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'Perfect for upper primaries, as well as older readers too... the story has all the elements to excite the imaginations of youngsters'
'the visual setting is redolent of a Japanese warrior culture, which is an absolutely dovetailed match... as if actually created as a manga.' 
'The style of illustartion is of strong lines and idealised figures with variable frame patterns and sizes and it fully conveys both the powerful and the unleashedpowers. This concept of Macbeth is an extremely powerful staging.'
'This whole series is developing into a very useful resource as it has such resonancy with youngsters'
- School Librarian Magazine (Winter 2008)

"There's a very fine Manga Shakespeare appearing play by play and if Macbeth turns up in this style it will be perfect for 9s to 11s."
- Chris Brown, Reviews Editor, School Librarian magazine and author of the Books into Boys (2008) report for the School Librarian Association

"the glories of the language like that are... emphasised by this new context. Bookworm, a sceptic at first, was soon won over."
"Kurosawa's... Throne of Blood is... a successful translation of a work from one culture into another; this manga version has some of the same strengths, while staying truer to the text.
"[SelfMadeHero] have already done half a dozen... Macbeth is their best yet."
- The Scotsman (July 2008)

“ALL HAIL, MACBETH, THAT SHALT BE KING HEREAFTER!” With that misleading prophecy, three witches plant the seed of criminal ambition in the warlord Macbeth. Spurred on by Lady Macbeth, his wife, he embarks on a killing spree of former friends and rivals, until a final confrontation when he realizes too late that the witches have deceived him. In this version of Shakespeare’s tale of murder and the supernatural, Samurai warriors have reclaimed a future post-nuclear world of mutants.


Robert Deas is a new face of the emerging UK Manga scene. He started his career drawing webcomics including the sci-fi epic, Instrument of War, currently a 148-page webcomic. A spin off, Unity Rising came second in the print comic category at last year’s prestigious IMAF competition and is set to appear in the Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 3. His sci-fi espionage story, November, was featured in Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2. Robert has also had his work exhibited in the Japanese Embassy as part of the Manga Jiman exhibition.

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Series title:
Manga Shakespeare
Book title:
Original author:
William Shakespeare
Adapted by:
Richard Appignanesi
Illustrated by:
Robert Deas

UK Publication date:
June 2008
148 x 210mm
Black & white,
9-page colour section
Manga / Graphic Novels
/ Shakespeare / Children