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New Spring: The Graphic Novel

(Das Rad der Zeit #0)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  3,264 ratings  ·  95 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
Paperback, 250 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Tor Books
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

Um, I don't know. I couldn't really get into this graphic novel too much. I wasn't too sure about some of the things going on. That being said, I have had all of the Wheel of Time books for some time now and have not gotten to read one of them yet!! There are just so many books and too little time. I don't know if I would have started the books first if that would have helped, although I'm not sure what that would have to do with it.

I thought the graphics wer
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Deepti Jawale
Dec 11, 2019 rated it liked it
The artwork in the first seven issues was just beautiful, and really did justice to the imagery put forth in the book, but the drastic change in the eighth issue was rather off-putting, I'd say, if not completely disastrous. ...more
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
A New Spring is the prequel to the Wheel of Time series and it tells the story of Moiraine and Siuan and how the began as Accepted and were put on the path to finding the Dragon Reborn, before finally being raised Aes Sedai and being able to search for him. Moiraine also meets Lan and bonds him as her warder.

I actually really like seeing Moiraine and Siuan and young women, it makes it easier to relate to them. The only thing I didn't like in this story in general was it didn't span enough time a
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Michelle Morrell
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
Jonas Skoglund
As true to the original story as a graphic novel could be. A nice adaptation!
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-print
I liked it better than the Eye of the World Graphic Novel. Probably because I didn't read New Spring. ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
I picked this book from the library shelf because it looked like it would take me more than one session to read, the cover was beautifully illustrated and it was written by Robert Jordan, whose Wheel of Time is on my bucket list.

I should have left it on the shelf when I saw Robert Jordan. Simply because I had been warned previously of the depth and breadth of his writing and that it takes time to get in and through it.

It was too much for me, with zero WOT context and being a Robert Jordan virg
Jun 29, 2019 rated it liked it
For whatever reason, I was never a big fan of Robert Jordan's fantasy work, but I came across this graphic novel and figured, "eh, what the heck, I'll take a look at this prequel and see if I like it."
Well, yes and no. I suspect I'd have liked it better if I'd read the book prior to reading this graphic adaptation, but I'm not certain. Chuck Dixon is a good comics writer, and for the first half of the book, the artwork telling the story is outstanding, but then...I'm not sure why, but it felt li
Feb 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have not read any of the Wheel of Time books. New Spring is an introductory graphic novel to the world of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. We follow Moiraine Damodred, a young Aes Sedai and her companions in the search for the Dragon reborn, a mythical person that will champion the forces of good. An interesting primer to the series. The art could be better at times but overall the artist provided a good representation of the story. ...more
Claudia Riendeau
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent transposition of the prequel of The wheel of time series where we get the knowledge of the prophecy about that child who will defeat the evil. The graphic art is truly beautiful and effective and brings a mystical aspect to the story. An invitation to visit or revisit the original series.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
This was interesting. Never heard of this before. Good volume.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: done
Cheesy, as to be expected. I like some cheesy Robert Jordan.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm still making my way through A Memory of Light, but I came across the New Spring graphic novel at the library and thought I would give it a try.

It's been almost exactly a year since I first started the Wheel of Time series, beginning with the prequel (though it wasn't published until the series was already well under way, I wanted to get the plot in order). So it's been a while, enough time for the graphic novel to be a lovely refresher as I make my way through the culmination of the story.

Ranting Dragon
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stephan

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
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
(As posted on Zezee with Books.)
Quick summary:

Like the novel, this is a prequel to the books that make up Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. In this installment, we see the prediction that the Dragon will be reborn as well as Moiraine and Siuan’s induction into the Blue Ajah. Lan is also shown and we learn how he became Moiraine’s warder.

My thoughts: (spoilers)

It’s been about a year and four months since I read the novel version of this and I still think this installment was unnecessary. I th
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jonathan Terrington
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jan 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Earl Grey Tea
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, visual-novel
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
Matt Bromagin
Feb 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
No. Nuh-uh. Nope.

I've never read the book. I checked it out because I thought the comic book adaptation of the Hedge Knight was excellent. I thought I'd try another comic based on a fantasy series. I know the books are rather hefty. I'm thinking the story just doesn't translate well into this format for some reason or another. I think there just aren't enough pages to get the whole story in and still provide enough exposition to make you care about the characters or the magic used by the women o
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it
It was more of a 3.5

Having read the first Wheel of Time book, I wanted to read the prequel but I didn't want to commit myself to reading the whole novel as I heard it was very slow. I found the graphic novel of prequel at a bargain price and decided to buy it. I'm glad I paid $2.00 for this and not its original price. While the story isn't boring and the art for the first 6 chapters is good, in order to read this graphic novel, you will need to have knowledge of the Wheel of Time world otherwise
May 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Mayank Agarwal
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read the novel (not graphic novel) 10 years back, when I stumbled on the graphic novel, it seemed a great way to recap on the series.

The illustrations is amazing, this is what I expect from a fantasy medieval age illustrations. The chiselled faces while looking the same is still great, the similarities are not much of a problem as the characters can be separated from each other by their attire. Loved the way the city is visualized. Last chapter in the series had a change in art style, the illus
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really just wanted a primer to the Wheel of Time series before jumping in. I didn't want to read a whole "Book 0" just to get the backstory. While this felt incredibly condensed, and jumped from scene to scene without a feeling of continuity, this was probably the best they could do with just covering the bare minimum necessary to convey the story.
The artwork was inconsistent (yes, I know they switched artists midway through), but it honestly looked like a couple guys that applied for, but di
Robert W. Leonard
Apr 07, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Charles "Chuck" Dixon is an American comic book writer, perhaps best-known for long runs on Batman titles in the 1990s.

His earliest comics work was writing Evangeline first for Comico Comics in 1984 (then later for First Comics, who published the on-going series), on which he worked with his then-wife, the artist Judith Hunt. His big break came one year later, when editor Larry Hama hired him to w

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Das Rad der Zeit (1 - 10 of 37 books)
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  • To the Blight (The Eye of the World, #2)
  • The Hunt Begins (The Great Hunt, #1) (Wheel of Time, #2-1)
  • New Threads in the Pattern: The Great Hunt, Part 2 (Wheel of Time, #2-2)
  • Camino a Tear (La Rueda Del Tiempo, #5)
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