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The idea for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde famously came to Robert Louis Stevenson one night in a dream. This graphic novel adaptation by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal has transformed that dream into an exquisite nightmare. Their faithful adaptation combines an already-chilling tale with truly haunting artwork. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the story of The idea for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde famously came to Robert Louis Stevenson one night in a dream. This graphic novel adaptation by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal has transformed that dream into an exquisite nightmare. Their faithful adaptation combines an already-chilling tale with truly haunting artwork. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the story of a respectable London doctor who ends up leading a dreadful double life—as a doctor, and as a cold-blooded murderer. Fans of Stevenson’s original novel and new readers will be riveted by this fascinating moral thriller.  


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The idea for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde famously came to Robert Louis Stevenson one night in a dream. This graphic novel adaptation by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal has transformed that dream into an exquisite nightmare. Their faithful adaptation combines an already-chilling tale with truly haunting artwork. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the story of The idea for The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde famously came to Robert Louis Stevenson one night in a dream. This graphic novel adaptation by Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal has transformed that dream into an exquisite nightmare. Their faithful adaptation combines an already-chilling tale with truly haunting artwork. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the story of a respectable London doctor who ends up leading a dreadful double life—as a doctor, and as a cold-blooded murderer. Fans of Stevenson’s original novel and new readers will be riveted by this fascinating moral thriller.  

30 review for Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Illustrated Classics): A Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I studied the original text for college so when I saw this in my library, I decided to read it because it looked really dark and creepy. I liked how they cut out a lot of the writing from the original so they could adapt it into a comic but unfortunately it was a bit hard to follow. If I didn't read the original text, I would have been pretty lost. The artwork was good for the most part but a few panels weren't up to the standard of some of the other panels for some reason. I liked how they used I studied the original text for college so when I saw this in my library, I decided to read it because it looked really dark and creepy. I liked how they cut out a lot of the writing from the original so they could adapt it into a comic but unfortunately it was a bit hard to follow. If I didn't read the original text, I would have been pretty lost. The artwork was good for the most part but a few panels weren't up to the standard of some of the other panels for some reason. I liked how they used all grey (pencil or charcoal I think), it gave the illustrations a creepy touch. It was an okay comic but I wouldn't recommend it. I would probably read something else with Andrzej Klimowski's or Damusia Schejbal's illustrations.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Moe

    Because this book is a classic, I felt obligated to read this. But I also know that this book in its original format was extremely long. I kind of like these short graphic novels, as they appeal to people (like myself) who want to know enough to understand references and the gist of the plot without having to read the whole book. The overall plot was great, and I believe that this shows how we can be such a slave to disgraceful pleasures if we don't control ourselves. I also believe that everyon Because this book is a classic, I felt obligated to read this. But I also know that this book in its original format was extremely long. I kind of like these short graphic novels, as they appeal to people (like myself) who want to know enough to understand references and the gist of the plot without having to read the whole book. The overall plot was great, and I believe that this shows how we can be such a slave to disgraceful pleasures if we don't control ourselves. I also believe that everyone has that 2nd person inside them, the opposite of who you are.

  3. 5 out of 5

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

    "I suddenly began to understand more profoundly the irrelevance of this solid body in which we walk. Not only did I recognize my natural body, the aura and the radiant powers that made up my spirit...." This is the graphic adaptation of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", by Robert Louis Stevenson, originally published in 1886. Stevenson, and invalid while writing this novel, often thought of leading a double life. As this was written towards the end of his life, it would be understand "I suddenly began to understand more profoundly the irrelevance of this solid body in which we walk. Not only did I recognize my natural body, the aura and the radiant powers that made up my spirit...." This is the graphic adaptation of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", by Robert Louis Stevenson, originally published in 1886. Stevenson, and invalid while writing this novel, often thought of leading a double life. As this was written towards the end of his life, it would be understandable how one can conjure such an idea. "I had gone to bed Henry Jekyll and woken up as Edward Hyde! How could this have happened and how could it be rectified?" Robert Louis Stevenson won his first literary price at the age of six and wrote throughout his life. I definitely would like to read more of his works. I enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation with its charcoal drawings. The picture boxes where large and the comic bound beautiful in thick stock. It's a keeper.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This is incredibly hard to review because it's not the full work, or even a really understandable abridged version. It's a bit of a mess to be honest, and I'm just happy that I knew the story well enough to follow along. But just barely. I don't recommend this, and honestly, if you want a condensed or different version than the original - watch a movie. You'll get more out of it. The art is incredible though. This is incredibly hard to review because it's not the full work, or even a really understandable abridged version. It's a bit of a mess to be honest, and I'm just happy that I knew the story well enough to follow along. But just barely. I don't recommend this, and honestly, if you want a condensed or different version than the original - watch a movie. You'll get more out of it. The art is incredible though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I got this at Comic Con for free so I thought I would give it a go. Because I read the original text a few years back I was able to follow the story, however the way it was presented in this graphic novel was a little confusing and my concern is that someone unfamiliar with Stevenson's original tale would struggle with some parts of this edition. The illustrations were also somewhat inconsistent which was a shame, however they did give a good sense of the gothic nature of this tale. I got this at Comic Con for free so I thought I would give it a go. Because I read the original text a few years back I was able to follow the story, however the way it was presented in this graphic novel was a little confusing and my concern is that someone unfamiliar with Stevenson's original tale would struggle with some parts of this edition. The illustrations were also somewhat inconsistent which was a shame, however they did give a good sense of the gothic nature of this tale.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    I have always enjoyed the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde but I just loved this book because the illustrations were amazing. The dark charcoal like drawings brought the story to life in a creepy, spine tingling way. It was just what the Doctor ordered on the stormy night I read this. This graphic novel will grace my bookcase for years to come. I would recommend to everyone.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rao Javed

    I picked it up at random from my library just for amusement thou I've read the original text of this same book and it was really good. I picked it up at random from my library just for amusement thou I've read the original text of this same book and it was really good.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ioana

    2.5 ⭐ for the book. 4 ⭐ for the illustrations. Settled for 3 ⭐ overall.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Elzburg)

    This is the third format of which I have experienced the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. First was the original story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Stevenson himself, then the musical with David Hasselhoff (My favorite songs were This is the Moment, Alive, and Confrontation. These arn't the Hasselhoff versions because I like these better), and now this comic book. You might think that the reason I'm willing to relive so many reincarnations of this story is because I This is the third format of which I have experienced the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. First was the original story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde written by Stevenson himself, then the musical with David Hasselhoff (My favorite songs were This is the Moment, Alive, and Confrontation. These arn't the Hasselhoff versions because I like these better), and now this comic book. You might think that the reason I'm willing to relive so many reincarnations of this story is because I love it, but it's actually because of my quest to actually understand this story. I don't know what it is, but there's something that keeps me from ever fully comprehending what goes on in this story. I was hoping this comic book would help me finally grasp what-the-heck goes on in this story, but to no avail. It did clear some things up at least. Like I never knew that the whole reason Jekyll started taking the potion was because of his sexual fetish or whatever. I never got that before now. Actually that might have been the only thing this cleared up. I'm probably going to watch the animated movie next. I feel like if you haven't read the original, this book might be confusing--and this is coming from me. You're better off just reading the original, it's only like 90 pages or something. Actually, to show you how invested I am, I'm going to physically go to my bookshelf and check my copy. Oh wow it's actually only 78 pages. You're welcome. The art was alright. It looks like it was done in charcoal (and the cover done in watercolor) which was interesting. I've never read a book done in charcoal before. And maybe there's a reason for that. The people's faces were kinda iffy looking, but the backgrounds were generally nice at least.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael P.

    Since I do not like this story, why have I consumed so many versions of it? I hoped to find a version that did justice to its potential. I read the novel when in my twenties. I found much good in it, but the more that Stevenson pushed his theme, the sillier and more labored the book seemed. I have seen three film adaptations, liked two of them OK, and saw a TV version. I have heard the story adapted for radio, and this is the third graphic novel I have read that presents the story. I find it by Since I do not like this story, why have I consumed so many versions of it? I hoped to find a version that did justice to its potential. I read the novel when in my twenties. I found much good in it, but the more that Stevenson pushed his theme, the sillier and more labored the book seemed. I have seen three film adaptations, liked two of them OK, and saw a TV version. I have heard the story adapted for radio, and this is the third graphic novel I have read that presents the story. I find it by far the most satiafying version. The adaptors were wise in not pushing the corrupt soul and parallelism theme. It is there in the plot, so it does not need to be underlined as Stevenson does too often. Because graphic novel characters have no voice, there is no overwrought and unsubtle acting to overwhelm the story. The other graphic novels were rather sad. This is a moody, well rendered telling of the basic story in which the captions, dialog, rendering of the art, and the grey, grey tones all bond to tell this story in near-flawless fashion. I knew there was a great story somewhere under all the goop, but it did not emerge until now.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Abraham

    This graphic novel adaptation of the classic novella is absolutely dreadful, with muddled black-and-white art that makes even differentiating the characters a head-scratching dilemma, and "writing flow" that mimics the head-knocking good times of a rickety old roller coaster. This graphic novel adaptation of the classic novella is absolutely dreadful, with muddled black-and-white art that makes even differentiating the characters a head-scratching dilemma, and "writing flow" that mimics the head-knocking good times of a rickety old roller coaster.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Chung

    What can I say...the original is a bit longer. More flowery in words. This graphic novel showed the story for what it was and did a decent job of it. I liked the crude pencil/charcoal drawings. Nothing more to say about it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The story was okay enough, but the art was terrible. Terrible enough I wanted to keep putting it down, but I fought through.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Kelly

    Nice art, but very matter-of-fact and brief narration.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Hard to follow and not nearly as creepy and interesting as the original.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    The Graphic Novel I decided to read was “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Stevenson, Klimowski, and Schejbal. “If he be Mr. Hyde, then I shall be Mr. Seek” this quote I think sums up the graphic novel well since Mr. Utterson is looking for Dr. Jekyll the entire time, but nobody knows where Dr Jekyll is. I also enjoyed the dark scenery in the book and the use of potions because that is what people believed in during dark times. I brought up the use of potions because when you read the book, you’ll wit The Graphic Novel I decided to read was “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Stevenson, Klimowski, and Schejbal. “If he be Mr. Hyde, then I shall be Mr. Seek” this quote I think sums up the graphic novel well since Mr. Utterson is looking for Dr. Jekyll the entire time, but nobody knows where Dr Jekyll is. I also enjoyed the dark scenery in the book and the use of potions because that is what people believed in during dark times. I brought up the use of potions because when you read the book, you’ll witness the dark arts that could be performed in this novel. Some other important parts of the book would be the interactions Mr. Utterson makes with all the common people in the town. Mr. Utterson is a lawyer but, in the book, he acts more as a detective more than the law man he is. While reading this book I was very confused since the story left out lots of details a normal novel would have included but you pick it up as the story goes on. Another thing I noticed was all the names used in the novel were also becoming confusing until the end of the graphic novel where everything became clear to the reader at the end of the novel. I enjoyed reading from Mr. Utterson’s point of view because he reminded me of a detective since he was very intelligent and observant, but he was also careless at sometimes in the story. The character that confused me the most was Dr. Jekyll since he had a very important role, but we saw very little of him as we proceeded through the story line. Toward the end of the novel the story line became crystal clear since at the end it gave you some insight about before the story even started and explained who made out the check to the doctor. All the panels and pictures in the graphic novel were drawn very well and really helped with describing what was happening if you couldn’t understand the novel. The Graphic Novel “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Stevenson, Klimowski, and Schejbal was well written and all flowed together very well. The tone of the text made you feel anxious and fearful at the same time anticipating what would come next in the story line. The disappearance of Dr. Jekyll and the mystery behind Mr. Hyde really puts the reader on the edge of their seat sucking them into the novel. I would recommend this book to people who like mystery and the idea of dark magics since both are used a lot in the graphic novel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Zach Berndt

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is about a man who has multiple sides to him. One being a murder by night and the other being a normal man by the morning. In the beginning there was many people looking for a murder that goes by the name Mr. Hyde but no one knew that he was the same person as Dr. Jekyll. They never found out until Mr. Utterson had a letter from both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. They then noticed that both of the letters had the same handwriting. He would become the murder by drinking a salt Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is about a man who has multiple sides to him. One being a murder by night and the other being a normal man by the morning. In the beginning there was many people looking for a murder that goes by the name Mr. Hyde but no one knew that he was the same person as Dr. Jekyll. They never found out until Mr. Utterson had a letter from both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. They then noticed that both of the letters had the same handwriting. He would become the murder by drinking a salt mixture given to him by another doctor. My favorite character was Dr. Jekyll when he was him, because he seemed like an ordinary man, but just lost. I felt like he could have been fine after a while if he had not started drinking the mixture. I also liked how the story kept me guessing about the murderer and the doctor. I would have never guessed that they were one in the same. I did not like how the story seemed really slow in the beginning and progressively got faster and faster. In the end it was just a lot of information at once. I would have to recommend this book to anyone who likes graphic novels. Also anyone who likes classic stories and learning about them. I would give this book a three out of five stars because it was pretty good but I did not like the pacing it had.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I haven't read the original, but I did know the main plot of it. However this adaption was very confusing to me, I didn't really know what was going on until the last half of it. I mean it wasn't a bad book, it just fits better for someone who have actually read the original and know what is going on.. The art was pretty cool though, dark and twisted. My husband would recommend you all not to leave this book standing on a chair in your dark bedroom.. It is not nice to wake up to in the middle of I haven't read the original, but I did know the main plot of it. However this adaption was very confusing to me, I didn't really know what was going on until the last half of it. I mean it wasn't a bad book, it just fits better for someone who have actually read the original and know what is going on.. The art was pretty cool though, dark and twisted. My husband would recommend you all not to leave this book standing on a chair in your dark bedroom.. It is not nice to wake up to in the middle of the night. lol

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Dsouza

    This graphic novel is a decent rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We follow John Utterson, a lawyer who notices his friend and scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll , has been acting very strangely. Utterson's curiosity gets the better of him and he begins to investigate and uncovers a terrifying and horrific story….. With Halloween just around the corner this would be a perfect gothic book to read! This graphic novel is a decent rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. We follow John Utterson, a lawyer who notices his friend and scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll , has been acting very strangely. Utterson's curiosity gets the better of him and he begins to investigate and uncovers a terrifying and horrific story….. With Halloween just around the corner this would be a perfect gothic book to read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Hlavaty (readingwithkelsey)

    Although I really enjoyed the overall plot, the execution of this graphic novel was terrible. It was incredibly short and cut out a lot of the original text. This meant that some of the story felt disjointed and rushed and kind of ruined it for me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Corrie DeWolfe (Corrie's Book Nook)

    3.5 ⭐️ Being watered down so much, some of the story, I feel, was lost in translation. I did still enjoy the graphic novel tho. And the illustrations were well done, and very dark and gloomy. Just like the story itself.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Matthews

    The art style of this graphic novel was perfectly spooky to accompany one of my favourite Gothic classics! I do think the story was a little bit too condensed for the purposes of the novel, it seemed to lose some of its complexity, but overall an atmospheric and engaging read!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jonas H

    I haven't read the original version, so I feel like I can't say much about the faithfulness of this adaption. I can however say that I wasn't a big fan of the art style, though it did suit the genre. Quite disturbing, and the cover gives me the heebie-geebies. I haven't read the original version, so I feel like I can't say much about the faithfulness of this adaption. I can however say that I wasn't a big fan of the art style, though it did suit the genre. Quite disturbing, and the cover gives me the heebie-geebies.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Stanford

    Some great art. The decision to use such big panels does mean a lot of the action is perhaps overly condensed but a pretty good adaption overall.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    The story is abrupt. The artwork is ASTONISHING!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ÿãnćá Virtualpoop

    i like it

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dania

    Even though the story is a bit messed up, I love the pictures, with the black and white theme. It definitely adds that spookiness to the overall story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Efe

    If you only read this without the original text you are missing a lot and basically ruining the whole story.

  29. 5 out of 5

    George Cristian

    Turbid and foreseeable. Gave me the certitude that the voluptuous feeling which haunts Mr Jekyll lays dormant in every human up to a certain point. Has your Hyde part surfaced yet?

  30. 4 out of 5

    D. Page

    As someone who has never read the full novel and only has a vague understanding of the story, this was extremely hard to follow.

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