This is the last graphic novel for the first novel of the Card series, "Ender's Game". The focus is mostly upon Ender revitalizing the Dragon Team with a crew of "undesirables" and then the higher ups pushing Ender to his breaking capacity before he confronts his final test. This particular volume is very much focused on strategies and tactics.
Written by Christopher Yost and artwork by Pasqual Ferry andFrank D'Armata.
CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; STORY/PLOTTING: B to B plus; ARTWORK PRESENTATION: B plus; BEAN FOCUS: B plus; WHEN READ: early August 2012; OVERALL GRADE: B to B plus.
SPOILERS: I thought the ending after the Formics were eradicated was rushed. It should have had a few extra pages minimum.
Librarians have access to all thing written. I don't remember what led me to Ender's Game back in 1992 but I've been astounded by every addition to the tale that began as a short story. Card's descriptions are rich, but I was delighted to see them realized in graphic novel form, pretty much the way they appeared to me. I would hope that anyone finding the graphic novels first would also dive into the books they are derived from, thus enriching their understanding of Ender's world.
Maybe it's because it's actually a little better. Maybe it's because I read this weeks after reading "Ender's Game," whereas I read "Battle School" only days after finishing it. The story still feels rushed like a bad Michael Bay movie, but not as rushed as the first one. Though, again, I knew what was going on only because I'd read the novel. That's what this is really for: you've read the novel, now here's someone's vision of it. It's a little fun to see the story--the Dragon Army battles, the fight with Bonzo, the conversation with Val on the lake--but that's it. Don't expect any real substance from this.
It hits all the big story points, but completely leaves out the Locke and Demosthenes subplot and the entire epilogue. You are also shown that Bean is important, but not ever shown why as you are in the book--but there's a graphic novel adaptation for "Ender's Shadow," so maybe they explore it more there . . . but then again, if these two books are any indication, they won't. As with the first one, too, the art is fine, but its still obviously done lazily on a computer, re-using some drawings and zooming in on them rather than drawing a whole page. The drawings are well done and they're interesting, sure, but c'mon. These aren't very long graphic novels, don't make them look so rushed.
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