Bradbury’s classic coming-of-age/loss-of-innocence story is graphically adapted by award-nominated comics illustrator Ronald Wimberly. The story of two thirteen-year-old boys and a dark carnival that comes to a Midwest town one creepy Halloween features Mr. Dark, the Illustrated Man, first introduced to readers eleven years earlier in his own short-story collection. The volume features 160 pages of stunning black and white artwork.
Wimberly is a graphic novelist in the split traditions of Hokusai and Hugo Pratt. His work has appeared in Metal Hurlant (Heavy Metal) and DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint on several titles, including the critically acclaimed graphic adaptation of the autobiography of rapper MF Grimm, Sentences, an Eisner Award-nominated work.
Something Wicked This Way Comes is Ray Bradbury’s incomparable work of dark fantasy, and the gifted illustrator Ron Wimberly has stunningly captured its sinister magic in gorgeously realized black-and-white art. Complete with an original introduction by Bradbury, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Authorized Adaptation reintroduces this thrilling classic.
. . . This volume does an impressive job of adapting Ray Bradbury’s classic novel. The plot is preserved, will all the key scenes translated to the new medium. Even better, passages of of Bradbury’s poetic prose have been interspersed throughout, recreating the atmosphere of the original novel.
. . . I don’t hesitate to recommend this book, which will certainly appeal to fans seeking a new taste of an old favorite. And for younger readers not quite ready to tackle the full-length novel, this graphic adaptation can meantime serve as a wonderful primer.
The mix of comic book style illustrations with Bradbury’s genre-blending and poetic literary sensibility is well matched. . . .
Interpretations and re-imaginings give artistic work renewed life, be it a sample of an old Latin song in a hip-hop track or a short film adaptation of a story. These books do the same for . . . Bradbury’s best-loved classics that blend science fiction and fantasy with the poetic language of literary fiction. One of the unique advantages of the graphic novel form is its cinematic ability to interplay images with text and utilize the nuance of facial expression, gesture, and contrast: speech and action, shading and light. . . . The black-and-white artwork plays with shadow and light, capturing the ominous essence of the allegorical novel and its themes of age, power, and the struggle of good to win out over evil.
If there was ever a book that cuts across the genres, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES is it. By turns a fable, a dark fantasy, a coming-of-age tale, it is also incidentally one of the best works of literature produced by an American writer. . . . It’s been analyzed, studied in high schools and universities, read for pleasure, dissected, disrespected, and defended. It has influenced everyone from Stephen King to Stan Lee to Alice Cooper and a couple dozen other creative minds I could name in different artistic genres. And this deceptively simple little tale about the year that Halloween came a week early to a small town has never been forgotten by anyone who has ever read it. . . . There are no explosions, no splatter, no karate . . . but it will still scare the hell out of you while charming you at the same time. And it also cuts across generations. This book has much to offer, whether you are a teenager encountering Bradbury for the first time, taking your own firm but unsteady steps toward adulthood, or are a seasoned citizen who first read this cautionary tale almost 40 years ago. It is a book to be savored and reread, for all the years and seasons of a life.
— Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter.com