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Complete Metal Gear Solid Hardcover – November 21, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1600100314 ISBN-10: 1600100317

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600100317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600100314
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,525,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Hong on December 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Reading this reminds me of exactly how I felt when I played Dirge of Cerberus, the game set as the sequel to the epic Final Fantasy VII. I enjoyed it as slightly as I did, only because it was FFVII. And I'm not talking about the gameplay; that's irrelevant. What I'm talking about is the development of the story and it's justice paid to the original. If Dirge of Cerberus were a game competely separate of the FFVII plotline, with the same series of scenes and events, but with a whole different cast of characters in an entirely different setting, I think it would have been a complete debacle. In of itself, it holds no valuable depth, leaving it dependent solely on its attachment to familiar characters.

Reading this graphic novel version of the legendary Metal Gear Solid had me feeling the same exact way. If the game never existed, and this were an original graphic novel series like Frank Miller's Sin City, it would not be able to stand on its own. I felt better about buying it before I actually read it, just having it sit in my room as a collector's item, and leaving the fulfillment of its infinite potential up to my imagination.

Before I go on, let me make one thing clear: it is not the artwork that disappoints me. The artwork is a topic of discussion for many fans. Some like it; some don't. Personally, I find the edgy/sketchy artwork to fit the portrayal of both the characters and the environment very well. But seeing as to how "on the fence" the body of fans seem to be, I won't go into it.

What really disappoints me is the writing. As some reviewers have mentioned, the graphic novel incorporates additional scenes and dialogue that help color in the more subtle points of the story, which adds an edge of exclusivity to the graphic novel's adaptation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Nazareth on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This hardback book is a great way to relive snakes first adventure of his psone game in comic form. The comic fleshes out characters with new dialogue and art. if your going to buy the comics anyway just pay for the hardback. its heavy duty and the pages are glossy nice. a must for comic and MGS fans.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on December 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book really impressed me. I learned more about the story from the book that the game didn't mension. If you are looking for a book that is based from the game, you've come to the right place.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By viahorn on March 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
One of the best video games to ever come out on the PlayStation is obviously Metal Gear Solid. With a movie on the way, this complete collection of the MGS comic book is a must-have for any fan of the series. Though not flawless, it does not disappoint. The artwork is brilliantly done. Although it is a bit crude at parts, the artwork is very sharp and accentuates the characters. The story is excellent and ripped right from the game. There are even some added scenes that help make sense of the whole story. However, they could not include everything, so some of your favorite scenes or dialogue have either been edited or completely removed. But overall, an excellent interpretation of the story.
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