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Ender's Game, Volume 1: Battle School (Ender's Saga (Graphic Novels))

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There's a war coming. The same aliens who almost destroyed Earth once are coming back to get the whole job done this time. But we aren't going to just sit and die. The international military is taking our best and brightest to mold them into the finest military minds ever - and they're taking them young. 8-year-old Ender Wiggin is the best they've ever found. Can he save ...more
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 128 pages
Published July 29th 2009 by Marvel (first published 2009)
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No bookshelf for graphic novels...should probably start one. I LOVE Ender's Game, even tho it took me years of foot-dragging to finally agree to try it. Ender is such a conflicted little boy -- cold-blooded, soft-hearted, and a genius like none other. Is he 'the one' to save the world? The adults behind the scenes of Battle School are trying to find out. They try by challenging him, attempting to break him, isolating him, making him hated by all the other kids...all to see if he is the one.

My he
Nov 06, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it
This graphic novel is a great addition to any library - students (especially students who are adverse to reading) will love it. The main essence of the story is kept, as well as some of the original wording/quotes, and some of the introductions from the chapters - which I feel is a great addition.

However, students who truly loved the original novel will likely be disappointed. I only gave this novel 3 stars because, for me, it's like a book that has been turned into a movie and does not quite m
A nice rendering of Ender's time just before Battle School and then during part of the engagement. Artwork is crisp and efficiently used. People who have not read the novels may be a bit lost as this doesn't lay down enough backstory but does just fine for those who have read the book. Overall, solid good to very good work.

ARTWORK:B to B plus; DIALOGUE/CHARACTERS: B to B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B; SETTING/TONE: B plus; WHEN READ: early to mid May 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.
May 16, 2015 Stephen rated it really liked it
Andrew Wiggin is only a young boy, but in the eyes of his world’s leaders, he may be humanity’s only hope. Decades ago, Earth was ravaged by invasions of swarming insect-like creatures and fought them off only by the skin of its teeth. What made the difference was superior command ability – a man who performed a miracle, a virtual inheritor of Alexander the Great. Although the skies have been silent since, all Earth knows that somewhere in the depths must be another insectoid fleet, a third ...more
Hungry Monster
Mar 12, 2013 Hungry Monster rated it really liked it
The art direction in this book is great. Each scene had its own color scheme which really gave you the feel that the environment changes from scene to scene. The most exciting part is seeing the scenes you remember from the novel. Some of the more dramatic pieces of art come out when showing the giant in the game. This was one scene that I could was better than my imagination. A small issue I had with the art was that sometimes they would leave characters eye's completely undrawn. I think the ...more
Matt Cavert
Apr 22, 2011 Matt Cavert rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I would consider this Graphic Novel to be a companion piece to the novel Ender's Game. I don't see how you could understand some of the action and images if you have not also read the novel.
So as a stand alone Graphic Novel I wouldn't rate it to high, there are too many pieces of information and ideas that have been cut out, or are hiding in the back ground of images.
That being said, as a companion piece, it is very good. There are plenty of little things that make this a joy to read and admire.
Chloe Keat Wilson
Sep 25, 2014 Chloe Keat Wilson rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book because it was the only book on the prize-winners list that I had some interest in.

A character I found interesting was Peter, Ender's brother. I really disliked Peter because of how ignorant and jealous he was of Ender. Peter was jealous because he wasn't selected for battle school and for not being as smart as his brother. Peter is power crazy and wants to be top of everything, and his anger only increased when Ender got higher and higher ranked.

A quote I found inter
Nov 08, 2013 Vincent rated it it was amazing
Amazing read! While a Sci-Fi book, Orson Scott doesn't care to confuse us with "tech talk" and prefer to show us the development of a child genius in the Battle School.
Michelle Spaul
Nov 18, 2016 Michelle Spaul rated it it was amazing
When I go to see a movie based on a book that I know, I generally re-read the book. So seeing the trailer for Ender’s game was a siren song. This is one of my favourite books and I wanted to remember why I love it and to tell you about it. I wasn’t disappointed and hope you won’t be either.

The first published version of Ender’s Game was a short story in 1977; sometime after that Orson Scott Card wrote a book called the Speaker for the Dead. Ender is the hero of this book and Card wrote the novel
May 30, 2015 Crj rated it did not like it
I noticed that Ender’s Game is high on every sci-fi book top ten list, so I thought I should see why everyone likes it so much and give it a read. However after reading it, I can only say that I am amazed it isn’t on most people’s top ten least liked Science Fiction book lists. I can’t tell you how much I despised this book, and for many reasons.

At first, I was fairly shocked at all the clearly homophobic insults the boys make to each other. But, boys will be boys, right? And is it coincidence t
Marcos Ninataype
May 05, 2014 Marcos Ninataype rated it it was amazing
Enders game is both a adventurous and captivating book. It tells the story of a young boy name Andrew Wiggs, also know as "Ender", who lives in a futuristic world. Having been invaded twice before, by what are commonly know as "Buggers", Earth now prepares their smartest children to take the position of commander if ever a third invasion came. Every child goes through a series of tests since birth and are constantly being evaluated to see which ones the government cuts loose or keeps in the ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Jay rated it liked it
This book was fun. I was reading it to a 12 year old, and we were actually both able to enjoy this, though I'm not sure they understood everything.

Ender is really loveable, don't let the name put you off. He's basically the world's smartest six year old (no seriously, he's probably smarter than me - than I am - than me...) And it's his mission to fight the aliens, the "Buggers". Again, don't let the name put you off. Obviously the author was not a Brit.

I liked the gang's scenes when they are al
Dudley Danes
Sep 30, 2012 Dudley Danes rated it liked it
This was difficult to rate. Like most who pick this graphic novel up, I read and LOVED the original book series. It's actually one of the few I've read multiple times and the only one I recommend consistently to friends. Now they're in post production on the movie version and I can't wait!

I picked this up at the library in order to get a visual on some of Card's original ideas and to remind myself of certain characters so I can match them to faces on IMDB. It started out feeling a bit empty to m
Sep 02, 2016 Jacki rated it it was ok
Summary: In response to alien attacks, the government is recruiting talented children to lead the military against future strikes. Ender Wiggins is thought to potentially have the right mixture of qualities for effective leadership against the aliens, so he is enrolled in Battle School, where combat maneuvers and psychological probing make up the majority of the curriculum.

Verdict: Meh.

I should preface my comments by admitting that I have never read the novel, so I'm not biased in that regard. I
Apr 09, 2015 Valana rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Ender's game. I thought the writing was really good. Its a unique idea unlike any other book I've ever read. I felt like it really captured the concept of a school full of boys that age very accurately. Because I am in middle school I see and hear a lot of the same things going on. This made it very easy for me to relate to the book. However the book is not just about the gross lives of young boys , no its much deeper than that. Though the boys ( and girls) in battle school show ...more
Jan 14, 2014 Mersal rated it really liked it
Ender's Game scripted by Christopher Yost and written by Orson Scott Card is an unpaged story of a young boy who is training to protect his civilization. Ender lived with his parents, his malicious brother and his loving sister before General Graff recruited him to Battle School. At Battle School Ender was one of the best and progressed faster than anybody else. He was a very good at what he did and was extremely determined to do so. Teachers watched him very carefully by monitoring and ...more
Feb 01, 2011 Trudi rated it liked it
I enjoyed this for many reasons, nostalgia being one and for the simple reason Ender's Game is one of my favorite novels of all time (if you haven't read it, I would highly recommend that you do). This is a decent adaptation, but woefully abridged from the source material. There's so much left out it's only made me want to go back and re-read the novel (so for that I'm giving it three stars).

The growing trend to adapt classic novels into this format is one I'm on board with -- it's like waiti
Apr 15, 2011 Quentin rated it it was amazing
Ender's Game follows the story of Anthony "Ender" Wiggin, the world's smartest six-year old, as he enters Battle School and later Command School in order to win the third war with an alien race known as the "Buggers." (Good thing the author isn't British) This book was interesting, as it presents many various aspects of the human condition while also showing the effect of battle school and the isolation purpously used on Ender to make him a better killer. (Not like he has trouble in that ...more
Jack Joslin
Jun 09, 2015 Jack Joslin rated it it was amazing
I recently read Ender’s Game by Christopher Yost. Ender is a young boy and he is selected for battle school to learn to fight the aliens who will attack Earth. I read this book because I enjoy Sci-Fi stories especially having to do with space.

Ender's Game is the story of a young boy chosen to be Earth's next leader and savior, The cost of Earth's safety is his own childhood. Ender's Game is the story of Ender's upbringing on stations in space, living and training with other gifted children every
Aug 28, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This one is a tough call for me; I had tried to read the regular novel several several years ago and gave up on it (TOO MUCH violence, hate, language, and just plain horribleness of it all), but somehow reading it in graphic novel format, I was able to get through this. It still sickened and repulsed me, but I could see the purpose, the drive, behind it.

What would I do to survive? What if I thought there was no other way?

These are dangerous questions with dangerous answers. To think that I would
Aug 29, 2014 fennie rated it liked it
ender's game has got to be one of my favorite books/series of all time, so obviously i was ecstatic when i found out that marvel was going to do a comic book series based on it. that said, i was thoroughly underwhelmed.

it was really great to see the mind game and battle room and even all of the kids from a comic book perspective, but what was lacking is the story-telling. the actual book is so gripping and emotional and tense and i didn't feel any of that. there is also minimal character develo
Neville Ridley-smith
Aug 25, 2016 Neville Ridley-smith rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I liked the book and the movie, so I'm not reviewing this with regards to the story - Ender's Game was great!

I'm looking at this as an adaptation.

And it's very average.

For parts of it, the story comes through quite well. And in other parts, it jumps too rapidly without explaining enough. If I read this without knowing the story, I'd be confused in places.

As for the art, it's a mixed bag. Scenery is done quite well, though crucial things like the arena aren't conceptualised very well. And the col
Very solid conversion of Ender's Game into graphic novel. You should know going into this book that unlike the Formic Wars comic, this one is not an extension of the story by an actual adaptation or the original. Therefore, it is a giant spoiler if you haven't read the original. But it's only the first half of the book.

As a graphic novel, it was solid. Marvel really does a good job of converting beloved books into graphic novels. The illustrations and ink are done well, both crisp and kid-frien
Sep 02, 2011 Breck rated it liked it
Overall I thought the comic was well-done. It was a nice review of the first half of Ender's Game and I loved the art. The story started off strong then bounced around a lot and would have only made sense to someone who read the book, but mostly impressed by the illustrations. My favorite pages were the early scenes when Ender was in school and his struggle with Peter, and later the action that takes place in the Battle Room.

A link to some of the art:
Valentine, Peter and Ender
May 22, 2012 John rated it did not like it
Terrible ... this is like the Cliff's Notes version of Ender's Game, with 1/2 the events and 1/200 the effect of reading the original. Additionally, the art is bad--the characters all look too alike, the visual grammar is clumsy; the action is depicted in too few panels, frequently making it a chore to decipher what's going on; and for some reason Marvel decided all the drawings of people needed to look like photographs with Photoshop's "plastic wrap" filter laid over them.

Maybe read this book (
Hernan Figueroa
Apr 29, 2015 Hernan Figueroa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recomendados
Este es uno de esos libros que podría leer una y otra vez. Es de esos que dejan ganas de querer saber más y más sobre el mundo que se muestra entre las paginas.

Creo que no se puede decir mucho más de lo que ya se ha dicho de este libro. Es una obra de arte de la ciencia ficción.

Cosas que puedes aprender de este libro: De todo. Desde el uso del lenguaje, hasta cuan profundos deben llegar a ser tus personajes como para que todos los que lean sientan una conexión con cada uno de los participantes
Nov 05, 2013 Spencer rated it liked it
This was a pretty true adaptation of the book, albeit truncated, but it merely reminded me of why I am unimpressed with comics in general. I didn't like the artwork (some of which even seemed to conflict with the book, albeit in minor ways) and is it just me or is it always tough to figure out what the heck is going on in a comic? As in, who says what, which comes first (when they are not in a top-bottom or left-right order)? Ah, well.

And apparently "bugger" is no longer a good term, they are no
Oct 31, 2012 Paul rated it it was ok
Having read the actual novel, I believe that this book loses much of the wonder, suspense and conflict that is present in Orson Scott Card's award-winning novel. Furthermore, much of the story is left out. I know that brevity is key in this genre, but as an adaptation of the actual story, I believe that many vital components are left out, and if someone who hasn't read "Ender's Game" were to read this instead, I highly doubt that they would fully appreciate it.
The story often just skips scenes w
I loved the book version of "Ender's Game," I think that they've done a great job with the graphic novel. A lot of the details of the book are cut out, but the essentials are there and it seems to flow well. It's translates well visually and I loved seeing all of the battles come to life. For me, the bottom line is that "Ender's Game" is a great story about the human race and the lengths we will go to in order to protect ourselves from real and perceived threats, and I'll probably enjoy it in ...more
Shelby Ochoa
Jun 23, 2015 Shelby Ochoa rated it really liked it
this book is captivating with the writing and description of how the world is. a war that happened a long time ago that we are preparing to be sure is done. The coordination and meticulous planning makes you so confused as to how it is constructive yet at the end you are surprised and amazed as to the cohesion. I loved it. However their is a secondary ending and story to this that I feel is unnecessary and takes away from the true ending. It takes away the good feeling you would have had and ...more
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