300

by Frank Miller; coloring by Lynn Varley
Hardcover EditionRead July 25, 2011

Original Release Date: August 2009

Length: 88 pages

Official Description:

 The army of Persia – a force so vast it shakes the earth with its march – is poised to crush Greece, an island of reason and freedom in a sea of mysticism and tyranny

Standing between Greece and this tidal wave of destruction is a tiny detachment of but three hundred warriors.

But these warriors are more than men… they are SPARTANS.

300 is a story of war and defiance as only Frank Miller can tell. Featuring the watercolor talents of painter Lynn Varley, 300 marks the first collaboration for these two creators since 1990’s Elektra Lives Again. The five-part series is collected into a beautiful, 88-page hardcover volume, with each two-page spread from the comic presented as it was originally intended – as a single undivided page, greatly enhancing the graphic and narrative power of this immortal tale of heroic sacrifice.

My Take:

I’ve wanted to read 300 for sometime now, I happened upon it while in the library looking for books for my son. My husband read it first and then I got to read it. It’s a short graphic novel, which spurred a movie. Of course I saw the movie first, and the story is pretty much verbatim in the movie. However, I really enjoyed the art in this as it was really well done, and it must have taken a lot of time. I don’t know much about the process of these types of novels but it seems like a lot of work. The art is worth the time and the story is pretty good too. Of course the battle of Thermopylae is classic tale 300 Spartans (with a few thousand other guys) taking on the entire Persian army. I love these kinds of stories, but mostly it was the art that impressed me.

Quote:

“Spartans… tonight we dine in Hell!”

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