This thesis is a text linguistic analysis of the graphic novel (GN) ?Die Menschenfabrik? by Michael Meier, based on a story by Oscar Panizza. First, a classification of graphic novels is made in the context of comic adaptations with reference to earlier studies on adaptations of literature in comic form and their historical background in general. Comics and literary adaptations have different levels of difficulty for readers. Therefore, the GN has been analyzed in comparison with comics regarding their reading difficulty after SMOG-test and its narrative strategy regarding the structure and the relationship between panel per page and text per page. The results of the SMOG-test show that the GN differs from comics in its readability, as the GN is closer to the original than a comic, because of its seclusion of the action, its complexity of vocabulary, and its text quality.Furthermore, it was found that the quantity of images and of text is almost proportional, thus, text and images are both used to represent the peak of a story and to increase suspense.In the examination of literacy and orality of GN, it could be determined that the author of the original strongly uses the "literary orality", an approach in narrative literature marked by incorporating specific characteristics of oral speech acts. In the original text, the author already uses direct speech, but after the study of conversational words, final structuring signals, correcting signals, turn-taking signals and modal particles could not be found. This means that there exists no authentic, but a fictitious speech situation.