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Siegfried Volume 1 Hardcover – June 13, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Siegfried (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment (June 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193639345X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393459
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in 1974, Alex Alice possessed a passion for comics and animation from an early age. He began to develop graphic novel projects while at l’École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris. In 1993, he met Xavier Dorison, with whom he began to collaborate on Le Troisieme Testament (the Third Testament), a story of adventure and esoteric investigation across Europe in the Middle Ages influenced by the likes of Umberto Eco. The first volume of that series came out in 1997, published by Glénat. In addition to that series, Alice began developing Siegfried, a retelling of Norse myths as a graphic novel trilogy.

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I'm an avid comic book reader and I am rarely awe struck when picking up a new graphic novel by someone I've never heard of.
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The art work is amazing and the story telling is solid.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin McCormack on November 20, 2013
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There isn't a single page in this book that I wouldn't be comfortable blowing up, framing, and hanging on my wall. These are some of the best illustrations I have ever seen. Period.

If you're here, you're probably here because you know Wagner's Ring cycle. If that's the case, then here's my recommendation:

If you're looking for a creative adaptation combining bits of the Norse mythology, bits of Wagner's adaptation, and bits of creative license, then this is worth your money.

If you're looking for a blow-by-blow adaptation of the operas, then I recommend P. Craig Russell's adaptation, which is practically a transcription from Wagner's stage directions.

Alex Alice adds flourishes that couldn't possibly make sense in a stage version and are perhaps a little too specific and personable for Norse myth. In this, Siegfried, neglected by Mime, is partially raised as the friend of a family of wolves. This idea adds a lot of life to the story, as well as a stunning - and wordless - touch of darkness.

Speaking of wordless, that's another interesting and wonderful thing about this book - there is no narration. The pictures tell the stories, and believe me, they do more than enough.

So if you like what I said here... well, buy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on June 30, 2012
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I can't say much about how the story was adapted because I'm not as familiar with Wagner's version of this story versus the Norse story it's based off of, but this is one of the most beautiful graphic novels I've seen in a very long time. It's given a terrific treatment and a reader can spend hours looking at the art inside several times over. The length of the book might be misleading, since there is a large chunk that is devoted to an interview with Alex Alice describing the development of the comic as well as the animated version.

Story-wise I think it's nicely paced, with interesting layouts, and even if you're unfamiliar with Wagner's Ring saga you won't be left confused about who's who and what's what. All the characters have appealing designs, and did I mention how gorgeous the art is? Well, it's gorgeous. The second volume can't come soon enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CorbeauBlanc on August 30, 2013
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Alex Alice should make the movie already. Open a kickstarter dude.... the book is great, the story is perfect and it relates perfectly to the original Saga of Siegfried.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Klingman on March 11, 2014
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This book took me on a journey. I didn't feel like I was reading at all. I felt as though I was dreaming a high quality animated movie. It was like Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal combined with my old Conan comics. To then find out the rich history behind the tale was an added bonus.

I'm an avid comic book reader and I am rarely awe struck when picking up a new graphic novel by someone I've never heard of. By the time I was half way through this book, I was obsessed with Alex Alice and now that I've finished the second volume I can't wait for more.

The ART in this book is phenomenal, and the writing is fun and poetic. Characters are built, and legends are formed. It's everything I could ever want from a book.
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By Pedro M. Morales Gomez on August 12, 2013
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Great art, though short story. Should wait to issue a longer compilation with more content. Would still highly recommend it though.
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By LORD OF THE FLIES on March 26, 2013
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Get this book. It's a great escapism if you're into fantasy stories about long ago, about the mythical gods and stuff in that nature. If you like Lord of the Rings and the Narnia series, I'd give this volume and later volumes a chance. The art is very easy to follow and the dialogues translated very well from the original texts.
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The art work is amazing and the story telling is solid. The only problem is that half the book is a "behind the scenes" section. There are sketches and descriptions on story, rough drafts, and so on. Maybe there is some history with the particular graphic novel that I don't know about but this sort of stuff is just bloat.
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By Adam B Nelson on February 9, 2013
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The art and story-telling are great in the first portion of the book. The second half is dedicated to the author's passion for the content, his influences, and background about how he develops books and on film. All of it was very good.
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