I moved this review to the top of my list, because as of this week Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices series has outsold the long ranking Hunger Games series to become #1 on the New York Times Children’s Series Bestseller List. Cassandra Clare’s work has been widely popular, and her first movie adaption, City of Bones, will be out in theaters this August.
The Infernal Devices series is a prequel to Clare’s #6 ranking Mortal Instruments series started in 2007. Clockwork Angel, the first volume of Infernal Devices, was published in 2010. The graphic novel adaptation of Clockwork Angel was published by Yen Press in October 2012.
Of all the artistic elements, the character designs seemed lacking. Jem Carstairs was the best adaptation – most likely because he is of asian decent, and the drawing style matches that. Will Herondale’s hair seemed wrong to me, as often it is described as wavy or curling when he sweats, and the character was drawn with very straight hair. The most insulting characterization was Henry Branwell – husband to Charlotte, the head of the London Institute. Henry is an eccentric but brilliant inventor, yet in the comic he is drawn looking like a clown with squinty eyes, huge nose, and curly hair. His features are so distorted that they never look realistic enough compared to the rest of the characters. However, I loved the chapter headers that included portraits of the main characters – it was a nice addition to the story.
The Typesetting: The dialogue placement helps to make this comic look authentic. The art in the panels leaves plenty of room for the word bubbles, sound effects, and side commentary. The font used is a comic style font, and the dialogue fits exactly in the space provided.
The Audience: The Infernal Devices – Clockwork Angel graphic novel is perfect for a teen audience or any fans of Cassandra Clare. Although there is some violence, the romantic scenes only go so far as kissing.
The Media: The Infernal Devices trilogy is complete in three novels: Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess all available from Hatchett Book Group. The Yen Press graphic novel adaptation of Clockwork Angel is available now, Clockwork Prince is expected to be released September 2013, and Clockwork Princess in May 2014. Currently the script is in the works for the movie adaptation of the series.
The comic adaptation of Clockwork Angel is an excellent visual representation of the novel. Fans of the series will delight to see the scenes from the novel come to life.