Monster: A Graphic Novel (Book Review)

Is Steve Harmon a Monster? That’s how the prosecutor sees him. Or maybe he’s just a kid who likes to make movies. Whatever Steve is, he’s on trial for armed robbery and felony murder. This trial determines whether Steve gets to live a free life. It’s up to the jury to decide whether Steve Harmon is a monster or not.

I read the original book back in middle school for my English class, so when I saw the graphic novel version, I just had to pick it up. The story resonated with me long after that middle school class, even if I hadn’t remembered all the details. I love how Dawud Anyabwile handled the graphics. His style reminds me of the Boondocks in it’s exaggeration of facial features and great attention to detail. Guy A. Sims did a great job in condensing the novel. The images and text flowed together really well.


Author: Rachelle Saint Louis

Rachelle Saint Louis is a Haitian-American writer, born and raised in South Florida. She received a 2018 Silver Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition for her poem “Red Blood Cell.” She is currently a Psychology and English double major at Florida Atlantic University. Her poetry has been published in Rigorous Magazine. Rachelle has been writing poetry since the 7th grade and you can often find her performing Spoken Word at local open mics.

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