Cover image for Jane / written by Aline Brosh McKenna ; illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez ; colored by Irma Kniivila with Ramón K. Pérez ; lettered by Deron Bennett.
Title:
Jane / written by Aline Brosh McKenna ; illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez ; colored by Irma Kniivila with Ramón K. Pérez ; lettered by Deron Bennett.
Title Variants:
Brontë, Charlotte,

Jane Eyre.
ISBN:
9781608869817
Publication Information:
Los Angeles, CA : Archaia, 2017.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
General Note:
"Inspired by Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë."
Abstract:
"A powerful modern day reimagining of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel Jane Eyre. Jane learns that in the world of New York's elite, secrets are the greatest extravagance and she must decide if she should trust the man she loves or do whatever it takes to protect her best friend from the consequences of his deception"--Provided by publisher.

"Growing up in an unhappy family in a small New England town, Jane dreamed of escaping to New York City to study art and live a life of independent adventure. Soon after arriving, she takes a job as a nanny for a mysterious, powerful businessman, Rochester, and his lovable but lonely daughter, Adele, in a lavish apartment filled with unsettling secrets. Jane soon finds herself drawn into a world of intrigue, danger, and romance that takes her far beyond her childhood dreams."-- Page 4 of cover.
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Summary

A reimagining of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel Jane Eyre set in present day, written by acclaimed screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and Eisner Award-winning illustrator Ramón K. Pérez.

Growing up in a broken home in a small fishing town, Jane dreamed of escaping to art school and following the allure of New York City. When that dream becomes a reality however, it's not long before she feels out of place by the size of the city and the talent of her peers. She soon discovers her place as she begins to nanny a young girl named Adele, but that is upended when she falls for the girl's father, Rochester, a sardonic man of power, wealth, and unexpected charm. Jane learns that in the world of New York's elite, secrets are the greatest extravagance and she'll have to decide if she should trust the man she loves or do what ever it takes to protect Adele from the consequences of his deception.

Award-winning screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna ( The Devil Wears Prada, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ) makes her graphic novel debut with Eisner Award-winning illustrator Ramón K. Pérez ( Jim Henson's Tale of Sand ) in this powerful reimaging of Charlotte Brontë's classic novel Jane Eyre in present day Manhattan, where luxury masks dark secrets.


Author Notes

Aline Brosh McKenna is an American screenwriter and producer, known for her work on The Devil Wears Prada and, most recently, the television series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

A child of the 1970s, Ramón K. Pérez was born early to immigrant parents in a small suburban town of southern Ontario, Canada. A visit to a drive-in double feature of Buck Rogers and Battlestar Galactica at an early age sparked his imagination and set the stage for his future career.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this modern take on Jane Eyre written by the cocreator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Jane is an art student splitting a New York apartment with her sassy gay friend and working as a nanny in the penthouse apartment of aloof millionaire Edward Rochester. Jane pushes her tall, dark and boxy-shouldered employer into taking an interest in his daughter, coaxing him out of his shell and his three-piece suits. Naturally, that's when Rochester's past, and his supposedly dead first wife, come back to haunt them. McKenna is sure-footed in her first graphic novel, helped by artist Pérez (Tale of Sand), who fills the pages with pretty, lanky characters and vivid colors. This retelling smooths over the bumpy eccentricities of the novel: Charlotte Brontë's characters certainly weren't this good-looking, and her plot didn't end in a blockbuster-movie-style action sequence. All the elements of the original are reworked into a more conventional romance plot, like a better-scripted, better-looking Fifty Shades of Grey. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

She's Charlotte Brontë's 1847 Jane Eyre, reenvisioned as an orphaned American art student run off to New York to escape her miserable childhood. Seeking a job to supplement her art scholarship, Jane winds up nannying for lonely little Adele -Rochester-whose mother is mysteriously dead and her father unapproachable. The mother is shut away upstairs and has a brother named -Mason. Other details are changed from the original as well, turning McKenna's (screenplay for The Devil Wears Prada) version into an inventive and more streamlined romance/action--adventure involving boats, a drag queen roommate, and a helicopter escape. With his stylish and realistic art, Eisner Award -winner Pérez (Jim Henson's Tale of Sand) gives Jane a pretty and capable look, resembling an older Nancy Drew, while the tortured billionaire Rochester appears grim and craggily swoonworthy. Kniivila and Pérez use vivid colors counterpointed with soft pencils and black and white inks to change scenes and convey emotions beautifully. VERDICT This modernized romance with a gothic vibe and a heroine loved for her goodness of character will appeal to all readers who enjoy danger and happy endings underlain with ethical grounding.-MC © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.