New Spring: the Graphic Novel
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New Spring: the Graphic Novel (The Wheel of Time - Graphic Novels 0)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  1,210 ratings  ·  65 reviews
In the last few years before his death, Robert Jordan worked closely with Chuck Dixon and Mike Miller on the graphic adaptation of New Spring.

The eight full-color issues of New Spring, released between 2005 and 2010, tell the story of the search for the infant Dragon Reborn and of the adventures of Moiraine Damodred, a young Aes Sedai, and Lan Mandragoran, the uncrowned k
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Tor Books (first published 2010)
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Lauren
Feb 05, 2011 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Wheel of Time fans
Shelves: fantasy, comics
Overall this is a really decent conversion of New Spring into a graphic novel. For the first seven chapters the artwork is just beautiful, almost making up for the crappy TOR cover art of the Wheel of Time, and in general the story was converted with care. I most definitely enjoyed reading this novel.

HOWEVER, I don't know what happened with chapter eight, but suddenly the artwork was shit and the typos in the text went through the roof. I'm being hyperbolic but the decrease in quality really was...more
Shannon
For the most part I felt like this was a really great adaptation of the novel. I loved the detail and faithful retelling. The first 7 chapters had fantastic art and I loved seeing some of my favorite characters and favorite institution of the series put into visual form. Unfortunately the 8th chapter is done by a different design team and it really shows. It's not the worst art I've seen (it's better than some of the Buffy season 8 stuff) but it detracts from the great 7 chapters before it. I kn...more
Emily
I received this book through goodreads first-reads.

Okay it's really hard for me to judge this graphic novel, so I will do my best to be fair.

For one, I found this to be a very confusing read. And that might just be my ADHD talking, but there is SO MUCH going on all at once, it was very difficult for me to get a lot of this straight. I would need a long time to try to explain everything to someone else.

I would have found the illustrated guide to characters and meanings a lot more helpful if it...more
Michelle M
Loved it! New Spring is the prequel to the Wheel of Time massive series, and here it got graphic novel treatment, with full input from the author, Robert Jordan, before he died. I loved finally seeing Tar Valon, the White Tower, Dragonmount and many other reference points from the novels. Lots of "tasteful" nudity (no nipples!) which was distracting but very true to the books.

Also fun to see major players from the end of the series appearing as novices and bit players. Kind of ominous to realize...more
Earl Grey Tea
I bought this graphic novel a long time ago and just finally got around to reading it. I am a big fan of The Wheel of Time series and thought that it was a neat idea that they brought the story to this medium.

Movie directors have to make a lot of hard decisions when they adapt the book into a movie. The authors of this book had to do the same thing. As someone who has read all of the books, I was able to follow the story quite well. If I, however, had never heard of the Wheel of Time series befo...more
Margot
I didn't actually enjoy the original version of New Spring, so I'm not sure why I wanted to read the graphic novel other than for a masochistic need for thoroughness. From page one, the graphic novel adaptation promised no improvement but looked like it was provisioning up to be worse than the original.

The graphic novel adaptation poses similar challenges to that of a movie adaptation. The form relies on visuals and dialogue, with little opportunity for direct exposition. The New Spring graphic...more
Gonzalo
I liked it better than the Eye of the World Graphic Novel. Probably because I didn't read New Spring.
Jonas Skoglund
As true to the original story as a graphic novel could be. A nice adaptation!
Ranting Dragon
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On January 18, Tor released a trade paperback graphic novel of the comic adaption of New Spring, the prequel to Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time. As a huge fan of Jordan’s series, I just had to get my hands on New Spring: The Graphic Novel.

The story of New Spring was first released in 1998 as a short story in the anthology Legends: Stories By The Masters of Modern Fantasy. Later, it was turned into a short novel, published in 2004, which was supposed to b...more
Anna
Jun 18, 2012 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
Won on Goodreads in June 2012.

Apparently this was based on a novel, one that I have not read. To start off we are given a very basic background and then thrown right into the story. The rule of "show, don't tell" is ignored in this comic. Much of the information is told to us via text boxes rather than imagery. There are a lots of characters that are not given any depth; they simply appear to disappear. Many events are not well explained.

The focus appears to be on Moiraine, but then it shifts t...more
Brittany
I thought this was a good adaption of New Spring. I have to say that I loved the artwork for the first six chapters, but the last two, what happened? It have to have been a different artist, and many of the pages were dark and it was hard to tell the difference between all the dark haired women. At one point I thought Moiraine was Lady Edeyn. I thought the ending was abrupt, but having read New Spring, I knew what happened, but if you aren't familiar with Jordan, you may be confused. I throughly...more
Jonathan
The graphic novel edition of New Spring was beautifully and masterfully done. As a recent (3 years) fan of Robert Jordan's work with the entire series of the Wheel of Time New Spring as a novel on its own stands as one of my least favourite works in the series. It lacks for me the epic nature of the other novels even though it provides a little interesting background information.

I think I liked the graphic novel version far more than the text version. Which is of course a rarity to me. I general...more
Christina
Decided it was time to try the Wheel of Time series. This is the prequel, written after many of the other books had been written but set before. The world set up was great, the characters compelling, and I enjoyed the premise. Some of the implied promiscuity was out of place, however.

I've since read the first book in the series and I think the prequel may have spoiled it somewhat because I knew what to focus on and it was just better written.
Michael Culbertson
While it was certainly interesting to see some of Moiraine and Siuane's life as Accepted and newly raised Aes Sedai, I felt this prequel lacked a certain something of Jordan's other books in the series. It was almost as if the plot was as mature as the protagonist—adult, but only just and perhaps a bit too big for their breeches (skirts?). Not a bad book, but certainly not reflective of Jordan's usual phenomenal work.
Magila
Artwork consistency!

Many have made mention of this, but I do not know how better to say it than to "vote with my feet." Or fingers.

The adaptation was good. The first half of the book had beautiful artwork. Than it got worse. Than it got bad. It was a travesty.

It was my first Wheel of Time experience, and I enjoyed the characters and storyline. Robert Jordan was as consumed by his world as Martin, Tolkien, or any of the other fantasy authors of whom you may be aware. The book deserved a 4, or 5...more
Layne
Before this graphic novel adaption I had only read The Eye of the World. That was enough to get a sense of Robert Jordan's style; the style which is lacking in this version of New Spring. The Wheel of Time's complexity was misrepresented and watered down to a less interesting lore.

In addition, the art-style was mediocre and inconsistent. The last chapter did not seem to be finished.
Geoff Cox
Eh. I think this graphic novel stayed pretty true to it's source material. I just didn't find the artwork that appealing. Felt repetitious in places. It's just average. I enjoyed the beginning artwork the most before the story moved out of the White Tower.
Laura
No he leído la novela así que no puedo comparar, pero me ha gustado y los dibujos están muy bien, detallados y con muchas sombras (especialmente me han gustado los vestidos de las Aes Sedai y el pelo de algunas). En cuanto al dibujo, el estilo cambia en los dos últimos capítulos, pero sigue siendo bonito.
Alguna cosa igual queda un poco "menos entendible" que si se leyera, pero en el glosario ilustrado que incluye esta edición se pueden resolver muchas dudas. Además incluye e-mails que mandó Robe...more
Megan
Well that was nostalgic, if not terribly well done.

Actually, I think WOT could really prosper from being entirely translated into graph novels. It cuts most of the overly wordy bits and makes it a little easier to stay focused on the story. (Granted this may be because we're only following 2 characters and not 364893163820 characters!)

The artwork is surprisingly well done and represents the world so much better than any previous illustrations. That alone makes this one worth a read if your a f...more
Kaimei
I enjoyed this graphic novel adaptation of New Spring ... at least up until the final chapters when the artwork jarringly changed. The first chapters were very well drawn; I really got into the story, and saw an exciting glimpse of what a film or TV adaptation of The Wheel of Time could look like. Too bad about those final chapters. The bonus material, especially a sample of Robert Jordan's email instructions to the production team, is fascinating; he really knew his world down to the smallest d...more
James
Now I don't need to read the book. Good introduction to the series but just too many characters to make it easy to follow.
Robert W. Leonard
I liked this, but it had many parts that just didn't work for me. The story started off at a nice, slow pace (like the books), but quickly became more and more rushed toward an abrupt ending. The book does the same to a degree, but not as much I thought. There are also parts where the dialogue is confusing or just didn't represent the characters (again, more so toward the end). Still, it was neat to see a visual interpretation to the series. It would be great to see the rest. The artwork is beau...more
Neal
Maybe it was because I just finished the novel of this, but it seemed really disjointed. If I had not just read the novel I think I would have been lost. It was nice to see some visualizations of some of the places and characters, but the drawings were a bit of the superhero type with exaggerated muscles and breasts.

The thing I liked best was the inclusion at the end of emails from Jordan giving input on the initial drafts. I would have been nicer if some of those drafts were included as well, b...more
Steven
A fun look back at the story of Lan and Moraine. I enjoyed it.
Ryan Greer
Ugh... I thought it would be interesting to revisit the world of The Wheel of Time, especially in a new format, but this particular graphic novel was painful to get through. Perhaps I've been jaded by reading really artistic and well drawn examples such as Watchmen and Habibi, but it just felt like New Spring was rushed.

I think I'm done with the Wheel of Time. I tried so hard, and really wanted the see the series through from beginning to end, but I'll just wait until they make it into an HBO se...more
Jeffrey
My first graphic novel attempt and I was really impressed. The artwork must have changed midway thru the novel because the last 1/4 of the book was much inferior in the artwork. I did enjoy seeing how characters were captured in artwork and I found it very fun to read through as the main important points were the ones focused on. I could see how some really great scenes were diminished without the description that Robert Jordan is so good at but I think I'm going to read a few more graphic novel...more
Halik
Comic book take on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time prequel New Spring. The artwork is great. but thats about the best i an say about this one. The script only sticks to the bare skeletons of the original story and misses a lot of its nuance and subtlety. Yes, the original is a big book, but i'm sure a better effort could have been made. And the last issue (chapter 8), whats up with that? The artwork is messed up and there are even spelling mistakes in the script. tsk tsk indeed.
Aster
Probably better if you've read the actual novel, which I have not. I'm guessing a lot of the good stuff is in discovering these two characters and watching their relationship develop, but that's not where the graphic novel spends its energy.
It was nice to dip back into this world in a low-investment way, but this suffered from underdeveloped characters and overly-involved plotting. And the art change for the las chapter really is jarring.
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reilly.

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to...more
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