About Five Nights At Freddy’s
Five Nights At Freddy’s is a video game franchise created by Scott Cawthon. The series revolves around a set of haunted children’s restaurants. The animatronic mascots in the pizza places are haunted by the souls of dead children.
What makes this series special is its cryptic lore and innovative storytelling. The games do not have a typical narration style. The complex stories of Five Nights At Freddy’s is told through clues and secrets. This even includes hints hidden in the game’s website coding, message board posts, and image manipulation. The clues to FNAF’s story can be hidden anywhere.
The success of Five Nights at Freddy’s has allowed the series to spin off into other ventures such as merchandise and novels. FNAF recently jumped into the world of comic books. Today we are going to talk about The Silver Eyes, the first graphic novel based on the lore of Five Nights at Freddy’s.
About The Silver Eyes Graphic Novel
Five Nights At Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes Graphic Novel is created by Scott Cawthon, Kira Breed-Wrisley, and Claudia Schröder. This is the first graphic novel in the Five Nights At Freddy’s series. It is based on the novel of the same name. The Silver Eyes graphic novel was released on December 26th, 2019.
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Five Nights At Freddy’s: The Silver Eyes graphic novel comes in at 192 pages. It is published by Scholastic Inc. Since this is a horror story at the 7th-grade reading level, this graphic novel is recommended for those at least age twelve.
Charlie and her friends come together years after a string of child murders. The killings were based around a local pizza shop known as Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. What was once a fun restaurant for families is now a traumatic memory.
The group decides to go back to the place where it all started. Once they return to the abandoned Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, they realize that things are not what they seem. The Chuck E. Cheese-style animatronics seem to have taken on a life of their own.
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The Silver Eyes Graphic Novel Review
Five Nights At Freddy’s has been one of my favorite video game franchises for a number of years now. I love how the story is told in very cryptic ways. I am a theorist by nature, especially with television shows. I often enjoy going on message boards like Reddit more than I like consuming the content itself. Any piece of art that sparks debate and conversation is great in my book.
I will admit that I was already familiar with the story of The Silver Eyes before reading this graphic novel. I read the original novel when it was originally released. As a huge fan of comic books, I was excited to hear about the novel being turned into a graphic novel.
A New Perspective
One aspect of FNAF The Silver Eyes that I love is the perspective of the story. In the video game series, we typically assume the role of a nightguard. Most of the story’s perspective comes from employees of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza or Fazbear Entertainment.
In The Silver Eyes, we get to see Freddy’s from the perspective of the children who went there. There are only a few times in the series where we get the perspective of the actual customers. I love the fact that The Silver Eyes shows us how important the pizzerias were to the main characters. This evokes a sense of nostalgia, just like the pizza places of our youth.
I feel that this adds a layer of emotion to the story. We are no longer looking through the eyes of an employee working at a haunted restaurant. We actually get to see people whose childhoods were affected by Bonnie, Chica, and Freddy.
I was really excited to see how Claudia would adapt The Silver Eyes novel into comic book form. I would like to say I was impressed. However, I was 100% confident that PinkyPills would knock it out of the park.
The artwork in Fnaf The Silver Eyes graphic novel is bright and colorful while retaining the darkness of the story. This is a hard balance to walk, but one that is very much needed in the Five Nights at Freddy’s storyline. The juxtaposition of fun children’s themes and murder/hauntings is part of what makes Five Nights at Freddy’s so great.
While I have seen (and drawn) more FNAF fan art than I should have in a lifetime, I cannot see any artist other than Claudia Schröder working on this series. Claudia’s style is now iconic in the world of Five Night’s at Freddy’s.
A New Look At The Lore
While there are crossovers in concepts, the lore of the novels/graphic novels is not the same as the lore in the games. Anyone on the Five Nights At Freddy’s Reddit will be quick to tell you so. This series weaves not one, but two secretive stories.
For fans of comic books, this is nothing new. Comic book series, especially DC and Marvel series, reboot and restart stories and universes all the time. Just think of how many iterations of Batman there have been. If all of those Batman comics had involved the same Bruce Wayne, we would be looking at a very old and tired man. Moreso, the stories wouldn’t make sense.
I like that the novel series and the video games have separate lore. As stated previously, the novels and the games have different perspectives. Even if the lore was the same, the stories would still be very different. I really enjoy having the games explore the businesses and key players in Freddy Fazbear’s history. I also enjoy how the novels focus on the lives affected by the company’s dark deeds.
Overall, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Silvery Eyes graphic novel is an excellent comic book. The story is thrilling and the artwork is both fun and immersive. The team who worked on this book is incredibly talented and has put a lot of time and effort into bringing this comic work to life.
You do not need to know a lot about Five Nights at Freddy’s to read this book. The Silver Eyes is an excellent introduction to the lore of the novels, and to the fundamental concepts of the lore as a whole. Anyone can pick up this graphic novel and begin reading.
What Do You Think?
Have you read Five Nights at Freddys: The Silver Eyes? What did you think?
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