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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (21 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785136096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785136095
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By terry on 19 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you're expecting an Orson Scott Card novel you could be dissapointed,
But it's a good comic bok. Fast paced, interesting and with all the varying
scenarios of a classic space-opera.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Dimitrios on 1 Aug. 2012
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The prequel to Ender's saga is a great book to read with great artwork.The book is about the simple men and women that suffered and survived the first Formic war,it has good characters and it describes a somewhat dystopian future.I dont want to give more details because it would spoli the fun of reading the book,i really like it and lookin forward for the next chapter.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
Was Great! Don't listen to reviewers who did not bother to read before they clicked buy 16 Sept. 2011
By Josh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thought this graphic novel was excellent. Full color all the way though. It goes though the start of the first encounter with the Formics (same guys from the Ender's Game novel). Unfortunately, there are some reviewers who did not bother to read what they were getting before clicking by, and then have the nerve to give it one star for their own mistake. I would not pay any attention to them, they are not reviewing anything. I would highly recommend this if you like graphic novels and want to see what the first battles with the Formics were like.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Great Read, even for a graphic novel 24 Sept. 2011
By Hannah Smith Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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I also ordered this book thinking it was a regular book, not a graphic novel. I was equally as frustrated as the people who bought this thinking it was a regular book. But I went ahead and read it anyway, and really enjoyed it. The story was great and it was a different reading experience. This is the first comic or graphic novel I've ever been able to read all the way through. Even if you don't like graphic novels, give this one a try!
29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing to say the least... 27 Dec. 2011
By SchiBri - Published on Amazon.com
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This review is meant to warn fans of the books by Orson Scott Card. Unlike some of the other reviewers I purchased this item with full knowledge that it was a graphic novel. I will admit that I am not an avid fan of graphic novels, but my problem with "Formic Wars" wasn't the format, it was the content.

It is hard to believe that Card had anything to do with the story being told here. Fans of Card know that his stories are always wonderfully woven around three dimensional characters facing a moral dilemma. All of the characters in this graphic novel are embarrassingly shallow and the dialogue is one cliche after another. What's worse, the story actually contradicts much of what we learn about the First Invasion from the original novel. While I am not against an author doing this (OSC has done this before), in 'Formic Wars' it is done only as a device to forcibly drive forward a tasteless plot. The introduction of a character from Ender's Game is likewise done without skill or merit and in my opinion ruins the character Card built. For the sake of my love for the original novel, I will just pretend that it is some totally unrelated character of the same name.

As I said, I am not an avid reader of graphic novels. Perhaps this is how they have to be written. Perhaps it is an excellent graphic novel and I just cannot appreciate the artwork. But for those of you hoping to see Card's usual brilliance in depicting the discovery of the Buggers, I warn you to stay away and settle for pre-ordering "Shadows in Flight" instead.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
OK story, but rewrites huge swaths of important Ender's Game canon 28 July 2014
By Craig - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Many of the novels and short stories in Orson Scott Card's Ender series have been adapted into comic book form by Marvel, but this collection represents a brand new story in the series written as a comic. Card and Aaron Johnston co-wrote the story (Johnston wrote the script). They have announced plans to expand on the story in a trilogy of novels, the first of which Earth Unaware was published last month.

The artwork by Giancarlo Caracuzzo is adequate. The panels support the text and were usually easy to follow. His depiction of the Buggers was spot-on as to how I imagined them reading the first book twenty years ago. A few of the covers, especially the last one depicting flaming alien ships falling from the skies, are very evocative and memorable. I had some quibbles with the fact that Captain O'Witt's skin color kept changing hues from white to dark, and it was hard to tell the soldiers apart in a few of the fight scenes inside the enemy ship. Also, I felt the art was too cartoonish; I preferred Pasqual Ferry's more three-dimensional and textured artwork in the original Ender's Game adaptation.

The story itself was fast-paced and exciting, especially the hand-to-hand combat scenes in China between human resistance fighters and the Formic aliens. The focus was clearly on the action and not on detailed plotting or character development. In general this has been true of all the comic adaptations in the series, except Speaker for the Dead. The result is much different than the novels, which are much more focused on characters and politics. If this were a standalone man vs. alien tale, I would probably appreciate it as a simple adventure tale.

How does it fit within the overall scope of the Ender saga? Well, not too well.

It seems Card and Johnston decided to ignore the events of the First Invasion, as originally told in EG. I could understand a few continuity errors, but this will probably require a rewrite of several passages in a future edition of EG.

1. In EG, we learned the first battle of the First Invasion occurred on Eros. The Formics had made Eros their forward base of operations, and they blacked it out so we (humans) couldn't see what they were doing. Earth sent a ship to investigate and the Formics killed all the crew. This was how we learned of the Formics and how the first war started.

In EG, Mazer explains that people on Earth watched via delayed video feed as buggers boarded the ship sent to Eros and methodically killed the crew. He tells Ender that the buggers probably thought they were killing the ship's communications by doing this. In fact, of course, they never disrupted communications at all because it never occurred to them humans might not communicate telepathically. Mazer points this out as a major weakness of the Formics, one of the few advantages Ender can exploit.

Ender's entire understanding of the biology of the Formics, the role of the queen and drones, and the way in which faster-than-light communication occurred all stemmed from what Mazer told him about the Battle of Eros and the final battle of the Second Invasion, in which Mazer destroyed a queen. Ender's decision at the end of EG was directly influenced by these events.

But in Formic Wars, this Battle of Eros did not happen at all.

2. In EG, we learned Formics made no effort to block radio or video communication. Since they communicated to each other via telepathy, it never occurred to them that humans would communicate via technology.

In Formic Wars, the alien ship blocked all radio and satellite communication, at least while in flight. This may have been an inadvertent byproduct of the ship's technology itself rather than an intentional strategic decision by the Buggers. Still, it's a pretty big plot hole.

3. In EG, we learned the First Invasion occurred 30 years before the Second Invastion. Mazer Rackham served in the 2nd Invasiion, and is described as "little known, twice court-martialed" before his victory in the 2nd war. Then, he was stationed on Eros for 20 years. Then, he took a relativistic space flight that aged him 8 years, while 50 years passed on Earth. He appears to be around 60 years old at the time of EG.

If you work the timeline backwards, it is not possible for Rackham to have served in the First Invasion. He would have been 2 years old. Plus, it's hard to believe Rackham is an unknown at the time of the Second Invasion, given his huge role in repelling the First Invasion in Formic Wars.
Long Awaited Prequel 12 April 2012
By Nicholas - Published on Amazon.com
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I've read all the Ender and Shadow novels and have always been wanting a prequel as to the story behind how Mazer Rackham and the rest of the human race repelled the first two formic invasions.

Finaly it's here in the format of a graphic novel that allows us to see, with no ambiguity, not just the visuals of events but also the formics (nee buggers) looked and behaved.

There are a few raw elements here (like people still using what appears to be an ordinary camera in today's technology instead of the mid/distant future setting of this story; etc. etc.). But the overall story more than makes up for them in its other parts. Hence, while it is by no means a perfect product, it still deserves five stars in how it encapsulates and unites the story throughout.

The artwork is also very good (though I most prefer the first Ender's Game graphic novel's artwork best), with details not left behind but shown well throughout. The visuals and likeness of the humans, ships, cities and creatures give you a feel that they are exactly as you would have imagined most of them if described in written form and Ender novels.

As to the story, the pace is fast and covers lots of ground while allowing you to see the viewpoints not just of one or a few protagonists, but different people affected while sticking to the knitting of the people who have a stake in the progression of the story.

I only wish this was in novel form so as to enjoy the story more. Like the Ender's Game and Shadow graphic novels series, they depict the novels very well, but like TV/movie adaptations, a lot of detail simply cannot be crammed into the limited space that it ends up lighter/shallower; and thus, in this case, while the story is good and it appears to be part of some novellas, it's good enough that I truly look forward to actual novels about it being written.
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