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No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in No Fear Shakespeare. The original No Fear series made Shakespeare’s plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down. Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and ap No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in No Fear Shakespeare. The original No Fear series made Shakespeare’s plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down. Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and appealing to teen readers. Each book will feature:   Illustrated cast of characters A helpful plot summary Line-by-line translations of the original play Illustrations that show the reader exactly what’s happening in each scene—making the plot and characters even clearer than in the original No Fear Shakespeare books


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No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in No Fear Shakespeare. The original No Fear series made Shakespeare’s plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down. Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and ap No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in No Fear Shakespeare. The original No Fear series made Shakespeare’s plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down. Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and appealing to teen readers. Each book will feature:   Illustrated cast of characters A helpful plot summary Line-by-line translations of the original play Illustrations that show the reader exactly what’s happening in each scene—making the plot and characters even clearer than in the original No Fear Shakespeare books

30 review for Macbeth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Semjon

    I didn’t fear Shakespeare, nor did I have fear of graphic novels, which I had never read before. I’m also no fan of comics. I had borrowed this book from the library and I didn’t regret it. For me as a non-native English speaker, the modern English version was, of course, more easy to understand as the 400-year-old Shakespearean language. The scenes are well drawn. It was fun to read and definitely not my last graphic novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Almost as bloody as hamlet...almost.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    Great graphic novel version of the popular play. Overall, a wonderful adaptation perfect for my reluctant readers. One complaint is that the pictures are black/white and characters are not easily distinguishable from one another without often referring to the character pages. Characters are not labeled or identified except by looking for them on character pages and finding their photo and description, which takes students out of the story. 1 star deducted for this reason.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wilde Sky

    A man commits a terrible crime and is consumed with guilt. A great story but the illustrations, in this graphic novel, were a bit confusing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    SheAintGotNoShoes

    I liked the concept of rewriting Shakespeare in plain English and in a graphic form. It was new and interesting. I had to knock off a star however as it was sometimes difficult to know who was speaking unless you memorized each character's image. I liked the concept of rewriting Shakespeare in plain English and in a graphic form. It was new and interesting. I had to knock off a star however as it was sometimes difficult to know who was speaking unless you memorized each character's image.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    *3.5/5 stars Glad I finally read this play! Or at least, some complete version of it so I can have context whenever I see it referenced. I think it helped to read the graphic novel because it made keeping all the characters separate pretty easy, since they were all drawn differently. With Shakespeare's typical large cast of characters, that was definitely an upside to this format. However, I do think that I would have enjoyed the complete play a bit more. Many of the lines were apparently trimmed *3.5/5 stars Glad I finally read this play! Or at least, some complete version of it so I can have context whenever I see it referenced. I think it helped to read the graphic novel because it made keeping all the characters separate pretty easy, since they were all drawn differently. With Shakespeare's typical large cast of characters, that was definitely an upside to this format. However, I do think that I would have enjoyed the complete play a bit more. Many of the lines were apparently trimmed in this edition, so the dialogue didn't read as especially "Shakespearean". It felt more modern, which is great for helping people understand the story who are struggling with it, but less great for someone (like me) who was hoping for a more authentic experience. As such, some of the more iconic scenes and lines ended up slipping right past me. The wording was different for quite a few of them, and the graphic novel format made it difficult to sit with those lines and scenes rather than zoom through the subsequent pages. Still, I did enjoy pieces of this. There were a lot of moments that I actually found quite funny, and the art was done in a way that conveyed the story very well. It was all in black and white, nothing exceptionally flashy, but clear and compelling enough. I docked this because of the issue with the language and the compulsion to speed through the story rather than immerse myself in it, but also partly because of the story itself. Maybe because I've heard so much about this play in popular culture, but it felt fairly predictable. I expected most things to happen the way that they did, and the only real "surprise" to me was how the end came about. In my opinion, it was a bit of a lackluster ending. Things I did enjoy though: Lady Macbeth, who I would easily name the most interesting and complex character in the entire play. The moments of humor. The themes of morality, madness, and predestination. Also, the art, which is the one thing I wouldn't get in any other format.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Narendran Thangarajan

    I've always wanted to read Shakespeare but either hadn't found the time or had the guts to parse the 400-year old Shakespearean English. So picked this book to get a taste of Shakespeare and it did not fail me. The story is about a loyal Scottish General named Macbeth, about how his mind is poisoned with prophecies and about the unchecked ambition that leads him to commit crimes he would regret throughout the story. I loved the graphic novel format, especially the introduction of characters give I've always wanted to read Shakespeare but either hadn't found the time or had the guts to parse the 400-year old Shakespearean English. So picked this book to get a taste of Shakespeare and it did not fail me. The story is about a loyal Scottish General named Macbeth, about how his mind is poisoned with prophecies and about the unchecked ambition that leads him to commit crimes he would regret throughout the story. I loved the graphic novel format, especially the introduction of characters given the large number of them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    A great adaptation to do with my ESL class, although it is not as well done as the No Fear Hamlet - a few more chunks of text and the illustrations are not as vibrant. Still really enjoyed teaching it though.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    This graphic novel adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic play The Tragedy of Macbeth is textually adapted by SparkNotes and visually adapted by Ken Hoshine. (Hoshine is responsible for the illustrations, but the graphic novel does not feature any coloring.) I am quite honestly not all that fond of Hoshine's illustrations; they are rather minimal and not very detailed, and many of the characters are not very expressive, really only alternating between a handful of different facial expressio This graphic novel adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic play The Tragedy of Macbeth is textually adapted by SparkNotes and visually adapted by Ken Hoshine. (Hoshine is responsible for the illustrations, but the graphic novel does not feature any coloring.) I am quite honestly not all that fond of Hoshine's illustrations; they are rather minimal and not very detailed, and many of the characters are not very expressive, really only alternating between a handful of different facial expressions. I also think that the graphic novel would probably have benefited from featuring colors, as colors would likely provide (or at the very least seem to provide) some more detail to Hoshine's minimalist approach. Macbeth is a story that I believe everyone should read or at the very least be familiar with, as it is, in my opinion, one of the greatest fallen hero (or hero-turned-villain) stories ever to be told, having influenced so much of our popular media such as Game of Thrones (with which there are so many parallels including but most definitely not limited to the similarities between Lady Macbeth and Cersei Lannister) and Star Wars (since there are countless similarities between Macbeth and Anakin Skywalker). I therefore believe that a graphic novel such as this one is great, especially for people who are unaccustomed to Shakespeare's language but still want to immerse themselves in his stories. (The language in this graphic novel is "translated" by SparkNotes for contemporary readers who are unfamiliar with Shakespeare's language, making it much easier to read.) It is undoubtedly a positive that readers have an opportunity such as this one to engage in the story (which is exactly the same - nothing is changed, added, or omitted) with an easier time reading it. At the same time, however, I (as someone who majored in English Literature for both my B.S. degree and my M.A. degree) also think that it is important to also read the original text (as I did when I originally read and enjoyed the play), especially if you first encounter the story in a format such as this one and find that you enjoy it. The original language is so poetic and beautiful (especially Macbeth's tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow soliloquy), and while, yes, the original text is definitely a bit difficult to read especially for beginners, I have found from my own experience that the more Shakespeare that you read, the easier that he becomes to read. There are also editions of many (if not all - although I don't want to say that for sure because I don't actually know for sure) of his plays available that offer side-by-side comparisons of the original text and a modern "translation" so that reading these editions can really help you "learn the language" if you will. As a huge fan of Macbeth, I enjoyed this alternate experience of it but do wish that I had a bit more appreciation for the visual art.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jaylen

    This book is about a play about betrayal and paranoia. The plot of the story stays closely connected to this throughout the entire story with betrayal being a catalysts for everything else that happens in this story. The begging starts off slow leading up to an major event that then turns the book into an guilt story and about paranoia. Throughout the book afterwards this paranoia is the main theme of the story and almost all events occur solely because of this. There is many deaths and an lot o This book is about a play about betrayal and paranoia. The plot of the story stays closely connected to this throughout the entire story with betrayal being a catalysts for everything else that happens in this story. The begging starts off slow leading up to an major event that then turns the book into an guilt story and about paranoia. Throughout the book afterwards this paranoia is the main theme of the story and almost all events occur solely because of this. There is many deaths and an lot of drama that spurs throughout the entire kingdom after one betrayal which leads to more betrayals and seriousness of everyone. There is two different versions of this book to read it in. There's a more modern version and the the original text, I personally recommend the modern version because it a lot easier to understand. But in all the story was actually pretty interesting it has its slow moments but overall tells a great tale of betrayal and guilty consciousness and how that might affect a person. The book gave me a difficult time and keeping track of who was involved with who,what, and where because of how the different characters were introduced and dismissed through the entire story. I would not recommend this book to other students looking fo books to read. This book was not awful but it was not the most interesting book to read and there's such a large selection of books I feel like you can find four more interesting than this one. On top of that you have to deal with old english and if not have to search for an modern version online which is unnecessary work rather than just finding an new book that may be more interesting anyways. Also the fact that it is in a play style of storytelling it is hard to get immersed in the book because with this type of storytelling setting doesn't get focused on much compared to the characters themselves.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    This was the first time I'd ever read Macbeth. (Of course, I will go read the original soon.) Having read many other Shakespeare plays, I am not surprised by the violence or subject matter. I had a vague idea of what would happen. Macbeth's character, however, was surprising. In this graphic novel, at least, he is an evil, yet cowardly man. This particular combination of murderous and lily-livered was not something I expected. I anticipated a cold, calculating, heartless man. I found one who cou This was the first time I'd ever read Macbeth. (Of course, I will go read the original soon.) Having read many other Shakespeare plays, I am not surprised by the violence or subject matter. I had a vague idea of what would happen. Macbeth's character, however, was surprising. In this graphic novel, at least, he is an evil, yet cowardly man. This particular combination of murderous and lily-livered was not something I expected. I anticipated a cold, calculating, heartless man. I found one who couldn't keep his head on straight for all the hallucinations and guilt he is experiencing. A fascinating study of human nature, as are all Shakespeare's plays. But alas, not one of my favorites, because I couldn't root for Macbeth at all. My favorite part was when Macduff appears at the end of the battle, Macbeth's bloody, severed head in his hands. (Slightly related sidenote: I would LOVE to see both Coriolanus and Titus Andronicus as graphic novels.) (Final sidenote: The graphic novel quality on this is solid. I almost wish it were in color, but I understand the advantage of using black and white to tell Shakespeare's story.) Back the point: Next on the list is Hamlet. Another insane protagonist, here I come!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Bader

    The 11th grade English class I'm observing read this graphic novel adaptation along with the original. It was easier for students to understand without dumbing it down too much. The illustrations also helped students interpret the meaning. The panel with the drunken porter was particularly amusing, giving a hint at some of Shakespeare's bawdy references. (Check out his wilting spear.) The only complaint I have is that the illustrations made Lady Macbeth appear drunk in the scene leading up to Du The 11th grade English class I'm observing read this graphic novel adaptation along with the original. It was easier for students to understand without dumbing it down too much. The illustrations also helped students interpret the meaning. The panel with the drunken porter was particularly amusing, giving a hint at some of Shakespeare's bawdy references. (Check out his wilting spear.) The only complaint I have is that the illustrations made Lady Macbeth appear drunk in the scene leading up to Duncan's murder, suggesting poor judgment rather than cold blooded calculating. I wouldn't use the graphic novel to replace Shakespeare's Macbeth, but I would use it as support or keep it in my classroom library for students to read on their own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Katie Kendrick

    I have found with graphic novels such as this one, that there are parts of the story that are often left out. In Macbeth, I found that the parts that were left out actually helped make the story more readable. The dialogue is not written in a more modern dialect, which helps the reader understand the story more. At the beginning there is a chart of all of the characters, which I found myself flipping back to often in order to help comprehend the story. This took Shakespeare and made it very acce I have found with graphic novels such as this one, that there are parts of the story that are often left out. In Macbeth, I found that the parts that were left out actually helped make the story more readable. The dialogue is not written in a more modern dialect, which helps the reader understand the story more. At the beginning there is a chart of all of the characters, which I found myself flipping back to often in order to help comprehend the story. This took Shakespeare and made it very accessible and understandable. I would use this in conjunction with the play, if I were teaching it. For important parts, I would have students read the book, and then splice in portions of the graphic novel in order to help them comprehend.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aradweb Aradweb Adil

    This is my first time reading Shakespeare works and I'm glad to begin it with this version of No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels: Macbeth. Though it is a translations from the original work of Shakespeare but it still acceptable to me. I'm still getting the words being crafted into a melodic sentences perfectly. Macbeth: is about one man ambitions that become a bloody lessons to him in the end. Act 3, Scene 4: These strange self-delusions show that I need hardening, We are still children when it This is my first time reading Shakespeare works and I'm glad to begin it with this version of No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels: Macbeth. Though it is a translations from the original work of Shakespeare but it still acceptable to me. I'm still getting the words being crafted into a melodic sentences perfectly. Macbeth: is about one man ambitions that become a bloody lessons to him in the end. Act 3, Scene 4: These strange self-delusions show that I need hardening, We are still children when it comes to crime

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    I can't get enough of these. They're great. In addition to being graphic novels and fun to read, they're also No Fear Shakespeare, so they're "translated" into mostly modern English, also coming with helpful asterisks to provide information on pop culture references from Shakespeare's time that we may not understand. I've read Macbeth, I'm about 3/4 of the way through Hamlet, and they have Romeo and Juliet also. I would highly, HIGHLY recommend reading this and the others in conjunction with any I can't get enough of these. They're great. In addition to being graphic novels and fun to read, they're also No Fear Shakespeare, so they're "translated" into mostly modern English, also coming with helpful asterisks to provide information on pop culture references from Shakespeare's time that we may not understand. I've read Macbeth, I'm about 3/4 of the way through Hamlet, and they have Romeo and Juliet also. I would highly, HIGHLY recommend reading this and the others in conjunction with any schoolwork or reading of the plays for any classes that you have. Do yourself a solid!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Kuehn

    I'm slightly ashamed to admit that this is the first time I have read any version of MacBeth. I'm even more ashamed to admit that this book is published by SparkNotes. Moving past my shame, I have to say that this was an extremely enjoyable way to read Shakespeare. The graphic novel format allowed me to understand right away the intended setting and enabled me to put faces to names and the plot. Of course, the story speaks for itself. I'm excited to dig into more versions. I'm slightly ashamed to admit that this is the first time I have read any version of MacBeth. I'm even more ashamed to admit that this book is published by SparkNotes. Moving past my shame, I have to say that this was an extremely enjoyable way to read Shakespeare. The graphic novel format allowed me to understand right away the intended setting and enabled me to put faces to names and the plot. Of course, the story speaks for itself. I'm excited to dig into more versions.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    This version helps my 8th grade students a great deal, but they still need support when starting out. The illustrations make it difficult to know who’s who, but there is a handy character chart at the front to refer to for a reference of character appearance. There are also times when the speech bubbles don’t clearly indicate who is speaking. Still, the plot is there and the visuals help students determine character emotion, etc.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shadee

    A good alternative for someone not a fan of classic Shakespeare and much more approachable in graphic novel format. I remember reading Romeo & Juliet in the classic form and wish I had something like this in high school that simplified it in more modern terms. I'll probably take this on a school visit just to show more of what the library has available. A good alternative for someone not a fan of classic Shakespeare and much more approachable in graphic novel format. I remember reading Romeo & Juliet in the classic form and wish I had something like this in high school that simplified it in more modern terms. I'll probably take this on a school visit just to show more of what the library has available.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Robyn

    I have not yet read the original text, but I did know the play very well and was excited to finally read it in English. This graphic novel gave a very easy to read and to have a base before the real play. Also the graphics made it very simple to imagine the text. I would recommend it for anyone who may struggle with English and Shakespeare or who just really like Macbeth.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    of course it's macbeth so it's automatically great storywise. some of the art here is pretty great, but some of it is... eh. greatly inferior to some of the other literary translations out there like kafka's "metamorphosis" for example. hence the three stars. of course it's macbeth so it's automatically great storywise. some of the art here is pretty great, but some of it is... eh. greatly inferior to some of the other literary translations out there like kafka's "metamorphosis" for example. hence the three stars.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dana *

    Plain english instead of original text, which will make this understandable for newbies. The full play is included, no editing of scenes. Some of the character drawings were indistinct making it a bit hard to follow for someone who does not already know who would be speaking the lines.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Great for helping teach year 9 Macbeth as it has the standard text and the modern version side by side. Really helpful for those new to Shakespeare to gain a better understanding. Also good for those who have not read the text for a number of years as a refresher.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marc

    I enjoyed this version. Although it's generally well drawn, I will echo the comments of other people who mentioned that some characters are hard to tell apart. This is great if you want an accessible version of Macbeth. I enjoyed this version. Although it's generally well drawn, I will echo the comments of other people who mentioned that some characters are hard to tell apart. This is great if you want an accessible version of Macbeth.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather Carreiro

    Several characters looked similar, so I found it difficult to keep the plot straight. I have recommended this for students at my school, however they will still need the modern version of the full play as well as summary notes for each act to follow along.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Katie Palazzolo

    Real Dramatic. I'm dumb and couldn't keep up with all the characters. I think the graphic novel is the the best way for me to read it because it was slightly more engaging. but Macbeth's face is hella dramatic all the time. Real Dramatic. I'm dumb and couldn't keep up with all the characters. I think the graphic novel is the the best way for me to read it because it was slightly more engaging. but Macbeth's face is hella dramatic all the time.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mason710

    I like the book , but there were some parts that my mind wanderd off. Yes, it is graphic novel but there were some parts that just seemed boring, to much words and not enough action.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Eileen Lennon

    Great way to understand and enjoy the bard. Macbeth was a jerk, and his wife was worse.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Leistner

    No fear was an interesting setup for reading, one page was the original and the facing page the modern day version.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (aka WW)

    This is a relatively basically-drawn, but comprehensive graphic interpretation of Shakespeare's strange and violent story of Macbeth. I got much more from it than from the original. This is a relatively basically-drawn, but comprehensive graphic interpretation of Shakespeare's strange and violent story of Macbeth. I got much more from it than from the original.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rich

    Graphic novel of the classic play. Although well-done, the characters were still difficult to distinguish. It will help when viewing the performance, a good refresher course.

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