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Warren Ellis' Crecy Paperback – August 7, 2007
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His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.
A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.
Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.
Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.
Top Customer Reviews
Crecy is a short, black-and-white graphic novel that is more a history lesson than anything else. It is told from the perspective of an English Longbowman marching through France and through the Battle of Crecy in 1346 AD, arguably where modern warfare began. In this battle, a smaller contingent of English Longbowman absolutely decimated a larger army of mercenary crossbowman (with shorter range) and French knights. The battle was astoundingly one-sided, with most historical sources agreeing the French suffered at least 10x the casualties as the English.
Be aware that this book contains no characterization whatsoever. It is strictly plot based and sticks squarely to historical fact. It is more like a text-book than a typical graphic novel. The main character speaks directly to the reader as he explains how each piece of equipment functions and relates the history of the kings leading each army. This is a great example of how a textbook can be written in comic form: pictures show where words cannot, and vice versa. Honestly, this should be used in history classes. Kids would actually enjoy reading it and learn something.
However it also has an interesting way of telling the story, I especially liked the Narrator's way of explaining the reasoning behind things. Some nice little history lessons in there.
So I may just be a bit of a fanboy, but I have to say that this is a cheap read, well worth picking up and adding to your collection.
Crécy is interesting, educational, humorous, and - perhaps most important - very gripping. Ellis has written a wonderful graphic novel and Raulo Caceres' illustrations are exactly what one would expect for the time period. Caceres is able to bring detailed, well-drawn illustrations to the story without being fancy. However, with how well-written and illustrated Crécy is, many readers may be left wanting as it is a very short volume (48 pages). But for a measly $6.99, this volume can't be beat.
Ellis also specializes in science-based fiction - exploring a new idea or concept to a dramatic fictional conclusion (see: Iron Man - Extremis, his work on the Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ocean, etc...). In this case, he applies that skill towards the revolution in medieval technology and tactics. This isn't science fiction about light speed travel - it is science fiction about the longbow.
There are no characters as such, but Crecy is still infused with a certain emotional depth - part national pride, part pure gutsiness.
A good, fast, cheap read - Ellis and Apparat have paired together to produce some great work, and this is one of their best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just got this comic and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I learned a lot of interesting history and factoids while reading it and the artwork was awesome. Read morePublished on October 21, 2011 by Conan The Civilian
I'm not and Anglophile by any means, having a lot of issues with the history of England. But I dislike France more. Yet, I love Warren Ellis' stuff, great writer. Read morePublished on July 22, 2011 by Modmyth
One of the best military history lessons I've ever had and quite enjoyable.
As other have mentioned the language is only for readers mature enough to understand the... Read more
If you arew looking for vile language and the story of Agincourt instead of Crecy, this is the rag for you. Read morePublished on February 29, 2008 by Richard Mowbray
A fun story about the battle of Crecy. I especially liked the extra information that was thrown in about dirty fighting.Published on November 16, 2007 by Andre J. Tann