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Introducing the untold tale of the international conspiracy behind the murder of Gregorii Rasputin Set during the height of the first World War, the tale follows a reluctant British spy stationed in the heart of the Russian empire as he is handed the most difficult assignment of his career: orchestrate the death of the mad monk, the Tsarina's most trusted adviser and the s...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published August 3rd 2011 by Oni Press (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Sam Quixote
The assassination of Rasputin, the mad Russian monk who was arguably a big motivating factor in Russia overthrowing its aristocracy and becoming a communist nation for much of the 20th century, is one hell of a story. To kill Rasputin the assassins had to poison, stab, and shoot him and, to make sure he didn’t come back from that, rolled him up in a blanket and dropped into the Volga river in the dead of winter, crashing through the ice into the freezing waters below. That is one tough dude.

A d...more
Pturingan
Very highly recommended! It's a gorgeous looking book, and the story and atmosphere is reminiscent of a John LeCarre spy novel. There's also a bibliography at the end which I might very well check out soon because I was quite hooked in by the story.

I'm now a fan of both Gelatt and Crook.
Sharon Tyler
Petrograd by Philip Gelatt and Tyler Crook is a historic thriller in a graphic novel format due to released on August 3 2011. Rasputin and the events of Russian Revolution of 1916 have consistently been a subject of great curiosity and interest. Petrograd takes a close look at the people and powers of the time, and speculates on exactly how Rasputin was really murdered. No one knows the whole, true story, but the version of events in this graphic novel seem quite realistic and connect well the t...more
Andy Zeigert
EDIT: A more thorough version of my review of this book was published at Comic Book Snob.

I'll admit, I mostly picked up this book because I wanted to see more illustration work from Tyler Crook, the new regular artist on John Arcudi's B.P.R.D. series. I am a big fan of Guy Davis, who left B.P.R.D. this year to work on some other projects, and I wanted to know more about the guy taking up Guy's mantle.

Interestingly enough, this is Crook's first comics project, even though his first issue of B.P.R...more
Brad
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Petrograd is an incredibly well executed graphic novel. Set amongst the backdrop of World War I and the October Revolution, this tight espionage tale follows a conflicted British spy dealing with his own doubts and loyalties, as he is drawn into the plot to assassinate Rasputin. Far more than just an entertaining and stylish read, I was surprising by how successful it was in grabbing my attention.

Philip Gelatt creates a layered and quickly paced narrative which, while set...more
Rick
Sep 16, 2011 Rick rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Nearly 100 years after his death, the Russian holy man Grigori Rasputin, intimate advisor to the Tsarina Alexandra and healer of her son Alexei, remains one of history's more enigmatic figures. Petrograd reveals the untold plot behind the Mad Monk's assassination -- political, social, and romantic. What role did the British consulate play? Which of the bourgeoisie formulated the plan? How exactly were the Bolsheviks involved? Gelatt's well-crafted script combined with Crook's incredible draftsma...more
Sonic
Superb historic-fictional account (based on the newest evidence) of the assassination of Rasputin.
I read about Rasputin when I was a kid, and most of what I read was anti-Russian propagandistic Bullsh!t.
Most of the "facts" about him are now strongly questioned.

The lesson?
Non-fiction has the word FICTION in it!
Perhaps all history is historic-FICTION.

This version of the story was plausible and both well-written and expertly illustrated.
Ronando
Jul 05, 2014 Ronando rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: History buffs, comic readers, revolutionaries
Recommended to Ronando by: Some comic shop owner
Historic-fictional at its finest set in 1916 (during WW I) surrounding the murder of Rasputin and the start of the Russian Revolution. A British spy is assigned to prevent Russia from making peace with Germany (to keep Germany from focusing all of its military on England) by ensuring the assassination of Rasputin, the religious monk adviser to the Tsar's wife.

Knowing nothing of WW I, the Russian Revolution or of Rasputin (other than what I read on Cracked.com about the murder of Rasputin http:/...more
Clay
I found the whole thing to be a plodding muddle. It's not "tense" and it wasn't a "thriller" for me. The main character, Cleary, was a bit dim for a leading man. The only interesting part is the actual pages devoted to killing Rasputin. Some excitement and interesting use of light and shadow in the art.

I'm not expecting James Bond excitement on every page. In fact, I've read and liked Le Carre's "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and seen both filmed adaptations. So, even a methodical spy story is...more
Jefferson
This was an excellent blend of historical fiction and spy thriller, two genres that aren't normally associated with graphic novels.
Aly
This caught my eye as I was walking through the library, and considering it has to do with Russians, I obviously picked it up. Overall, it was a really good read, and I felt they captured the psychology and the turbulent nature of Russian history very well. The ending was a /bit/ abrupt though, and left me wanting a bit more. I felt a relationship with the main character, and yet I felt that the ending kind of left his story cut off and stifled. BUT besides that, I really enjoyed it, and would r...more
Willem van den Oever
1916. Petrograd, Russia.
The eastern front of the Great War is raging on just outside the city limits. Within the metropolis, a different struggle is emerging. Revolutionaries, sick and tired of the famine and poverty that’s destroying the population, plans to overthrow the current ruler, Tsar Nicolas II.
Across town, a daring plan is being formed by a small fraction of the recently formed British Secret Intelligence Service. News has reached the British that the Russians seem to negotiate peace-n...more
Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Pet­ro­grad by Philip Gelatt (art by Tyler Crook) is a graphic novel about an assas­si­na­tion. The graphic nov­els tells about an inter­na­tional con­spir­acy behind the mur­der of Gre­gorii Rasputin.

World War I is rav­aging the world. Hunger, depres­sion and despair reign while only hard core rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies at the bot­tom of the food chain and those in the upper ech­e­lons of gov­ern­ment cling to a drop of hope.

The pow­ers that be think that Rasputin is urg­ing the royal fam­ily to make...more
Caitlin
Petrograd is, as its synopsis so aptly puts it, a graphic novel about the plot to kill Rasputin. Set in WWI Russia, the tale is told through the eyes of an English spy, Cleary, who is caught between duty to country and his own shifting convictions.

Rasputin is a fascinating character, partly because Americans like to pretend they could never understand him - he must just be a Russian thing. Except, he's not. Rasputin plays his victims like any other grifter - giving them the false hope they need...more
Katie
Huh. A graphic novel about the Rasputin's assassination and the Russian Revolution. Not what I normally think of when I think of sitting down to read a graphic novel.

Petrograd is a seemingly well-researched story from Phillip Gelatt and illustrated by Tyler Cook. When I first started reading it, I was put off by the whole thing. It was history, it was an extremely muted palette - which seemed so obvious, and it just didn't appeal to me.

BUT WAIT! I started to really read it. I started to really w...more
Danijel Jedriško
Philip Gelatt's "Petrograd" makes an interesting reading with strong political message. Spying is so spread-out in comics, which makes it hard for a writer to accomplish a good story with it. Philip Gelatt succeeded with "Petrograd" in leveling the story with ideology in just the right way, and admittedly while he writes about one of the most controversial characters in the history of Russia, he dodged bullets of overreacting and pathetic in most places. That's for positives. As for negatives, R...more
Judedeath
Petrograd by Philip Gelatt is set during the middle of the first world war, when a British spy stationed in Petrograd is tasked to kill the Tsar's trusted adviser, The Mad Monk Rasputin. While working towards this goal he must navigate the streets of a city ready to explode, meeting with revolutionaries and secret police alike.

This is a fantastic book with wonderful illustrations by Tyler Crook. The twists and turns and layers of this book along the people Cleary the spy must interact with reall...more
Benjamin
Jul 30, 2013 Benjamin added it
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Here's some attention to detail: if you just open the front cover, you'll see the front endpaper is blazoned with the double-headed eagle of the Russian Empire (slightly altered); and if you flip to the back endpaper, you'll see it's hammer-and-sickle time. In other words, you know how this story goes, from the Tsar's empire to the Soviet Union. Philip Gelatt wisely avoids that macro-historical sweep to focus instead on one smaller story--the assassination of Rasputin and its aftermath; and to f...more
Jean-Luc
Many times, different assassins tried to take Rasputin out. You've probably heard the story of the most famous attempt: first, a group of conspirators invited Rasputin to their home and poisoned him. Then they shot him. Then they threw him into the river. Russia is always cold, but this happened in the middle of winter. Naturally, Rasputin shows up for work the next day carrying on as if absolutely nothing happened. There is not a scratch on him.

This is the story of Russia during World War I. Be...more
Martin
This book was amazing. The level of research by the creative team – from the script to the art - really shows and help make this history lesson not only entertaining but informative as well. As I was reading Petrograd, I really felt I was witnessing history in the making. Some creative liberties were probably taken, of that I’m not fooling myself, but the version of the events surrounding the assassination of Rasputin as presented in this book is pretty convincing and definitely plausible . And...more
Anthony
Mediocre novel. Great artwork. Rasputin is one of those figures in Russian history who is shrouded in legend. How you make this bizarre chapter in Russian history unexceptional and even boring is beyond me but somehow the author achieves this.

Next time he might not want to base his book largely on Anglo-centric sources like the problematic Orlando Figes. Also, the scene where a Russian peasant woman embarrasingly apologies to the English main character for being subject to a "backwards" society...more
John
Not familiar with Philip Gelatt, but Tyler Crook, the illustrator, is the current artist on the BPRD: Hell On Earth storyline and his work is excellent. I'm interesting in history, in eastern Europe/Russia and in spies, this book has all three and a tangential connection to the super spy Reilly, whom James Bond was based on. Good bit of noir, nice limited palette and clean panel layouts. Recommended for sure
M
Russian lore is filled with tales about the mad monk known as Rasputin. In Tyler Crook's graphic novel, we explore the rumblings of the plot designed to eliminate the crwon's advisor and its effects on its conspirators. Englishman Cleary is part of the British SIS intelligence agency, assigned to report on the goings-on in the Russian territories. As word reaches his boss of a possible partnership between the tsarina and German government, Cleary is sent to put into motion a plan that will preve...more
Orrin Grey
I'll admit that I only heard of Petrograd because Tyler Crook became the artist for B.P.R.D. But once I heard about it, it was as much curiosity about the book itself as interest in Crook's art that got me to track it down.

It was everything I've come to expect from a good historical comic. Layered storytelling, bringing together seemingly unrelated events. Sharp, monochromatic artwork. The art in Petrograd seems a little denser than Crook's art in B.P.R.D. so far, but the almost cartoonish fluid...more
M.H.
Bleak, but captivating. Tells an excellent story with plausible characters, and manages to address the compelling issues of the time and place: revolution, monarchy vs. self-rule, endless war, hunger, despair, and cold. Rasputin was well-rendered and menacing. The elaborate background architecture was a necessary counterpoint to the human desolation at its feet. I don't know anything about the historical facts of this event, but this story felt all too plausible due to the sloppiness and ineptit...more
Artur Coelho
Um inquieto agente secreto britânico na S. Petersburgo de 1915 é apanhado num curioso jogo de poderes entre a polícia secreta do czar, um superior hierárquico sem escrúpulos, uma amante revolucionária e um grupo de decadentes príncipes russos a quem o agente tem de convencer a eliminar um homem tido como uma ameaça ao curso esperado da primeira guerra mundial: nada menos que o lendário Rasputin. O caminho é inseguro e o protagonista depressa se vê abandonado por todos, numa cidade à beira da exp...more
Sage Latorra
I picked this up on a whim but wow did it pay off.

The real star here is the art. The faces are so compelling and interesting that it pays off in a way that film or text wouldn't. You get to really dive in to the looks on the faces.

The handling of Rasputin is also worth noting. This could have been shlock with an over-the-top Johnny Depp-style Rasputin, but the understatement is wonderful and even a bit chilling. Considering that he has fewer lines then probably any other major character that's r...more
Ashley
Petrograd.

A thrilling Cat and Mouse Spy theme. An awesome take on world history. Not only a fun Read, but the illustrations were fantastic!! I Love graphic novels and this one did not disappoint!!
Dru
Set during the first World War, Petrograd follows an english spy as he navigates the Russian aristocracy, revolutionary peasents and his own superiors while trying to have Rasputin assassinated for the sake of the war effort. The art is fresh and unique, but sacrifices a bit of clarity for style. Oftentimes I wouldn't know if I was looking at the main character or other supporting characters. The story and dialogue and good and satisfying, but never rises above that.
Gregory Han
A scattered, frantic tale of deception and plotting, bookended by the sweeping cultural changes that made Rasputin-era Russia so intriguing. The art is fantastic, the dialogue appropriately murky and double edged, all delivered with a knowing smirk, growled disdain or panicked hopelessness that marked the times. This isn't so much an entertaining read as one that invites further academic reads ignited by the slice of time represented within this graphic novel.
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