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Frank Miller's graphic novel retelling of the famous Battle of Thermopylae.

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It's All About the Artwork - a review of Miller's "300"

  • Apr 24, 2007
I liked this book. I thought the artwork was marvelous and interesting and well executed, and you certainly couldn't have a more fascinating and exciting topic than the battle at the Hot Gates; but all in all I couldn't see giving the book more than Four Stars.

My principle difficulty with the book was the story itself - and no I'm not bothered like others are by Miller's wandering away from historical truth. My objections instead stem from the sometimes lame conversation, and by the rather silly addition of the betraying hunchback. Why that was necessary I can't guess. Perhaps the need to add some gruesome character at point 'b'. In any case, it took a rather well-done, shall we say, fanciful retelling of the Persian-Greek battle and made it puerile.

Four Stars. [B-] Fun read. Excellent artwork. But with a plot that is undermined here and there by less than adult turns. Violence, of course, but not nearly as graphic as some would have you believe.

If you would like another fictionalization check out Stephen Pressfield's book "Gates of Fire". Gates of Fire - An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae

For the real thing, check out Herodotus' history:
The Histories (Penguin Classics)

Bradford's book
Thermopylae: The Battle for the West

Peter Green's book
The Greco-Persian Wars

Pam T~

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Quick Tip by . July 16, 2010
Man, Miller really knows how to tell a story, with his above-par writing, accentuated by fantastic art.
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
Not just one perfect epic but also a way to understand battle strategy. You can also use this knowledge to increase your power in Age of Empires. Thats very useful...
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
300. what can i say haha. people were so excited when they saw the previews for this movie. i watched it, and it was one of the best movies ive ever seen. real props to frank miller for directing/making this. after taking a trip to barnes n noble and seeing the GN i spent almost 4 hours sitting there reading it. haha just like i used to in san diego until they kicked me out cuz i wasnt paying for the book.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
This movie is not for the faint of heart. Visually delicious. Tons of special effects. The script left me wanting just bit.
Quick Tip by . June 19, 2010
a visual dream
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Remarkable effective even if it reflects Millers politics and reliance on noir pulpish language
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Author: Frank Miller, Lynn Varley
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Historical Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Date Published: 1998
Format: Graphic Novel
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