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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  630 ratings  ·  121 reviews
Acclaimed author Chris Wooding's first graphic novel -- fun fantasy-adventure with a macabre twist!

Seifer's life is about to become a royal pain. . . . As captain of the local skullball team, Seifer Tombchewer is the envy of his peers. He's fast, he's strong, and he flies circles around the competition. But Seifer's always dreamed of more--of leaving his tiny, remote villa
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by GRAPHIX (first published January 1st 2012)
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Pandemonium is a great graphic novel series by Chris Wooding. I have just finished the first book and it was great. It is about an adventurous teen named Seifer Tombchewer, he is a great skullball player (a sport that in the book they play) and all of his friends are jealous of him. He is knocked out and taken to a castle, he is told that the prince is missing and they chose Seifer because he and the missing prince are 100 percent alike in looks (like identical twins). He has fooled the army, th ...more
Ms. Rosas
I totally loved this and almost wish it was a full length novel. I ordered it because it was recommended during conference I went to so I didn't know much about it. I picked it up as I was cataloging and started to skim through it to see what I could tell kids about it. A period later I was done and checking to see if the second volume is out yet. (It's not by the way.) I can't wait to book talk this one.

The characters are great Seifer is struggling to do the best he can in this situation as we
Skye (Skye's Scribblings)

(Read/Reviewed in March 2012)

Genre: Comic Book, Middle Grade Fantasy
Rating: Middle Grade (violence, scary images)
Format Read: Hardcover (library)

Art: Full color; Cute and comical.
Story: Not relatively original, but they do a really good job with it. Lots of humor, action, a little romance, etc. - it has all the elements a good book needs.
Characters: Fun and easy to love, even if they are demons.

Comments: One quick glance told me I would love this, and I did. Comic books usually bore me because
Robert Greenberger
The Prince & The Pauper badly retold with poorly thought-through plotting, ridiculously named characters and hampered by poor Manga artwork. Lots of potential wasted in a book that feels tired and done before and done far better elsewhere. A real disappointment.
Justen White
this book is about a boy named seifer ,who lived in a small poor town. In the book this small town revalves around a game,a game called skullball. the object of the game is getting the skull into the net. The tricky part is that the net is on your opponents back and in this book everybody has wings so this game takes place in the air. seifer’s dad’s life revolves around skullball, to his dad school ,books and any type of education is pointless. After a game of skullball one day after a great los ...more
Apr 06, 2015 Krista rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Friends, family... anyone with a sense of humor!
Shelves: 2015-reads
This graphic novel was amazing! I pretty particular when it comes to what graphic novels I read, but I saw this on one of Katytastic's YouTube videos and wanted to give this a try.
The artwork is beautiful and the character design's are really unique. It is very much like "The Prince and the Pauper", but that is the idea... just a little more macabre. While it is based off the "Prince and the Pauper" outline, the story has it's own identity and I definitely want to read a sequel.
The main characte
Seifer Tombchewer was the captain of the skullball team at the tiny village deep within the mountains. He always dreamed to escape from the village to explore the world outside of this mountain. His grandpa always told him stories about the world outside, even though they sounded outrageous and crazy, but he wanted to experience it himself. While he was on the way home from his grandpa’s place, he was knocked unconscious and taken to the royal palace. He learns from there that Prince Talon Pande ...more
A really fun take on the old story of commoner-subs-in-for-missing royal/important personage. There's great dialogue, a lot of humor, and interesting characters. I really hope this becomes a series!!!
more humor than I expected!
I remember being very underwhelmed by this book.

But maybe that's only because of my inflated expectations.

The cover is killer. The reviews are pretty sparkly. It's in full color. It seems like a shoe-in for booktalks to middle schoolers.

And a consequence of taking this long to write my review is that I can't remember exactly what I didn't love about the book.

Maybe it was just that I didn't LOVE it.

The story is pretty unsurprising - I was expecting most of the twists and turns. And the reviewer
Brenda Lower
From my book review blog at:

Seifer Tombchewer is a darkling: a flying being that loves skullball (think flying soccer but more violent), likes his family alright, but sometimes wonders if there is more beyond his little village. Reading books is frowned upon by his father who loves sports, but it's how Seifer satisfies his curiosity. Dreaming of more, he practices his skullball skills, and visits his grandpa to read some more books.

Then one day he wakes up i
Not gonna lie, I picked this up because I liked the cover art.

I'm probably a bit old for the target demographic--it reads like it was written for children or young teens--but I enjoyed it nonetheless. It's set in a world inhabited by giant monsters and demonic-looking humanoids with names like "Euthanasia" and "Tombchewer". The main character, a nobody from a backwater town, is recruited as a stand-in for the Darkling prince when the prince goes missing.

The story is fairly lighthearted and doesn
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
Maybe I didn't look in the right place, but I haven't been able to find any confirmation on Chris Wooding's site that Pandemonium is the first volume of a series. [This was written before a comment on my blog pointed me towards info confirming that this was intended to be the first volume of a series, although it's not clear whether Scholastic will continue that series.] I hope it's not intended to be a standalone volume, because it really doesn't work as one. By the end of the volume, Prince Ta ...more
Rebecca Blackwell
I found out about this book not long after finishing the third book in Chris Wooding's Ketty Jay series, so it was perfect timing because I was feeling a little bereft! 8'D I haven't yet read Malice, Wooding's novel/comic combo, so I didn't know how successful his stories would be in comic form. I was pleasantly surprised.

'Pandemonium' is a classic tale of mistaken identity. It's not the most original idea, but with Wooding's twist on it, it works. It's not complex enough to have filled out a no
Lee Anne
Fast-paced graphic novel adventure with just a splash of romance. Seifer Tombchewer bears an uncanny likeness to the prince of Pandemonium, so when the prince goes missing, Seifer is kidnapped by the palace and instructed to take on the identity of Prince Talon. It's a pretty classic Prince & the Pauper-type storyline, (view spoiler)

What I find odd and a little less satisfying in
Lori Redman
Pandemonium tells the story of a young man named Seifer who must take the place of the Prince of Pandemonium.

It's told in a very gothic/vamp style, where all the main characters of this particular race have black wings, brooding eyes, and horns. One character chews on tombs and tries to kill his pets. Their names are things like "Euthanasia" and "Hypoxia". It's all very dark and brooding.

Seifer is an Aladdin-character, a rough-hewn commoner who is somehow able to pull off being royalty better th
Originally posted on my blog:

(5/5) Seifer Tombchewer has always dreamed of leaving his small town and exploring the outside world. One day, he's kidnapped and told that he must take Prince Talon's place, the Lord Defender of the Realm, as he has an uncanny resemble to the prince. Forced to do it, Seifer takes the responsibilities of Prince Talon, all the while trying not get discovered. The graphic novel was light and humorous and I really enjoyed reading t
Absolutely adorable and fun, though I believe this is due in large part to the fantastic art. Cassandra Diaz's style is lively and energetic, yet seemingly simple as well, with a subdued-but-easy-to-distinguish pallete. Nothing is too busy or too empty; the sometimes forced humor is carried completely by the characters' whimsical expressions and body postures. The action is great, the clothing designs attractive, faces are appealing...and I love looking at their hands and body positions!

The sto
4.5 stars

I don't know what to say. I've been in a graphic novels/manga/comics mood so I decided to pick this up and give it a try. Pandemonium was a delightful read full of humor, suspense, and action. I found myself engrossed in the story and the plot. Pandemonium had a "Prince and the Pauper" aspect to it but with some fantasy elements to it. The artwork isn't anything unique but good nonetheless. A quick read if you need a pick me up.
NYC Reads 365
"Seifer is the local skullball champion in the small town of Crowscale, enjoying his life and popularity. But the story begins when he is kidnapped to stand in for the prince, who has disappeared. Seifer enjoys some of the perks, but it isn’t easy to pretend to be a prince! This comic graphic novel will grab you with the details (Grandpa Tombchewer really does chew on tombstones) and the snarky dialogue will make you laugh out loud."
Kay Mcgriff
The world of Pandemonium is dark and full of secrets. Seifer Tombchewer is a hero in his small mountain village for playing skullball, but he longs to see what lies beyond. One day he gets his wish, but it is not at all what he expected. He has been kidnapped because he looks just like Prince Talon. Now he is to take the prince's place in order to fool the kingdom until the real prince can be found again. He knows nothing of royalty, but begins to make a better prince than the one who disappeare ...more
April Helms
This was a fun graphic novel, I hope there will be more. The story concentrates on Seifer, a star athlete in skullball in his tiny, provincial town. Seifer dreams of one day exploring the world outside his village. One day, his dream comes true. Sort of. Actually, he's kidnapped, dragged to a distant castle and told that he must impersonate the prince, who has gone missing, in order to keep some semblance of peace and order in the land. So Seifer now has to lead an army, deal with a sister, hand ...more
Seifer Tombechewer was tired of living in a remote mountain village, and yearned for adventure. The saying be careful what you wish for can certainly apply here, because Seifer received said adventure when he was kidnapped and brought to the royal palace. He just happens to look like Prince Talon, who is missing. If Prince Talon s absence is noticed by the wrong people, the realm could be thrown into chaos, so Seifer gets to fill in for the prince until he can be found. [return][return]This is a ...more
Seifer Tombchewer has got it all. He's the best-looking, most athletic guy around. He can out fly any opponent in Skullball (think Quidditch, but with wings instead of broomsticks). But he has never left his small mountain village, and has no idea that Prince Talon Pandemonium has gone missing, or that he (Seifer) is a dead ringer for the missing Prince. When palace goons kidnap him and bring him to the palace to act as a decoy, Seifer feels out of his depth. He will have to stay sharp to convin ...more
I was not a fan of this story. Now, I'm not a big manga/anime/comic book reader, but I'm usually pretty excited to come across one (though I might not intentionally seek one out unless it was written by a particular favorite author, Shannon Hale's Rapunzel's Revenge is a good example.) Bu still, I started this book with an open mind. The characters fell flat and I had a had time following the story. There were segments throughout the story where I felt like I had missed something, almost as if p ...more
Joseph Cumberworth
This is a book about a boy named Seifer who looks like the missing prince. He is kidnapped and force to act as the prince. It is mainly about his adventures and struggles with his new found position.

I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I thought it was well written and pretty funny, along with having some of the cool Japanese Manga feel that I really enjoy.
Pandemonium is a graphic novel with a fanciful and whimsical story. It is a light plot filled with humor, action, and good versus evil, showcasing an exaggerated writing style which makes the story even more fun to read. Seifer Tombchewer lives in a remote village, with little excitement except for him being captain of the local skullball team (think quidditch in Harry Potter). He is abducted and taken to fill in for Prince Talon Pandemonium, as the prince has gone missing and Seifer is a ringer ...more
Plot: I felt a little thrown into the story too fast. I expect graphic novels to progress quickly, but I felt like this one had too much all at once. I liked the idea of the plot, but it didn't work timing wise. It's a story also that has been done quite a bit.

Characters: Seifer is an interesting character, but falls quickly into the heartthrob and now prince of the realm. He's a little too like a Mary Sue, does everything that is righteous and is appreciated for it right off the bat. Seifer qui
Rebecca Ann
This is a graphic novel most likely to appeal to middle school and high school boys, although I'm sure some girls could enjoy it as well. The only part of it I really enjoyed was the colorful plum and indigo themed artwork, though almost everyone has the exact same facial construction. The jokes and plot felt a little incoherent and random throughout. This would be a good read alike for fans of Blood Lad, Vol. 1, Soul Eater, Vol. 01, and Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1
GAAAHHH WHEN WILL THE NEXT BOOK COME OUT???!!!! I loveloveLOVED the first one, so much I went out and bought a second copy, one for friends to read (it gets beat up a bit) and another for myself. XD Chris Wooding, you are a genius, a rock-solid genius. <3

(I've read it like, 20 times.)
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Chris Wooding grew up in a small town in Leicestershire, where not much of anything happened. So he started to write novels. He was sixteen when he completed his first. He had an agent by eighteen. By nineteen he had signed his first book deal. When he left university he began to write full-time, and he has been doing it professionally all his adult life.

Now thirty-two, Chris has written sixteen b
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