The Blast of War
The Blast of War

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Series: Kill Shakespeare Vol. 2   

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Annotation: Hamlet joins Juliet, Othello, and Falstaff in their attempt to overcome villains Richard III, Lady Macbeth, and Iago, in order to find and kill the reclusive wizard William Shakesepeare and take his magic quill.
Catalog Number: #174844
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Belanger, Andy,
Pages: 148
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-613-77025-1 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-3721-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-613-77025-2 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-3721-0
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 26 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
McCreery and Del Col bring their tale to a close (for the nonce) as Hamlet, Juliet, and Othello wind their way through the machinations of Lady Macbeth and Iago for a final, bloody showdown. There may be a few more magic fireballs and many-eyed demons than old Will tended to work with, and giving Hamlet and Juliet happy endings seems a strange homage to pay, yet an appropriate air of grandeur and theatricality is much on display, brought forth all the more in Belanger's spectacular and inventive page compositions. Not pure Bard, but a tempting invitation nonetheless.
Publishers Weekly
A sweeping fantasy of magic, war, betrayal, and love is set in a world where Shakespeare-s characters dwell and Shakespeare himself is an absent god struggling with a heavy conscience. The second volume builds to the climactic finale of Hamlet-s quest to find the creator-god Shakespeare and return peace to a land torn apart by an evil army led by Richard III and Lady Macbeth. Joined by love interest Juliet, the warrior Othello, the wise fool Falstaff, and the spy Iago, Hamlet has built an army of rebels, the prodigals, who hold off their enemies while he searches for their creator. But even victory comes at a cost as friends and foes die in a great final battle. Belanger-s art rises to the challenge of this epic scale and creates truly impressive visuals. McCreery and Del Sol-s story has the unfortunate problem of inviting comparisons to Shakespeare. The number of characters included goes beyond the book-s ability to comfortably fit them all in. The story is more closely related to modern fantasy tales of great armies struggling as a prophesied hero leads events toward a massive last fight. (Nov.)

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Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 9+

And so the curtain falls… Hamlet, Juliet, and Shakespeare all facing death! Can Othello rally the Prodigals to defeat Richard and Lady Macbeth’s now-fractured army? But even if he does, will anyone be left alive to celebrate victory?
The critically acclaimed series ends its first run in this second volume collection.

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