Book Review: Romeo and Juliet

The cover of the graphic novel
The cover of the graphic novel

The classic Romeo and Juliet, originally written by William Shakespeare between 1591-1595, is a tragedy of feuding families wherein the innocent die. We all know it well, for most of us it was required reading in school. Learning of the well-to-do families of the Capulets and the Montagues who’s blood boil whenever they run in to each other.
I picked up Romeo and Juliet: The War at the San Diego Comic Con in 2013, and it is a re-imagining of that classic story except with one important difference: the Capulets are race of genetically enhanced super humans, while the Montagues are a group of powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA. Yup….you heard me. The story was written by Max Work, and the artwork by Skan Srisuwan. While the writing was great, after all it closely followed the original Shakespeare story, the artwork was the winner. It was published as an oversized coffee table-style book, with massive full and dual page works showing the beauty and darkness of this futuristic Verona.
I really spent most of my time looking at the landscapes, the character art, the buildings, the shadows, the colours, the style. It is a massive work in the visual realm, and I highly recommend checking it out.
Further, the book was in partnership with Stan Lee! Though I’m not sure how much of a hand he had in it (I believe a bit of the re-imagining, but mostly on the production side), his influence is there.

Happy reading!