Ringworld: The Graphic Novel, Part One
by Larry Niven
Edited by Jason DeAngelis
Cover Artist: Sean Lam
Review by Jon Guenther
Tor/Seven Seas Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765324627
Date: 08 July 2014 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
It's been a long time since I read Ringworld, and yet I have to admit the creators of this graphic novel have definitely brought it to a new life for me. In short, this adaptation could be described as Ringworld meets manga.
This representation seems to have been handled very well. All the main characters fans and readers expect are here: Louis Wu, Speaker-to-Animals, Teela and Nessus the Puppeteer. While I didn't have an immediate copy of the novel available by which to compare, the creators also seem to have faithfully recreated this classic science fiction story.
The intriguing story is enhanced by the artistic details in every panel, and the beats and pace are well executed.
For those not familiar with the author, you should still enjoy this faithful depiction and I wouldn't doubt in that regard it will earn Mr. Niven some new and younger fans. Those who are already fans or have read the Ringworld and Man-Kzin Wars novels will likely get some enjoyment from this, too. It seems the creators (which includes art by Manga superstar Sean Lam and adaptation by animated film series writer and producer, Robert Mandell) stayed true to the story and I find that fact alone gives me great reason to hope others will enjoy it, as well.
While I would have loved to see this done in full color, I still enjoyed it. You should know that this is the first of two books, so you'll have to buy the second one to complete the story. Still, it's worthy of any collection for Ringworld fans and a great introduction to the Ringworld universe for younger fans of manga.