Although the fall semester is coming to a close, I found myself reading a bit of classic literature. Everyone knows the tragic Shakespearean play Romeo and Juliet. Most have not seen it in the way that author and illustrator Gareth Hinds presents it. In this graphic novel, we see the Montagues and Capulets portrayed as Black families in the city of Verona.
I really enjoyed reading this because it gave me a chance to see one of the most well-known plays in a different perspective. The story, setting, characters, and even the language is not changed, but seeing characters that look like me draws me in all the more. Because the story is still written in old, Shakespearean English, it would help if you’ve read the play in the past or are possibly currently reading it. I think having pictures alongside the words really helps in providing context for first time readers of the play.
By Brandon B.