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Elric: The Making of a Sorcerer Paperback – July 4, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1St Edition edition (July 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401213340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401213343
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,342,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2008
Elric of Melniboné has slashed his way through a number of books and short stories since 1961. Even though Elric has had an interesting series of experiences, his history prior to the events in the novel "Elric of Melniboné" has yet to be the focus of a story. This graphic novel, which collects a four-issue release by DC comics, explains how Elric gained his powers.

At the beginning of this story, we see Sadric the Emperor concerned that his son is too weak to lead the empire. The dream couch tests will either kill Elric, or they will prove that he is capable of leadership. Sadric is not the only one who thinks Elric is too weak to lead. Elric's cousin Yyrkoon believes himself to have the ruthlessness it takes to lead the empire into the future, and he tries to influence events by following Elric on his dream quests.

Elric travels through space and time on four dream quests. The first quest helps explain how Melniboné came to be and how King Grome, the King of the Earth Elementals, came to be in Elric's debt. The second quest shows White Crow, the person Elric became on his second dream quest, inviting Arioch, a Lord of Chaos, into the world. The third dream explains how the Spirits of the Air came into Elric's debt. The final dream shows how Elric came to be chosen the King of Melniboné.

The Good: I enjoyed this story a lot. I enjoyed the story so much that I read it twice in a row. Though there is a lot of similarity between the dream quests, there are significant differences between the stories that provide explanations for Elric's abilities and behavior.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ellen VINE VOICE on October 30, 2007
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I am a fan of Michael Moorcock. Specifically his Elric of Melnibone series...
He is a fascinating character - tall, albino, and is one powerful man.
Moorcock's graphic novel shows Elric as he is being trained to become worthy of being the next king. He is given super sleeping draughts and he goes on dangerous journies - and each time he gains power and knowledge.
He finds a great broadsword, which will be his bane and power in later books. Stormbringer. A sword that kills, takes the victim's souls and gives the holder soul's energy too.
In this prequel - Elric is a nice person and has a love - These dreams through time and worlds help us give some insight to the Elric we find in the start of the true Elric series - and if you are a fan of fantasy, especially Elric, you will enjoy this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By eShu on September 16, 2013
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I have over half a bookcase dedicated to the works of Michael Moorcock so I was thrilled to discover a graphic novel written by The Man himself!

In this prequel, the young Elric must undergo a series of dream quests where he inhabits the lives of various ancestors to prove his worthiness for the throne. During these trials he learns how his people came to power.

The story itself is a lot of exposition detailing the rise of the Melnibonean Empire with Elric conveniently thrust into it. It could have been interesting, but the story follows the standard fantasy fare with Elric tasked to find a magical object or slay a fearsome monster to win the favor of a powerful ally. Sadly none of these quests contribute in any meaningful way to Moorcock's Multiverse Mythology.

The artwork also missed the mark. I've been a fan of Walt Simonson since his years at Marvel, but his style seems far more suited to superheroes than sorcerers.

It's also painfully clear that Mr. Simonson has never read any of the source material. With the exception of Elric, not one of the characters was depicted as described in the books. The "raven haired" Cymoril is blonde. Yrkoon with his "dark and oily locks" is bald. And Straasa, the King of Water Elementals, described as a huge man with blue skin and green hair is inexplicably drawn with the head of a seahorse!

It's this misstep, more than anything, that prevented me from enjoying the comic.

I find it curious that Mr. Moorcock wouldn't have had some creative input on the drawings. But perhaps once he was commissioned for the script, he was content to let DC Comics do with it what they would.

Elric of Melnibone' has appeared in numerous comic incarnations from Marvel, Image and most recently Boom. And any one of these books does a far better job bringing Mr. Moorcock's most iconic creation to artistic life than this mundane fantasy.

Ironic, considering the source.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on September 13, 2010
I first read Michael Moorcock's Elric saga many years ago when it consisted of only six books. I absolutely loved it and have reread the original saga regularly. Since that initial exposure, Moorcock has revisited Elric numerous times, to the point that the number of new books has caught up with the originals. I've found these additions to be increasingly unnecessary and tedious, but for some reason, I purchased the trade paperback ELRIC: THE MAKING OF A SORCERER, perhaps due to the fact that Walt Simonson handles the art. This book collects the 4-issue limited series and claims to reveal "an untold chapter in the life of the classic sword-and-sorcery character Elric - witness the ascension of Elric to the throne of Melniboné!" It sounded to me like this would provide some interesting history on the characters, places, and events immediately prior to the first novel, ELRIC OF MELNIBONE. Well, not quite... as strange as it sounds, this prequel is really nothing more than a boring retread (pretread?) of events from the original saga.

In this story, an abundance of expository dialogue reveals that the Emperor Sadric requires his son, Prince Elric, to undergo four dream quests in order to prove his ability to rule their island nation. During these quests, I assume in which Elric inhabits the personae of past Melnibonéans, we learn of the formation of the Isle of Melniboné and the origin of its inhabitants' pacts with various gods. The whole dream quest idea seems fairly contrived, and it confuses me. Based on Moorcock's original saga, I'd always understood Elric to be frail, emotionally complex, and something of an oddity among his own kind, but THE MAKING OF A SORCERER depicts him as a heroic ideal... oh wait, it's a dream...
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