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Ayn Rand's Anthem: The Graphic Novel

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The controversial classic work of one individual's will versus the subjugation of society-now available as a compelling graphic novel.

In all that was left of humanity there was only one man who dared to think, seek, and love. He, Equality 7-2521, would place his life in jeopardy. For his knowledge was r
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by NAL
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Feb 04, 2011 Jim rated it it was amazing
YES YES YES six star book.

maybe joe staton's best work since Eman, maybe his best work ever. the Gplden one is even more beautiful and sexy and innocent than Nova. the book looks like it was shot from his pencils.

Anthem is one of The books in my life, read it more that a dozen times in the past thirtyfive years, i'll be suprized if i don't read this edition another dozen times in the next twenty.

the novel still kicks hard, and Staton's art adds to the power of the book.

even though it looks noth
Feb 13, 2011 Austen rated it it was amazing
Saw this at the bookstore on Friday and read through it immediately. Great artwork, reminiscent of Marvel Comics several years ago. Kind of a "Logan's Run" feel to the look of the characters. Story is simplified as graphic form takes away from the meat of the story's text. Despite those ideas, an excellent read, an amazing tale brought to life in simple black and white. Enjoyed it enough to inspire me to read the full text again.
Jun 09, 2011 Bonnie rated it did not like it
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Apr 03, 2012 m.c. rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I've read Anthem, and I really like the book. It's accessible and simple, but it doesn't sacrifice atmosphere. But this is a terrible adaptation.

The Disney art style does not fit the message. I was left with the feeling that the book was not ready for publishing, that I'd read something that was in the middle stages of development. There was an enormous typo that pretty much ruins the book a little over halfway through, which more or less spoiled the whole thing for me. Furthermore, of all the
Aug 17, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kids that are forced to read the novel for school, but don't want to
More condensed than the Reader's Digest! I have never read the original Ayn Rand book, but felt that I got the essence of it by reading this book.

This book reminded me of Brave New World in many ways. Both are set in the future, humans are controlled by the unseen powers, and individuals are not valued while the group is everything. This is an unfair comparison in other ways as this graphic novel comes across as a simplistic and predictable outline and BNW is a classic fully developed well writt
Sara Q
Sep 05, 2011 Sara Q rated it it was ok
Recommended to Sara Q by: public library
Found this in the ebook offerings of my public library and haven't had the patience to read it any other way. We'll see if I have the patience to read it as a graphic novel.

Update: I suspect there was quite a bit of the original text missing, and the images of the graphic novel have a decidedly '70s / Logan Run look in them. All in all, not a bad way to get a quick sense of the book, though.
Mar 26, 2012 Stuart rated it liked it
Its a good little read. The art looks great but the story is rushed to make it fit into a 132 pages. I have not read the book its based on so I can not tell how well it keeps with the orginal. All and all it is worth a read.
Sep 29, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, dystopic
Absolutely amazing! Rand was a genius!
Timothy Shea
Jan 30, 2012 Timothy Shea rated it liked it
The sketches of this adaptation of Ayn Rand's novella fit the style of the story and communicated characters who were barely fleshed out but who embodied a deeper political philosophy of capitalism and the "glory of selfishness". I am fascinated by graphic adaptations of cerebral classics and this is no exception. For the most part, I thought this rendition of the novella fairly accurate and one which illuminated some of the more abstract concepts. I may even use this to teach Rand's ideas over ...more
Artwork: 4
Story: 2, at best.

Rand's Anthem is one of her shorter screeds on how great it is to be selfish above anything else. If one has to read Anthem, this graphic novel is the better way to go. It sums up everything she had to say and reading it in this form will waste less of one's life reading it.
Mar 16, 2012 Aaron rated it liked it
Not being a comic book/graphic novel devotee, I cannot comment on how the art is paying homage to some other illustrator’s style or reminiscent of some bygone golden era of comics. I have, however, read the actual novella. While this adaption does a good job of capturing the essence of the original, I have to question its reason for existence. The novel to graphic conversion is a way for someone to showcase their artwork while simultaneously creating a Reader’s Digest version of the book and hop ...more
Jun 20, 2012 Greg rated it liked it

The book is a must read in that it is short, to the point, and illustrates Rands philosophies in a reachable way. My issues had more to do with the graphic novel part. Or should I say, unfinished artwork. I am not sure what they were trying to achieve but it made the book feel half baked. For example, the golden one should have golden hair but you can't see that in a black and white drawing. A for effort but a D for follow through.
K.D. Absolutely
When I saw this book at my favorite bargain bookstore, I said wow, Ayn Rand in graphics. This is my third Ayn Rand but first in graphics. When I was in college, my World Literature professor's favorite novelist was Ayn Rand (1905-1982) and so she required us to read a book by Rand as part of the midterm requirements. I checked all the books and settled for Rand's first novel We the Living. However, to impress her (I was a grade-conscious student), I bought all her books and thought of finishing ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Hugs rated it did not like it
Pretty please tell me if I start to go down such a path of selfishness....
Jan 04, 2013 Haley rated it it was ok
The art was beautiful yet simplistic, but I enjoyed the original story much more than this. Actually, I recommend the audiobook, it is very moving.
Victor Mabuse
Apr 13, 2013 Victor Mabuse rated it it was amazing
Being both a fan of Joe Staton and Ayn Rand (loved the original novels of Atlas Shrugged and Anthem), finding this was a treasure. I believe putting Rand's work to graphic novel format would be a challenge and Staton pulls it off flawlessly. A must have for fans of either individual.
Quick, easy read version of Anthem. Read in half an hour.
As this is for a school library I am quite happy with the adaptation and feel it is comprehensive enough for students to understand as well as being accessible for them.
A good intro to classic dystopian literature.
Would have been nicer in colour though....
May 14, 2013 Ryan rated it it was ok
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May 21, 2013 Daniel rated it did not like it
Prometheus, by way of 'The Unconquered,' officially known as Equality 7-2521, guilty of the transgression of preference under mandate of 'toil is good,' furthers the concept of one individual's will versus the subjugation of society under earth by unearthing strange metals and mixed acids while discovering dignity and cleanliness; harnessing a new power of nature, light from the heart of metal, finds himself being whipped and beaten at the palace of corrective detention all-the-while murmuring ' ...more
May 26, 2013 dejah_thoris rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged in college but never got around to Anthem, so I figured the graphic novel would suffice. Unfortunately, whoever they paid to illustrate the work never got a change to ink it, so the entire graphic novel looks like it's stuck in production. Rand's stilted text doesn't read well but the presentation actually works pretty well without overwhelming it. I just can't get past the uninked interior compared to the cover. If it was a stylistic choice, trust me, ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Robin rated it liked it
A decent adaptation of Ayn Rand's second novel. The art was mediocre and lacked color (except for the cover), the basic plot was conveyed accurately but some lines were cut.
Robert Zimmermann
It's been a few years since I read the actual book, which I enjoyed. It was a nice refresher to see it in the graphic novel form. There was a minor (or very major) slip up when the author of the graphic novel threw the word "I" into the narration very early on. This is a big no-no to the story line because, as those who know the story will agree, the story is all "We, we, we" until late in the book. But I did my best to overlook that slip and thought the visualization of Anthem was a fun way to ...more
Frank Racz
Apr 24, 2014 Frank Racz rated it it was ok
Though the overall layout of this graphic novel seems to convey the message Ayn Rand was attempting to convey I still was only able to maintain mild interest in the book. Perhaps this has to do with the fact that Rand's philosophies do not appear to fit within real world context. The author felt differently.

This book more than casually suggests than unbridled selfishness is "the light" and what every person should attain to. To me that is a comic book represented into literature; I should read
Aug 04, 2014 Tony rated it liked it
I loved Anthem. I just wanted to see what this was about. It was OK. I would use it to teach Anthem if I ever get to teach it again.
Marco den Ouden
Aug 01, 2014 Marco den Ouden rated it really liked it
A graphic novel edition of Ayn Rand's novella Anthem. I spotted it in a second hand book store and picked it up for a quick read. The art work is interesting and it does justice to the original. A fun read. (and a fast one!)
Oct 07, 2014 Michael rated it did not like it
Crappy as I expected. The man won't let us use electricity because it'll put candle makers out of business. They have removed "I" from language. Individual achievement is discouraged. I don't know what planet Ayn was living on.
Sep 02, 2015 Sylvester rated it really liked it
When the society has regressed into a tribal stage where technology became planned, one subjugated man broke free from his chains and became the new Prometheus.

In my opinion the graphic novel version has the charm of filtering the tedious pluralism from the original work and made it more child-friendly to read. But I was concerned with some of the other interpretation used in the novel.

Anthem: The Graphic Novel is the way to go if we want to reach out children and let them learn rationality from
Equality 7-2521 is a man among many men, and yet, he is alone. He alone chooses to think for himself, to explore the questions of his mind and dare to defy the communal "Us." Living in a society that values conformity and unity above every other virtue, his explorations into a lost past and his discoveries that could change their future set him apart in such a way that he knows that "us" will never be enough.

So, I have never read the original but when I saw this I thought it would be a good chan
Jun 19, 2016 Meepelous rated it did not like it
First off, I guess I should probably admit that I knew (before even picking it up) that I would probably not enjoy Ayn Rand's novella anthem - even if it is in my favorite medium. I read Atles Shrugged a couple of years ago and found it incredibly badly reasoned and written. My purpose in picking this book up was so that not all my purposeful negative reviews would be about comics by men - who still write a majority of comics, both good and bad.

That said, this book still managed to surprise me b
Tathagat Varma
Aug 23, 2016 Tathagat Varma rated it really liked it
I loved the graphic version of Anthem - very well told. And the story is more relevant today than ever before!
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