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Prince of Persia: De Originele Graphic Novel

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BEYOND THE LEGENDARY GAME – THE LEGEND ITSELF

Long ago in Persia, there lived a Prince -- a man of honor, of valor, and full of strength -- a man for his people, who lived with them and took on their trials and hardships.  And he was loved.

His name is no longer remembered.  When people speak of him, they call him merely, 'The Prince of Persia,' as if there have been no othe
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Paperback, 207 pages
Published August 2010 by Uitgeverij De Vliegende Hollander (first published September 2nd 2008)
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Forrest Woodfin Very. It's a very different take on the mythos of the Prince of Persia franchise (albeit written by the series creator) but it's a fantastic book with…moreVery. It's a very different take on the mythos of the Prince of Persia franchise (albeit written by the series creator) but it's a fantastic book with an amazing twist ending.(less)
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Nicolo
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This graphic novel had both a great story and art going for it; but I just couldn't ignore the poor production values on this book. The paper quality may be of heavy stock but the cover sure can't handle a light touch handling it. The cover just fell apart on me. ...more
Angie Fehl
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I have mixed feelings about the game series, I found this graphic novel adaptation stunning. First off, the title on the cover sparkles with stars which instantly calls out to the girl in me LOL. What really got me though was the stunning color & details in the panels. The color here was done by Hilary Sycamore and I gotta say, super talent there! From the jewel tones throughout, to the details in the clothes to the Persian rug style borders on some of the pages, this is true art.

The stor
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Erik
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not being a game-player myself, I was naturally at a disadvantage when it came to the plot of this graphic novel adaptation of one of the most popular and longest-running video games. (Which, going on close to two decades now, makes realize that the early 90s really were more about the big hair of the 80s, and less the tech boom of the late 90s.)

The narrative of Prince of Persia is a bifurcated one that carries on in the tradition of The Arabian Knights (the story within a story motif) and even
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Cindy Hudson
Jun 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For years I’ve heard of Prince of Persia as a video game, but as I don’t play games I didn’t know much about it. When I was given the chance to review the new graphic novel inspired by the video, I knew I wanted to take a look. Graphic novels in general are something relatively new for me. I think of them as like picture books for older readers. So many times when my daughters were young we would read a picture book over and over again, and each time we would see something we missed in the illus ...more
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
This plot makes no sense. I have no idea who anyone is or what happened. The story is told by jumping between two (or three?) timelines, so there are all these different sets of characters, most of whom look alike, and it's impossible to keep track of them all. There's also a prophecy and a magic peacock dude that confused me even more. Then there came the giant sand babies; I'm not sure if they were real or imagined. Was that part of a giant sand baby nightmare? Did someone dream that whole thi ...more
Jon Nakapalau
Graphic novel based on the game...if you like the game I think you will like this book.
Chris
Jun 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
I picked Prince of Persia up as a fan of the games and of the general adventure genre of the Arabian Nights style.

The story was intriguing and thoughtful. It's presented as two stories set ~400 years apart with the first story creating and influencing the legend/action of the second story. The stories are presented side-by-side allowing the plot points to expose themselves gradually which leads to a feeling of mystery and intrigue. The female characters felt stronger to me than the male
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Tyreese
I had several issues with this graphic novel;

-it was all over the place
-VERY strange
-it dragged on

However, I did like:

-the art style
-the characters
-the royalty aspect

This graphics novel was just.. Alright.
Ken Yuen
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Oh wow, they turned the video game into a graphic novel!"

And it's a pretty good story for the most part? I love the setting and the characters. The art style is really interesting and there's certainly a lot of interesting imagery (some of which is disturbing).

Unfortunately, some of the decisions made in the way the story is told hamper my ability to enjoy the world. For one thing, there are two stories being told, several hundred years apart. But they're also told concurrently and maybe not c
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Romeo
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The focus on the characters seemed out of place and confusing . Illustration is amazing the colors and details.It felt like I was reading the 1001 Nights and Shahnameh at the same time, which are my favorites thing to read about. I played a little bit of the game when I was younger so this was out of nostalgia for me.
Jill Kenna
I still have no idea what I read. This book was so confusing! The back and forth between the past and present wasn't very clear and a lot of the characters looked the same so it was hard to distinguish what was happening to whom. ...more
Rachel Vivio
The sporadic jumping back and forth between time periods had me so confused. And the fact that one of the main girls married her adopted brother...eww.
K
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Filled with lovely art and an engaging story. A bit complex until it all comes together at the end. Does not fit into the gaming world of Prince of Persia, its a stand alone story.
Jennifer
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For people familiar with the games, the guy who wrote this created them. It’s not a telling of the prince from the games, but something similar. It’s mostly enjoyable.
Natalie
The art was really good, but the story was so convoluted and hard to follow. I had literally no idea what was going on. Also, the number of decapitated heads shown in full color was very off putting, and those weird nude babies marching along the desert were seriously creepy. I wanted to like this, but it really didn’t work for me at all. The best part was definitely the Afterword, which was about the history of the games and was pretty interesting.
Alexis
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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WordsAreMyForte
Personally, I've never played or watched any installments in the Prince of Persia franchise, but this gn definitely has me interested to start. The parallel stories happening concurrently, albeit centuries apart, was a unique take on the typical gn format. The only complaint I have is that the distinction between the past and the present could have been made a bit more clear. Towards the end, this is rectified with starkly contrasted color palettes of warm vs. cool colors, but this same effect w ...more
paula
I'm not going to get all snooty about the 'based-on-a-video-game' thing, I didn't know it was a video game until I read the author bio... but maybe if I ever saw that game I'd have had a better idea what was going on in this book.

There are a lot of dreams, hallucinations, flash forwards and flashbacks in Prince of Persia, and until the glut of exposition on page 112, I was pretty lost. Also, the fact that the three handsome male characters are so similar looking, and a good deal of name confusi
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Jennifer Leon
I like how it has a action, daring risks and romance.There so much tension but the characters but that aside and work together to survive. I also like that there two stories that turn into one. It like the past and present are turning into one and how they have magical creature to guide them and give them wisdom in both past and present. This is why i find this book exciting and risky
Amitha
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High action, thought-provoking read. Strong female characters. A little too gory for me.
Christina
Bought this at a Dollar Tree cause I love reading stuff about Persia and this just made me smile. I loved the drawings style and I enjoyed the story it told.
Binta Diallo
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well for me I enjoyed the book prince of Persia write by Jordan mechner. But for me I want really put this book as the top 20 books I've read. Well for me in this book their were non understandable part in the book to the end. But also in the book their was an lot of action going on in some part of the book. An example of when their was non understandable part to the end was on pages 6-9. On those pages I really didn't get why was layth telling the guards to kill the prince wich was layth brothe ...more
Chris
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspired by the classic video game, Prince of Persia tells the tale – or two tales, rather – of two kingdoms in different centuries in desperate need of heroes. In the 9th century A.D., Prince Guiv of Marv is set to inherit his father’s throne, but when the kingdom’s general Amir moves the power to Guiv’s brother-in-law Layth and his sister Princess Guilan, Guiv decides to exile himself from his kingdom before conflict arises. Centuries pass, and in the 13th century A.D., Princess Shirin decide ...more
Justin
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not very familiar with the video games on which this graphic novel is based, but I am a big fan of comic books and sequential art, so I decided to check out Jordan Mechner and A.B. Sina's adaptation of Prince of Persia. This graphic novel, set in 9th Century A.D, chronicles the rise and fall of the Persian royal family and the resulting convergence of politics, betrayal, prophecy, love, magic and war.

It's easy to lose track of when the events in this graphic novel are supposed to take place.
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Quinn
Sep 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It started out establishing two time periods but i lost track quickly. The panels were interesting in that they differed from each other a lot and kept your attention. The strangeness was unexpected - the symbolism and surreal imagery. There seems to be a good story in here...somewhere... with the guardian of the water deal, royal corruption, and the importance of the individual. I think you have to read slowly and try to appreciate a vague, dream-like plot. Maybe someone could enjoy this who wa ...more
Hadi Wijaya
Sep 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphical-books
I am surprised to find this book in bookstore. I think this series is only in video games and movie, but finally it appears as a book. The story is also different with one in video games and movie. In this book, it the beginning of Prince of Persia, which tell us story when the prince is born and when he knows his true identity as Prince of Persia.

The plot is a little bit difficult, it combines two stories:
1. Story of his uncle who saved him in the past
2. Story of young prince who learn his true
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Kristin
I've never played the Prince of Persia video games or seen the movie, but I still mostly enjoyed the graphic novel. It isn't necessarily a prerequisite to have done either before reading it. Though in the afterword, there is a bit of history behind the Prince of Persia video games if you are into that sort of thing. As for the graphic novel itself, the art was in a really nice brush and ink style that I really enjoyed, but the story was a bit confusing. It jumped back and forth between two diffe ...more
Wild-Rogue-Rose
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What light through wonder fluorescent breaks? It is my local Ollie's and Prince of Persia's holofoil blinds me.
Okay, so I'm no Shakespeare! But I really did like this story, even though it confused the heck out of me. I mean I'm no middle eastern lit. expert, so I have no idea if it's anything like them. That all aside, I still liked it.
It reminds me greatly of when your grandfather tells you a story. How it interconnects without you realizing it; how it seems to rabbit hop around with the stra
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Soobie's scared
I didn't like this adaptation because... I didn't understand the two tales interweaving in this book. I mean, they were set 300 years apart but I couldn't get the link between the two of them.

This graphic novel was kind of bloody and this surprised me. I mean, American comics are usually clean when it comes to blood and deaths. I didn't mind it, though.

I used to have a very old Prince of Persia videogame but I could never finish it. I'm not that keen on videogames. But I love the movie with Jake
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Devin
Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
While this graphic novel is based on the video game line of the same name - the original game's creator, Jordan Mechner, was the sponsor behind this creative effort - it is a stand-alone story that doesn't require any previous knowledge of the games. A.B. Sina weaves a uniquely Persian-flavored tale that echoes the storytelling style of the 1001 Nights, and LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland's brushwork and coloring convey this flavor expertly while remaining accessible to readers (such as myself) n ...more
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Jordan Mechner is a game designer, screenwriter, graphic novelist, and author. Widely considered a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the video game industry, he created Prince of Persia, one of the most successful and enduring video game franchises of all time, and became the first game creator to adapt his own work into a feature film with Disney’s Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. He also ...more

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