300 Hardcover – 28 Dec 1999
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I think the fact that you have not read the novel destroys all credibility of your opinion.
Frank Miller's work is about as far from 'Hollywoodised' as you can get in terms of graphic novels being made into films. Robert Rodriguez had to quit the Director's Guild in order to keep Sin City true to the novel.
Nothing was 'adapted', the story is biased to Miller's point of view, that is his right as the author. Nowhere is it claimed that it is completely historically accurate - there are historical readings recommended on the final page, but of course, you didn't even get past the first.
The art work is beautiful and some of the famous quotes are accurate according to Herodotus. All Miller has done is blur the line between fantasy and reality, which surely is the point of a graphic novel and a film - it is not a documentary, nor is it a historical account, it is a story. It may be biased, giving a distorted view of the truth after the fashion of western historians labelling other cultures as savages and barbarians, but this doesn't detract from the fact that it is well illustrated and well told.
It is necessary to remind yourself that this is a work of fantasy, though i believe Frank Miller does the Spartans a disservice in his portrayal of them, and especially of Leonidas (in reality it was because, not in spite of the oracle that he went to war). The portrayal of the Persians is fantastical, but fits in with Herodotus' legendary accounts of dog-headed men and monsters and is justified in that the story is told from the point of view of the Greeks.
You only think you've seen bad-asses before. The Spartans set whole new standards for bad-assery. The story's all about 300 mostly naked, sweaty Greek men, but you don't for a second imagine that they're gay. In fact, you don't think of them as sexual at all -they're purely devoted to killing, and they're very good at it. Even if you begin this book unsympathetic to their brutal culture, by the end you'll be cheering for them.
Frank did a great job writing and drawing this story, and Lynn Varley did a great job adding the colors. The extra-wide pages allow for huge, sweeping shots and incredible battle scenes. The book has high production values all around - you'll want to leave it sitting out because it's just so damn pretty.
Great artwork. Lots of memorable lines. And bone-crunching, overwhelming violence like you've never seen before. Five out of five
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this item after having seen the film adaptation (which I thoroughly enjoyed), and I think it's a terrific graphic novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by S P Mead
The fantastic retelling of the 300 Spartans by Frank Millar. A stunning graphic novel that was followed and faithfully reproduced for the screen in the Zac Snyder filmPublished 13 months ago by Avril Thomas
Bought on a whim after seeing the film. It's not an adaptation of the film and has in places a great deal more depth. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2014 by M Clarke
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