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Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle Trilogy Graphic Novels, Book 1) Paperback – November 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979590000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979590009
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ted Dekker is the New York Times best-selling author of more than 25 novels. He is known for stories that combine adrenaline-laced plots with incredible confrontations between good and evil. He lives in Texas with his wife and children. Twitter @TedDekker, facebook.com/#!/teddekker

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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Robbins on October 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you haven't read the book, this will probably move a little quick and be a little hard to really follow. You definitely won't get as much out of it as if you've read the book (just as seeing a movie based on a book always leaves something to be desired). These things aside, however, they've done a great job of capturing the great story of Black in this medium. Great introduction to Ted if you've never read him, and great for us fans to go back to the world of the Trilogy in a different format. Bought all 3 of the graphic novels, and they are great.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jake on January 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
Thomas Hunter is running through the streets of Denver for his life, and he's not quite sure why. After being clipped by a stray bullet he loses consciousness only to immediately awaken in a new fantasy world. In the new world Thomas finds himself on the run again, this time from the evil Teeleh and his bat-like minions. Thomas soon befriends two unique creatures who reveal to Thomas that this new world is the future. A quick history lesson reveals how a deadly virus will wipe out the earth's population back in the present. Realizing he is the only one who can stop the virus, Thomas discovers that he can instantly travel back to the present by simply falling asleep, and vice-versa. In order to stop the virus in his world, Thomas Hunter will also have to fight evil in the future. Both worlds are connected, and whether he likes it or not, Thomas is the link.

Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy novels were groundbreaking to say the least when they were released in 2004. I still consider this trilogy to be one of the most inspirational and entertaining fictional works I've ever read. Naturally, I was thrilled when I heard the news that Circle Media was publishing the trilogy in graphic novel form. I must say the result is everything I was hoping for.

That being said, I would never suggest that someone should read the graphic novels instead of the novels to get the whole story. There is simply too much packed into these stories and you can only get the full experience through the actual books. But are the graphic novels worth reading? Absolutely!

Hats off to the writers who have cleverly adapted Dekker's complex plot lines into a story that flows well in the graphic novel format.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Novel Teen on February 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Review by Jill Williamson

To clarify, this is a review for the graphic novel of Black. A graphic novel is like a really long comic book. If you want to see my review of the regular novel, click here.

Someone is shooting at Thomas Hunter. Then they are chasing him. He runs to his sister's house for safety, but when he falls asleep he wakes up in a strange and foreign land. Every time he falls asleep in one world, he wakes up in the other. Thomas discovers that in order to save earth from a deadly virus, he must ask questions in the other world. And that fantasy world is about to encounter a major problem itself.

I love Dekker's Circle Trilogy. Reading this graphic novel after knowing the books so well was a bit difficult. I felt like it moved too fast and left out so many important details. But I read it aloud to my seven-year-old son and he loved it. The illustrations are excellent, and we did have to stop a few times so I could explain something, but even with details left out, this story captivated. I highly recommend this graphic novel for kids who love action-packed adventure stories. Even the ones who don't like to read should get into this. It's a little violent in parts, as Thomas is being shot at and the fighting is illustrated. So, if you aren't into that, you might not like this. If you do, you'll love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Betty J. Sinclair on December 18, 2007
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Black is the first of the circle trilogy and it is amazing! The graphic novel is so cool and you can read it in like an hour! I recommend this book, it has awesome, interesting characters and a great story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and as you flip the pages your jaw will drop at the plot twists. Make sure to have White and Red or else you will be out getting them because you will want to know what happens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Davis on August 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved this book!!! What I liked the most was the parallel with scripture, About how we also live in two worlds. It was just one of the most exciting reads, as I read I found myself feeling so happy and smiling. So if you want a "real" FEEL GOOD read, this is IT. Can not wait to read Red, following in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on January 10, 2008
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If you haven't read Black you will not get that much out of this graphic novel. I gave this to someone as a gift. The person doesn't enjoy reading but listened to the audio CD of the Circle trilogy and loved it. He grew up with comic books and was floored by this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kimberlee Mendoza on March 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Loved the full book, and my son adored the graphic version. Dekker is just awesome!
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Format: Kindle Edition
I LOVE THE STORY!!! Ted Dekker is truly an amazing storyteller. It's exciting and engaging.

However, the format on it could almost not be any more of a pain. I'm sure the physical copy is fine, but the e-book version is EXTREMELY hard to read! On many comic books, kindle does very well. You can zoom in on a panel with ease and read what it says. This comic book is treated as merely a bunch of pictures, not pages of a book. If the pictures actually fit the kindle screen, this would not be a big deal, but they are much smaller than the kindle screen and it makes it a pain to read. It makes you have to zoom in on each panel, and it sometimes blurs and distorts the words and decreases the picture quality.

If amazon is reading this, PLEASE RESOLVE THE ISSUE WITH THIS!!!! (The same issue is happening with the Kingstone comics, too.)
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