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The army of Persia - a force so vast it shakes the earth with its march - is poised to crush Greece, an island of reason and freedom in a sea of mysticism and tyranny

Standing between Greece and this tidal wave of destruction is a tiny detachment of but three hundred warriors.

But these warriors are more than men… they are SPARTANS.

300 is a story of war and defiance as only

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Hardcover, 1st edition, 117 pages
Published August 1999 by Dark Horse Books (first published 1998)
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Yi-Sheng
Christ. This is crazy. Sparta's described as having this nightmarish culture where children are left out to die of exposure, men are ritually abused by each other to demonstrate toughness, the disabled are rejected in spite of their potential skills because they fail to fit into the military system, and international law is null and void (this is madness! No one kills a messenger! This is Sparta!).

And yet Frank Miller would have us believe they're better than the cultured Athenians (who're habit
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Mhmd.
A radical adaptation of actual history, retold by Frank Miller through an eccentric artwork of knotty illustrations and vibrant colours. I must say that the ridiculous periods of time spent on a single page, just gawking at both recto and verso, is noteworthy too.
Brooke
300 was alright, I suppose. I definitely came in with negative preconceptions after reading quite a few criticisms of the movie. In the end, though, the book was just a highly stylized telling of a fable. The story was more important than the characters, and it was interesting for the 20 minutes it took me to read it.
Sam Quixote
Though I'm a Frank Miller fan, back in 2006 I somehow hadn't heard of his book "300" so I went to see Zack Snyder's film first - and it completely blew me away. Maybe because I hadn't read Miller's book or seen anything about the film beforehand, but the film was shot in such a highly stylised way and the story was so utterly engrossing, that I couldn't get it out of my head and is probably one of my favourite films ever. Needless to say once I found out it was based on Miller's book I sought it ...more
Dave Johnson
i saw the movie first and absolutely loved it, and after seeing it, i really wanted to read this. there's no real contrast between the two--they're virtually identical. but if you like graphic novels at all, this is a must-have. i have to say, rarely have i seen a graphic novel where the art takes center stage. sure there are comics with good art interspersed within the pages, but the art in this is just other-worldly. it's simply beautiful.

some of the complaints i've seen about this is that it
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Felisberto Barros
“Isto é Esparta!”

Os valores a cultivar são a honra e a glória. Não existem outras opções. A Lei Espartana tem que cumprida, deve ser cumprida como se de fado divino se tratasse: um espartano nunca recua, um espartano nunca desiste, um espartano só luta pela vitória ou pela morte gloriosa. Não é opção, não é democracia ateniense, não é disso que se trata: isto é Esparta.
Keely
Fun and exciting. A worthwhile story to be told, though the omission of the Thespians and other abuses of artistic license mark the fault of Miller's sensationalism. Like the four-color comics before him, Miller takes archetypes and symbols and drives them full throttle to the epic, gun-blazing climax. Unfortunately, character and emotion suffer. This is not quite the liability that it could have been, as the Epic tradition is often purposefully guilty of the same and 300 fits into this traditio ...more
Chris
Much like the movie, the graphic novel from which it was inspired has very little character development. The only character you get to know at all, in fact, is Leonidas. But though it does make it slightly less interesting, I can forgive that seeing as how this is more a parable about freedom and honor than an actual novel. But as a parable, it works pretty well.

Much like The Fountainhead, if you saw the movie, you don't really need to read the book. The only difference between movie and book i
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Kelly
Animalistic (yes, I was a dork and used a "New Moon" word. Guess they are trying to be fancy now). [image error]

Rendered beautifully, but not really appropriate for those tenderhooks.

I am not easily persuaded to "waste" my time with comic books as I have been so taught. But there is much to distinguish between it being a time waster, and a glut feast for the mind's eye. It is not going to be made stronger by flipping billboards.
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Processing billboards as art might take some practic
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Nada Elfeituri
Brilliant. Masterful.
Okay, so I may have a penance for comics. A well-told story paired with bold artwork is undeniably one of the greatest expressions of art, in my opinion.
300 tells the story of 300 Spartan soldiers as they defend their land from invading Persians. It is a retelling of the battle of Thermopylae.
There's only one major character here, King Leonidas, although I guess you could count his entire Spartan army as one collective character (I did).
In literary terms, this would be co
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Tancredi
Non so perché ho aspettato così tanto a (ri)leggere 300 e a recensirlo una buona volta.
Ad ogni modo. Non che a farlo anni fa sarebbe cambiato, perché la fama di 300 è esplosa con l'uscita del film e da allora tutti ne parlano e dicono la loro.
Dunque ne parlo anch'io. Leggendo 300 ho sempre faticato a scollarmi di dosso la spocchia dello storico, pronto a scrutare e criticare ogni infinitesimale inesattezza storica. Frank Miller ci va molto, molto vicino, ma della vicenda della guerra persiana e
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Damien
After all this time since the movie came out, people are still going on about controversies that I don't think even exist. So I decided to actually read the graphic novel. The art is not that good, and of course, neither is the story. In fact, the movie enhanced any redeeming quality that this had a few times over.
R.J. Astruc
This book is excellent if you need something to prop your computer up on if you're using it in bed and don't want the fan to get smothered by blankets.

I do not believe it has any other redeeming qualities.
Idle Hippo
THE ORDER IS GIVEN
THE BATTLE FLUTES PLAY
TO VICTORY --
...WE CHARGE

Steve Magay
300 is an awesome example of a fruitful research of a story and the glory that comes with it. It's well researched. In a writer's perspective, the trick is get those fine and interesting details and use it for the story. And Miller did just that. Though there are some minor inaccuracies by Miller to portray a more colorful story with entertaining twists and plots. I did my own research and it all matches down to the very details. My doubts led me to this research, thinking this story is too cool ...more
Melanie Rose Meadors
I really liked Miller's art combined with Varley's colors--they played well off each other's strengths. Dark, gritty, sarcastic. All the things I love about Frank Miller. Leonidas is portrayed as a sympathetic hero. Not for the faint of heart, yet what Miller work is? I read this both before and after the movie came out (years apart, in both cases). I think the movie is an excellent adaptation, but I really appreciated the portrayal of Ephialtes in the graphic novel, the little nuances that make ...more
Stefan Yates
I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I thought that I’d read the book before I went to see it. Of course, since it’s a graphic novel, is was a fairly quick read. The art work is very different from comic book art that I am accustomed to. A muted color scheme really helps to set the tone for the book and great use of action move the story along without the need for a ton of dialog. Frank Miller definitely has his own style, a couple of times he lost me in what was going on, but after turning back a f ...more
Gaijinmama
Wow. Frank Miller, where have you been all my life?!
This story is dark and devastating, with just enough sarcastic humor to make it bearable. The artwork is incredible. In fact, I just happened to go to an art exhibit with tons of Greek urns and sculpture from The British Museum, and I'd say these pictures could be on an amphora. Simple, striking, minimal,and yet there is minute attention to detail.

King Leonidas and his doomed troop of Spartan warriors will haunt me for a very long time. (It do
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Kathleen
Nov 14, 2011 Kathleen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all who like graphic novels, action, comics, and "smart" graphic novels
Read it all in one sitting in the library and it is amazing. Huge gnarly illustrations, brutal subject matter, and lots of naked guys. I was thinking while reading, that the book seems to reveal a fascination with Sparta and what it represents to the author: an extremely more brutal and difficult world & society than our own. After reading this, I couldn't help but feel, for a little while, that I'm living in a comparatively wimpy society and that we have comparatively easy lives, compared w ...more
Brian
The art is mediocre, the writing: kinda bad when you get right down to it, the history: seems the authors did enough research not to let all nuance of the story escape them, but the then decided to ignore the other aspects for the sake of the story or just pure didn't know better. I found this stance on research rather odd but it is what it is. Not bad, overall, and doesn't take much time to get through. What really stands out is the layout. The layout of the frames and the way the story is pict ...more
Stanley
I want to give this book 6 stars, but they don't have an more than 5.

I loved this book. It was a fun, gorgeous experience and for the right person, could be the perfect introduction into comics.

You have the story, based at its core on the real Battle of Thermopylea, turned up to 11 with epic stories of childhood initiation, "political maneuvering", and battle that include some embellishment and tweaking of the facts.

However, this book isn't about facts, its about how a group of people stood tog
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Lisa Feld
This is one of those rare books that's both extremely good and extremely off-putting. The art is incredible, evocative, with several panels I'd love to stare at for an hour, unpacking all the detail, the movements, the perspective hidden in Miller's deceptively crude style. And the prose style is excellent, the measured beats of battle and suspense interspersed with longer, lyrical passages.

That being said, there is little character development. Miller is his usual offensive self here, with ster
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Ross Cordle
The graphic novel 300 surely lives up to its name as "graphic". In this epic novel, the story of 300 spartans is told as if they could have beaten the persians alone. 300 spartans managed to kill 30,000 persians well thats the true history that this novel was based off of. The author frank miller did a good job of making me want to keep reading this novel. Although the story is about half true and half fantasy, like giant elephants, I would still call it somewhat historical. The movie 300 made t ...more
Urpo Lankinen
"We march. From dear Lakonia. From sacred Sparta. We march. For honor's sake. For glory's sake. We march."

This is an artful tale about the Battle of Thermopylai in 480 BCE. 300 Spartans and a few hundred thousand other Greeks faced hundreds of thousands of Persians. After some particularly legendary resistance, the Spartans finally fell. The Persians proceeded to invade Greece, but the bodycount in Persian side in this particular fight gave the Greeks a pretty good idea that they can totally be
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Tom Lyle
Visually stunning. While Frank Miller's writing and art have degraded more and more in the last decade, 300 has some poetic language and stylish art which makes sense in this book, and doesn't come off as pretentious a la "The Dark Knight Strikes Again". Some people do criticize 300's unsympathetic depiction of the Persians and some ideas which may be considered in favour of right-wing politics, but this is a book about Ancient Greeks, so they would have fascist beliefs at this time, and not nec ...more
Amjad Badenjki
September 18, 2014

300 is a really nice book. This book is about a movie that is made about Spartans. The Spartans is a powerful army with a really powerful leader fighting for Greece. Another reason this book is really good is because its not a chapter book its a comic. Most of the people love to read comics. Therefore, this is why I think 300 is a nice comic and recommend you to read it.

The Spartans has a really strong leader. Their leader is called Sparta and he isn't afraid of anything. When
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Felixthecat
It’s the story from Spartans. There was a king whose name was leonis. He went to train as a soldier from when he was 7. So became a very mighty soldier and became a king in Sparta. When he became a king suddenly the people from Persian came and demanded the earth (land) and water. At that time the Persian was the strongest country so everybody must follow what the Persian says. But the mighty king in Spartan didn’t obey their demand. So the war between Persian and Spartan has begun. The Persian ...more
Finbar
Mar 08, 2007 Finbar rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: comic book fans, pop culture freaks
This is a well written book. I remember when it was in shops and being toted as "the new Frank Miller book." The art is typical Miller; stylized 2-page spreads blending the world of fantasy and "reality" with stark contrast and vivid colors. I quite enjoyed the comics and I am looking forward to seeing this one translated on the silver screen.
Inder Suri
" Come back with your shield, or on it. "


I am not really a graphic-novel fanatic but I do appreciate great artwork. This book here is really good. Very well crafted Visual art. All the locations and characters are perfectly drawn. The dialogues are very well written too.
Brian Dickerson
A beautiful book. I love the wide format. I felt that it was more of a movie viewing than a read. The storyline was not overly verbose which lead me to focus on the art even more. I'm going against the average review with a full five stars. Very well done.
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Frank Miller is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. He is one of the most widely-recognized and popular creators in comics, and is one of the most influential comics creators of his generation. His most notable works include Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Batman Year One and 300.

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