lukas, March 13, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
Frank Miller, who also did "Sin City" and "The Dark Knight Returns" (by far his best book) has spent the past three decades putting the graphic in graphic novels. He has an atavistic world view in which men are born to kill and women are there to look hot (and also kill). "300" was the basis for the very violent, very homoerotic movie and I suppose you can enjoy the artwork, while being repulsed by the glorification of warfare. It's interesting that the Spartans have become revered because there were essentially a military state in which war was the highest value and the weak were killed. They were proto-fascsist and their values the antithesis of democracy. They left no art, no culture, no philosophy, just a legacy of kicking ass, which Americans seem to like. Maybe I'm over thinking what is essentially a comic book for boys of all ages.
Gypsi, January 21, 2011 (view all comments by Gypsi)
Wow! This graphic novel is a simply stunningly rendered telling of the Battle of Thermopylae. Is it "historical"? Not entirely, no, but then it never makes that claim. The Battle of Thermopylae has become as much legend as history and that is the treatment given in 300: legendary.
300 follows the Spartan King Leonidas as he takes his 300 warriors to stop the Persians. Leonidas is shown as a true Spartan hero and his wit and arrogance toward Xerxes along with his unflinching bravery make the reader (this one anyway) want to take up shield and spear and stand along side of him.
The art is so fitting for the story. Heavy lines, silhouettes, and much red spattering create the atmosphere needed for each frame. The eye is drawn forward--no pulled forward--and eagerly follows. The art tells as much of the story as does the words.
For those like me that had the misfortune to see the movie version first, never fear: the crappy wife subplot is NOT in this book! Huzzah! Nor is the blatantly off-putting, totally not Spartan image of the child Leonidas crying as he was being taken away from his mother for his trials.
Breathtaking and rousing from beginning to end, 300 is a nearly hero-worshipful retelling of a legend, not a historical thesis--and there is nothing wrong with that! Read it, enjoy it and find it haunting the memory for days to come.
ladeda, April 3, 2007 (view all comments by ladeda)
this was a very well writtin. the graphics in it were amazing this is one of my first graphic novles i have ever read and it was veryyy good i liked it very much but i do not think i would ever read another again !
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Form and content are ideally wedded: Miller's writing is stark, his drawings moody and dramatic, and intensified by Varley's grimly appropriate palette of earth and blood. The reader can see and feel the harshness of both the Grecian landscape and Sparta's battle-worshipping culture, as Miller presents the complex historical moment facing the 300." Publishers Weekly
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. Make sure to check out the online preview of 300 here. And watch for news of this soon to be made major motion picture.
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