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a first rate graphic novel
on 12 May 2016
I bought this item after having seen the film adaptation (which I thoroughly enjoyed), and I think it's a terrific graphic novel. It depicts the story of the Battle of Thermopylae (480BC), between a few hundred Spartans - led by King Leonidas - and the mighty Persian army, commanded by King Xerxes. The style is hyperbolic - yet glorious! It's a highly violent adventure, in which a few highly trained warriors (fighting for the freedom of Greece) take on a gigantic army of poorly trained slaves (as well as the Persian elite forces, known as 'the Immortals'). While the Spartans lost this battle, they ensure that the foundations are laid for the ultimate winning of the war ...
Frank Miller tells this story brilliantly, and the artwork by Lynn Varley is excellent (with each illustration spread over a double page). This was originally published as a 5 issue comic book mini-series in 1998. It's here presented as a single graphic novel, in hardback. It's unfortunate that you don't get any sort of introduction, nor any concept art. But it is a wonderful book - intended for adults. If you enjoyed the film, you'll probably like this graphic novel.