Artist: Denis Medri
Colors: Paolo Francescutto
Lettering: Bill Totolini
Contributing Editor: Rich Young
Genre: Mystery / Urban Fantasy
Series: Harper Connelly (Book 1)
Publication Date: June 14, 2011
Format: Paperback, 64 Pages
ISBN-10: 1606902296 (Dynamite)
ISBN-13: 978-1606902295 (Dynamite)
Reviewed by: Sheila
Acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, has joined the Dynamite Entertainment family with the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight.
For the past five years, readers have been thrilled by the Harper Connelly series which follows a woman who has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living – but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother, Tolliver, as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent – even if the dead can wait forever.
At the age of 15, Harper Connelly was struck by lightning, an event that gave her the ability to find the dead and see how they died. Since then, Harper’s scratched out a living selling her services to anyone with a checkbook. It’s not the best life, but it beats the alternative – at least until Harper and her brother Tolliver roll into Sarne, Arkansas and find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery!
Quick & Dirty: This graphic novel is a mixture of death, deceit, and one woman’s determination to use her unique gift to help find the truth.
Opening Sentence: “Get away from her!”
I have noticed a trend lately of beloved books being re-expressed through the graphic novel medium. I think that this is one of the greatest ideas yet. How better to rope in potential younger readers than to tap into the current obsessive visual stimuli? Or have long-time fans enjoy a visual representation of their favorite characters that doesn’t involve the television. Brilliant, I tell you. The Grave Sight Graphic Novel is no exception to the rule.
This is a story of a girl that can find dead bodies. When Harper Connelly was fifteen years old, she was struck by lightning. Since then, she can sense the dead, find their bodies, and experience their last moments alive. Her and her step-brother, Tolliver, travel around the country locating bodies and telling their cause of death for money. One such case leads them to the little town of Sarne, Arkansas. Without meaning to, Harper and Tolliver are sucked into a murder case and the conspiracy to cover up the crime. Can the two of them make it out alive? Do they get to charge hazard pay for people trying to keep them quiet, permanently?
This is a wonderful adaptation of Charlaine Harris’s Grave Sight. It stays true to the book while exploring the more visual aspects of the story. Harper and her brother look like they had in my mind while reading the series. This book in particular, addresses their close relationship that hints of more than a family-type bond. This added tension is explored later in the series itself, but I appreciate the heads up in the graphic novel.
The artwork is raw. It gives that creepy/mystery vibe that is intricate to the storyline. The colors used portray the darker side of events that lead Harper and Tolliver deeper into the plot surrounding the death of a young girl, Teenie. I really enjoyed how Harper’s “gift” is drawn. Her eyes look vacant but contain an otherworldly light that reflects her internal slideshow. It helps that her “viewings” are in a reddish tint, reinforcing the point of murder and death.
I recommend this graphic novel to those that don’t have the time to spend on one of Charlaine Harris’s more edgy forays into paranormal mystery. It gives a reader just enough of a taste to leave you wanting to know how it all ends.
The Harper Connelly Graphic Novel Series:
FTC Advisory: Dynamite Entertainment graciously provided me with a copy of Grave Sight: Book 1. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment I’ve received are in hugs and kisses from my little boys.
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