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In 2001, audiences first met and fell in love with a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind named Artemis Fowl. Since then, the series has sold over seven million copies in the United States alone. Now, this phenomenally successful series is being translated into a graphic novel format. Eoin Colfer has teamed up with established comic writer Andrew Donkin to adapt the text. F In 2001, audiences first met and fell in love with a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind named Artemis Fowl. Since then, the series has sold over seven million copies in the United States alone. Now, this phenomenally successful series is being translated into a graphic novel format. Eoin Colfer has teamed up with established comic writer Andrew Donkin to adapt the text. For the first time, rabid fans will be able to see what Foaly's tin hat looks like; discover just how "Beet" Root got his name; and of course, follow their favorite criminal mastermind as he plots and connives in action-packed, full-color panels.


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In 2001, audiences first met and fell in love with a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind named Artemis Fowl. Since then, the series has sold over seven million copies in the United States alone. Now, this phenomenally successful series is being translated into a graphic novel format. Eoin Colfer has teamed up with established comic writer Andrew Donkin to adapt the text. F In 2001, audiences first met and fell in love with a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind named Artemis Fowl. Since then, the series has sold over seven million copies in the United States alone. Now, this phenomenally successful series is being translated into a graphic novel format. Eoin Colfer has teamed up with established comic writer Andrew Donkin to adapt the text. For the first time, rabid fans will be able to see what Foaly's tin hat looks like; discover just how "Beet" Root got his name; and of course, follow their favorite criminal mastermind as he plots and connives in action-packed, full-color panels.

30 review for Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mariah Roze

    Okay. This book isn’t really my style.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    A graphic novel version of the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. I was highly disgusted with the illustrations in the book. Butler's neck was drawn out of proportion and was a revolting mass of flesh that only made me feel ill. Further more, the rest of the illustrations, the ones that I had crafted in my head when I had first read the book were NOTHING like the ones in this book. Everybody was crudely drawn and uglier then I could have imagined. Among the opening chapters was a page that I A graphic novel version of the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. I was highly disgusted with the illustrations in the book. Butler's neck was drawn out of proportion and was a revolting mass of flesh that only made me feel ill. Further more, the rest of the illustrations, the ones that I had crafted in my head when I had first read the book were NOTHING like the ones in this book. Everybody was crudely drawn and uglier then I could have imagined. Among the opening chapters was a page that I thought was highly inappropriate for Juvenille readers. I would not want my children reading a book with a shower scene that sexually portrayed a female elf with no clothes on, but a couple of carefully placed hands. I thought it was degrading to that character when she is supposed to be a very strong, self-assured staple to the storyline. This was an abominable book and one I would hate to see anyone else read. *Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Yoda

    I´ve been putting off reading Artemis Fowl for the longest time, I wasn´t sure if I was going to like it. I really really did though! Can´t wait for my baby sister to be old enough to read this one! Finally I understand why it was so hyped up and I can´t wait to see movie version of this!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    I didn't understand the point of this book. The main character was completely unlikable! A spoiled, pretentious little kid who needs to learn when to just shut up, Artemis Fowl is a terrible main character. I kept hoping he'd die or get arrested or something. Sadly, he doesn't.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alena

    I love the Artemis Fowl book series, but in my opinion the heavily-stylized artwork of the graphic novel really detracts from the story -- to the point where I'm too busy shielding my eyes from the lumpy, mutated character designs to actually read any of the text. I generally enjoy graphic novels (as anyone who has seen my manga and comic book collection can attest), but I find the presentation of this specimen fairly uninteresting. For example, looking at the front cover: Does this picture make I love the Artemis Fowl book series, but in my opinion the heavily-stylized artwork of the graphic novel really detracts from the story -- to the point where I'm too busy shielding my eyes from the lumpy, mutated character designs to actually read any of the text. I generally enjoy graphic novels (as anyone who has seen my manga and comic book collection can attest), but I find the presentation of this specimen fairly uninteresting. For example, looking at the front cover: Does this picture make you want to dive immediately into the story? Does it give the slightest hint what the story is about, or even what genre it is? Nothing about this version attracts a reader or draws him in unless he is already familiar with the source material -- in which case the graphic novel will be a bland review, since the text is largely a copy/paste from the original book. The artwork doesn't help, either, as some of the characters are really almost painful to look at; I physically cringed looking at Butler's deformed neck and pin-sized head. This is a popular art style for some applications, but it's not something I want to look at for the length of a book. There's no advantage to reading the comic book version when you can get a more complete experience by reading the original novel -- and the pictures painted in the reader's mind by the novel text will undoubtedly be more fulfilling.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Romana

    My love for Artemis Fowl knows no end.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cyril

    this art was wack whyd they do that to butler

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    Overall I really liked this book. I understood that the characters features would be exagerated (as they are in many GNs) and so I was only slightly disappointed in the artists depictions. My biggest complaint about the characters was the portrayal of Butler. I alwasy saw him as a huge guy but with slightly more finesse and style. I was also a little shocked by the sexyness of Holly. Our very first view of her is in a tank-top that is falling off and boyshorts and our second is of her in the sho Overall I really liked this book. I understood that the characters features would be exagerated (as they are in many GNs) and so I was only slightly disappointed in the artists depictions. My biggest complaint about the characters was the portrayal of Butler. I alwasy saw him as a huge guy but with slightly more finesse and style. I was also a little shocked by the sexyness of Holly. Our very first view of her is in a tank-top that is falling off and boyshorts and our second is of her in the shower with a side view of her breast. Not exactly R rated but surprising to me. Each of the character depictions has things that I would have drawn differently but that is always the case when a book is turned into a visual reality. You just accept that interpretation and move on. Along these same lines, just as when a book is made into a movie, I feel that books made into graphic novels tend to loose something in depth and imagination. I can appreciate interpretations and I thought the art in this book was beautiful but if I was recommending this series to someone (not a reluctant reader) I would suggest the original.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Who knew Butler is blond, Artemis is near anorexic skinny and Julius is, well, gray. I loved the visuals that a graphic novel can give a book to make it come alive. While the graphics are amazing, the story hasn't changed, in fact, it looses a lot of its depth because it is so short. The two best things about the Artemis Fowl books are the sharp dialogue and rounded characters, and both of these qualities are lost in the graphic novel. Because I am already a huge fan of Eoin Colfer and the Artem Who knew Butler is blond, Artemis is near anorexic skinny and Julius is, well, gray. I loved the visuals that a graphic novel can give a book to make it come alive. While the graphics are amazing, the story hasn't changed, in fact, it looses a lot of its depth because it is so short. The two best things about the Artemis Fowl books are the sharp dialogue and rounded characters, and both of these qualities are lost in the graphic novel. Because I am already a huge fan of Eoin Colfer and the Artemis Fowl books, I found this an entertaining and quick reminder of what happened in first book but not a stand-out book in its own right. However, if you love graphic novels but have never read the Artemis Fowl books, I think you will like this book. The best part is, if the graphic version gets you interested, you are already half way to becoming obsessed with one of the best YA fantasy series out there.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Kym

    'Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel' could have been better. Like extremely better. Having read the series and knowing how it goes did ruin what I thought of the graphic novel because the novel itself was SO GOOD. Like incredibly, amazingly, stupendously good. Artemis Fowl is a complicated character who was quite attractive and intelligent in the novel. In the graphic he just looks like a weirdo with an even weirder hairstyle. And acts as if he is only a criminal and not the child prodigy that he i 'Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel' could have been better. Like extremely better. Having read the series and knowing how it goes did ruin what I thought of the graphic novel because the novel itself was SO GOOD. Like incredibly, amazingly, stupendously good. Artemis Fowl is a complicated character who was quite attractive and intelligent in the novel. In the graphic he just looks like a weirdo with an even weirder hairstyle. And acts as if he is only a criminal and not the child prodigy that he is. The graphic also captured the bare minimum of the plot and I believe lost a lot of detail which would have made it spectacular. That being said I thought a lot the characters looked...bizarre. Seriously, they are not that ugly! Anyways, a nice quick read overall. Congratulations to Eoin Colfer on publishing his first graphic novel!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Mendoza

    I felt really meh about this. I think I might have enjoyed the actual novel more. I felt like I had no background going in. It seemed like the middle of a story. And Artemis is kind of a dick.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    I’m not usually one to read graphic novels, but I found this one quite enjoyable. It’s accurate to the original book, and the artwork is very good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sooraya Evans

    Fairies and elves from a magical realm with technology beyond the human world still needed time to 'hack' into Interpol's database. Haha. Some agencies get too much credit. Overall, this book is surprisingly entertaining. I loved the color work and the twist at the end.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Giselle Bradley

    I sort of skim read this. It's a very faithful adaptation which is technically good but it made it a boring read. Especially because it lacks the charming narration and writing from the original book. And I'm really not a fan of the art at all. Hopefully the new GN coming out in 2019 will have art that I like more.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I had earlier read this book in its text form and loved it. This was a lot of fun, as I could see what the different fairy-types would look like. Though, I did think that the Artemis and his bodyguard would look a little different.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Loewen

    Pretty good. I like the artwork.

  17. 4 out of 5

    little dumpling

    Who knew, Butler was blond?

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (BooksforMKs)

    Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius, who discovers a way to infiltrate the hidden world of the faeries, and how to steal their gold. Holly Short is the only female police officer with the LEP (Lower Elements Police, the fairy law enforcement). Desperate to prove herself in the field, Holly will need all her tactical training to take on the young genius, but Artemis has his own secrets and outsmarts the faeries every step of the way. I have always loved the Artemis Fowl stories, but this graphic Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius, who discovers a way to infiltrate the hidden world of the faeries, and how to steal their gold. Holly Short is the only female police officer with the LEP (Lower Elements Police, the fairy law enforcement). Desperate to prove herself in the field, Holly will need all her tactical training to take on the young genius, but Artemis has his own secrets and outsmarts the faeries every step of the way. I have always loved the Artemis Fowl stories, but this graphic novel does not do them justice. I did NOT like the art style. The colors are dark and brown and boring. The characters look weird. Artemis has a triangle head. Holly's face looks like a football. Butler has a massive neck that is bigger than his entire head. The proportions on every character are so bizarre. Their height is weird, their eyes look strange, and everyone's ears are displaced on their head. Foley looked nothing like I imagined. I could barely stand to look at each page, because it creeped me out all the time. And I was not happy with the strange way the dialogue would jump from actual spoken words to internal thoughts of the characters. It was very confusing to see internal thoughts in a box, and then some spoken dialogue in a similar box indicating that the person was speaking "off screen", and then more spoken dialogue in a speech bubble indicating the person speaking "on screen." Who the hay is talking here?!?! Argh! It was confusing and unclear for much of the book. I'm very disappointed in this, but I suppose I'll keep reading the other graphic novels, because I DO love the story. My recommendation: Read the actual novels, because they are wonderful, but skip these graphic novel adaptations.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Spencer

    Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Noel My Thoughts: I will do a longer review on the book’s plot and my thoughts on it. After reading the novel I really wanted to see what some of the characters looked like-particularly Holly Short-. So not knowing the book was translated into a comic I came across them on readcomicsonline. Being a visual person my curiosity was piqued. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Although it did a decent enough job capturing what I read and what I saw in my head in the p Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Noel My Thoughts: I will do a longer review on the book’s plot and my thoughts on it. After reading the novel I really wanted to see what some of the characters looked like-particularly Holly Short-. So not knowing the book was translated into a comic I came across them on readcomicsonline. Being a visual person my curiosity was piqued. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Although it did a decent enough job capturing what I read and what I saw in my head in the pages. The illustrations thus were adequate but nothing really made them stand out. Honestly, most of the characters were kind of ugly to look at. The most interesting being -Juliet-. Probably if I went and searched on Deviant I could find better illustrations of people’s art for what they thought the characters looked like. The story itself also did a good job of getting in everything in the novel. Nothing was really left out that shouldn’t be. But for me, it was just so-so (as in the art). The story itself was good -but more on that-. Rating: 5

  20. 4 out of 5

    Grace Leneghan

    Interesting illustrations, very stylized and dramatic, as would be expected. I’d never read any of the Artemis Fowl series but he is quite unlikeable and pretentious. I was really rooting for the fairy Captain Short the whole time; but maybe that’s also to be expected since Fowl is a criminal and Short is the one protecting what’s trying to be destroyed by Fowl. Overall, a quick and entertaining graphic novel. Not my favorite plot-line but I enjoyed it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    April

    I tried several times to get into the Artemis Fowl series and just struggled to do so. I’m not fully sure why; I think partially the snarky sense of humor was off-putting to me when I wasn’t prepped for it. (Again... not being in the right mood for a specific series! 🤦🏻‍♀️) I did like the graphic novel a little more than i expected. However, although I did enjoy it, the storyline was very spare in terms of explaining some of what happened. The art was a little exaggerated (almost like caricatures I tried several times to get into the Artemis Fowl series and just struggled to do so. I’m not fully sure why; I think partially the snarky sense of humor was off-putting to me when I wasn’t prepped for it. (Again... not being in the right mood for a specific series! 🤦🏻‍♀️) I did like the graphic novel a little more than i expected. However, although I did enjoy it, the storyline was very spare in terms of explaining some of what happened. The art was a little exaggerated (almost like caricatures) but seemed to fit the storyline. So, overall opinion? Meh. Not awful, not great, but solidly in the middle.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Noah

    As many times as I've read the source material, I've never actually gotten around to reading the graphic novels. Needless to say, this didn't disappoint! It was every bit as amusing as the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jaden C.

    Honestly it was a good book he was pretty swag

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steven Soriano

    its ok

  25. 5 out of 5

    Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)

    I've always wanted to read Artemis Fowl and I am so happy to have finally met some of the characters. The artwork is beautiful and I enjoyed reading it! I am excited to get the books and read them all!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nemo

    I saw the film. It was horrible. Read this to cancel out the film. THERE IS NO MOVIE. The graphic novel is every bit as amazing as I remembered the book to be.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Roberts

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The storyline was accurate but I didn't enjoy the way the characters were drawn. Butler's neck was huge!

  28. 4 out of 5

    C

    Loved it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meegy

    I read the novels over 10 years ago and I still love Artemis Fowl! Cannot wait to go back and re-read the novels.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Celine

    Summary: Based on the children's book (or YA?) Artemis Fowl, this graphic novel follows a child genius trying to kidnap a fairy for ransom. What I liked: - I used to absolutely love the Artemis Fowl books, and read them all when I was about nine or ten. Since that's quite a while ago now, I had mostly forgotten about the details of the story and it was lovely to revisit my childhood hero (who doesn't want to be an extremely intelligent criminal mastermind?) - This graphic novel doesn't seem to pre Summary: Based on the children's book (or YA?) Artemis Fowl, this graphic novel follows a child genius trying to kidnap a fairy for ransom. What I liked: - I used to absolutely love the Artemis Fowl books, and read them all when I was about nine or ten. Since that's quite a while ago now, I had mostly forgotten about the details of the story and it was lovely to revisit my childhood hero (who doesn't want to be an extremely intelligent criminal mastermind?) - This graphic novel doesn't seem to pre-suppose any knowledge of the Artemis world. Though it might be a bit overwhelming without knowing anything about it, it's easy to follow the story without having read the book - It's so much fun to finally see what all the characters look like! - The art is very intricate and requested quite some attention. After the minimalistic art of Sin City this was a bit of a shock, but not necessarily a bad one - Throughout the book there were pages with "files" where the characters get some background and other world-specific objects are explained - perfect for first-time readers What I didn't like: - The troll! What the hell was that? That doesn't look like a troll to me - It was hard to distinguish the fairies when they were all wearing the same uniform - It might just have been my edition, but the drawings sometimes got really tiny, and my crappy eyes had a hard time seeming all the details Rant time: There have been some reviews on Goodreads stating how shocked they are at how sexualised Holly is portrayed. At this, I can only react with "WHAT?!". Holly is a full grown fairy woman, she is not a girl. We have to keep this in mind. The entire discussion was sparked by the fact that she wears a tank top and short shorts to bed, and the fact that she's clearly naked in the shower. Well, I'm sorry, but how do you shower? In your two-piece? We don't even see any body in the shower panel, only her face and the top of her shoulders. We don't even see a silhouette or anything that could be considered sexy. And to be honest, even if it did, why would Holly as a character suddenly be considered less "kick ass" if she was attractive and feminine? There is nothing wrong with being sexy, and it doesn't subtract to your credibility or your awesomeness. Just my two cents. Verdict: Seamless adaptation of the book, a great read for old fans and new ones alike. And one hundred percent safe for children, in opposition of what some people seem to think

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