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Artemis Fowl the Arctic Incident Graphic Novel (Artemis Fowl (Graphic Novels)) Paperback – 11 Aug 2009
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About the Author
Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
Andrew Donkin is the author of more than forty books for both children and adults. His work in comics includes "Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight" for DC Comics. Andrew lives in London with his girlfriend and his cat, Morgen the Ninja.
Giovanni Rigano is the artist of many graphic novels, including the Daffodil series by Fr d ric Brr maud and several "Incredibles" graphic novels. He lives in Como, Italy.
Paolo Lamanna is an artist, designer, and 3-D animator. Past comics he has colored are the Monster Allergy series, W.I.T.C.H.: "Caleb's Challenge," "Ali nor," and the Daffodil series. He lives in Milan.
Top Customer Reviews
Much of the novel is set in freezing cold north pole territory and the graphic novel adaptation captures the atmosphere perfectly. It moves along very quickly, cutting between Russia and the Lower Elements, and developing both plots simultaneously. It's still early days so Arty's sort-of romance with Holly isn't quite apparent yet, but their animosity is gradually turning to friendship. The paneling and artwork is perfect, and the humor and warmth between the characters translates flawlessly to this graphic incarnation.
A must-buy for Artemis Fowl fans.
"The Arctic Incident" ups the level of action in terms of story and is superbly matched by Giovanni Rigano's epic art. Colfer/Donkin also make sure the humour is always on tap. Having established the characters in the first book, this time they build on their relationships. The spark between Artemis and Captain Holly Short is great fun and as Artemis predicts his own puberty in a mere eight months, I can't wait to see that spark ignite in further adventures.
The storyline marries a sinister plot to take over the Fairy's Haven City (and ultimately the world) with the realisation that Artemis's Father is very much alive and held captive in Murmansk, Russia. Russian Mafia desperados, who kill their captives regardless of any ransom being met, are holding him prisoner.
Some great new characters are added to the roster and we meet evil and beautiful genius Opal Koboi for the first time. Koboi has teamed with Briar Cudgeon, now on a personal vendetta against the LEPrecon Fairy Police's Commander Root.
In order to rescue his Father, Fowl must team up with the characters from the Fairy world and help them on a rescue mission. This quid pro quo set up really allows us to see a more human and vulnerable side to Artemis. His attraction to crime comes across as a means to an end and his "Holmes" like brilliance is now put to good use.
Colfer/Donkin are clearly having fun working on these books and I can't wait for the next one in the series.
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This is clearly a teen book and not aimed at adults, but I discovered it on a list of books for "those who were going through Harry Potter withdrawals."
It isn't Harry Potter by any stretch of the imagination. And it isn't perfect. But it is very readable and with the exception of the over-the-top dwarf character (Mulch Diggums) it is constructed well enough that the story is fun and surprising.
I've read through the third book now and have ordered the fourth. They are not great works of art, but certainly readable and worth buying.
The book is a fantasy novel, obviously because of the fairies in it. Now, if you enjoyed the first Artemis Fowl book, it is more then likely you will enjoy this book. If you did not enjoy the first book, then you won't like this book. Also, if you haven't read the first book, do so before reading this one. It is only reasonable to read the series in order. I know that there are some series where you can read each installment individually without having to read the others, but the Artemis Fowl series isn't like that. Yes, you might be able to sort of understand the plot and concept, but many details are used in the first book that contribute to the second. So, read the first book, if you liked the first book, buy the second one!
Now, it is time for the actual review of the content the book holds. The Arctic Incident is more action packed than the first. There are two main crucial plots going on in the story. One is a plot to overthrow the LEP, and the commander of the operation is unknown. The other is Artemis trying to rescue his father. The LEP and Artemis make a compromise to help each other with their missions. The book is written well, and the vocabulary in it would benefit anybody. The book is fast paced, but that doesn't mean it leaves out details. You will get a clear vision of the surroundings, and be able to keep anybody interested. Overall, I think this is a great book, and would recommend it to people I know. The score is a 10/10, and that is all!
Artist Giovanni Rigano does an excellent job of capturing the feel of the second story, which really starts to bring the pantheon of characters into play while also giving us needed background on Artemis Fowl's family. This is dialogue heavy - but the story itself also greatly depends more on what the characters say rather than descriptives.
The book is meaty and doesn't stint on making sure this is a good graphical translation of the source novel. My one quibble is that the book is a small size so the type is tiny - especially considering there is so much dialogue. I wish this was a full comic size rather than the smaller, paperback novel size.
But definetly I was not prepared for the richness of the novel, yes, it goes beyond a fairy tale; Mr. Colfer has gone to a different level with this book, which I would not recommend to those who cannot think "out of their boxes" and pretend to read these books the way they would read Tin Tin or any other children literature; at some point I found a very bitter review sayin that this is not a children's book (and compared it to Harry Potter) what can I say is that this kind of book, definetly recquires more maturity for its reading than just a couple of words (I am also a big fan of the Potter stories) it is just that comparing it to another book is what people do mostly instead of discovering the greatness among the pages and the great texture of the characters
I definetly recomend all the saga to all readers that are looking for a smart story, very well writen and with that fantastic Irish sense of humor, and of course, the great sense of nature-loving feelings that Mr. Colfer inherits to Artemis
Many of us may find fairies suitable only for those reality-denial people, but, just think, what if...??