Manga Classics by Stacy King

Manga Classics

Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo's classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition!Gorgeous and expressive art brigns to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables!

Details Manga Classics

TitleManga Classics
Release DateAug 19th, 2014
PublisherUdon Entertainment
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Classics, Graphic Novels, Historical, Historical Fiction, Comics

Reviews Manga Classics

  • Whitney Atkinson
    Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a free ebook in exchange for an honest review!Les Mis is a story really close to my heart because the symbolism and how tiny details at the beginning of the book come around and affect the ending completely gut me. I have yet to brave reading the actual book, but this manga combined with the movie is a great appetizer to understand the story before I attempt to conquer the brick. I think this adaptation w...
  • Lola
    *3.5 stars*This was a very poignant story. Actually, I don’t recall ever reading a manga that brought tears to my eyes. Be aware that you won’t turn the last page with the same emotional state as when you turned the very first.This is an adaptation and not a retelling. While I haven’t read the classic, I know a bit of its story and I’m pretty sure that the content in this manga is very similar to the original story. Plus, after reading Ma...
  • Hamad
    “Nobody loves the light like the blind man.”― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables I like the idea of turning Classics into Manga, I didn't read the original book. I know the story only through watching the movie, many of my friends LOVED the movie and they were hyped so much that I ended up disappointed after watching it. For those like me who can not simply risk reading a 1463 pages long book and end up disappointed, this is an amazing alternativ...
  • [Shai] The Bibliophage
    This is one of the best classic stories I've read so far. and thanks to this graphic novel that I was able to read the entire story of Les Miserables. I watched the movie, and have read the story; and now, I'm looking forward to be able to see in person the musical in the future. I may also add that while reading the part of Eponine's unrequited love, I can't help myself from singing On My Own – my favorite song in the musical – especially on...
  • Aya Hamza
    This is my second read of these "Manga Classics", and it never disappoints!This time, I am familiar with the story of "Les Miserables". I grew up watching the animated version of it and I love it. I never tried reading the book because it is massive. So, reading this manga was refreshing and I think they did an amazing job representing the story in a new format! The art is amazing as usual. The story didn't feel rushed.. I thought the pacing of i...
  • Brian
    Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this in exchange for a review.I had heard of this story, movie adaptions, plays. I’d seen the advertisement of a little blonde girl, dirty and sad. This Manga read introduced me to the story, and I must say, they excelled at this. I became so absorbed into the story I lost track of time and stopped realizing the medium I used to read it. My heart stirred into eyes of tears several times, which I’m sure m...
  • MissBecka
    Thank you NetGalley and Udon Entertainment for this DRC.I think this was the perfect medium for me to experience Les Miserables for the first time.Friends have been telling me I should read it for years. "It's a beautiful classic" they say.Myself. I found the story a bit dry. The beautiful drawings were what kept me turning the pages. Absolutely breathtaking!I am excited to check out more of the Manga Classics series, especially books I have been...
  • Sesana
    I fully expected this to be terrible. Bad art, bad writing, bad adaptation, insulting to those of us who love M. Hugo's masterwork. I bought it and read it anyways. Because I had to know just how bad it was, and because I couldn't pass it by on the off chance that it was actually good. I know, the first step is admitting you have a problem, and I admitted that when I clicked the Add to Cart button. Imagine my surprise when it's actually... Well, ...
  • Lara Mi
    After finishing all of Manga Classics' Austen adaptations, Les Misérables came as a beautiful surprise. I enjoyed the Austen ones, but I feel this one is of a much higher quality - and that already starts with the artist. The artist of this and the Austen ones are different - although I enjoyed several aspects of the Austen ones, this style strikes me as much more refined. Art and style are, of course, a matter of personal taste. But the artist ...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    A big thank you to Udon Entertainment and Netgalley for this free copy in exchange for an unbiased review. Since it's manga I've already had a sneak peek at the animation scrolling to the beginning, and it's just so striking!Absolutely superb! This was the first manga I've ever read and I found the format very easy to follow. This WAS Les Mis at its finest. I cried at all of the spots I typically break down. Fantine breaks my heart. I can't help ...
  • Joseph
    I usually don't read graphic novels, but when I do it's usually at the urging of a friend. I have, however, read Les Miserables and was deeply impressed. I was really pretty stunned by the story and left thinking it was the greatest book ever written. In fact, my complete five-star review of the book reads "Possibly the best novel ever written. Wow." Not my longest or most descriptive review, but one of the most honest. A very good friend of mine...
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    (I got an ARC of this manga through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)Though I'm a native speaker and have studied a lot of French classics during my high school and university days, I must admit, and not without shame, that I've never read Les Misérables—not the full version, that is. I only ever laid my hands on parts of it many, many years ago, mostly Cosette's early life story, as well as Gavroche's, and those were adapted for y...
  • Joanna (joreadsalot)
    *** Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review ***Okay so out of the three Manga Classics that I requested from Netgalley this was my most anticipated one. I am obsessed with Les Miserable and I have watched every movie adaptation and musical out there. I have gone to see the musical in person in 2015 and I listen to the soundtrack regularly. I'm complete Les Mis trash XD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...
  • Charlotte
    J'aime la version japonaise et l'anima aussi
  • Arybo ✨
    One day moreAnother day, another destinyThis never-ending road to CalvaryThese men who seem to know my crimeWill surely come a second timeOne day more A GREAT JOB.Congrats to the artists and writers, they did it well. The drawings are beautiful, delightful and detailed. The plot line is easy to follow, even if there are some side-characters stories. This is one of the multiple adaptations of Les Mis, and I’m glad I read it, because it’s pheno...
  • Sophie
    Les Misérables is one of my favorite books ever, and I was very excited to read this one. Adapting a book of more than one thousand pages is always a challenge and I think this manga did a pretty good job of it. If someone without any knowledge of Les Misérables would read this manga, it'd give them the most important part of the story and many others. Of course, I found some scenes missing in this that are pretty important in the story and can...
  • Nana☆
    I get this has overall themes of injustice, revolution, helping others in need even if they are your enemies, but it tries to convey this in a very roundabout way. The plot was all over the places and the characters were very cartoon-ish. The bad guy and protagonist have this team rocket/cat and mouse chase going on and it was silly. Then a romance happens out of nowhere (hello, Romeo and Juliet. I didn't see you there underneath all the instalov...
  • Tanja
    The good thing about adapting Les Miserables is that you can skip big parts of the book without actually missing any important plot points, but the bad thing is that even after skipping all of those, the book is still huge and you will probably have to rush some storylines. In the case of this adaptation, it’s obvious that some parts are rushed (the revolution, for example). I don’t know how much sense would this story make to somebody who ha...
  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)
    When I saw this, I knew I had to give it a try-classics in the form of manga? Sign me up! While I do own a copy of the largely (literally) intimidating novel, I’ve always been hesitant to pick it up so I’ve only seen the movie. Reading Les Misérables this way was enjoyable, and I feel more inclined to pick up the original now that I have a taste for the story.It only ever felt shortened because of the time jumps, which were obviously necessa...
  • Y. C.
    This is quite well done for a manga adaptation. It has all the major plot plots as well as the required dialogue, but it is a very simplified version and missing some scenes I thought should have been added. This made the events random seeming, which, considering how random and slightly unreasonable the original text was, it can create a bit of a problem. Non of the characters introduced in the late half received their share of the book, so chara...
  • Lucy
    I received a copy of this from Netgalley, where it was available as a read now title. This is my honest review.Really really great. I've never read Les Mis, I've only seen a few of the movies, and this added a few more things to the story that I was unaware of. It's a really easy to follow adaptation that captures the main elements of the story, and is a great choice for someone who has seen a movie or musical adaptation and wants to read it but ...
  • Angel
    "Though the people have abandoned us, we will not abandon the people!" 3.5/5I've always loved reading manga. It's a thing I get teased about in school (all in good humour, of course), but I truly love the style and the art and those hilarious reactions of some characters. (If you've ever read a manga, you know what I'm talking about-those angry white eyes and that popping vein is one of my favourites.)I have not read Les Mis. I tried to, but th...
  • Fabiola
    4-*The right words to describe this book is: graceful.While not possessing Hugo's Les Misérables intensity and completeness (Ed.: but no adaptations has that power), this Manga Classics' volume is well-adapted and, in the end, it results to be a lovely reading.I liked the drawings very much: in my opinion, the art is really delightful as well as realistic in portraying the society of the time.The only point I want to make is that I recommend thi...
  • Swathi Shetty
    Basic plot:The story is about a woman who as an illegitimate child and is condemned by the society. When she finally gets a job to support herself and the child. Meanwhile she leaves the child in the care of a family who are greedy for money and treats the child badly. Will the mother be able to see her child again? Who is Jean Valjean? Why was he convicted and what is his role in the story? What I Liked?A great story. I wonder why I never read i...
  • Elliot A
    I was auto-approved by the publisher Udon Entertainment through NetGalley to review this title.I haven’t had the opportunity to read the original text yet, but I am somewhat familiar with the story as a whole thanks to the numerous film productions that are available. I must say this is a very sad and heart wrenching story.I appreciated that this adaption was able to tell the story more through the artwork than get tangled up in lengthy dialogu...
  • K.A. Wiggins
    I quite liked this adaptation. I've always found Les Misérables to be pretty tough going, and the tragedy tended to overwhelm its beauty, so the stripped down format and much faster pacing of a graphic novel/manga version works much better for me. It still touches on the tragedy and fits in much of the complexity, while exposing the story structure more plainly. Also, it's pretty. Great way to introduce a classic in a more accessible way.
  • Ashley
    The art of this book adds much to this story by Victor Hugo. The original novel is rather tedious to read and this version made it so much easier to enjoy it and in a timely manner. Definitely would recommend this book to other people who are interested in reading Les Mis but don't want to read the full novel.
  • Yedhu
    Another beautiful read, and this is my second book from Manga Classics series (and my second Manga!). I haven't read the original book. But I have watched and loved the movie very much. It's heart-touching.
  • Ije the Devourer of Books
    Another excellent retelling of a major classic. Here we have Les Miserables in manga format and it really does the story justice through the graphics and in the way the story is presented.Victor Hugo's novel set in the 19th century is one of drama, passion, desperation, suffering and hope. The story is one with a main plot and sub plots that interweave as the story progresses. As with other classics in this series we are drawn into the story by t...
  • Aparajitabasu
    Original Link to the review at my blog Le' Grande Codex - here ----I have not yet had the chance to read the huge tome,i.e., Les Miserables but I have seen the 1998 (Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman) and the 2012 (Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway) movies. So, I knew what I was getting into. And turning it into Manga was a pretty brilliant move. Guaranteed to draw the attentions of modern and those of the reluctant ones who have n...