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Warren Ellis' Crecy Paperback – August 7, 2007
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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.
The retelling of a battle fought between English and French forces from the perspective of an English longbow man name William who has, lets say, a lot of contempt for the French. It teaches you a fair amount of strategy and tactics used for war in those days. Everything about this GN is awesome though! The story is fun and well paced, and the artwork is just gorgeous.
If you are looking for a medieval graphic novel, this is a must own!
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.
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