Manga Classics: Great Expectations

Great Expectations


Great Expectations has it all: romance, mystery, comedy, and unforgettable characters woven through a gripping rags-to-riches tale. Naive Pip, creepy Miss Haversham, beautifully cold Estella, terrifying Abel Magwitch, and the rest of Dicken’s fantastic cast are perfectly envisioned in this new adaptation in this 300-plus page volume featuring artwork by artist Nokman Poon. Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. (Summary and cover courtesy of


This was my first reading of “Great Expectations” so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but eager to give it a shot through a graphic novel approach.  Perhaps because I was not previously familiar with the story, I found it quite odd.  There are some very odd choices that the characters make and frankly didn’t like Pip for pretty much the whole story.  He didn’t have appreciate what he had been given and the squandered it away.

The artwork I found fantastic and was a great description of the story.  I am eager to try other books in the same format.  This also would be a fantastic way for younger readers to have their first introduction to the overall story before giving the full novel as shot.

Rating: 4 stars!

Who should read it? Anyone who enjoys graphic novels and classic novels.