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Product Details

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Avatar Press (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592910408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592910403
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Warren Ellis is the award-winning British author of comic books, novels, and television, most often recognized for his sociocultural commentary and ground-breaking work in the genre of science fiction. His most recognizable works include Transmetropolitan, Planetary, and The Authority. He maintains a consistent online presence which includes the weekly delivery of the FREAKANGELS web comic to millions of fans. Ellis has published over 25 different creator-owned projects through Avatar Press (including BLACK SUMMER, IGNITION CITY, and GRAVEL, the last of which is in development as a film through Legendary Pictures), with many more planned.

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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) and the "underground classic" novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Crecy just goes to show you that Warren Ellis is a true master of the comic book/graphic novel medium. Told from a soldier's perspective during the Battle of Crecy, Ellis manages to inject so much information in terms of historical weapon uses and battle techniques that you'll be turning the pages just to see what else you can learn alone. There is an engaging parallel to this generations-ago battle and the current war in Iraq (read Crecy's book description alone to get that), and Ellis' own dark humor is apparent as well. What's even more worth noting about Crecy is the ultra detailed, black and white artwork of Raulo Caceres, whose minor little details in faces and backgrounds are stunning to say the least. If there's any downsides to Crecy, it's that it is very short, and you'll be finished it in no time. Despite that though, there is something about Crecy that leaves a lasting impression, and for Warren Ellis fans, you already know that Crecy is worth picking up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 5, 2008
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Entertaining and informative, but all-too brief, Warren Ellis' "Crecy" is a salty retelling of a 14th Century battle which helped pave the way towards the modern doctrine of total warfare. Narrated directly to the reader by a ribald, cheerfully bigoted English archer, "Crecy" tells the tale of when an English raid into Northern France was met with a powerful French counterattack, and yet the English won the day, through a combination of luck, ruthlessness and French overconfidence. It's a fascinating (and fun) history lesson, but the ending is a bit abrupt. It'd be nice to see more of this from Ellis - perhaps a historically-oriented anthology book, along the lines of Jack Jaxon and Spain Rodriguez? As is, this volume will instantaneously pull you in, but may leave you a bit flat at the end. (ReadThatAgain book reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DG on August 21, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. However, to be fair, I was bound to: I have a degree in history, I enjoy reading and learning about war, and I like my facts presented in ways that are easy quantifiable and categorical.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Mills on April 2, 2008
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Well, there really isn't too much to say about Ellis' Crecy, other than it's along the lines of his other offerings in terms of it's ability to grab hold of you.
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.
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William Ellis' Crécy takes the reader into the field on the side of the English during the Battle of Crécy (1346) in the Hundred Years' War. The narrator, an English long-bowman named William of Stonham, discusses many aspects of war and tactics with the reader during the English trek to Crécy. He briefly mentions the differences between the various English folk (Welsh, Cornish, Iceni, etc.) and his xenophobia is apparent. More interesting, however, is his education on warfare - how the long-bowmen came to be and their tools, methods and tactics. After all, the Battle of Crécy was one of the most important battles that revolutionized warfare.

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.
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Format: Paperback
Another great experiment from Apparat - Ellis retells the Battle of Crecy. One of England's finest hours, and therefore ripe for the gritty, ultra-earthly Ellis treatment.

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.
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