Last year the Animorphs triumphantly returned in a new graphic novel series that pleased not only hardcore fans but kept extremely true to the original books, right down to using much of the same dialogue. This has brought new visual life to the well beloved franchise and hasn’t sanitized the sometimes-bleak series; it still contained all the hard choices, deep conflict, and snapping bones while morphing that made the series such a fan favorite to this very day.
Now Scholastic is gearing up for the release of the second Animorphs graphic novel (adapting The Vistor book) and we’ve got an exclusive first look at not only the cover but four interior pages as well! First up is the cover.
Right off the bat we’ve got the famous cat morph from the original novel’s cover adapted to the top banner of this graphic novel. Next up are the interior pages of the graphic novel and these are, much like the first graphic novel, very faithful to the original book.
These four pages adapt the ending of chapter four and the start of chapter five from the original book, though it adds some extra dialogue. The details of Rachel’s partial Elephant morph are spot on, even down to her still having human eyes and hair. The split shoes are also a great touch and something the Animorphs quickly had to figure out how to avoid as the books went on. (Did I crosscheck these pages with the original novel? Yes!) Also, excellent ‘AppleGrant’ Easter egg on the book shop, referencing the original authors of the book series.
From the looks of it this will be great second entry into the Animorphs Graphic Novel line. Sadly we’ll have to wait until October 5, 2021 for the book to be released. If you haven’t read the first book, now’s the time! Below we’ve got the official press release for ‘The Visitor’ graphic novel.
The Visitor (Animorphs Graphic Novel #2) based on the novel by K.A. Applegate and Michael Grant; adapted by Chris Grine
On sale: October 5, 2021
The wildly popular, bestselling sci-fi series by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant returns in a new full-color graphic novel series, adapted by Chris Grine.
Rachel is still reeling from the news that Earth is secretly under attack by parasitic aliens, the Yeerks. Now she and her friends are the planet’s only defense — five kids who, purely by chance, stumbled onto a downed spacecraft and were given the power to morph into any animals they touch. The team’s best lead is their assistant principal, Mr. Chapman, who is the human host to a high-ranking Yeerk official. It’s not much, but Rachel’s always been a daredevil, and she volunteers to infiltrate Chapman’s home. Rachel is tough. She’s fearless. But what she finds inside may be more than even she can handle.
The book is now up for pre-order on Amazon so you won’t forget! Can it be October already, please?
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