Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Reader's Diary #1810- Wei Dong Cheng (writer), Chao Peng (illustrator): Monkey King / Birth of the Stone Monkey

Monkey King: Birth of the Stone Monkey is the first of a 20 volume set of graphic novels based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng'en and adapted here by Wei Dong Cheng, illustrated by Chao Peng. This story revolves around a monkey named Sun Wukong.

I am told that in addition to incorporating ancient Chinese folk tales, there are elements of Taoism, Buddhism, and Hinduism as well. Not being much familiar with any of these philosophies/religions, I cannot say with any certainty that Cheng's adaptation represents them fairly or accurately. I can say that as an outsider, I still thought the book worked as as fantastical adventure tale, with Sun Wukong presented with superhero-like qualities and sometimes behaviours that I found similar to those of tricksters in many indigenous North American tales.

The art I thought similar to some unremarkable Japanese manga, though it was coloured nicely. Also, unlike most Japanese manga published for North American readers, this book goes in the more familiar left to right direction.

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