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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 16th 2011 by Oni Press (first published August 2nd 2011)
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Sam Quixote
Sep 25, 2015 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
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 Neva river in the dead of winter, crashing through the ice into the freezing waters below. That is one tough dude.

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Martin
Aug 22, 2015 Martin rated it really liked it
The level of research by the creative team – from the script to the art - really shows and help make this historical fiction 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 undoubtedly 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.

The art is in black &
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Andy Zeigert
Dec 07, 2011 Andy Zeigert rated it it was amazing
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
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Sonic
Dec 05, 2011 Sonic rated it really liked it
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.
Pturingan
Sep 13, 2011 Pturingan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, espionage
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.
Elizabeth
I can't quite remember how I heard about Petrograd but when I discovered that there was a historical graphic novel about the assassination of Rasputin, I knew I had to read it. Petrograd was a very different read for me; normally I speed through graphic novels only to read them again & again to let everything sink in. I went through this book much more slowly, possibly due to the detailed atmospheric panels that were on nearly every page.

Gelatt's story moves quickly from the halls of power,
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Sharon Tyler
Jul 25, 2011 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
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
Brad
Jul 06, 2011 Brad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2011
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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
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Rick
Sep 16, 2011 Rick rated it it was amazing
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
MkB
Mar 15, 2015 MkB rated it liked it
I thought there were a lot of good things in this semi-history of Rasputin's assassination, but there were two problems that really made it difficult on me:

1. Very few characters are ever really introduced. I have no particular problem with this in principle--letting the readers discover who they are via the dialogue would be fine--except that the pseudo-monochrome made it quite difficult to tell characters apart when you don't really know who is who yet.

2. The ending feels like it has just been
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Ronando
Jul 05, 2014 Ronando rated it really liked it
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:/
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Clay
Feb 19, 2014 Clay rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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Tarn Richardson
Jan 23, 2016 Tarn Richardson rated it liked it
This book should be applauded. It manages to walk the fine line between political and wartime thriller, and an entertaining comic book - just. Set during the opening salvos of the Russian Revolution and focusing on Rasputin, it studies on the supposed British involvement in his assassination.

The illustrations were a little washed out and flat, which made for a rather monontone reading experience (perhaps intentional?) and I struggled to recognised some of the characters through the book. I also
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Jefferson
May 23, 2013 Jefferson rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent blend of historical fiction and spy thriller, two genres that aren't normally associated with graphic novels.
Bill
Apr 13, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it
I had to get used to reading a graphic novel. Once I did, however, I found this to be a tense thriller. Much of what I know about history comes from novels, but sometimes I wonder if an author speculated too much. Is there documentation that the British secret service were involved in murder in 1917 Petrograd? It's plausible. Whether or not it is exactly true, I think I have better understanding of what it was like in Petrograd during WWI just before the Russian Revolution. Also, impressive grap ...more
Aly
Jul 12, 2014 Aly rated it really liked it
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
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Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
Mar 09, 2012 Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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 a separate peace pact with
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Caitlin
Jan 24, 2012 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
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
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Katie
Jul 06, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
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
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Danijel Jedriško
Nov 02, 2013 Danijel Jedriško rated it really liked it
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
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Benjamin
Jul 30, 2013 Benjamin added it
Shelves: comics
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
Apr 26, 2012 Jean-Luc rated it liked it
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
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Anthony
Feb 27, 2012 Anthony rated it it was ok
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
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John
Jul 11, 2014 John rated it really liked it
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
Jan 29, 2012 M rated it liked it
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
Sharon
Mar 12, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Dense and dark. You'd expect no less from a book about the death of Rasputin, I'm sure, but the denseness and darkness don't help tell the story. A lot of detail here too, which can get a bit confusing if you don't remember your Russian history (I really don't.) It is good and the art is often beautiful, but A book to appreciate more than like.
David Leslie
Jan 25, 2015 David Leslie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
If you have any intrest in the myterious Russian monk Grigori Rasputin,who pulled many of the strings of the Russian Monarchy at the time of WW1 and his assasination backed by the Russians "alies",in this case the British this book is an absolute must read.Infact if you like top quality art & litrature with a huge dolup of spy/thriller genre narrative this is a must read!
Orrin Grey
Feb 05, 2013 Orrin Grey rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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
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