working so hard to help expose more people to the classics by making them more approachable. Plus it’s fun seeing something so well known turned into a different medium (after all, that’s why movie and TV adaptations are so popular, right? Well, one of the reasons at least). I can’t get enough of the Manga Classics, truth be told. It felt like I waited a year for the next one to come out, when it was really only a few months (which is a very fast turnaround time, I’d like to point out). I’ve been hoping for a while now that they would do a manga version of Macbeth, and it looks like I finally got my wish! I’ll admit that even though I was looking forward to it, I was shocked by just how well it adapted into manga form. It’s always interesting to see how these classic characters would translate into manga characters. I was a bit surprise by Macbeth’s, but I think that has more to do with how I picture him versus how he was described. I adored the representation of almost all of the characters, but some of the side characters in particular really stood out to me as being amazingly accurate (and no, I’m not really sure why they stood out to me in particular). I love the more stylized manner in which the witches were drawn as well. It really suited their more ethereal nature, and frankly it made them look creepier, so it was a brilliant choice all around. The artist’s choice of including imagery in the background during specific scenes (usually the ones with more dialogue than most) was brilliant. It helped convey the deeper meaning and implications of the words, while not disrupting the emersion. Overall I really loved this adaptation. It was everything I could have hoped for and more. And the best part? In the back of the book they listed the upcoming classics, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream is shown! All of my wishes and dreams have come true! I’m the happiest girl ever. Now I just have to be patient and wait for its release! For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kitty Marie

    *Many thanks to Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me an e-ARC of this title for review.* So confession time, I know almost nothing about Shakespeare’s writing style or Macbeth. I’ve only read about the plots of some of his plays in passing. Comparing to Manga Classics rendition of The Count of Monte Cristo to Macbeth, I think I prefer the former for its more easily comprehensible dialogue and, subjectively speaking, an art style that’s more to my preferences. The art style employed in *Many thanks to Netgalley and Udon Entertainment for providing me an e-ARC of this title for review.* So confession time, I know almost nothing about Shakespeare’s writing style or Macbeth. I’ve only read about the plots of some of his plays in passing. Comparing to Manga Classics rendition of The Count of Monte Cristo to Macbeth, I think I prefer the former for its more easily comprehensible dialogue and, subjectively speaking, an art style that’s more to my preferences. The art style employed in Macbeth is no slouch though, it’s very versatile with varying approaches to to the character designs. Some characters look tough and burly, others border on pretty and several linger in-between. They have an intensity to their poses and facial expressions that would be at home in any action-oriented shounen (for male, usually a young male demographic) manga publication. Some of the final scenes of the book boast some well-directed action. I think that this volume, for all its efforts, is easily recommendable to people who either have a familiarity and/or affection for Macbeth, an interest in Shakespeare in general, and would like to see an ambitious attempt at marrying those concepts to a shounen-style manga while keeping the dialogue purely intact and not re-written, not updated or reimagined. I usually prefer keeping things pure in that way. I can tell this is a fine effort, but I struggled more than I would have liked to in deciphering every line. This warrants a slower and more analytical approach to reading. I do intend on checking out several more works by Manga Classics after utterly loving The Count Of Monte Cristo though. I hope they continue making these adaptations, though I might be more keen on checking out ones that adapt literature from the 1800s – early 1900s. If your purpose is to get kids/pre-teens into classics, I think some of the other adaptations by Manga Classics are more suited to that end. Why You Should Try It – If you’re a fan of manga (particularly, shounen manga) AND Shakespeare. If you have a familiarity with Macbeth. If the art style speaks to you. Critiques – The art style, while by no means bad, was less appealing than expected.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kim Cabrera

    Shakespeare is going to find a whole new audience. The Manga Classics version of Macbeth will bring this story to people who may not have wanted to read the original. The Manga version allows so much more leeway for the artists to help the reader understand the story. Shakespeare is difficult to read in the original translation, but this one was much more understandable for me as a reader. The excellent artwork accompanying the text really helped me understand what was happening in the story. Th Shakespeare is going to find a whole new audience. The Manga Classics version of Macbeth will bring this story to people who may not have wanted to read the original. The Manga version allows so much more leeway for the artists to help the reader understand the story. Shakespeare is difficult to read in the original translation, but this one was much more understandable for me as a reader. The excellent artwork accompanying the text really helped me understand what was happening in the story. The text used is the original unabridged text. However, the addition of fine art made it really come alive. For example, as a reader, you can actually see the transformation taking place in the character of Macbeth. In the beginning pages, he is shown as a normal, seemingly happy character. But, as the negativity of his desire for more and more power takes hold of him, you see those transformations. His facial expressions dramatically change. His appearance reflects the changes too. Without the art to help envision this, it’s tough to see. The same happens with other characters. His wife, for example. And others surrounding them. The three sisters are really creepy and you get the sense that they are up to no good right from the beginning. Their antics are emphasized by how they appear and disappear from the scenes. Overall, I really loved this adaptation. I think it will help bring alive the tales of Shakespeare for a new generation. There’s also a Manga Classics adaptation of Romeo and Juliet available. Other books in the classics series that I have read have also been excellent. I recommend them!

  28. 5 out of 5

    zapkode

    {My thoughts} – Everything I would imagine about a William Shakespeare play brought to life within the beautifully drawn images of Julien Choy. I honestly have never read this play before reading this book. It was enlightening for lack of better wording. Macbeth is told that he is meant to become the king of Scotland by some witches. Them telling him that put his plan to murder the current king into action. There is so much that takes place within the pages of this book that a simple review could {My thoughts} – Everything I would imagine about a William Shakespeare play brought to life within the beautifully drawn images of Julien Choy. I honestly have never read this play before reading this book. It was enlightening for lack of better wording. Macbeth is told that he is meant to become the king of Scotland by some witches. Them telling him that put his plan to murder the current king into action. There is so much that takes place within the pages of this book that a simple review could not possibly give it justice. The illustrations and the text go hand and hand so nicely you’d think this was just how William Shakespeare wanted his play portrayed. The illustrations help to show the reader so many different raw emotions such as: anger, regret, guilt and more. I think the illustrations are a nice touch because they help to show more so much more to the reader. It doesn’t leave much space for one’s imagination about the scenes, but it does show the reader such raw emotion within the images that it’s alright. Macbeth is shown at his best, at his worst and in all the depictions he is shown as truly human. I think this book is a wonderful rendition of a Classic. I am going to need to read the actual play sometime in the near future. I think that reluctant readers will find this as a worthwhile read and who knows, they may even discover a new found love for William Shakespeare.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dani(elle)

    Overall: 4 out of 5, would recommend for manga fans or students who find reading older works tedious. Writing/Adaptation: Pretty darn faithful. I was pleasantly surprised that they kept the original language. I went into this assuming that they would adapt the story but ditch the thee's and thou's, I was wrong! It's good to wrong sometimes. Keeping the book broken up into acts and scenes helps with the pacing which, when paired with the art, emphasizes parts of the story that may have been overlook Overall: 4 out of 5, would recommend for manga fans or students who find reading older works tedious. Writing/Adaptation: Pretty darn faithful. I was pleasantly surprised that they kept the original language. I went into this assuming that they would adapt the story but ditch the thee's and thou's, I was wrong! It's good to wrong sometimes. Keeping the book broken up into acts and scenes helps with the pacing which, when paired with the art, emphasizes parts of the story that may have been overlooked otherwise. For example, Act 1, Scene 2 is basically a couple of dudes on stage talking about how awesome in battle an unseen comrade is. With the manga illustrating Macbeth's feats in battle, the audience is given a greater understanding of why he is well liked in the beginning. Art: This is part of what sells this book. When adapting a well known property, you have to have something that sets you a part. Making a comic is a good concept but one that could go very wrong if the art is bad or does not mesh well with the dialogue. The art in this enhances the story, taking old time metaphors and making them understandable by visualizing them. If this is what the rest of these books are like, then I have nothing but high hopes for the Manga Classics series

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    UDON Entertainment and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Manga Classics: Macbeth. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. This graphic novel tells the classic story of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, but in a way that might spark the interest of a new generation. The illustrator, as well as the writer who adapted the story, told the tale using an entirely different format than the original book, but still managed to capture the essence of Macbe UDON Entertainment and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Manga Classics: Macbeth. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. This graphic novel tells the classic story of Macbeth by William Shakespeare, but in a way that might spark the interest of a new generation. The illustrator, as well as the writer who adapted the story, told the tale using an entirely different format than the original book, but still managed to capture the essence of Macbeth. Facial expressions help to convey the story, as well as depictions of certain key scenes in the play. This interpretation of the action is helped along by pieces of the original text, giving readers a clear picture as to the plot. Manga is not for everyone, but I found it to be an interesting medium for interpreting a classic story. Having read other Manga classics before, I had a certain level of expectation and I was not disappointed. I would recommend Manga Classics: Macbeth as a companion to the original play, allowing readers to see the interpretation of the story while reading the words as they were intended.

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