Having not read the Artemis Fowl book series, I began reading this manga adaptation with very little knowledge of the plot & characters. From reading book reviews & skimming the book in the past, I vaguely recollected that this series was about a 12 year old criminal mastermind.
Despite my lack of knowledge about the book series, I was able to fairly easily follow the graphic novel’s version of the book, grasping the plot and characters without much trouble. Character snapshots displayed throughout the graphic novel, usually at the end of the chapter in which that character is introduced, helped establish the characters’ backgrounds.
While the reading level for this graphic novel is recommended at ages 10-14, some of the content may be more suitable for an older tween audience, perhaps a 11+ audience. Publisher’s Weekly recommends the Artemis Fowl novel format for ages 12 & up and the content from the novel remains very much the same in the graphic novel adaptation. This includes a mentally ill mother who displays bizarre & frightening behavior, dark magic, & criminal actions are all still very much present in the manga version and may not be suitable for younger tween readers.
For older tweens, however, who are interested in a fast-pace, dark fantasy adventure, this graphic novel adaptation is definitely for you! An action-packed story, readers will enjoy whimsical characters like fairies & trolls, as well as the witty and humorous dialogue. Tweens will be able to relate to Artemis Fowl as a young boy genius trying to help his ill mother, while also trying to restore the family name. Themes of identity, danger, adventure & magic will surely engage the tween audience and teens alike.