Brian Suhr

Shakespeare – The Graphic Novel.

Is it better to read or to watch Shakespeare? Classical Comics has created unabridged graphic novels of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Henry V.

Macbeth: The Graphic Novel page

I think I started understanding Macbeth only after I experienced it as a comic, which offers a unique combination of both reading the poetry and watching the drama. And like the stage, comics have the potential for limitless reinterpretation of the material. (Imagine an Alan Moore version of Hamlet or Richard III.)

Unfortunately, the market for Shakespeare comics is small. Besides Classical Comics, there are vintage adaptations by Classics Illustrated, and the contemporary Manga Shakespeare by SelfMadeHero. Both use the original text but, unlike Classical Comics, they appear to be abridged.