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Crogan's Vengeance (Crogan's Adventures) Hardcover – December 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Crogan's Adventures
  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934964069
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934964064
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–It is 1701 and Catfish Crogan is making his living working as a sailor. Unfortunately, the ship he has recently boarded is captained by a merciless pirate who is out for vengeance on Crogan for &political& differences he had with Crogan&'s grandfather during Cromwell&'s War. The captain&'s bullying and mistreatment, however, are not solely aimed at Crogan. He is nasty to all his sailors. Caring little about their welfare, he deprives them of food and works them to the bone. Although Crogan desires to be an honest sailor, he finds himself caught in a moral dilemma, and he eventually becomes a pirate, too. Filled with mutiny, ferocious storms, shark-infested waters, commandeering of ships, and–of course–swashbuckling sword fights, this book has high teen appeal. The black-and-white art decreases potential goriness, keeping this story accessible to younger teens. Schweizer&'s cartoon-style characters are minimalist in nature, and quite delightful. Detailed illustrations of scenery appear in some panels, showing Schweizer&'s versatility as an artist. The one drawback is that the large lettering used throughout at times overwhelms the drawings. This story would be a great addition to any teen collection. This series will feature various Crogan ancestors throughout history.–Lara McAllister, Halifax Public Libraries, Nova Scotia
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In what promises to be a series of graphic-novel adventures featuring different members from the Crogan family (the motley derring-do–ready group includes an eighteenth-century minuteman, an Old West gunfighter, a World War I pilot, a ’50s private eye, and even a ninja), Schweizer begins with this buccaneer’s tale. After “Catfoot” Crogan’s ship is waylaid by pirates, he and his fellow crew members join the group, led by an honorable captain and a dastardly first mate. Mutinies, duels, cannonades, narrow escapes, and plenty of ribald banter ensue. The black-and-white inked artwork hones in best on the facial expressions of the various players as they goggle and sneer at one another, but the pictures struggle a bit when tasked to carry the action. Although this doesn’t try to explore any new coves in the honorable-pirate seas, it’s great escapist fare for boys (there’s zero female presence), and fans of Scott Chantler’s more sophisticated historical graphic-novel adventure The Annotated Northwest Passage (2007) should gobble this up on sight. Grades 7-12. --Ian Chipman

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The plot is fast-paced and action-movie exciting.
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All kidding aside, this is one of the most enjoyable graphic novel adventures I've ever read, and I hope you will give it a try!
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The story is a lot of fun and the artwork is great.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on November 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Raised in a good family, "Catfoot" Crogan never planned to be a pirate when he set to sea as a sailor. But despite his best behavior, his quick mind and even quicker tongue soon get him on the wrong side of his captain. When pirates capture Crogan's ship and take the crew on as pirates, the pirate captain insists on following the articles for just behavior. But not all of the pirates are interested in fair play. A dangerous first mate with power and riches on his mind plans mutiny and Crogan must fight to save his new life and new crew by allying himself with the very people the rogue pirates plan to rob.

Schweizer has an interesting setup for his new series. Each book is about one member of the Crogan family throughout history. The stories are told by a father to his sons as he helps them see how their ancestors dealt with troubles in their life. This first volume about "Catfoot" Crogan, a pirate in the early 18th century, come from Dr. Crogan as he tells his son, Eric, about Crogan's experiences to show him how one can do the wrong thing for the right reason and how sometimes it's hard to know exactly what the right and wrong things are. Thanks to Schweizer's strong writing, the moral is not shoved down readers' throats. Instead, he shows how Crogan thinks and acts and allows the readers to take their own lessons from that.

Crogan and his crewmates are a rough and salty bunch ---- exactly what readers expect from a pirate tale ---- but they're also shown to be a mix of good and evil and all points in between, keeping the story a good shade of gray instead of a moralizing black and white. Crogan is not much of a talker, but his motives are clear nonetheless. It's those around him who talk, and through Crogan's responses to them we are shown who he is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean McGowan on May 28, 2009
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If you like comics, or stories in general, do youself a favor and buy a copy of "Crogan's Vengeance". The story is a lot of fun and the artwork is great. Chris Schweizer really draws you into the world of Catfoot Crogan, as the book is clearly very well-researched in the vein of Carl Barks' Uncle Scrooge stories. I thoroughly enjoyed myself with "Crogan's Vengeance" and eagerly await its follow-up, "Crogan's March".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Wilson on April 16, 2009
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This book made my inner 10 year old ecstatic. Chris Schweizer manages to incorporate valuable moral and life lessons into an amazingly fun swashbuckling adventure. Overall, one of the most fun reads I've had in a long time. Chris has a mastery of his craft far beyond his age. The book is rated 13+ for violence but the violence is equivalent to what you would see in a PG movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Easterling on November 24, 2008
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Just finished the debut volume of the Crogan Series. The art is bold and dynamic and very age appropriate. A great yarn to introduce a new generation of boys to adventure on the high seas. Every boy will identify with Catfoot Crogan. Only hope that when Chris Schweizer has finished this series for boys he is ready to tackle one for GIRLS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Thompson on July 28, 2009
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To counter a previous review, this book is not just for boys! ;)
You don't have to be a certain gender to be completely captivated by this comic, you just need a sense of adventure.
The story is incredibly charming and the cartooning is lovely. You will fall in love with it, I promise you.
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By todd h hatfield on April 2, 2014
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Great historical fiction. Great way to introduce children to history or graphic novels (comics). Chris Schweizer does a great job entertaining and educating.
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