Mary Feb 03, 2015
Usually I review Japanese manga or Korean manhwa, but in this case I’ve made an exception because this author and I go waaayyy back. This year happens to be the 20th anniversary of the Outlander series. I can recall when Diana’s first book was published. I asked for it for Christmas my freshman year of high school. My mother introduced me to romance fiction, but out of all the smutty titles on the shelf, this one interested me more because of the historical context. It was more intelligent than your average romance.
These days Gabaldon has earned a place on the fiction shelf (higher status than romance). Twenty years and seven novels later, Outlander has a huge fan base. Since graphic novels became en vogue a couple of years ago, several popular authors in different genres had one of their titles either transformed into a graphic novel, or a spin off of the series created into comic form. Gabaldon was one of those authors who gave it a shot.
The Exile is a portion of the original Outlander novel, except told from another character’s perspective. It has some of the novel’s very memorable scenes, but also some new tidbits that were thrown in for this version only. So what the hell is Outlander, you ask?
This reminds me of the attempt to make Twilight a graphic novel. The subject matter may be a hit, but that doesn’t mean it should be a comic. An art book of scenes from the story would have been a better choice.