Since I’m teaching Jane Austen’s mega-classic Pride and Prejudice this coming school year I decided to pick up the Marvel version (a collection of the five editions above) to see if it would work for the kids. The illustrations above are stunning aren’t they? Too bad that the work inside looks nothing like it. Hugo Petrus’ illustrations are so hideous that it’s embarrassing. Mr. Darcy and Mr. Wickham, known for their handsomeness, look like a couple of wet noodles, as does Jane, the famed beauty (he just made her blonde). Elizabeth is made to grimace her way through the story, making so many nasty faces she ends up seeming like a total b-, and something of a bad guy. There is no way she would be so impertinent as to openly scowl at people or allow Mr. Darcy to pick her up when they are still unmarried.
Nancy Butler does a competent job with the script, but the adaptation feels really rushed in the end. I think she needed one or two more issues to really being to do the novel justice. She is responsible for all of Marvel’s Jane Austen adaptations, so I’m a little concerned. In the end though it’s the illustrations that can’t be moved past, they are an act of violence. Yes, they are that bad, it’s a slap in the face to everyone who loves Austen.
Honestly, what the hell Hugo? Okay, I’m done, please go read this review now, it’s way funnier than mine (I can’t be funny when I’m this irritated) and it’s where I got the scans. Seriously, go read it.