Horror Comic Review: Mary Shelley Presents Man-size in Marble by E. Nesbit

Without spoiling, we review the 40 paged horror comic and novel hybrid “Mary Shelley Presents Man-size in Marble by E. Nesbit”, story adopted by award winning, NY Times Bestselling Author Nancy Holder, published by Kymera Press and also includes the original story text by Edith Nesbit with narration concept & inspiration of Mary Shelley.

The team: AMELIA WOO (Penciller and Inker), SANDRA MOLINA (Colorist), DEARBHLA KELLY (Colorist), LAURIE FOSTER (Inker), & SAIDA TEMOFONTE (Letterer).

Official Synopsis:

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, we decided to use Mary Shelley to introduce the horror stories written by her contemporaries. As she says in our first issue:

“That night I dreamed of The Creature, pieced together from corpses, revived … and unloved. His tragedy has granted me immortality. Other women writers of my time have not been as lucky. Famous once, their ghostly stories now gather dust.”

Adapted by multiple award-winning and NYT bestselling author Nancy Holder (Buffy the Vampire Slayer novels), this second issue features Edith Nesbit’s, Man-Size in Marble.

A young pair of newlyweds settling down into a small cottage in a quiet village are looking forward to a pleasant, pastoral life. The husband dismisses a superstitious maid’s tale of an ancient curse concerning the local church’s marble statues, statues who come to life each year on All Saint’s Eve to wreak revenge. But then, one fateful night…

First published in the December 1887 issue of the Home Chimes magazine. The story was later collected in Nesbit’s 1893 anthology Grim Tales The original text of the short story is included in the back of this book, after the comic adaptation.

Spoiler-Free Review:

The horror novel & comic hybrid is back with another chilling story. If you are not familiar with Mary Shelley Presents series, it is an adoption by NYT bestselling author Nancy Holder, and while each comic can be enjoyed as a standalone comic, reading all 4 unique novels are highly recommended as every story has a unique type of horror tale. This issue focuses on the classic story by the real life Victorian era novelist, E. Nesbit which is imagined to be narrated by the ghost of Frankenstein’s creator, Mary Shelley.

       While the first issue focused on motherly love, this one focuses on the love of a husband and wife. The story is about a couple moving into a new cottage to start a new life while the husband creates art and wife writes novels based off local legends, but one legend changes their lives forever as there is a dark secret about the place and as the preview pages from the Paperback Kickstarter page show us (Pages below), it is about the ghosts of the two knights who were ruthless by nature while alive and they are said to roam the road every year on the Halloween night. The story is made more interesting as the couple is skeptic of these ghost tales and thus, annoyed by all the fear mongering by the villagers. The essence of the story here is watching the story unfold to discover whether the stories are real or not. The story in the comic is gracefully handled and no unnecessary love scenes are shown despite the story being centered on a newly married couple.

      The characters from the story are brilliantly written and adopted into the comic form. You feel invested in them and the story from the first page till the very end. The comic adoption has made good choices of dialogues and scenes as there’s hardly any filler in this comic. Every scene in this comic seems to have a reason behind it. The language is beautiful and makes the scenes very graceful. Illustrations are beautiful and realistic. The twist in the end makes you surprised as the horror in details and connections is very creepy. The novel pages included after the comic is a nice bonus, and provides the original text to give you the context and more depth about the situations.

    Overall, this issue continues the successful formula of bringing classic stories to life by having them re-imagined as a horror comic. It’s a great way to revive the classic works by Victorian era novelists. The 40 paged horror comic and novel package provides a lot of content for the given price. You will enjoy this comic even if you are not fan of novels, and if you are a novel fan, you will consider this a treasure to keep in your collection. While it’s not necessary to read the first issue to read this issue, the first issue explores a unique horror story called “The Old Nurse’s Story” by Elizabeth Gaskell which is equally enjoyable and worth adding to your collection along with this second comic issue. It’s a great way of starting your own collection of classic horror literature.

Purchase from the official Kymera Press website (Limited Edition- only 100 available)

Purchase the Standard edition.

Support the Kickstarter campaign for the Mary Shelley Presents Trade Paperback Graphic Novel!

The graphic novel collects previously published issues #1-3 and adds a 90-page double issue #4 that is brand new to fans. Full color and 200 pages this campaign is a must for any horror fan.  From options for retailers to digital options with partners like Fanbase Press.

Check out the Kickstarter here! (Only 12 Days Left to Support)

Sample Pages:

Here’s a look at a few pages from the second book in the series. The story is titled Man-Size in Marble and is by Edith Nesbit with the graphic adaptation by Nancy Holder.  

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Mary Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was an English novelist who wrote the Gothic novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. She also edited and promoted the works of her husband, the Romantic poet and philosopher Percy Bysshe Shelley – Wikipedia

Edith Nesbit was an English author and poet; she published her books for children under the name of E. Nesbit. She wrote or collaborated on more than 60 books of children’s literature. She was also a political activist and co-founded the Fabian Society, a socialist organisation later affiliated to the Labour Party.- Wikipedia

Read the Review of the first issue “Mary Shelley Presents The Old Nurse’s Story” by Elizabeth Gaskell

Read the review of the third issue: Horror Comic Review: Mary Shelley Presents The Case of Sir Alister Moeran by Margaret Strickland

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