What really drew me to this book was the cover art. Initially this is what turned me off, because it looked similar to Assassin's Creed and I figuredWhat really drew me to this book was the cover art. Initially this is what turned me off, because it looked similar to Assassin's Creed and I figured it was tied to this game. But the art kept drawing me back every time I saw it in a store and I finally took a chance on it.
It was slightly disturbing to be rooting for a character who is an assassin. For the most part you can see the reasons for his actions, but there are a few scenes that make you question his character. But in the end you can see he carries the burden of these actions, but is trying to be a better person. Still leaves you with a slightly uneasy feeling.
It was interesting how the slow play of magic in this story made it seem more special. I'm not sure if this is a trend recently, but I've noticed a few stories that don't introduce magic until later in the story. It seems a way to get you invested in the more familiar, mundane world first then add magic as a way to ramp things up.
I like the world building here and the story. Lots of upheaval and it was interesting to see all the threads come together (or almost together). Great set up for the next book....more
The story of the Emporer's master? Sign me up. The prologue started with the Emporer which immediately takes you into the world of the movies. Then itThe story of the Emporer's master? Sign me up. The prologue started with the Emporer which immediately takes you into the world of the movies. Then it flashes back and the story of Darth Plagueis begins......more
**spoiler alert** It's hard to judge what characters fit into the Star Wars universe outside of the movies. Some of these at first glance were a bit j**spoiler alert** It's hard to judge what characters fit into the Star Wars universe outside of the movies. Some of these at first glance were a bit jarring to me, but I grew to like them more by the end the book.
What really tied it all together (and my favorite part) was seeing Darth Vader and the Emporer just after Anakin's transformation. You get to see him struggle with what he's gotten himself into. The Emporer is much more open now with his "evil" ways, though he still works to massage these things into something more palatable for Vader. It's the last vestiges of Vader's humanity.
While it was cool to see some of the scenes from the movies in his flashes of memory of Padme, they were some of the more painful scenes to watch dialog-wise. Otherwise I think Star Wars graphic novels have an advantage over others, because you can hear the sound effects from the movies in your head. Definitely will be checking out the next one in the series....more
**spoiler alert** A graphic novel with unused ideas from the concept artists for Star Wars Episode III. Sign me up. I really liked this. There was an**spoiler alert** A graphic novel with unused ideas from the concept artists for Star Wars Episode III. Sign me up. I really liked this. There was an oddball idea or two, but there was some very cool things here. Most of them probably didn't fit the tone of Star Wars (or at least of the prequels).
I really liked the Darth Maul return and show down with Ben on Tatooine. Would have been a cool deleted scene, though probably a lot of cgi work just for an extra. And seeing the Emporer do a vampire-like rebirth (though much darker and creepier) would have really brought home the scary alien nature of the Sith and their practices. They're left mostly a mystery in Star Wars. But this is probably another expensive side road.
While the wookie story was cool, I don't think I'm ready for talking wookies (even with subtitles). The scene would have been too confusing with no dialogue. All and all an inspiring read....more
I decided to give this a chance since Walt Simonson was writing, but I don't know where they buried him in here. All I can think is they were writingI decided to give this a chance since Walt Simonson was writing, but I don't know where they buried him in here. All I can think is they were writing for a younger crowd....more
All in all it was a fun read, though it did start out with some forced dialogue. I would have preferred to have some of it explained in captions insteAll in all it was a fun read, though it did start out with some forced dialogue. I would have preferred to have some of it explained in captions instead. There were actually a lot of elements of Return of the Jedi in here mostly from the Battle of Endor on.
I could have done without the Yuzzem and Conway. Besides the bad names they seemed pretty flat for Star Wars aliens. The green Mimbanites in the beginning were interesting and could have served for the rest of the story.
There were some forced transitions and the character of Halla seemed almost unncessary to the plot. These might have more to do with the compressed story of the graphic novel, though. I do like Halla's name. Seems very Scandanavian like Vader, Hoth, etc.
There was a note that this was updated to fit continuity. I'd be interested to see what was changed. Luke and Leia's relationship still seemed a bit ambiguous at times....more
I liked this. I don't know why it didn't really grab me enough to put four stars. I guess because it feels removed somehow.
The meeting of the family oI liked this. I don't know why it didn't really grab me enough to put four stars. I guess because it feels removed somehow.
The meeting of the family of Endless in the beginning I guess is their first introduction. At least it feels this way. I didn't quite buy the need for them all to be there or Dream's sudden change of heart which is what the rest of the story hinges on.
I'm assuming his connection to Nada was explained in an earlier book, otherwise I think it would help to see it here. It seems to only serve as an impetus to get the story going and an afterthought at the end. We don't really see Dream's connection to her.
On another note, in the first few pages the writing was a little dense which had an interesting affect of slowing each panel down to an almost timeless quality.
I read this book looking to see how the Norse gods were handled. It was a very different take from the Marvel pantheon I grew up with, but I can see how it stemmed from the original Norse tales in a far different direction. I really disliked Thor as comically huge and tempermental. But seeing Odin and Loki as almost equals was interesting. I'm off to read The Kindly Ones next....more
This was really fun. I'd never heard of Fafhrd or the Gray Mouser, but I had heard of Lanhkmar (a fantasy version of New York where most of their adveThis was really fun. I'd never heard of Fafhrd or the Gray Mouser, but I had heard of Lanhkmar (a fantasy version of New York where most of their adventures take place) somewhere distantly in the past. I can see how having a duo to act as foils for each other can really work. Although the differences between the two were more in their backgrounds. They both arrived at the same place in life in very different ways and found kindred spirits in each other.
The art I actually like more that some of Mike Mignola's later work, since he isn't really distorting the figures here too much, but still has the great stark shadow work.
I'm curious how the original stories compare to this version. There's a little bit of a sample at the end giving an origin story for Fafhrd. The Gray Mouser's past of course is mostly uknown.
All in all, though there was as serious Conan vibe, the feel was much different just by putting this pair together instead of a lone warrior. Still small enough that they could feel alone, especially when separated, but never completely alone....more
Well this was an epic! I don't know if it felt longer because I took so long to finish it, but it really spanned most of the continent and many differWell this was an epic! I don't know if it felt longer because I took so long to finish it, but it really spanned most of the continent and many different time periods. One thing I really liked was how at the end of some chapters he slipped in mini-stories of groups of people coming to America in different time periods including the Norse and even Prehistoric.
Neil Gaiman really knows how to get into the head of spiritual person and show things from their perspective. What could have easily been a clash of ideas and peoples, turned into a interesting blend that had a air of reality to it. As you can see it's hard to describe this book.
That being said, there were parts of the book where I didn't feel like I knew the main character's motivation. Shadow seemed lost and everyone else was pushing and prodding him into the story. Gaiman had the character come to this realization toward the end, but I wonder what the story would have been like if the character was different. When Shadow stays in Lakeside and is left to his own motivations it's very clear. And while that part of the story was interesting I think it stalls out there.
And the reveal at the end was interesting, but I felt like I didn't really have the chance to come to that realization on my own.
All and all I think it was a really unique story and really examines America and it's beliefs as only an outsider can....more