Published on June 26th, 2023 | by Tim Chuma

The Great Gatsby: The Essential Graphic Novel Adaptation Review

The Great Gatsby: The Essential Graphic Novel Adaptation Review Tim Chuma

Summary: If you are a fan of the book and have already read the non-illustrated version and want to see how it matches up to what you imagine. Maybe if you have seen the movie too and what to see how it differs.


For book fans

The classic Jazz Age novel gets an illustrated edition. Maybe this is more for people who have read and enjoy the novel I would not recommend trying to read through this the first time unless you really want to. There have been movie adaptations of this novel already and this would be the closest to then as it is the vision of the person who adapted it and illustrator in this case.

It is always been to read it yourself first or else you will expect it to be a certain way when you are reading it much like the Lord of the Rings movies seem to be the default of how people see Tolkien’s work now. Further discussion of what needs to be changed in an adaptation is beyond the scope of this review but this one claims to be faithful to the original source material meaning there is a plot to go through.

The Great Gatsby has already been reviewed elsewhere so I am not really going to review the story itself but the presentation here seems to be well done and builds the world well and the characters within the story.

How much you will get out of this depends on if you enjoy the original story or not. If you were forced to read it in school and didn’t like it then maybe not. If you read and enjoyed it and want to see something that is different to the movie adaptation then I would recommend it.

There are a couple of different versions of this if you want to have a fancy version for your bookcase in a slipcase or just the hardcover edition. If you were going to have one of the most popular books in the 20th century among your collection of graphic novels this is certainly one of them.

Book details:

Writer: F Scott Fitzgerald

Adaptation: Ted Adams

Illustrator: Jorge Coelho

Format: Hardcover, 176 pages, Full Colour, 6.625” x 10.187”

Publisher: Clover Press

Published Date: October 2023

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