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Fun to SEE Ender's Game, but . . .,
This review is from: Ender's Game: Battle School (Hardcover)On one hand this version doesn't change any facts or story elements (except making Ender's figure in the "Fantasy game" into a mouse . . . oh, and putting Salamander army at the top of the standings prior to Ender joining them, instead of at the middle . . . and changing the "buggers" to "Formics" exclusively . . . and making the guns during the game part of the suit, not something that can be holstered . . . I guess they did change a bit--but they didn't change Valentine into a beloved dog or anything seriously significant like that).
But on the other hand, this graphic novel moves through the narrative like a cheap TV-movie that tries to cover the first half of the book in 45 minutes. It chops out so much that I can't understand the reasoning. Were they on a time schedule in making it? Characters are introduced that are of great significance in the story, but only have time to really state their name and then they have to step to the side because the story's gotta keep moving. If you don't already know the story from the novel, you WILL be left scratching your head by the time you reach the end of this one (and it's pretty short). Its speed robs it of all depth, and its lack of an internal voice for Ender removes the most fascinating parts of the story--his heart and mind. We see Ender in the battle room with the Salamander army for just a couple brief frames, and we see nothing of his evaluation of Bonzo's tactics. In fact . . . I was watching for Bonzo's tactics, but the tight formations of toons weren't there, they looked just as scattered and formless as the other army. So what would there have been for Ender to analyze, other than deciding to break orders and use his weapon or not?
The art is okay. It's a bit lazy in some places as they clearly drew ONE picture for an entire setting, then just cut and pasted and zoomed for the additional frames needed, and that's annoying. It is neat, though, to see someone's vision of this world.
So that's what we're left with. A few images of half-way decent art depicting key scenes from the first half of Ender's Game. Don't come to this graphic novel and expect to get out of it what you would from reading the book. I read this thing and I fear what kinds of things Orson Scott Card is doing to his story to try to get it to the screen. This thing reads like it's a few explosions and feet of cleavage short of a Michael Bay movie. If you see it at a library, by all means take the time to sit down for 15 minutes to read it, but do not waste your money on this.