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Magician Apprentice: v. 1 (Oversized) Hardcover – 30 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (30 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785127224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785127222
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By genejoke on 25 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This stays very faithful to the book with only minor deviations, and because it stays so faithful it works well. Needless to say fans of the book will enjoy it. However, the art is very good to begin with, drawn by artist brett booth. His art is clear and his character designs look like I imagined the characters should, just a little bit jazzed up. save for kulgan who looks more like a drawf.
Sadly half way through he is replaced by ryan stegman who has a thing for bizarre angles and makes young characters like Pug and Thomas look about 6 years old. His panels are sometimes confusing making the story hader to follow. Even with the weak art it remains a good read, it just drops it from 4 stars to 3.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Martyn on 25 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
if you loved Lord of the Rings - or loved the idea of lord of the rings with the mythical beasts and characters but found it a little hard going this is the book for you. the series is brilliantly written by Feist with each character's development growing page by page. this is the first in the series and be warned - if you read this you WILL love it and before you know it you'll be ordering the follow ups which are MANY taking you from world to world but always coming back to the main 2 characters who you start to know like long lost friends.
top book, top author and a magical adventure awaits.
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10 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Derek B. Lilly on 22 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Very dissapointed to find this was not a written book but a comic book of the original Magician.
I gave up reading comics many years ago, I thought I was in for an expansion and additions to the original book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brings back fond memories 29 Oct. 2007
By J. A Magill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like many people, I look with a certain amount of dread when books I love get turned into movies. Likewise, the idea of such books being turned into graphic novels carries with it some fear, as the singular vision of an author is diffused through the intervention of the perspectives of legions of others. Yet in the case of Feist's "Magician's Apprentice" at the first look one can tell how closely the author has guarded the vision of his first novel in his much loved world of Mikidemia. Every page reveals the people and places of the author's world as he imagined them in brilliant color, brining a whole new life to a work which brought many readers to fantasy. Even readers who have enjoyed the "Riftwar Books" but have little interest in graphic novels are sure to enjoy the experience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A pretty good graphic novel, but with two different styles 8 Nov. 2012
By Kurt A. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Festival of Banapis is coming up, the day when the young men are selected by craft masters to become apprentices. But, young Pug little realizes that he is to be selected by Kulgan, the castle wizard. It's the start of a new path for Pug, and for his friend Thomas, who was selected to be a guardsman. But, unbeknownst to the inhabitants of Crydee, there is a threat looming over the West, and it is about to become all too apparent!

Overall, I found this to be a pretty good graphic novel. The writers do a good job of bringing the great story into the comic world. The only real mistake they did was having the have the book illustrated by two different artists. It does indeed cause a jarring transition as you move between the two styles. As for me, I enjoyed the work does in the first three chapters, by Brett Booth, more than I did the final three chapters, which were done by Ryan Stegman.

But, that said, I did enjoy seeing a great book ably presented as a great comic. I can't wait to read more!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fun, but flawed adaptation 15 Dec. 2012
By Doctor Mobius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While the story of Pug and Tomas is effectively translated to a visual medium, there are a number of aesthetic and artistic choices that I found extremely distracting, as well as some startling inaccuracies that I feel detracted from the intent of the story.

I'm not a huge fan of the "Modern Fantasy" aesthetic that was chosen for the Midkemian characters clothing and armor. The Riftwar books have always had a very realistic approach to medieval fassion, arms, and armor. Instead much of the armor, especially that of the Duke Borric and the elves, looks like it came out of a video game. I attribute this to an aesthetic decision on the part of the artist, just like giving the characters' bodies comic book proportions. Still, it doesn't gel with the care that was taken to reproduce the Tsurani arms and armor in splendid detail from the novels' words and cover art.

As far as inaccuracies go. the decision to make the Royal Family wear Black and Gold, rather than the Brown and Gold of house ConDoin is very strange, especially considering that the rest of the soldiers and household guard wear brown and gold, and in that Guy Du'Bastyra's colors are black and gold, and those colors carry a significant menace for a character who remains enigmatic for much of the original series.

Lastly, further on in the series, the Moredhel are depicted as having dark grey/black skin like the Drow of Dungeons and Dragons. Though the Moredhel are called "dark elves" in the series, a great deal of the character of the race comes from the fact that they are nearly indistinguishable from other elves, save for their grey cloaks and dark nature. It's a major point that Elves and Moredhel can distinguish each other on sight, instinctively, where humans cannot. I attribute this mistake to a lack of research on the part of the artist.

Overall, while a fun read for a longtime fan of the series, I feel it's fallen short of what it could have been.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Again the same complaint 2 Jan. 2009
By Mitchel Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Feists novels all are very amazing reads and I couldn't wait to see the adaptation into a graphic novel. I was very impressed with the beginning chapters. The pictures were very well drawn with vivid color and detail. As I have read all of Feists books, the artists depiction of the characters seemed dead-on and actually showed growth as the pages turned. Chapters 4-6 on the other hand made the main characters seem almost as children with much less detail and color. Even the characters expressions seemed less confident, and age progression was way off following the story line. Reading the second half was very disappointing as far as the drawings went. Overall very worth purchasing if only for the first half. Hopefully as these graphic novels continue, the better artist will take over!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Graphic SF Reader 20 Mar. 2008
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A Marvel adaptation of what appears to be part of the first book, which was split in half in the USA it seems, and only half of that, to start with. So, going to be an expensive way to get the whole story.

Other than that, it is pretty well done, and especially the firedrake, Fantus, very cool.

One major art problem is that there is a shift from the first half to the second. Whereas Pug and Tomas at the start are shown aging slightly as they move into later teenagerhood, the second half style changes them to look more like they are 10 or so again at times, and shorter, too, compared to the long, skinny slim hipped pillow look given to everyone by the first artist.
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