Warren Ellis CrecyPaperback
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- Publisher: Avatar Press
- Format: Paperback | 48 pages
- Dimensions: 164mm x 252mm x 4mm | 118g
- Publication date: 7 August 2007
- Publication City/Country: Rantoul, Il
- ISBN 10: 1592910408
- ISBN 13: 9781592910403
- Sales rank: 50,391
From fan-favourite comics writer Warren Ellis (Planetary, Transmetropolitan)! Vastly outnumbered and surrounded, the English army has to stand and fight against overwhelming French forces in Crecy, France. On August 26, 1346, modern warfare changed forever...and this how it happened.
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Warren Ellis has created and written The Authority, Transmetropolitan, Orbiter, the award-winning Planetary, Ministry of Space and much more.
By 365 Graphic Novels 26 Apr 2012
This is an account of the Battle of Crecy in 1346. It combines the styles of Horrible Histories, and a healthy dose of Blackadder. It appears largely accurate and gives a broad account of the politics, society and warfare of the time. It is narrated by a common English archer who spends most of his time talking to us but occasionally grumbles to, or insults, his compatriots.
The Englishman is a cross between the loveable Tommy and the modern day football hooligan. You learn a lot or remember much depending on when you went to school. It is entertaining and thought-provoking as there a number of modern day parallels to be found.
The art is superb. It is black and white line but with masterful shading. The figures are modern but the overall feel is that of a historical woodcut or period document. It is aptly chosen and superbly executed. Maps pop up every now and then to help the reader and there is a big map of Crecy in both the centre spread and inside cover. The most impressive scenes are those at night which switch to white on black inverting the daytime style.
This is a short, concise work, everything a history lesson should be. Although told from the English point of view the narrator admits he's a xenophobic fellow living in an age before political correctness so you can take its one-sided nature into account. It is very nice to see the remit of the graphic novel stretched and who better to do it than Warren Ellis. One Thumbs Up, or two fingers (your choice)!
By John B.Cuthbert 06 Jun 2011
If you are looking for a Batman style comic book this is for you. If you want a serious History of the battle of Crecy and events leading up to it avoid this 'book' like the plague.
That the drawing is good is not in dispute although the historical accuracy is in serious doubt in many places and the language is worse than is heard in most soccer crowds.