Author: Colleen Doran, Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
First Published: August 20, 2019
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fantasy, Horror, Supernatural
A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by New York Times bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran!
A not-so-evil queen is terrified of her monstrous stepdaughter and determined to repel this creature and save her kingdom from a world where happy endings aren't so happily ever after.
I really love when fairy tale retellings play with my expectations, mixing up the story to provide something fresh and new. Snow White is an icon of classic fairy tales, thanks in part to Walt Disney her appearance is unforgettable; raven black hair, deep red lips, skin pure and white as snow. The description alone makes me think of another legend, another creature, equally famous.
Snow, Glass, Apples was a refreshing reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale. Keeping in mind the grim and brutal nature of the original story, I really enjoyed the role reversal that is presented, with the story being told from the point of view from the “evil” witch queen and her unnaturally perfect stepdaughter. The original fairy tale was always horrific, but this graphic novel took that horror and multiplied it. The central story still survives, the huntsman, the dwarves, the glass coffin, and the prince, all twisted into nightmare versions of the originals.
Gloriously grimdark, the Snow White of this story is perhaps one of my favorites that has ever been imagined. Even without ever speaking a word, she is singularly terrifying. The story is brought to life by Doran’s outstanding artwork in all its blood and glory. I loved this graphic novel, it has easily become a favorite.
“I think of her hair as black as coal—her lips, redder than blood—her skin snow-white.”
Trigger Warning: Disturbing Sexual Content, Gore