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The Art of War: A Graphic Novel Paperback – July 31, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062103946
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062103949
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“Ingenious....Roman and DeWeese have made a visual explosion out of Sun Tzu’s iconic understatement.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“The dystopian story is not for the faint of heart, but those looking for a gory thriller will find plenty to keep them busy.” (Publishers Weekly)

“An epic dystopian story. . . . that revels in all of the trespasses and heroism of which only human beings are truly capable.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“In Roman and DeWeese’s graphic novel, Sun Tzu is alive and well” (Detroit News)

“Phenomenal artwork, a brilliant story-one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read.” (Tarquin Pack, Producer, Kick Ass, Executive Producer, X-Men: First Class)

“An astounding adaptation of Sun Tzu’s ancient text that made me think about its application in an entirely new way.” (General (Ret.) Stephen N. Xenakis, U.S. Army)

“Imaginative, provocative, powerful, and disturbing, Kelly Roman’s Art of War should be required reading for those concerned with the future of America and its place in the world.” (Minxin Pei, Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College)

“THE ART OF WAR rebrands the millennium. It melts down debased ideology, re-values cultural currency, mints strange new coin and buys tomorrow-pawns everything you know. (Jamie Delano, author of Hellblazer)

From the Back Cover

A stunning and gritty graphic novel integrating the iconic strategy text by Sun Tzu into a sweeping thriller set in the near future when Wall Street is militarized and China is the world's dominant economy.

Kelly Roman served time for a horrific friendly fire incident. Once free, he discovers that his brother died while working for Sun Tzu, the ruthless strategist who runs China's global financial empire.

From the apocalyptic third world of suburban Ohio, Kelly heads into the futuristic Gomorrah that is Manhattan to infiltrate Sun Tzu's organization and find out who murdered his brother—and why. Using the skills and genetic enhancements his Special Forces career provided him, he'll confront both Sun Tzu and his nemesis, a monster of biotechnology known only as The Prince.

Throughout his harrowing adventure, Kelly documents Sun Tzu's ancient wisdom, which guides him through each bloody battle and hairbreadth escape in his quest for vengeance and redempti on.


More About the Author

Kelly Roman learned woodblock printmaking at Deerfield Academy and later attended Harvard University where he studied creative writing with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford. The Art of War is his debut graphic novel.

Customer Reviews

You will get your money's worth with this graphic novel.
Sean
The author/artist use minimum colors, black, white and red, to achieve the high standard of poetic writing and dramatic drawing of a modern story based on a classic.
C. M. Lin
It's a quick and entertaining read but at the same time not something I'd necessarily recommend to others.
Rob Slaven - slavenrm@gmail. com

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By arno on August 4, 2012
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Unable to boast the same credentials as Sonshi, perhaps this review should be taken with a pinch of salt. That said, this is a brilliant graphic novel of epic proportions while remaining true to Sun Tzu's treatise. In fact, it is so mind-blowing throughout that it has inspired my first ever online review. Much like the original text itself, you cannot just browse through "The Art of War - A Graphic Novel" (Amazon, where's the option to italicize, eh?) as each picture, every line, are rich poems unto themselves. So once finished the book screams out for a second (and third...) read to make you sure haven't missed anything, which you probably have. Kelly Roman is the Martin Amis of graphic novels (there is no higher compliment) and he has found an absolute gem in Michael DeWeese to bring his stunningly dark visions to life. I cannot recommend this book highly enough to seasoned readers of graphic novels and neophytes alike, specifically the print version as you will want to hold this beauty to ensure optimal immersion. The only question is: Hollywood, can you do it justice? You know you want to.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sonshi.com on August 3, 2012
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As founder of Sonshi, the largest resource on Sun Tzu's Art of War, I fully endorse Kelly and Michael's Art of War graphic novel. The Art of War is a respected ancient classic that is still in use today around the world and across all levels of the military, government, business, and even sports. To have Sun Tzu's principles appropriately weaved into a cool, futuristic graphic novel is not only commendable but also spellbinding. I won't spoil it for you. I will let you savor the book yourself. Just know that, like the original Art of War, this book's artwork and storyline are smart and innovative, and demand the reader's full attention, never letting his or her mind slack. And, like the original, Kelly and Michael's graphic novel will become a classic in its own right.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JJ on August 8, 2012
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No-one can be sure what's going to happen tomorrow let alone 20 years into the future. However, this graphic novel paints a vivid picture of what the world will look like if we carry on how we've always carried on, governed by greed and the greedy. I recently bought an American Red Cross "Emergency Preparedness" backpack which is filled with essentials like water, dried food, a flashlight, basic medical supplies and a whistle. Fortunately there's just enough room for the Art of War which entertains and educates in equal measure. If I happen to bump into you in the post-apocalyptic gloom I'll lend it to you but it'll cost you a Hershey's bar or a fistful of cigarettes.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven - slavenrm@gmail. com TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 27, 2012
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As usual I received this graphic novel as a giveaway on GoodReads. As a Graphic Novel "The Art of War" is rather outside my general ken of reading. I don't scoff too loudly at the genre but it's not typically one that I seek out with great enthusiasm unless, of course, it happens to arrive free in the mail. Therefore I'll be the first to admit that I may not be the most qualified person to trust on this topic.

Roman's offering certainly doesn't lack for gritty violence. His ample use of weaponized quantum singularities and bio-engineered insects does keep things interesting. The overall story line, while not especially complex, does tie together rather nicely and seems a wonderful example of the genre. As is typical when a book has few negative points, I don't really have a ton to say about it. It's a quick and entertaining read but at the same time not something I'd necessarily recommend to others. There's no life-changing moment here, just a random bit of entertainment well executed both textually and visually.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Dahlbeck on October 21, 2013
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Based on the reviews I was excited to read this, but I just didn't get into it. The story was confusing at times and I actually wish that it was a little longer to fully explore what I thought were otherwise good ideas.
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It will always be challenging to adapt Sun Tzu's "The art of war", but this modern adaptation falls short in providing a graphic representation of his works.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Simons on October 8, 2014
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I do not understand all the strong reviews for this graphic novel. I felt that the script only loosely followed the classic "art of war" for the most part, and although the story was interesting, the art was so abysmal that is made it very hard to enjoy. I'm quite serious, the art generally looks like it was done by a high school junior. I regret this purchase.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OpheliasOwn VINE VOICE on March 9, 2014
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More and more, the graphic novel is receiving the praise and respect it so deserves. From the time when comics were "just for kids" to now, when a timeless manual like Sun Tzu's Art of War can be adapted into a graphic story that follows its namesake's principles through a gritty dystopian future. Kelly Roman and Michael DeWeese do Sun Tzu justice with this exceptional homage.

Kelly Roman was punished, but nothing could punish him like his own conscience did. Once released from prison, he discovered his brother, an employee of Sun Tzu, was murdered. For Shane, there is nothing more important than finding the person behind Shane's death. As he starts to dig, however, he finds the darker and more disturbing world that hides behind the surface of the global economy. No longer about just money and ethics, the obsession with power has led men to do or create things that can never be undone. The face of society has changed through the decisions of man, and one lone person will get to the root of the deepest evil, all in the name of revenge.

I don't want to get too deep into the story behind Sun Tzu's original book because it is just too special, unique, and ground-breaking to steal that opportunity for discovery from you. The story itself could stand alone without Sun Tzu, but throughout the unfolding of the story, you will have little snippets of Sun Tzu's philosophy. Those snippets fold beautifully into the story, guiding you through the key purposes without just reiterating what was already written. Instead, it becomes an interpretation or reimagining. And it is truly something impressive to behold.
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