Rating: 2 stars

I was intrigued by this failed first attempt at a comic adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones, but it wasn’t available anywhere online, seemingly having been purged from the internet. But I managed to find a copy of all the released issues. I didn’t expect it to be good, but I was surprised at how bad it was.

The formatting was occasionally horrible, to the point that it attributed dialogue to the wrong character, one time having a character reply to themself. This incorrect attribution ended up dissolving a lot of the establishing character details from the original book, which was disappointing to say the least.

The art felt mediocre but not expressly awful, so I didn’t mind it on the whole. I appreciated that Clary was actually short and not weirdly long but scaled down like the current comics seem to have her (I haven’t read it yet, but the images I have seen seem to have her be that way; suffice it to say, she does not look a little over 5 feet in the new ones, she looks average height at least). Besides that, everyone has a strangely old-looking face. Idk but they’re supposed to look 15-16 and they look 30.

Plotwise, not much to say: it’s an abridged version of the original with poorly executed transitions and exposition.

My favorite part was definitely when it ended halfway through and the rest of the book was just an extended preview for an entirely different graphic novel. It was actually intriguing with a compelling art style and I’m definitely going to look into it.

I’d say read it here but there’s nowhere you can buy it from


Published by Faith (BookSelf - You Are What You Read)

She/Her | 21 | Seattle | Reading | Writing | Drawing

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