Manga Classics by Stacy King

Manga Classics

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 ...

Details Manga Classics

TitleManga Classics
Release DateMay 19th, 2015
PublisherUdon Entertainment
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Classics, Graphic Novels, Historical, Historical Fiction, Comics

Reviews Manga Classics

  • Aneela ♒the_mystique_reader♒
    Wow! This Manga Classic is superb!It made me want to read the original work. Basic Plot: Pip is an orphan and he lives with his elder sister and brother-in-law, Joe. Pip's sister always complains about Pip. She finds bringing him up as a burden. Joe is a blacksmith and a super sweet guy.Mrs. Havisham is an old woman and is very peculiar. She was betrayed by the guy she was madly in love with and since then she lives in that moment of heartbreak....
  • [Shai] Bibliophage
    Whenever I visit a bookstore, I always check the classics book corner and the story of Great Expectations always catch my eye. I want to purchase a copy but what's holding me is that aside that it's thick – the size of the font is quite small – which made it hard to read. Thanks to this graphic novel, I've finally read the beautiful and poignant story of this classic.
  • Nicole
    Manga Classics: Great Expectations!!! First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.I'm going to start with saying once again, how much I love these Manga Classics. Seriously. If you want to read a classic but you are scared of them, try these Manga Classics. They are such a fun and easy way to dive into these stories (and they probably, most of the time, make you wanna pick up the original story).This one wasn't for me. Towards the ...
  • Ishmeen
    3.5 stars! I am so glad I found these adaptations of classics in manga form because I have always been interested in these stories but not a fan of reading the actual classics so this series works out perfectly for me! The Great Expectations is a very interesting story I’d say, I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it but the characters and plot are very well written. The ending didn’t quite satisfy me and I wish there had been more roman...
  • ♛ Garima ♛
    It is safe to say that I am not Charles Dickens fan. The story was full of drama and some quite unsettling moments so I struggle to understand some of the things, there are so many interpretations out there but for me it didn't work.The art was great and so was the pacing. Great work!
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]This series of classics turned to manga remains interesting. I read Great Expectations some 9 years ago, so I admit I forgot a lot of details, and it's difficult now for me to properly decide if this adaptation is faithful enough or if it culled through a lot. However, I think that for someone who never read Dickens's original story, this manga version covers the...
  • Gully
    This is an interesting adaptation of Dickens’s bildungsroman…The characters look very different to what I had imagined, having read the original a few times; a large part of this could be attributed to the aesthetic element of the manga medium. Young Pip looks well groomed, and Joe looks attractive and delicate—quite unlike what I expected the poor blacksmith to look like. At the beginning of the manga, Magwitch looks worn and innocent, hug...
  • Jamie
    3.5 Art was good, but story drags a times, especially the last third.
  • Sarah Marie
    Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Stacy King, & Nokman Poon3.25 starsThe tale of Great Expectations is a famous one, but most people only hear it and passing and don’t realize that it is a Dickens novel. It follows the story of Pip, a young man living in poverty and destined to follow his sister’s husband’s footsteps as a blacksmith. He stumbles upon a convict and is scared that this will lead to his arrest and shame. H...
  • Joanna (joreadsalot)
    *** Disclaimer: Received this from the author/publisher via Netgalley for an honest review***I had read Great Expectations early on in my life. It was a mass market paperback that had a page count of well over 500 pages, if I remember clearly, which made it a beast of a book. I really hated that book then and never thought I would pick up the story once more. I was glad to find the manga for review on Netgalley because it allowed me to explore th...
  • Flor
    Wow! What a thrilling ride! I received the book from the publisher via NetGalley. Thank you. This book was great! I hadn't read the original before but I surely was not expecting that, it was dark, filled with plot twists and gripping. A really good read, and I'm not talking about the plot because it was better for me that way. However what I am going to talk about it's the magnificent way in which they made it to manga.The art is beautiful and m...
  • Sue Moro
    This manga edition did a great job of capturing the main story in an abridged illustrated format. The artwork and panneling was well done and I really liked the portrayal of the characters, in particularly Ms. Havisham. Classics in manga format are a wonderful way to make the genre available to a larger audience that might otherwise find the language difficult.
  • Michael Jandrok
    In the fall of 1985, I was a freshman at The University of Houston, taking mostly core classes. This, of course, meant English 1101. I remember being assigned several readings, “Great Expectations” being among them. Now you must understand that “Great Expectations” is not a slim volume, it clocks in at 500+ pages of fairly dense, classical writing that requires deft attention if you want to keep up with the story. As I recall, I ditched t...
  • Giselle
    * I received an eARC of this manga from the publisher (UDON Entertainment) via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.UDON Entertainment takes us again to a new literary landscape through the publication of one of Charles Dickens’s finest novel in a Manga format titled, The Great Expectation. I have yet to read any of Charles Dickens’s great literary works so I don’t have any idea about his original work so this review will not be compa...
  • Mallory (toweroftomes)
    Find this review and more fantastical things at The Leaning Tower of Tomes.The mini-review:Manga Classics adapt the classics we all know and love in the manga comic format and art style. I’ve read and loved the manga adaptations of Les Miserables and Pride and Prejudice, so I was thrilled that my library had Great Expectations! These are hefty books, around 300 pages, but they fly by so quickly! This one happens to be an adaptation of Charles ...
  • Adela Cacovean
    2015-02-16 read all previous titles in the Manga Classics collection, I've decided to dive yet again into a new classic brought to life in manga form. It seems to have become a tradition now to end up wanting to read the original work after falling in love with the graphic novel, as it was the case with Great Expectations, this time beautifully illustrated by Nokman Poon.Unfamiliar with the plot of Great Expect...
  • Marjolein
    3.5 stars Read all my reviews on I've been reading quite a lot of Manga Classics lately, but unfortunately this is for now the last in the series. Let me start by saying I hope there will be more soon because I liked this one and also the other I've read (Les Miserables, The Scarlet Letter, Emma and Pride & Prejudice).The story is so well know that I don't think I need to discuss it. Instead, I'd like to say th...
  • Sesana
    I haven't actually read Great Expectations, so maybe not the most informed review? That said, I've picked up a fair bit by cultural osmosis, so I didn't go in totally ignorant. More so than the other Manga Classics I've read so far, this one actually felt abridged. That didn't bother me, because I didn't know what I was missing, but I could tell. Again, standard manga style in the art. Nothing exceptionally good, and nothing exceptionally bad, ei...
  • Sarah
    What can I say about this? It's a classic novel done with manga illustrations and it is just as awesome as it sounds!!The illustrations are beautiful and the story is a slightly shortened version, all main points are in there and the non-needed are removed. Doesn't take anything away from the story and reads very well.*Huge thanks to Udon Entertainment, Charles Dickens, Nokman Poon, Crystal S. Chan, Stacy King and NetGalley for this copy which I ...
  • Lara Mi
    What a shame! Charles Dicken's Great Expectations is, based on other adaptations I've come across, such a wonderful, complex and multilayered story. In this particular manga adaptation, the art is so beautiful that really pains me to say: overall, this was poorly executed.Despite the lovely art, the story and dialogue are terrible to follow. The dialogue is choppy and all over the place - there is nothing even close to a natural flow of conversat...
  • Elizabeth
    If you have read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens then you know what this book is about. And if you haven’t read it, then you still probably know what this is about. I enjoyed reading this and it was an interesting format to give me a good change of pace. If you haven’t read this well loved classic because you either tried and couldn’t get into it or this doesn’t seem like your type of read, then I recommend giving the Manga version ...
  • Bea Flores
    I was shocked when I saw this. I didn’t thought there were classics like these one! The idea’s amazing. What I love about this idea and the book ofcourse is that.. it gives more life to the story. And also, it gives young readers the chance to understand the story better. I hope to read this kind of MANGAs soon! I really enjoyed flipping the pages and looking at the beautiful illustrations. Such a wonderful book!
  • Lia Covington
    Lia's Bookish Obsession always I want to thank NetGalley and the publishers from Udon for giving me the chances to read the Classic Manga version of The Great Expectations by Charles Dickinson in exchange for an honest review. Manga covers be ware Udon Entertainment has given you the best of two worlds, the classic literary work of Charles Dickson with the wonderful styling ...
  • Arybo ✨
    3,75"It is a wonderful thing to have great expectations!"I really enjoyed this manga. I read Dickens' book a few years ago and I did not remember much, just something here and there. In this manga I really liked the characterization of the characters and the places. The drawings are beautiful and perfect for the story, the choices of the scenes very apt. I liked how they designed Pip's growth. Even the situations are well represented. When there ...
  • Malcolm Everett
    This is my second Manga Classics book, the first being The Scarlet Letter (you can read my review here). It’s been many years since I’ve read Great Expectations, but I remember enjoying the overall character arc, and so I was excited to read an adaptation. I can’t imagine the amount of time, effort, and close readings it took to create such an abridged yet cohesive telling of this novel. My reasons for awarding four stars instead of five ma...
  • Jules ♈ ☾Bookvergent☽
    Copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Seriously, as if I cared that publishers might actually see this. Actual rating 3.75 stars Reading manga is a huge challenge for me. This is my second one ever so far; first being Yu-Gi-Oh! R, Volume 1 (if you want to, check out my review here ) . I mention this because rating this manga was a huge deal for me. (I even debated about it after a long shower lol...
  • Nadira
    #NadirasPointOfReview: Manga Classics: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.Synopsis: This is a rags-to-riches story of Pip, a young orphan, raised by his older sister and her husband Joe. Pip works as a blacksmith apprentice but has “great expectations” of one day becoming a gentleman. The string of characters who play a great role in his life are very interesting. They include: kind and good-hearted Joe, an escaped convict Magwitch, the ol...
  • Ingrid Hermans
    I was given this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. Cover:This cover is SO beautiful! Look at Pip and Estella: they look amazing ;-; Plot:Pip is an orphan who lives with his sister and his brother-in-law, Joe. Pip's sister thinks that Pip is a burden. She is always complaining about him. Joe is a blacksmith and he is nice to Pip.Mrs. Havisham is an old woman who is rather strange. She was betrayed by the man she was in love wit...
  • Jenny Clark
    This was another really cute book in the series. I absolutely love the art, it is very precise and easy to follow without all the extra frills that sometimes get added. The story itself I have never read, but the other two I have read both this and the story of are pretty close, so I am going to assume this is the same. The adaptor did explain that she changed the ending, but that Dickens himself had written two endings, so she tried to compromis...
  • Elliot A
    I was auto-approved by the publisher Udon Entertainment through NetGalley to review this title.I always found Charles Dickens Great Expectations rather spooky and dark, but it is one of my favourite classic stories.The comic was able to keep the eerie feeling I always get when reading this story and it also portrays the harshness of young Pip’s childhood.Overall, it’s a great addition to the Manga Classics series and I would recommend it.