North +Monteys’ ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ adaptation arrives Sept. 9

Archaia will bring Kurt Vonnegut’s classic anti-war novel to comic shops.

Archaia’s adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade became unstuck in time this week, as the BOOM! Studios imprint announced the graphic novel will arrive in comic shops Sept. 9 and in bookstores Sept. 15.

The anti-war novel will be adapted by writer Ryan North (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) and artist Albert Monteys (Universe!), with colors by Ricard Zaplana. Archaia also revealed the cover:

“Adapting something like Vonnegut, where I really love the book — it’s harder, because you don’t want to screw it up, right? You don’t want to be the bad version of Vonnegut,” North told Stars and Stripes. “And so it took a lot of thought and attention.”

Slaughterhouse-Five was first released in 1969 and blends elements of satire, social commentary, science fiction and postmodernism. Vonnegut based part of it on his own experiences during World War II. It’s been adapted into film, theater and a radio drama.

Just like the book played with structure, it looks like the graphic novel will follow suit, based on these preview pages (I love the “In Three Panels” page):

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