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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Preferable to the story’s original form, this graphic adaptation is well-paced and beautifully illustrated (full disclosure: the illustrator is a good friend of mine), both preserving and enhancing Fitzgerald’s winking, flowery prose. Kevin Cornell’s loose lines and sepia watercolors strike a flexible tone that deftly manages the story’s mood swings and evokes the era magnificently. The portraits marking Benjamin’s progress in backward aging at the beginning of each chapter are an especially nice touch.