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Product Details

  • Series: Formic Wars
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (July 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785136142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785136149
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I was hoping for a further book in the series and instead bought a comic book.
Bev SmithMartin
Although the stories have the same outline, the book is much more in-depth and some details have been rearranged.
Dustin L. Dopps
I have not read the detailed book, if there was one, but this put an exciting closure to the series.
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Dustin L. Dopps on July 27, 2012
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First off, if you read other reviews that are upset that this is a comic book, they are correct. The listing doesn't actually say anything about this being a graphic novel or comic book, and if you don't notice the Marvel logo on the cover, it would be easy to mistake this as a novel. That's disappointing, because it brought down the review score for no good reason.

Now that you know this is a comic book, let me explain what's going on. The Formic Wars' storyline was written as a prequel to Ender's Game, and it was written as a comic book initially. Marvel released a series of twelve comics total (if my math is correct) that tell the story, and these comics were compiled into hardback graphic novels: the first 7 are called "The Formic Wars: Burning Earth" and the rest are in this book, "The Formic Wars: Silent Strike."

After the comics were written, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (who both worked on the comics) began writing novels that tell basically the same story. The first of those novels, "Earth Unaware," tells the same story as the first three comic books. Although the stories have the same outline, the book is much more in-depth and some details have been rearranged. Future books will finish telling the story of the First Formic War, so when everything is complete there will be two similar stories: one contained in the novels and one contained in these two hardback graphic novels.

Still with me? Good! Because the good news is that this story, no matter which way you read it, is a fantastic prologue for "Ender's Game." I thoroughly enjoyed finding out what happened when humans first came into contact with formics. It is a tale of action, teamwork, sacrifice, and terror, and it really adds depth to the world Ender Wiggin would grow up in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wingerter on October 15, 2013
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I have just finished the two prequels of this three book introduction to the Ender Universe. I am way past my comic book years so I trust the statements of those who have said that the art work is good. I am a long time fan of Orson Scott Card and his work. Those who read the comic book version have a story that will set them up for the movie. Those such as I who know the Ender story and are looking forward to the movie are chomping at the bit for "Formic Wars: Silent Strike" to be released in readable book or Kindle form - preferably before the movie release on Nov. 1. And, I will buy the book whenever it comes out just to find out what happened to Victor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leon weber on November 29, 2013
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I made a mistake and ordered this. IT IS NOT A NOVEL! It is a comic book. There is nothing to indicate such in the description though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By seamus on September 29, 2013
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Sadly, I did not read the reviews. This is not suitable for a black and white screen less than a standard piece of paper in size - you simply cannot read it except with great difficulty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bev SmithMartin on September 21, 2013
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I was hoping for a further book in the series and instead bought a comic book. Not happy at all. In this comic format it is very hard to read from a Kindle as the speech bubbles are small and the storyline is stunted. If you are hoping to read more of this fantastic series in the form of a normal book then don't buy this comic!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Andrews on October 28, 2012
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It is not quite as good as the initial part, but it does make you wonder what happens next. I hope there is a follow up graphic novel to lead up to the story in Ender's Game.
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Marsee on March 31, 2013
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I like that there is a back story to the Ender's Game universe. I first read Enders Game in the early 90's, I've been fixed ever since. The comic gives the answers to what happened during the Formic Invasion, but was very simplistic in the telling. My curiosity is satisfied, but the story itself feels shallow. I like it but if you've never read any of the Enders Series books, you may not be as enthralled as I was.
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