Grave Sight: A Harper Connelly Graphic Novel
by Novel: Charlaine Harris; Text Adaptation: William Harms
Cover Artist: Art: Denis Medri; Covers: Benoit Springer
Review by Gayle Surrette
InkLit Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425255643
Date: 31 December 2012 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
I'd read several of the Harper Connelly novels and when this book crossed my desk, I sat down and began to read through it.
The artwork is full color with a tendency to muted tones, tans, greys, blues, and greens with bit of richer colors here and there for emphasis. While the characters don't look like the ones I created in my mind while reading the novels, they are believable and distinguishable from each other. And even more important to me the text is readable without having to resort to a magnifying lens.
Harper Connelly and her stepbrother, Tolliver, have been asked to come to Sarne to find out how two teenagers were killed. Harper and her brother are not detectives. Harper, since she was nearly killed by lightning, can tell how someone died once she's near the body. Tolliver is her manager and travels with her as sort of a bodyguard and assistant.
At first the job seems easy. But, as usual, it's not that easy. Someone believes, in spite of Harper's insistence that she only sees how they died that she knows who killed them. So, a killer is determined to tie up all the loose ends. As bodies pile up, Harper and Tolliver are virtual prisoners in the town as they become persons of interest. So, they need to help to solve the case in order to get out of town. So maybe they are detectives after all, in a manner of speaking.
The art and adaptation make this story entertaining, true to the characters and their abilities. There's some nice artwork to represent Harper in her working mode as opposed to daily life. The graphic novel also manages to work in some of the continuing subplots of the novels.
The graphic novel includes the original covers for the various issues, a two page spread showing art to finish, an interview with Charlaine Harris, and a sneak peek at Cemetery Girl (a new graphic novel by Charlaine Harris and Christopher Golden coming out in the fall of 2013.)