We need to get this out of the way first: Jamie doesn’t look like Jamie in my head, but he looks like what Jamie in my head would look like if you drew him (and then sometimes accidentally gave him elf-ears), which is the most that can be expected. Claire? No one has as much stake in Claire’s pictorial representation as they do in Jamie’s, but I couldn’t tell you what she looks like in this anyways because I couldn’t see past the boobs and I get that it’s de rigeur in some graphic novels to have the women be all boobs but all the women are all boobs, so prepare to be mammarified. And for the odd naked man-ass. DON’T READ ON THE BUS is what I am saying.
From all accounts it seemed like this was going to be a lot more not-Outlander than it was. Jamie’s point of view, Murtagh’s account, etc. And, I mean, I guess technically. Instead of Jamie showing up to the wedding being all, I wanted ye to have a proper gown, aye? we see him going to Murtagh all, I want the lass to have a proper gown, aye? Other than that, it is exactly Outlander in fewer words. The *hem* good bits are there (whatever, you know what good bits) and it ends slightly sooner? I’m pretty hazy on the borders of these books.
I’m still working through how I feel about graphic novels as a species. I want to like them because they are hip, and in concept I think they are very great, but I am orders of magnitude more drawn to words than to images. It’s like going to a Canucks game; it is NEAT and there is ACTION but it lacks The Johns chattering away and telling me what’s what. Claire is a wry and tough and amusing narrator and I miss her in this.
(This is PURELY my personal preference and not a value judgment, so please do not tar my feathers, Ever Growing GN-Fan Contingent.)
One of my biggest challenges reading Outlander is that ‘Colum’ and ‘Murtagh’ and ‘Dougal’ I just sort of read as ‘Scottish Name’ which causes obvious difficulties. The GN both ameliorates this (That guy has twisted legs and is therefore Colum) and confounds it (Murtagh and Dougal and Ancillary Scots all look the same, with slightly varying tartans).
In short, it is verra like reading Outlander again, which I have zero problem with. Eight caterpillars, mostly because graphic novels are not my brand of cereal.