Gretel Graphic Novel Review

Gretel by Ben Meares
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 148 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Gretel’s story has been more nightmare than fairy tale ever since the tragic events of her childhood involving her brother and a maniacal witch. These events have left her cursed with a life that will span centuries.

After consuming the heart of a psychic witch, Gretel has been gifted the power of premonition. But when she has a psychic vision foretelling the end of the world, Gretel must open old wounds if she wants to try and prevent it from coming true.

Upon first glance, I naturally assumed this was just some other Hansel & Gretel storyAfter reading the graphic novel, I realized it is more than that. Gretel is some form of a retelling of the story we all know, but in the span of hundreds years in the past to present day with a mixture of various forms of magic and magical creatures. There’s a lot of narration between the time lines, but together, forms a pretty good story and we learn a lot of Gretel and her time spent throughout centuries. Although a little dark and a bit graphic, I really enjoyed the graphic novel and seeing all the details put into it. If anyone likes witches and retellings, this one might just be for them.

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