In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Christmas comes to Halloweentown… and vice versa. In Morning Glories Vol. 1, some kids get recruited to an evil boarding school. In iZombie Vol. 1, a zombie girl tries to figure out how to avenge the murder of the last man whose brain she ate. Enjoy my mini reviews for these three graphic novels!
Disney Manga Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas
*This is an updated review because I originally had a copy from NetGalley that was just a preview, but now I've borrowed the ebook from Hoopla and read the whole thing.*
This was literally the graphic novel version of the movie, minus the singing, but, as someone who loves the movie, I can definitely see the appeal of owning this if you're a Nightmare fan. The artwork was gorgeous and detailed, and the black and white gave the story less of a whimsical feel and more of an elegant one. I also found it interesting that this was more like Sally's story than Jack's as it focused a lot on her and her thoughts. It wasn't anything you couldn't figure out from watching the movie, but it was still nice that it seemed to give her a little more attention (unless I'm not remembering the movie quite correctly). So overall, I don't think there's anything really new here, but it would be great for people who love the movie and like owning related merchandise.
Morning Glories Vol. 1: For a Better Future
It was funny, but that was the only thing I really liked. The main characters were all stereotypes. The antagonists were just over-the-top cartoon villains, being evil for the sake of being evil. The evil boarding school thing was also way over-the-top, trying too hard to be mysterious, and never had any explanations or seemed to make much sense. No one reacted very realistically to anything. And the art on the inside didn't look like the art on the outside---every character looked alike, they all had "perfect" bodies (even the prisoner in a hospital gown who had clearly been experimented on and probably malnourished), and of course the women were always dressed sexily in short dresses/skirts and skin-tight clothes (including the aforementioned prisoner girl who was wearing the most flattering hospital gown ever created).
iZombie Vol. 1: Dead to the World
I thought this was really cute and fun. All the different types of supernaturals in the story were fun to read about, the characters were likeable, the premise was interesting, and I LOVED the artwork. I even liked the explanations for the different types of supernaturals with oversouls and undersouls. Not a whole lot happened in this volume, but it was a good intro. Also, that mummy sure was a snazzy dresser :-P