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ISBN13: 9781596436800
ISBN10: 1596436808
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The epic tale of the original marathon runner—just in time for the 2012 Olympic Games

It was a turning point in ancient history.

It inspires men to greatness.

It was the foundation of one of the greatest and most prevailing global peace efforts of the 20th century.

It was the greatest feat—and the tragic death—of a man whose legacy will never be forgotten.

In 490BC, an Athenian messenger named Eucles ran 153 miles from Sparta to Athens, and in so doing preserved ancient Greek civilization from subjugation to the Persian Empire.

This graphic novel from screenwriter Boaz Yakin and artist Joe Infurnari tells his story.

Review:

"This graphic novel opens with the first triumph of the legendary Greek courier (in this case renamed Eucles) over the tyrant king Hippias' own son, the death of his parents at Hippias' hands, and the tyrant's exile a decade later. With that bit of backstory nimbly taken care of in the first few pages, the tale jump-cuts ahead to the day before the legendary battle, the Persian army ready to land at Greek shores, with Hippias at its side. If this is familiar to readers (or viewers) of 300, it should be, since the setup is essentially the same. But Yakim and Infurnari take a distinctly different angle, casting the Persians as worthy opponents for the Greeks to engage in battle. The focus is on strategy, which allows heroics to come out of the characters' wits and will, rather than displays of rippling muscle. However, this focus on character is damaged by a sketchlike visual aesthetic that renders the characters' faces looking nearly identical. This is frustrating early in the book, when the action focuses more heavily on the efforts of the army than on Eucles. As the book progresses, and Eucles takes center stage, the book rights itself, and by the end, it is easy to feel oneself racing alongside him toward Athens. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Boaz Yakin is an American screenwriter and film director based in New York City. Yakin studied filmmaking at New York City College and New York University. He has written and/or directed many major Hollywood movies such as The Punisher, The Rookie, A Price Above Rubies, and Remember The Titans.
 
Joe Infurnari is an acclaimed comics writer and illustrator living in Brooklyn. His work has been recognized with multiple Eisner nominations, numerous publications, and membership in the prestigious web comics collective, Act-i-vate. He is the illustrator of First Second's "Mush!"

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, July 27, 2012 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
The run that gave the marathon race its name was actually part of a much longer trek that the runner was making to save Athens from an invasion by the Persians. The graphic novel Marathon, by Boaz Yakin and Joe Infurnari tells the story of the runner, a former slave named Eucles.

Eucles was granted his freedom as a boy when he was allowed to compete in a race with other free children. When he won, the king’s illegitimate son paid a terrible price. And when Eucles was granted his freedom, it came at a cost: the threat to perform well always as a messenger or sacrifice his parents. He came to hate the king who made the pronouncement.

When Eucles grew up, he became known as one of the most reliable of messengers, and his skills were put to the test when the Persian king sent an army to conquer Athens. Eucles ran to ask for help from Sparta, back again and then onto the battlefield. His amazing journey is the stuff of legend, and a great topic for a graphic novel. With flashbacks to the past and gripping scenes of the battle, Marathon is an adventure that races along.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781596436800
Author:
Yakin, Boaz
Publisher:
First Second
Author:
Infurnari, Joe
Subject:
Comics & Graphic Novels
Subject:
Historical - Ancient Civilizations
Subject:
Sports & Recreation - Miscellaneous
Subject:
Children s-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Graphic Novels
Publication Date:
20120631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2-color illustration throughout
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This graphic novel opens with the first triumph of the legendary Greek courier (in this case renamed Eucles) over the tyrant king Hippias' own son, the death of his parents at Hippias' hands, and the tyrant's exile a decade later. With that bit of backstory nimbly taken care of in the first few pages, the tale jump-cuts ahead to the day before the legendary battle, the Persian army ready to land at Greek shores, with Hippias at its side. If this is familiar to readers (or viewers) of 300, it should be, since the setup is essentially the same. But Yakim and Infurnari take a distinctly different angle, casting the Persians as worthy opponents for the Greeks to engage in battle. The focus is on strategy, which allows heroics to come out of the characters' wits and will, rather than displays of rippling muscle. However, this focus on character is damaged by a sketchlike visual aesthetic that renders the characters' faces looking nearly identical. This is frustrating early in the book, when the action focuses more heavily on the efforts of the army than on Eucles. As the book progresses, and Eucles takes center stage, the book rights itself, and by the end, it is easy to feel oneself racing alongside him toward Athens. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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