- Series: Formic Wars
- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (July 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785136142
- ISBN-13: 978-0785136149
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ender's Game - Formic Wars: Silent Strike Hardcover – July 25, 2012
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Now that you know this is a comic book, let me explain what's going on. The Formic Wars' storyline was written as a prequel to Ender's Game, and it was written as a comic book initially. Marvel released a series of twelve comics total (if my math is correct) that tell the story, and these comics were compiled into hardback graphic novels: the first 7 are called "The Formic Wars: Burning Earth" and the rest are in this book, "The Formic Wars: Silent Strike."
After the comics were written, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (who both worked on the comics) began writing novels that tell basically the same story. The first of those novels, "Earth Unaware," tells the same story as the first three comic books. Although the stories have the same outline, the book is much more in-depth and some details have been rearranged. Future books will finish telling the story of the First Formic War, so when everything is complete there will be two similar stories: one contained in the novels and one contained in these two hardback graphic novels.
Still with me? Good! Because the good news is that this story, no matter which way you read it, is a fantastic prologue for "Ender's Game." I thoroughly enjoyed finding out what happened when humans first came into contact with formics. It is a tale of action, teamwork, sacrifice, and terror, and it really adds depth to the world Ender Wiggin would grow up in. These aliens aren't just bogeymen, made up by parents to scare little kids. They are real, and they really came to earth and killed a lot of people.
So... The question that remains is this: should you read the comics first or the books? I guess the answer depends on when you are reading this. This item ("Silent Strike") finishes the Formic Wars story. It has a sense of resolution - that the tale is complete. The book "Earth Unaware," on the other hand, only tells about a third of the story. It ends without any resolution and made me want to keep on reading. So if you love Orson Scott Card's books and are impatient to hear the entire story, you should read the comics first. But if you have patience... Or if you are in the future and all of the novels are available (I'm in July 2012 and the novel sequels aren't out yet!), then I suggest you read them first. They provide so much more depth that they make the comics more meaningful.
I hope my explanation wasn't too convoluted. TL;DR - The comics are great. The novels are even better. You can't go wrong either way if you are an Ender fan, but if you want to read this you'll need the first graphic novel too.