Adapted by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, Art by Giovanni Rigano, Colour by Paolo Lamanna

Puffin Books

ISBN: 978 0 141 32586 6

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely

Juvenile criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl saved his mother in book one, and now he’s trying to save his father, if he’s even still alive. In the world beneath that which we know, Holly and her magical friends are facing another threat. Can Artemis help those below at the same time as meeting his own goals? And along the way, will he start to gain some newfound humanity?

This was completely enjoyable from beginning to end. Adapted from the second book of the hugely popular novel series, The Arctic Incident not only does justice to the original story, but embellishes and builds on it with the gorgeous artwork.

Colfer’s delightful “voice” still shines through in the graphic version, with a blend of humour and gravity that is powerfully appealing. Combined with the absolutely beautiful pictures, the book is an alluring package for any tween/teen.

In all, I had only one issue with the work: at times, some of the lettering is very very small, which made it somewhat difficult to read in places. However, this is a minor complaint, and is outweighed by the strength of the story and book as a whole.

This re-imaging of the already enormously popular Artemis Fowl series is sure to bring joy to established readers while at the same time drawing new readers to not only the graphic series, but the original books as well. Highly recommended.