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The Raven Banner: A Tale of Asgard (Marvel Graphic Novel #15)

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Long, long, and very long ago, when the gods of Asgard were many, the giants and their allies waged war against them on the plain of Ida. The gods were confident of victory: the Raven Banner had spread to the wind, and its magic was such that any side that bore it into battle was assured victory, though the bearer was certain to die.
Paperback, Graphic Novel, 64 pages
Published June 15th 1985 by Marvel Comics Group
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Rick
Charles Vess, who later worked with Gaiman on Stardust: Being a Romance within the Realms of Faerie, offers a delightful Tale of Asgard written by Alan Zelenetz. The story is very much in the tradition Wagner's Ring Cycle and other modern interpretations of Norse Myths, but Vess's art really captures the nuances of the narrative and provide a glimpse into a magical realm. Marvel has had many versions of the Norse Gods and myths since Jack Kirby reinvented them for a new audience, but Vess's uniq ...more
The_Mad_Swede
May 23, 2016 The_Mad_Swede rated it liked it
Marvel Graphic Novel No. 15, The Raven Banner: A Tale of Asgard is a somewhat odd little creature of an album. Written by Alan Zelenetz and beautifully drawn by Charles Vess, it is a very clear fantasy tale about the Asgardian god Greyval Grimson and involving giants and trolls, drawing quite elaborately upon Norse mythology in an interesting manner. At the same time, there are small visual cues that situate this tale in the Asgard of the Marvel Universe (one or two background images featuring M ...more
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Paul
Feb 03, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it
1985, that's almost 30 years ago I read this graphic novel, so I guess it was high time I gave it a re-read.
Reading old-style english is somewhat of a challenge, add the "poetic" nature of Zelenetz's writting style to the mix and I had to re-read a few passages more than once for it to sink in.
Nevertheless, it was interesting reading a tale of Asgard without having the major pantheon involved. I don't know wether this was an adaptation of an actual Norse myth, but it certainly felt like it. Stil
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Fabio Tassi
L'arte di Charles Vess e la Mitologia Nordica.
..e puo' anche capitare in una calda sera di estate, passeggiando per ingannare il tempo lungo le banchine del Tevere in attesa di uno spettacolo, di imbattersi frugando in una bancarella di usato in una edizione del 1985 di questa Graphic Novel stampata dalla defunta casa editrice Labor che ritenevo ormai introvabile. E di perdersi nell'arte grafica di questo artista scozzese, qui completamente a suo agio nella dimensione fantastica e favolistica in
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Devero
Aug 08, 2014 Devero rated it it was amazing
Una storia di formazione, una grande avventura scritta da Zelenetz e disegnata da Vess.
Un'Asgard che i lettori di Thor non hanno mai visto sul suo mensile. Una storia in cui Thor appare in un'unica insignificante vignetta, Odino per un paio di pagine, e Balder, Frigga e altri personaggi minori la fanno da padrone.
La storia è quella di un noto vessillo che dona la vittoria, e del suo portatore, destinato a morire portandolo ancor prima della nascita.
Matt Piechocinski
Jun 23, 2013 Matt Piechocinski rated it liked it
I thought this was a pretty fun read, considering it takes place in Marvel's Asgard, but really has none of the Asgardian players ... fun.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 07, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
Very good Norse mythology story set in the Marvel Thor universe. Very recommended
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