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Sunday, 29 March 2015

CBO Recommendation of the Week: Titan Books -Elric Of Melnibone vol. 1

Writer  Roy ThomasArtists  Michael T. Gilbert   P. Craig Russell 
Series: The Michael Moorcock Library
US Trade format
176 full colour pages
ISBN 9781782762881
Mature readers
 £18.99 UK   $22.99 US  $25.99 Can

Collecting the first volume of the classic adaptation of Michael Moorcock’s bestselling fantasy saga, Elric of Melniboné marks the perfect introduction to the series’ iconic antihero, his fabled blade, Stormbringer, and his harrowing adventures across the Dragon Isle. 

Adapted by former Marvel Comics editor, Roy Thomas, and beautifully rendered by longtime comics illustrator, Michael T. Gilbert, and the multiple Harvey and Eisner award-winning P. Craig Russell, this definitive collection marks an essential read for all fans of sword and sorcery and brings the Moorcock’s epic tales to life with luxuriant imagination.

If you never got to see the PC (Pacific Comics) issues then you are in for a treat here.  Those PC issues are near impossible to find and it isn't surprising.

I opened up this book, recalling the reproduction of art in the comics, and I sat back.  Yes, production in printing is...well, decades ahead of what it was but the colours and artwork are so crisp.  And the artwork really is something beautiful from two Masters of the form!

Roy Thomas, of course, knows what he is doing as an adapter of fantasy books (Conan for one) and scripter  so no surprise that this is a very good read.  

I am not majorly into fantasy but a very good comic book is a very good comic book and if you are into comics in general, but fantasy specifically, then I highly recommend this book -and more are to follow!

My review of the previous Titan book Elric -The Ruby Throne can be found here:


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