Les Miserables by Stacy King, Tszmei Lee & Victor Hugo


The entire manga is an adaptation of Les Misérables written in a bishoujo-style which can be cute and all but the story was depressing. I cried while reading the manga and that was rare for me. If you never read or watch Les Miz, its about the post-revolutionary France around several characters; Fantine, a beautiful young woman who sacrificed everything for her child, Cosette; Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who was released and became a wealthy entrepreneur under a new name although still being hunted by his nemesis, Javert; Marius, an idealist young man who fall in love with Cosette; and Eponine, the daughter of Monsieur and Madame Thénardier who in the past had extorted Fantine and abused their ward Cosette. The story was told through multiple narrative and they all come together in a somewhat bittersweet agony.

A lot of the characters looks like they derive from various anime and manga derivatives so it wasn’t really unique. Younger Cosette looked like Nunnally from Code Geass. Overall, the artwork was clean and for a certainty, my younger sister would love it because she really like historical fiction in manga and this is a manga serial based on various European classics, I’m sure she would be interested with them. I’ve read the first half of Les Mis but they were lengthy, and its refreshing to read the simplified version instead.

I am glad that the writers decided to add more explanation about the political situations surrounding June Rebellion (Paris Uprising of 1982) and took more time taking the details of the suffering and injustice surrounding the characters and there was a lot of deeper issues and various character struggles. It was a fine stand-alone manga but not at the same par as various European-inspired historical fiction manga like Count Cain or Emma.

The ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


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