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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. 5 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. 4 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.

  5. 4 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.

  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. 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.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 4 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.

  10. 4 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 5 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Kelly

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

  14. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

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

  15. 4 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.

  16. 4 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Corrie DeWolfe (Fae's Finds)

    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.

  20. 5 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.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

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

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ÿãnćá Virtualpoop

    i like it

  23. 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Efe

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

  25. 4 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?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Pablos

    For never having read the original, it was a little hard to follow.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin Connelly

    The beating of a little girl was the first sign that something was going wrong in there small town. The unexplained murders of many important people such as parliament was just not comprehendible. This knew inventive way of science was created in the 1800’s. Knowing what we know to do its scary that Stevenson could have predicted this. This book is very well written because the author gives the reader a lot of freedom with their imagination but still keeps you on the correct story line. Like on The beating of a little girl was the first sign that something was going wrong in there small town. The unexplained murders of many important people such as parliament was just not comprehendible. This knew inventive way of science was created in the 1800’s. Knowing what we know to do its scary that Stevenson could have predicted this. This book is very well written because the author gives the reader a lot of freedom with their imagination but still keeps you on the correct story line. Like on page 57, “Jekyll, I demand to see you./ Utterson, for God’s sake have mercy!/ That’s not Jekyll’s voice, its Hyde’s! –Down with the door, Poole!” The picture on this page fills the whole page with two characters Mr. Utterson and his butler. They are in Dr. Jekyll laboratory with a skeleton dangling on the right side. The picture just foreshadows something unnerving is going to happen. Also on page 88 it says, “The most racking pangs succeeded; a grinding of the bones, deadly nausea, and a fear of spirit. This page is of Dr. Jekyll transforming into Mr. Hyde. His face is crinkled in towards his nose. His teeth are like a jack-o-lanterns and his neck veins are outlined in a dark black outlining, and his hair is as messy as a 14 year old room. But also reading the other versions of this Horror novel made the story flow more to me, someone who knows the story line a bit better. If you did not know a little bit of background knowledge before reading this book it would be a little harder to understand where the author was taking it. Furthermore, a very admirable choice by the illustrator was that he only used pencil or charcoal with all of his drawings. To show that the blurred lines of the story is also true in that of our good and evil sides of our selves. Also when a character is saying something queasy he has the back side of the character facing the reader. Another cool thing the illustrator does is he only uses a maximum of three panel’s per page and when he only uses one it’s only a picture not with text, and when he uses two they are both even except that one panel is shifted awkwardly upwards. He also make all the gutters very narrow and close to each other and are not completely straight either. Next, when someone is either upset or frightened their eyes are really big, and when they are just making conversation there is a straight line representing a neutral tone between the characters. The graphics of the story were very thought-provoking, because you really had to pay attention to the faces of the characters to understand the mood of the ongoing conflict at that time. Also it was frightening to know that the original story line was written in the 1800’s and was adapted for publication in 2009 due to how relevant it is today. This story would be enjoyed by young adults and even older people who love an interesting horror graphic novel. I would recommend this book with reservations due to some very graphic depictions of women and the story line of alter egos.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    This is a decent artist's rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The best aspect of the graphic novel is the art itself. Pencil or charcoal (I'm not sure which) was a great idea, a structural way of showing the blurred lines between our good and evil selves. The major bad thing was the pacing of the story. Most pages had only two panels, quite a few had one, and precious few had three or more. Many of the pages with a single panel failed to take full This is a decent artist's rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic horror novel, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The best aspect of the graphic novel is the art itself. Pencil or charcoal (I'm not sure which) was a great idea, a structural way of showing the blurred lines between our good and evil selves. The major bad thing was the pacing of the story. Most pages had only two panels, quite a few had one, and precious few had three or more. Many of the pages with a single panel failed to take full advantage of the splash page technique, and the art relied a little too heavily on the narration for my taste.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    This VERY condensed version of RL Stevenson's short story (or was it a novella?) was interesting to read. The main threads are there, but I feel the need to go back and read the full version again. The essence is here, though, and might work well for the ERWC unit I heard it mentioned for in my recent training. So . . . Who ends up the original, and who the copy. It's an interesting question: is a man what he does sometimes and in secret, or is he what he does most of the time altruistically? Mi This VERY condensed version of RL Stevenson's short story (or was it a novella?) was interesting to read. The main threads are there, but I feel the need to go back and read the full version again. The essence is here, though, and might work well for the ERWC unit I heard it mentioned for in my recent training. So . . . Who ends up the original, and who the copy. It's an interesting question: is a man what he does sometimes and in secret, or is he what he does most of the time altruistically? Might be a good EQ: are we defined by our extraordinary moments, or all the moments in between? >^..^<

  30. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    This graphic adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde is a real find. The stark black and white illustrations reveal the horror of Dr. Jekyll's creation: his evil "twin", Mr. Hyde. They also chart the decline of a man of genteel society to, literally, a monster. This adaptation is completely unsympathetic to Dr. Jekyll and to his "solution"; a view of the character(s) which I consider appropriate given the self-serving nature of his "experiments" and Jekyll's initial lack of remorse for his deeds as Hyde: m This graphic adaptation of Jekyll and Hyde is a real find. The stark black and white illustrations reveal the horror of Dr. Jekyll's creation: his evil "twin", Mr. Hyde. They also chart the decline of a man of genteel society to, literally, a monster. This adaptation is completely unsympathetic to Dr. Jekyll and to his "solution"; a view of the character(s) which I consider appropriate given the self-serving nature of his "experiments" and Jekyll's initial lack of remorse for his deeds as Hyde: murder and human devastation. Jekyll's end is inevitable, and it is what he deserves.

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