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Adventure Classics: Graphic Classic Volume Twelve

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A wonderfully illustrated collection of rollicking adventure yarns!

  • May 20, 2010
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From  the haunted excavations of an Egyptian desert tomb to an elegant but mysterious masqued ball in 18th century France, from the rain forests of Central American to the frigid windswept Canadian Arctic, from the 17th century Caribbean seas and naval warfare against the Spanish Armada to the European trenches of World War I, from the streets of New York to the 19th century battleground between the French and English armies in Spain, from the fogbound streets of upper crust London to the stifling, heat of colonial India - Adventure Classics has anthologized a wonderful collection of adventure stories from some of the best loved classic authors who ever put pen to paper. You'll thrill to poetry from Rudyard Kipling and Robert Service, the exploits of Brigadier Gerard from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the exhilarating, heart-stopping action of Zane Grey's manly heroes and buxom, beauteous heroines. You'll lap up the swashbuckling derring-do of Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood and you'll chill to the teeth-chattering horror of Sax Rohmer and Johnston McCulley.

 

For dedicated readers and classic lovers looking for a lighthearted break from the written page but still hoping to retain a note of seriousness and quality, graphic novels like this Graphic Classics series provide the perfect answer - easy reading, quality artwork that provides a complement to the author's words and the readers' imaginations, an opportunity to sample authors that you might never have read before, a chance to quickly re-read classics that perhaps you read many years ago in your youth but haven't had the chance to reread as an adult.

 

The only criticism that I can level at this particular volume is that the artwork was exclusively in black and white. That said, I should also single out artist Nick Miller who did a hilarious job illustrating Conan Doyle's Crime of the Brigadier. His portrayal of the dandified Brigadier Gerard's antics outwitting the French Army were simply beyond superb. Some of the facial expressions he captured in his cartoon caricatures were absolutely amazing.

 

Undoubtedly, you could read this entire collection in less than an hour. But my advice is to slow down! Take time to peruse and absorb each and every delicious panel of art. You'll quickly come to understand how a well-prepared and sensuously illustrated graphic novel can complement and extend an author's ideas and bring an adventure to life in a way that the original writer probably never imagined. I'm definitely going to be looking for more in this wonderful series. Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss
 

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