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Unwanted by his parents, Cosmo Hill is put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous products. Cosmo realizes he must get away, and escapes with the help of the Supernaturalists, a group of kids who have the same special abilities as Cosmo--they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at nigUnwanted by his parents, Cosmo Hill is put to work by the state, testing highly dangerous products. Cosmo realizes he must get away, and escapes with the help of the Supernaturalists, a group of kids who have the same special abilities as Cosmo--they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving what is left of humanity in Satellite City. But soon they find themselves caught in a web far more complicated than they'd imagined, and they discover a horrifying secret that will force them to question everything they believe in.With stunning art and nonstop thrills, The Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel will delight fans already familiar with the story and dazzle readers discovering it for the first time....

Title : The Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel
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ISBN : 9780786848799
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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The Supernaturalist: The Graphic Novel Reviews

  • Henry S
    2019-05-12 13:36

    I recently read the book The Supernaturalist. The book is very action packed. Personally I think Stephan's life is really bad at the moment. 1st his mom gets killed... and it's his fault. Then he hunts down the Parasites... and then finds out he's helping them reproduce. Then he finds his mother's friend Ellen Faustino... and she tricks them into setting of an energy charge under Clarrisa Frane. Then Stephan finds out that the Parasites actually are helping people by removing the pain they are feeling... and realizes that he was tricked by Ellen Faustino. Then he go's to rescue the Parasites from Ellen's prison that sucks the life of the Parasites... AND GETS SHOT... in the heart (but Stephan did save the Parasites). So what do you think of Stephan's life? If you want me to know please comment.

  • Raina
    2019-05-05 17:33

    Not every novel should go graphic. In fact, a lot of times, I don't understand why stories get adapted into the graphic novel form. In large part, it feels like publishers trying to capitalize on an already popular story. The best graphic novels were generally conceptualized for the strengths of the graphic novel medium. Because of my biases this way, I wasn't expecting much from this graphic novel adaptation of Colfer's The Supernaturalist. I had read the original prose work, on talking book, years ago. And I remembered it positively.On first glance, I didn't see the point of this. And I didn't really like the art, either. The way Rigano draws figures is not particularly accessible. There is some manga influence, stylistically. And the panels are generally relatively small. The color palette is dark, with a heavy green lean. But once I got into the story, I was immediately sucked into this world. Being able to SEE the Parasites draining people of life was far more affecting than reading a description of the act (or listening to someone read a description of the act). And my FAVORITE part of the whole thing comes by in the first ten pages of the story. I was intrigued by the testing on the orphans when I heard them mentioned in print, and wanted to know more. The way this is communicated in the graphic novel is extremely effective and succinct. Reading this graphic novel made me realize that sci-fi is a genre that works exceedingly well in graphic form. It's difficult to describe technical specifications of imagined technology. In graphic form, we can see what the author intends right there on the page. I find it much easier to follow. I loved this so much, I intend to booktalk it to the middle school students in my community in the near future. I'll be booktalking both the prose and the graphic novel form and let the students choose for themselves.SO good.

  • John
    2019-05-09 19:39

    Worst. Adaptation. Ever. The art is so crabbed and tiny that I often couldn't make out either the characters or the action, and ended up just reading the text boxes and dialogue balloons. Fortunately, you can get the whole story from those---which makes me suspect that Colfer knew there was a problem. I strongly recommend skipping this and going to the original version.

  • Katka Lady
    2019-05-07 13:39

    I did not care for the layout of this graphic novel. Some of the panels took up the whole two pages, but it was hard to tell which ones. So you would read a whole page before realizing that it was layed out over both pages and that is why it didn't make a lot of sense. It was a ok story, but less than I was expecting.

  • Nikolas C
    2019-05-12 20:44

    pretty good but not my taste of a book

  • Samantha Bustos-Hubeny
    2019-05-01 16:24

    Meh. I am glad I read this instead of the book but it wasn't that interesting to me for some reason.

  • Catherine
    2019-04-20 17:39

    This was okay although the placement of the panels was a bit confusing sometimes.

  • Soobie can't sleep at night
    2019-04-21 17:28

    I've read all the adaptations Eoin Colfer made out of his Artemis Fowl books. I quite liked them and I had the impression that they kept getting better and better. So I ordered The Supernaturalists as well. I read the books millions of years ago and I remember that I like it even if I don't remember any details of the plot.Unfortunately this graphic novel isn't as good as the others. OK, it's as dark as usual, its drawings are as small as usual, panels are too full of details... For an unknown reason all this bothered me this time. I know that being a manga reader doesn't help when it comes to graphic novel but I really think that there was something wrong here.Manga usually present tons of close-ups. Big faces that take up all the room in a panel so that the reader can read the emotions in the characters' eyes. Here we have characters but I'm not sure I would able to describe their physical appeareance to someone who hasn't read this graphic novel. I had the feeling that this whole graphic novel was made by normal A4 drawings that were later reduced to fit the size of a mini panel. Because the details of each panel are amazing but you need a magnifying glass to see them properly. Same thing for the charachters' faces. It was as if I was watching them through a pair of binoculars.Don't get me wrong. I think Giovanni Rigano is an excellent artist. The splash page in which Cosmo's body is divided into six panels, each showing a different experiment they performed on him, is fantastic. But then when the gang goes to Booshka... the story doesn't make sense anymore.The pages in front of me show a regular grid of 16 panels... But if you read them in the regular order1 - 2 / 9 - 103 - 4 / 11 - 125 - 6 / 13 - 147 - 8 / 15 - 16the story seems confusing, or more confusing than before. I must admit, that I was reading the graphic novel while I was doing something else but it took me a while to understand that I wasn't looking at 16 panels: they were actually 12 of them, to be read in this order:1 - 2 - 34 - 5 - 67 - 8 - 910 - 11 - 12After that, before starting a page I had to quickly check if the panels in front of me were regular ones or the artist was messing with me again. Which is not fun at all.But I think I may read the original novel again. I really like the story behind the weird art and the dark colors.

  • BookmarksandBookshelves
    2019-05-19 17:40

    I enjoyed the Artemis Fowl series when I was younger (although I never completed the series), so when I saw that Eoin Colfer was the author of The Supernaturalist, I had to pick up the graphic novel.I almost gave up less than 10 pages into the story, because the dark and distractingly busy illustrations were just not capturing my attention. I was also getting confused between two characters who were drawn almost exactly the same way and even looking back I can barely differentiate between them!I was most intrigued by the idea of the institute that the protagonist, Cosmo, was raised in – where dangerous products are tested by children before they are released to the public for sale. I felt that this was the most original storyline, although it was such a small portion of the overall story. The product testing was definitely the most creatively depicted spread, with the illustrations giving the impression of prolonged torture over time by showing Cosmo strapped down in a lab with various diseases and infections ravaging his system from the products that were tested on him. As I mentioned, this wasn’t a huge part of the story (not the impression I had gotten from the summary!) and over the entire novel, it may have covered up to 5 pages.Due to the busy panels and dark colour palette, I definitely flew through this story by reading the text, while just glancing at the images when necessary. This does feel like a disservice to the illustrations, because although they weren’t to my taste, there was a great level of detail provided in each panel. The parasites, whose bright blue figures added some energy to the pages, looked most effective with their transparent depiction and luminescent quality.{Mild spoilers below}The major storylines of the satellite city, the wealthy corporation, a species taken advantage of and an unnecessary love story, all had elements that I felt I had read before to a higher standard and so left me feeling that this narrative was lacking. The familiarity of the storylines, also meant that I was predicting the major plot points before they occurred.Overall, it was enjoyable as a quick read, however I felt that too many elements were similar to other dystopian stories. I won’t be picking up the original novel, but I am intrigued with how it compares to the graphic novel.Rating: 2.5 starsReview also posted on my blog: https://bookmarksandbookshelves.wordp...

  • Eliran
    2019-04-29 16:20

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Eoin Colger's name on this. It'd been a long time since I read any of his work, I loved the Artemis Fowl series. After reading this graphic novel adaptation, I'm curious to pick up the actual novel now.What makes this graphic novel really stand out for me is the artwork. It really sets the tone and draws you into the world. While the setting is certainly dark, the use of bright colors intermixed with shades of tan and gray really work out amazing. I never would have imagined that a polluted, corporate-ran, city state could look beautiful, but how this book draws it out made me think otherwise! I like how the individual characters are drawn out, some with exaggerated proportions to show how despicable and nasty they really are. There's definitely some anime/manga influence, as you see the main characters having rather larger eyes, that maybe off-putting for some readers but it didn't bother me too much. The story is very fast paced and follows an orphan, Cosmo Hill, as he escapes the horrendous orphanage he was raised in his whole life. In Satellite City, everything is ran by the Myishi Corporation. The orphanage where Cosmo stays is less of a charity and moreso of a free testing facility by the corporation for it's numerous products. After a near-death experience on the highway, Cosmo becomes aware of strange blue creatures that seem to prey on the living. From the accident's wreckage, he meets a band of 3 other young people who also can also see these creatures and actively hunt them down. They are the book's titular "Supernaturalists". From here on out, the reader, like Cosmo, is taken on a wild ride that merges sueprnatural elements, corporate sci-fi and even teen drama. Normally I'm not a fan of reading YA novels, but I really liked this one. As I said before, the setting and mixing of genres is really cool and I'm curious to read the original books in the series now, I really like this world and want to see what else it has in store!

  • Richard
    2019-05-04 19:20

    I had a very difficult time persuading myself to keep reading this. Every couple of pages I had the urge to stop reading but I kept telling myself "Oh no, it'll get better" but sadly it doesn't. I'm not going to go into the plot of this book because I think it's a waste. The art style and the idea behind the book are interesting and that's what earns it 2 stars.Now, the issues with the book are simple yet very important to having a successful graphic novel. The book CONSTANTLY narrates what is happening as opposed to letting the artist tell the story through the art and letting it unfold through dialogue. This is a huge pet peeve of mine because you could show it and not say it in a graphic novel.The book also constantly suffers from the characters doing "oh by the ways." Like, oh by the way this guy is a master hacker. Or, oh by the way here is this plot piece to help this section fit. Or, oh by the way, that member of the team was down on the ground with us but is now way up somewhere else 2 panels later. It feels very disjointed and helps to ruin the pacing of the book.Also, while I like the art style, the way the panels are laid out make the book some what confusing. Some times dialogue is spoken by someone not in frame and it's just a colored box and you're left to figure out who is was. Also, the framing of characters and events some times makes the action taking place confusing. Maybe that is why there is so much narration explanation?One thing I am grateful for with this book is that is has taught to me to go with my gut feeling. If I tell myself to stop reading, I should. Don't read this!

  • Esther
    2019-05-14 20:16

    I have not read the novel of this story but I thought I would give the graphic novel a go, I don't normally go for this kind of genre, science fiction/dystopian, I normally can't get into it. However my best friend loved both the novel and graphic novel so I thought I would give it a go and to be honest I enjoyed it. I loved each of the characters.Cosmo, Mona, Stefan and Ditto, especially Ditto.It starts with a young boy Cosmo Hill who is an orphan at Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, he was found on Cosmonaut Hill, hence the name. He and his fellow peers are used as 'testing rats' for all the new Medications and diseases that arise. He and his friend 'Ziplock' try to escape from the Institute however it back fires and the two are found but before they could be found they jump off the roof their handcuffs catching on a electrical wire which electrocutes both of them and unfortunately Ziplock is killed but Cosmo is saved by a group of kids known as Supernaturalists, people who can see the blue creatures that hover around. They take him in and look after him all the while trying to dispose of the blue creatures thinking they thrive on human energy. However it is later discovered that this is not the case, they help people who hurt or dying they have a healing effect.I thoroughly enjoyed this story, it was definitely interesting. I will have to get hold of the novel now and give it a crack.4 out of 5 stars

  • Kristen
    2019-04-29 16:21

    Plot: I read the novel version a couple years ago and fell in love with the story and Colfer's writing. I was excited to find a copy of the graphic novel at the library and eagerly dove into it. The story was well done and transformed well into a graphic novel. I love the exciting plot of this book, where there are creatures that take energy from humans and a group of kids that try to fight them. Little do they know what their real purpose is and find that these creatures may be different from what they originally thought. Characters: Set in a dystopian world, the characters are orphans and full of life. Cosmo is an orphan recently abandoned as dead from the boys' orphanage that actually uses them as guinea pigs for all sorts of testing. Cosmo has gone through a lot in his short life and is glad to finally have escaped, if he was left for dead and given new parts to fix him as good as new, but looking quite different. I love the personality differences within the crew, making for a diverse set of kids. I really wish Colfer had written a sequel to this book because I loved the world and characters so much.Graphics: I loved the illustrations in this graphic novel and felt the artist really brought the world and characters to life. I think this is the same group that worked on the Artemis Fowl graphic novels, which I enjoyed as well. Final Verdict: A great adaptation that is visually stunning and possibly one of the best stories I have read.

  • Patrice Sartor
    2019-05-19 16:44

    I haven't read the original, non-graphic novel for this, though I'm guessing it's a lot better. The future world is bleak and harsh, and Cosmo the orphan (which equates to being a medical guinea pig for the 'orphanage') undergoes a near-death experience. He is saved by a group that hunt down blue parasites that only certain people (including Cosmo) can see; the group (the Supernaturalists) believe these parasites feed on a person's life force.I found the story a bit hard to follow, and a tad cliched. Worse, I was not a fan of the artwork at all. Things are dark and muddled, and maybe this sort of book is just not the right type of story for a graphic novel, or maybe the artist just really is not to my tastes. My son (11) borrowed this from his school library, and suggested I borrow it. When I couldn't finish it before it was due, he voluntarily renewed it for me, though I was ready to give up on it. Since he did this for me, I trudged through the end. It got better, but it never got good.I should add that this same son is a huge Colfer fan, and really liked this title. He gives it "4.5 stars", although he says the novel is better. To each their own!

  • Amy
    2019-05-18 14:24

    Based on Eoin Colfer’s Supernaturalist this graphic novel tells the story of orphan Cosmo Hill as he fights against strange creatures with a group of misfits who quickly become his new family. Apparently he is a “spotter” someone who can see these weird blue creatures who seem to be sucking the life out of the dying and now he must work together with the supernaturalists to exterminate the parasites. But with conspiracies starting to present themselves around their crusade Cosmo will have to face his fears and defend his new found family. I have already read the novel and the plot wasn’t the greatest when I read all those years ago and it didn’t change with the new medium. But I do enjoy the characters and the one thing I like about graphic novels is that it puts faces to them. Ditto is my favorite and seeing him as short as I imagined him in the graphic novel was intriguing. Their sarcasm was also done very well. But the plot never made much sense to me. Content Warning: Abuse/Torture

  • Shania Jones
    2019-04-30 19:39

    This book was very interesting and funny to me. It is about a boy name Cosmo Hill who is an orphan and wants to get out of the orphanage, called Clarissa Fayne, because it is a terrible place. He breaks out with his best friend Ziplock. Once they get out of the orphanage they have to run from someone name Marshal Redwood. In order for them to escape they went to the top of a building where they thought they can escape when actually Marshal followed them. In order for them to excape they fell of the roof electricuted to short out their tracker and pronounced dead. Cosmo survives, but is very unique. He sees these little harmful creatures called parasites and get rescued by a group of kids who becomes his friends later on. Are the parasites going to go away? What attracts them? and what makes them die? If you want to know and figure it out read the book and follow them on an intresting journey.

  • Nicole
    2019-05-01 17:44

    The concept of showing and not telling is one of the most basic in writing. It's vital in every medium, but it's especially important in graphic novels. The Supernaturalist utterly fails in this respect. Text fills page after page. Don't waste space telling us that tools cover a mechanic's shop's walls. Draw that and let the art speak for itself! Everything is so excessively wordy that what is draw doesn't matter in the face of the info dump that is the text. What's the point of adapting a novel into a graphic novel if it's going to continue pretending to be a novel?Excessive text in graphic novels cheapens the medium and, more importantly, makes it boring. Scientifically advanced and corrupt dystopians rarely show up in books geared at younger readers, so this should have been an interesting story, yet I could even finish it. That's rather pathetic for something that probably would have taken me 2 hours at most to finish.

  • BAYA Librarian
    2019-05-16 13:25

    This is a graphic novelization of a popular novel that should not have been made. The original novel by Eoin Colfer presents an intriguing premise about teenagers in a future world who, following near-death experiences, are able to see blue creatures who seem to feed on the dying. I have no quibble with the story. The art, however, is highly problematic. Backgrounds are busy. Panels are crowded. The pallet is too similar. Linework is sloppy. The overall effect is art that is unable to tell a story. The reader is left to work out the events through the text. If I wanted to read a book, I would read the novel which has better pacing and more complex character development because it allows itself time and space. I shared this book with several young readers, and they replied with comments like, “I liked the novel. Why did they mess it up?” “I can’t even tell these two characters apart.” “It’s ugly.” I say, skip this title.

  • Anne
    2019-04-23 14:23

    Cosmo Hill is an orphan in Satellite City. He and the other children and teens there are all subjected to cruel medical and product testing. No one seems to make it past the age of 15. Through a stroke of luck, he escapes (at age 14) through a near death experience and is rescued by a group called The Supernaturalists. This group, including Cosmo, can see strange blue parasites that appear to suck the life out of injured and dying people. They make it their goal to exterminate these harmful organisms. However, despite their efforts, the beings are multiplying and their world seems to be suffering more and more energy-related damages that are also tied to these creatures.There are a few times that the panels run length-wise across both pages, yet it is difficult for the reader to recognize this layout change until suddenly the panels are not making so much sense anymore. Lots of action and adventure.

  • the gift
    2019-05-04 12:18

    this surprises me. i had read the book book so i knew the story, but that was some time past. the artwork captured more or less what i imagined: being ya possibly i gave the world building, the plot, the characters, some pass in conceptual rigour, but the drawing all good...i like representational work but this embodies each action in a weirdly, half-lit, crowded cityscape. the buildings are typically dark, jumbled, massive, the original swaying hostel for the 'parentally disadvantaged boys', was great. escape and near death, warped, expressive, emotive rendering of characters, then the slightly surreal 'parasites', all work. there are some panels that extend over two pages, some altering perspectives, but the book is not difficult to follow. in images, in pace, i liked this even more than the book book, could see this as a movie. please...

  • Jenni Frencham
    2019-04-28 13:33

    Colfer, Eoin. The Supernaturalist. This is a graphic novel version of a novel by the same name. Cosmo Hill is an orphan and he lives in an orphanage that makes ends meet by using the orphans as test subjects for various products. When he finally escapes the orphanage, Cosmo meets up with a group called the Supernaturalists, people who also see the parasites that feed on human beings. Soon the mystery deepens, however, and Cosmo has to race to save his own skin and that of his friends.My students enjoy this book along with the other "novels made into graphic novels" that I have in our library's collection. I think this particular version is especially well done and does justice to the story told.Recommended for: teens, tweensRed Flags: violenceOverall Rating: 4/5 stars

  • Reggie Overton
    2019-04-22 14:41

    This graphic novel is intense and so detailed that will keep you flipping through the pages for more. We are introduced to a group of characters known as the super naturalist who run into our main character and discover that he too has special abilities necessary to save humanity and bring the people out of corporate oppression. The main character is an escapee from a corrupt orphanage short of nothing that any child should experience from malicious treatment and experimental abuse. Now that the child has survived a near death experience he is saved by the super naturalist and told of how he can see life sucking parasites an ability that is rare, now he must assist the group. The story is exciting and suspenseful.

  • Ravenne Cooper
    2019-04-26 17:39

    I don't know if it was just me, but I didn't really enjoy this book. It was so cryptic to understand fully but maybe I was thinking too hard. Each comic box seemed to be missing information and was bland throughout the entire book. The story is about a young man who is put into a juvenile camp where the kids test out new products. He goes through a near death experience and sees a blue creature sucking the life out of him. He is almost dead before a group of teens save him and take him into their group. He soon helps them saving the day and find out about the history of the blue creatures. I recommend this book to children who like graphic novels and who can understand this book better than I can.

  • Jessica
    2019-05-09 20:40

    What a waste of ink! The story is fine. But the art is TERRIBLE! The backgrounds are cluttered. The linework is vague. The pallet is too similar, dark, and unappealing. The characters with their Kewpie doll heads on little bodies look bizarre. The frames are cramped. Sometimes the images go across the pagebreak, but usually they don't, but then sometimes they do for no apparent reason which makes reading awkward. Because they have taken a novel and compressed it into a shorter graphic novel, much of the story is lost, leaping from action sequence to action sequence. And there is way too much text. Because the art doesn't tell the story so something has too.Read the original novel. Skip this.

  • Annie Oosterwyk
    2019-05-13 15:37

    This is a gritty, dystopian science-fiction/fantasy with excellent artwork. Orphans are used as industry lab-rats and corporations own everything worth owning.The supernaturalists are a small group of teens who, through their own near death experiences, have all developed the talent of seeing an alien parasite which preys on the dying. They do what they can to eliminate the aliens, but are under attack themselves by the Myishi Co and the lawyers and paralegals who have taken over the role of the police.The plot is non-stop action, with every character under suspicion of betrayal. In the end, a great understanding occurs, which I loved.

  • Mary H
    2019-04-20 12:34

    As much as I love the book (and I do. Stefan is one of my favorite characters ever), the graphic novel just didn't do it for me. This team did the Artemis graphic novels and they are pretty great. I'm not sure why this one is such a hot mess. Maybe it's the too-busy backgrounds. Maybe it's that the people didn't look like real people, which works for a story about fairies, but not one about actual humans. Maybe it was the fact that half the time you read one page then the next and the other half, you have to read straight across both pages so you sometimes skip ahead. Whatever it is, I just wasn't feeling it. Better luck next time, guys. And by next time, I mean The Eternity Code.

  • Sarah Hayes
    2019-05-10 17:22

    Actually, if it weren't for the fact that Eoin Colfer wrote the original story behind this, it would be a one-star rating. As a fan of the original novel, I can say I was less than pleased with this adaptation, although it had a few good spots that kept it from being a total wash-out and it certainly kept my interest long enough for me to bother finishing it.My full review of the graphic novel adaptation of The Supernaturalist will be up on my review blog shortly:

  • Ms. Patterson
    2019-04-28 18:25

    I liked this graphic version of Eoin Colfer's THE SUPERNATURALIST. Having already read the full novel, I was curious to see how well the story would transfer into graphic format. After finishing, I can say, "well done." I didn't picture Ditto, the Bartoli Baby, the way he was portrayed in this book, but that's okay. Giovanni Rigano created a Satellite City that's gloomy and dark, almost menacing, just the way I felt when reading Colfer's novel. These illustrations only enhanced the story, and I applaud that. Nice job, B rating.

  • Dolores
    2019-05-20 14:16

    Dystopian graphic novel adaptation. Cosmo Hill lives in an orphanage where the inhabitants are used as test subjects and lab rats. A freak accident gives him the opportunity to escape, and a new ability--the ability to see strange blue parasites who feed on the weak and dying. This ability gains him acceptance with a group of teens who call themselves Supernaturalists and whose mission it is to wipe out these parasites. But everything is not what it appears, and everyone is not to be trusted. This is a fast-paced and exciting adventure.

  • Shelli
    2019-04-21 18:36

    I grabbed this for my daughter the other day at the library because she loves graphic novels and I figured she would want to read the regular book version after finishing it. Seeing her unable to put it down made me want to read it too. Loved it! Can’t wait to re-read Supernatualist again now myself. I love when a graphic novel comes out that does the original justice and maybe just maybe even the most reluctant reader will be tempted to delve into a great chapter book.