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Ender's Game: Formic Wars: Burning Earth Hardcover – September 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Ender's Game
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 1St Edition edition (September 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780785136095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785136095
  • ASIN: 0785136096
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.

Aaron Johnston is the coauthor of the novel Invasive Procedures and the comic book series Dragon Age, both with Orson Scott Card. Additional comic credits include Ender in Exile, League War, and Mazer in Prison, all for Marvel. His screenplay adaptations include Sarah: Woman of Genesis, The Multiple Man, Feed the Baby of Love, and others.

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Aaron Johnston is a New York Times bestselling author who often collaborates with science-fiction legend Orson Scott Card. His comic book credits include Ender in Exile, Speaker for the Dead, Formic Wars, League War, and Mazer in Prison, all for Marvel. His screenplay adaptations include Alvin Maker, Sarah: Woman of Genesis, The Multiple Man, Feed the Baby of Love, and others. His play Lifeloop, an adaptation of Orson Scott Card's short story, was featured at Western Illinois University. He is also an associate producer on the film Ender's Game. A longtime stage improviser, Aaron is a former member of LA's Improv Factory, Santa Clarita Improv, and the Garrens Comedy Troupe. He and his wife are the parents of four children.

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If this is the future of earth, then the bugs should win.
A Forest Fan
The cover format/art looks exactly like all of Orson Scott Card's other graphic novels.
JR
Having read all of the Ender's books the graphic novel was a nice addition.
Keith Hess

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Josh on September 15, 2011
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I thought this graphic novel was excellent. Full color all the way though. It goes though the start of the first encounter with the Formics (same guys from the Ender's Game novel). Unfortunately, there are some reviewers who did not bother to read what they were getting before clicking by, and then have the nerve to give it one star for their own mistake. I would not pay any attention to them, they are not reviewing anything. I would highly recommend this if you like graphic novels and want to see what the first battles with the Formics were like.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Hannah Smith Walker on September 24, 2011
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I also ordered this book thinking it was a regular book, not a graphic novel. I was equally as frustrated as the people who bought this thinking it was a regular book. But I went ahead and read it anyway, and really enjoyed it. The story was great and it was a different reading experience. This is the first comic or graphic novel I've ever been able to read all the way through. Even if you don't like graphic novels, give this one a try!
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By SchiBri on December 26, 2011
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This review is meant to warn fans of the books by Orson Scott Card. Unlike some of the other reviewers I purchased this item with full knowledge that it was a graphic novel. I will admit that I am not an avid fan of graphic novels, but my problem with "Formic Wars" wasn't the format, it was the content.

It is hard to believe that Card had anything to do with the story being told here. Fans of Card know that his stories are always wonderfully woven around three dimensional characters facing a moral dilemma. All of the characters in this graphic novel are embarrassingly shallow and the dialogue is one cliche after another. What's worse, the story actually contradicts much of what we learn about the First Invasion from the original novel. While I am not against an author doing this (OSC has done this before), in 'Formic Wars' it is done only as a device to forcibly drive forward a tasteless plot. The introduction of a character from Ender's Game is likewise done without skill or merit and in my opinion ruins the character Card built. For the sake of my love for the original novel, I will just pretend that it is some totally unrelated character of the same name.

As I said, I am not an avid reader of graphic novels. Perhaps this is how they have to be written. Perhaps it is an excellent graphic novel and I just cannot appreciate the artwork. But for those of you hoping to see Card's usual brilliance in depicting the discovery of the Buggers, I warn you to stay away and settle for pre-ordering "Shadows in Flight" instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jem on May 10, 2014
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I wish that I had known that this covered the same story that Earth Unaware and Earth Afire covers. I have both of those books and do not need a comic book covering the same stories. Comic books should be labeled clearly as such. I was hoping for a new story so it was a real disappointment when I realized it wasn't'.
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Many of the novels and short stories in Orson Scott Card's Ender series have been adapted into comic book form by Marvel, but this collection represents a brand new story in the series written as a comic. Card and Aaron Johnston co-wrote the story (Johnston wrote the script). They have announced plans to expand on the story in a trilogy of novels, the first of which Earth Unaware was published last month.

The artwork by Giancarlo Caracuzzo is adequate. The panels support the text and were usually easy to follow. His depiction of the Buggers was spot-on as to how I imagined them reading the first book twenty years ago. A few of the covers, especially the last one depicting flaming alien ships falling from the skies, are very evocative and memorable. I had some quibbles with the fact that Captain O'Witt's skin color kept changing hues from white to dark, and it was hard to tell the soldiers apart in a few of the fight scenes inside the enemy ship. Also, I felt the art was too cartoonish; I preferred Pasqual Ferry's more three-dimensional and textured artwork in the original Ender's Game adaptation.

The story itself was fast-paced and exciting, especially the hand-to-hand combat scenes in China between human resistance fighters and the Formic aliens. The focus was clearly on the action and not on detailed plotting or character development. In general this has been true of all the comic adaptations in the series, except Speaker for the Dead. The result is much different than the novels, which are much more focused on characters and politics. If this were a standalone man vs. alien tale, I would probably appreciate it as a simple adventure tale.

How does it fit within the overall scope of the Ender saga? Well, not too well.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JR on October 18, 2011
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I have no idea why everyone seems surprised that it is a graphic novel.
The cover format/art looks exactly like all of Orson Scott Card's other graphic novels. It says Actual Ender's Game above the author's name. It even says Marvel in the top left corner.

I've bought five of these Ender graphic novels now and love them all. Most of them are based on the actual novels and have been true to them, and I love seeing what Orson Scott Card imagines in terms of how the characters and settings look. This is the first one I've read that has had new information (not taken directly from a novel) and I love it!

Besides a few small typos ("Maybe your family got their afterwards.") this was a fantastic comic! The art is great, the story is amazing, and I can't wait for the next issue!
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