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Michael Moorcock's Elric Vol. 1: The Ruby Throne Hardcover – September 16, 2014

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"For fans of not only Game of Thrones but also the God of War games
and even Lord of the Rings" - Pissed off Geek

"The art in this book is as unique and memorable as Elric himself. 5 out of 5" - Kabooooom

"Gorgeous artwork...[recalls] Moebius, Dune and even a dash of Blade
Runner. 4 out of 5" - Comic Bastards

"Beautifully illustrated, it’s a terrific addition to the comic book incarnation of Elric” - Scoop

“The finest Moorcock adaptation" - Paradox Comics Group

"a masterpiece" - Sci Fi Monkeys

"Each page is gripping and packed with detail. 5 out of 5" - Pop Mythology

"This is the Elric adaptation I’ve been hoping to see for some time now. 5 out of 5!" - Comic Spectrum

"Books of this high a caliber can certainly turn the tide for a genre that isn’t garnering as much attention." - Pop Culture Network

"An incredible fantasy graphic novel to behold - from start to finish." - The 9th Blog

“Elric has never looked, sounded and been better!”  - Comics Trash 

"gorgeous art.... a MUST-HAVE in anyone’s collection!" - Comics Sinners

"As impossible as it may sound, Blondel has (together with his collaborators) actually made the Elric saga darker than ever before!" - Power of Pop 

"a perfect opportunity to finally delve into the world of the albino emperor" - Geeks of Doom 

"If you have never read anything by Michael Moorcock then this maybe a good place to get yourself acquainted with a world many people have grown to love." - Flickering Myth 

"nothing short of breath-taking" - Mass Movement

"the art is gorgeous"
- 8CN

"an engaging read and visually stunning" - Digital Spy

"I thoroughly enjoyed it and finished it all too soon. I would recommend it as an ideal place to start the Elric story if you have never read them but wondered what all the fuss is about." - SFF World

"Magnificent is pretty much the only word I can use for the artwork. From the costume art to the look of the city, the level of detail is stunning and really does Melinibone to life. 9/10" - The Cult Den

"This latest tremendously dark and deeply engaging graphic extravaganza again raises the creative bar and proves why Elric is the leading star of fantasy fiction." - Comics Review

About the Author

Comic book writer, game author and journalist Julien Blondel worked as a radio host for 14 years before becoming a DJ. In 1994, he abandoned the electronica scene for a career in writing. Since then he's written numerous successful screenplays, comics and short stories.

Didier Poli has worked for various animation studios including Disney studio on the production ofTarzan, and as the Art Director for Kalisto Entertainment. As well as working in comics, he is a sought-after designer and storyboard artist for animated movies and games.

Robin Recht has illustrated DmC: Devil May Cry, dark romance series Totendom, and the Julius trilogy, a prequel series to the Third Testament series, coming soon from Titan Comics.
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Product Details

  • Series: Elric
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Comics (September 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782761241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782761242
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Absolutely stunning. Moorcock writes in the foreword that he finds this volume the finest adaptation of his work to date, and I agree. He's given his blessing to every change, saying that frankly he wishes he thought of the tweaks first. The book truly captures the decadence and cruelty of Melnibone. It does not shy from depicting the Melniboneans in all their awful glory. Unlike other adaptations, the character designs feel completely true to the tone of the original book. The art is fresh and alive; the artists worked hard to inject their linework with vibrance and I don't think there's a subpar frame in the whole book. For anyone who is a fan of Elric, this is the beginning of the definitive adaptation. For anyone new to Elric, this book will show you the beginning of a story of one of the original anti-heroes, a character created to be the antithesis of hobbits and Conan the Warrior. Dark magic, swashbuckling swordplay, depravity beyond your imaginings, twisted nations and people, gods who feast on souls and chaos. This is the world of Elric laid out for your eyes to drink in. It will only get better from this volume on.

ETA: I just wanted to expand on this version of the comic versus the ones by P. Craig Russel. Titan is going to re-release the comics by Russel, which until now were probably considered "the definitive edition", so it's worth comparing. The Russel comics are much more true to the original stories and allow much more space for the story to lay out. What this comic does in 64 pages, the Russel one does in 176. However, as a big fan of Moorcock I never quite felt Russel struck the "tone" right with the artwork, which is why I love this new comic by Blondel/Poli more.
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All and all, a very impressive standalone reinterpretation of the original. Sure, many many things changed. Some for the better, some for the worse, but the core love triangle and Elric's character are clearer and more emotionally (and logically) believable than ever because of some of the changes, and the work is awesome, especially the art. I don't measure success of adaptations by how close to the original they steered, but by how wonderful they are on their own and, only as an afterthought how they capture the core of the original. There is plenty of room in the multiverse, after all. Overall, this is definitely wonderful, and true to the original love triangle and flawed character of Eric very, very well. Sure, there are pointless additions, like pointed ears (why, why do the always do that?). Imrryr, the Beautiful, the Dreaming City and it's drug-addled, near-insane inhabitants whose shameless pursuit of pleasure knows no bounds is changed to something from Hellraiser (how cliche, what a waste of an opportunity), and other things. But those aren't enough to derail the astonishing art, the often truly better characterizations, that this brings to the table. I loved it, and I can now see an Elric movie (or two... please leave it at two, though) as possible and worth seeing. In the end no one can take away the real world Moorcock painted in my head for me decades ago, so this is a welcome re-thinking, nothing is lost.
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The art is above average as for story... though It has been almost 20 years since I have red the original novels, it seemed rushed which makes sense since it is comic book form... overall for 12 dollars for a hardcover seemingly single issues comic book i was able to finish in less the 10 minutes I do not think I will continue to purchase future volumes... Maybe will just have to pick up the original [non-picture] books and go for a proper re-red...
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It's a bit pricey, and it's a bit short. But, it's also a depiction of the opening scenes from Elric's journey that is masterful. That scenery and atmosphere of this book are purely amazing. It'd make a great movie if it looked like this.
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Julian Blondel's rendition of 'Elric Volume 1: the RubyThrone,' might be critically acclaimed for its illustrations. However, the way it was formatted for the Kindle leaves much to be desired. In order to see both the pictures and the fine print a reader has to constantly toggle back and forth on the kindle zoom option. This constant zooming in and out on the kindle device is very time consuming and takes away from the readers appreciation of both the story line and the illustrations within it. Amazon should either fix the formatting of this story on the kindle or just not offer it as a kindle book!

Other readers, beware! Do not get this on your kindle. You will regret it. If you do want this graphic novel just order it and have it shipped to you. Very disappointed!
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Beautiful art but I think the authors have not read the books ( lots of flaws in their interpretations), and they know absolutely NOTHING about medieval weapons, seriously the weapons look retardedly stupid and unwieldy. The comic author seems to think that taking liberties with Moorcocks material and plot will be welcomed by the longtime fans, I am not too thrilled and wish they would stick to the story as written by the creator, actually I probably wont be buying volume 3 unless they can correct themselves. Stormbringer looks like a baseball bat! But at least they didnt go with the concept Elric with nipples showing! Artists seem to have got Hellraiser the movie confused with Moorcocks Young Kingdoms....NO NO NO NO WRONG WRONG WRONG...just no.
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