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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: 10 x 6.6 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,694 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.

More About the Author

WARREN ELLIS is an author, graphic novelist, columnist and speaker. His new novel, GUN MACHINE, was released by Mulholland Books in January 2013, and is being developed for television by Chernin Entertainment and FOX.

CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, his last novel, was described by Joss Whedon as "Funny, inventive and blithely appalling... Dante on paint fumes."

His graphic novel RED was made into a successful film starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren, and its sequel film is released in August 2013. His other graphic novels, including TRANSMETROPOLITAN, PLANETARY, GLOBAL FREQUENCY and FREAKANGELS, have won multiple awards, including a Lifetime Achievement prize from the Eagle Awards and the NUIG Lit & Deb's President's Medal in recognition of support for free speech. MINISTRY OF SPACE became the first graphic novel to win the Sidewise Award for alternate history fiction. His GRAVEL sequence of graphic novels has been optioned by Legendary Pictures, with Tim Miller attached to direct.

Previously a commentator for Reuters and WIRED UK magazine, he is currently writing a weekly column for VICE.

His first non-fiction book, from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is due in 2014. He lives mostly in Britain.

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I just got this comic and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Conan The Civilian
His novel, Crooked Little Vein, just came out and is also a good read--though utterly different from this.
Max More
It is more like a text-book than a typical graphic novel.
DG

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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 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre J. Tann on November 16, 2007
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A fun story about the battle of Crecy. I especially liked the extra information that was thrown in about dirty fighting.
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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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By Conan The Civilian on October 21, 2011
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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. I wish Ellis would make a whole series of comics like this covering different battles through history.
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