A Sea of Troubles
A Sea of Troubles

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Series: Kill Shakespeare Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Pits Shakespeare's most famous heroes, including Hamlet, Juliet, and Othello, against such menacing villains as Richard III and Lady Macbeth in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare.
Catalog Number: #60973
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Copyright Date: 2010
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Belanger, Andy,
Pages: 148
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-600-10781-8 Perma-Bound: 0-605-56464-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-600-10781-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-56464-0
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 27 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A narrative device that could easily have crashed and burned instead proves engaging and, at times, enlightening in this clever extrapolation of the Bard's narratives and characters. Foulest of the foul, tyrant Richard III and the seductive Lady Macbeth trick an anguished Hamlet into a quest for the quill of a mysterious wizard known as William Shakespeare. Though in the care of the king's man Iago, Hamlet soon finds himself in the company of the deceptively buffoonish Falstaff, who brings him before Othello and Juliet, leaders of a rebellion against the king. Though it's heavier on action than Shakespeare ever was, authentic interpretations of the cast (particularly master manipulator Iago and the rascal Falstaff) and several scenes faithful to the playwright's themes make for a much more enjoyable read than many Shakespeare-phobic students are likely to expect. The art opens up the world and offers some impressively imagined backgrounds at the same time that it keeps the characters grounded and real and the entire production appropriately theatrical. A grim epilogue promises more in the offing.
Publishers Weekly
Presented as the first half of a longer story, this volume features an intriguing concept: what if Shakespeare's major characters coexisted in a magical land, so that easily misled young Hamlet was duped by clever tyrants Richard III and Lady Macbeth until Falstaff enlightened him and they joined a band of rebels led by Juliet? And what if Shakespeare was considered a wizard, lurking behind the scenes, with ultimate magical power residing in his quill pen? A fantastic world containing this swarm of vivid individuals should be a wonderful basis for a story. Unfortunately, so far, the comic has been a fairly routine sword and sorcery adventure. McCreery and Del Col's script doesn't make the characters, with the exception of the irrepressible Falstaff, especially distinctive; their dialogue is standard heroic comics talk, sprinkled with a few ""thee""s and ""thou""s. Likewise, Belanger's art is adequate%E2%80%94clean and easy to follow%E2%80%94but nothing special. (Nov.)%0D
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 9+

What Fables does for fairy tales, Kill Shakespeare does with the greatest writer of all time.

This dark take on the Bard pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare.

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