I am Legend

Long held as a masterpiece of literary horror, Richard Matheson's seminal work I am Legend tells the story of a lone survivor, Robert Neville, who somehow managed to avoid a plague that has laid waste to the rest of the world. Neville spends his days repairing his house, searching for supplies, and trying to understand this new world he lives in. His nights are spent listening to classical music, reading up on the sciences, drinking, and listening to the undead circle his house. Through a combination of adventures and flashbacks, we are shown how Neville lives his life, and how his world got to the point that it is now. Amazingly, he eventually finds another person, and the person will make Neville rediscover who he is in this new world. Now, I have never read the original Matheson work, but reading this adaptation by Niles and Brown feels like you're reading the original story in its entirety. While many adaptations will abridge or edit elements (or in the case of the 2007 movie; completely butcher the original work) this feels like an illuminated version of the original. That being said, this is not a work for the faint of heart. There are literal walls of text on many pages, and scientific theories abound. I can't speak to the veracity of these theories - they sound good, but I'm not scientific enough to confirm their accuracy. The artwork in I am Legend is dark and moody, drawn in a black and white ink style that evokes the tension and mystery of Neville's new life. Long held as a masterpiece of literary horror, Richard Matheson's seminal work I am Legend tells the story of a lone survivor, Robert Neville, who somehow managed to avoid a plague that has laid waste to the rest of the world. Neville spends his days repairing his house, searching for supplies, and trying to understand this new world he lives in. His nights are spent listening to classical music, reading up on the sciences, drinking, and listening to the undead circle his house. Through a combination of adventures and flashbacks, we are shown how Neville lives his life, and how his world got to the point that it is now. Amazingly, he eventually finds another person, and the person will make Neville rediscover who he is in this new world. Now, I have never read the original Matheson work, but reading this adaptation by Niles and Brown feels like you're reading the original story in its entirety. While many adaptations will abridge or edit elements (or in the case of the 2007 movie; completely butcher the original work) this feels like an illuminated version of the original. That being said, this is not a work for the faint of heart. There are literal walls of text on many pages, and scientific theories abound. I can't speak to the veracity of these theories - they sound good, but I'm not scientific enough to confirm their accuracy. The artwork in I am Legend is dark and moody, drawn in a black and white ink style that evokes the tension and mystery of Neville's new life. The attention to detail in each panel is a testament to the love and appreciation both Niles and Brown bring to Matheson's work, and it's hard to not celebrate Neville's wins, and lament his losses. You genuinely care for Neville, and the ending is truly devastating. I am Legend is unfortunately out of print currently, but you can find copies for sale on the secondary market.

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