Craig Russell is a very talented comic book artist and author. He has spent quite a bit of time doing lovely adaptations of operas into comics. Unfortunately, the opera field, while not quite neglecting him, has come pretty close. We take our selves oh-so-seriously and comics, an art form that is associated with pop culture, couldn't possibly be consumed except as a guilty pleasure by the opera elite.
I'm planning on reviewing his version of The Ring of the Nibelung before I go see Wagner's tetralogy.