I just finished reading The Count of Monte Cristo and, being obsessed with all things comics, it occurred to me that it’d make for a great comics adaptation. As far as I can tell, no one has attempted this to date–although Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta and to a lesser extent Garon Tsuchiya’s Manga Oldboy borrow from it heavily. The story in Count of Monte Cristo is a fairly straightforward example of the classic revenge tale that I usually refer to as the “don’t mess” story: a person (or persons) unwittingly winds up messing with the wrong person, and that person returns and wreaks a terrible revenge. The moral of the story? Don’t mess!
The story would work in any number of eras, not just set in France’s Second Empire-era as in the original. Given my interests, I’d probably set it in America directly after the Civil War (or as we refer to it in these parts, “The War of Northern Aggression”!) in some border state–West Virgina would be a good candidate, I think–and substituting the Bonapartists and Royalists in the book for Confederate and Union sympathizers. Anyway, the above drawing from my sketchbook is a doodle of The Count (left to right) first as The Count of Monte Cristo, then Abbé Busoni, and finally as the young Edmond Dantès.