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300

by Frank Miller, Frank Miller
Illustrator Lynn Various

Dark Horse Comics | September 13, 1999 | Hardcover

300 is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4.
The armies of Persia—a vast horde greater than any the world has ever known—are poised to crush Greece, an island of reason and freedom in a sea of madness and tyranny. Standing between Greece and this tidal wave of destruction are a tiny detachment of but three hundred warriors. Frank Miller''s epic retelling of history''s supreme moment of battlefield valor is finally collected in its intended format—each two-page spread from the original comics is presented as a single undivided page.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 117 pages, 13 × 10 × 0.54 in

Published: September 13, 1999

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1569714029

ISBN - 13: 9781569714027

Found in: Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
Appropriate for ages: 16 - 16

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from breathtaking artwork The legendary Battle of Thermopylae is one of the greatest battles in history, but somehow it seems like an odd choice for a comic book. But Frank Miller, who was enamoured of the story even as a kid, brought it to vibrant life in the sprawling graphic novel "300," which is all about what caused the battle, and how it ended. With a tightly wound plot and colourful, striking artwork, this is perhaps the most impressive dramatization of this battle... except for the movie based on this book. A Persian messenger arrives, telling King Leonidas that the god-king Xerxes wants the Spartans to bow to him. Leonidas' response: shove the Persians into a pit. But before he can go to war, he must consult the corrupt priesthood of Ephors and their beautiful Oracle. She predicts that Sparta will fall and the gods forbid war at the approach of the Carneaian festival -- courtesy of a hefty bribe from the Persians. So Leonidas takes out three hundred of his best men, along with their nervy Arcadian allies, and begin trouncing the Persians. But they are being sabotaged, when he sadly tells hunchbacked outcast Ephialtes that he cannot be a part of the Spartan army because he cannot lift his shield high enough. So the embittered Ephialtes reveals their plan to Xerxes, as Leonides prepares the 300 for their final stand -- a battle that lasted days, and left only one alive. Not a lot of comic books tackle ancient Grecian culture, and even fewer could bring it to life. But Frank Miller's enthusiasm for the Thermopylae story is what makes it come to life -- he crafts a taut, sparely-written storyline, sprinkled with ethereal moments and some grotesque bad guys. Miller's art is reminiscent of the "Sin City" series, with grotesque old wrecks, muscular men and the occasional seminaked woman. Even more so, he shows graphic battle scenes, full of shattered bloodied bodies and severed limbs, and even adds in some great variety by introducing Xerxes' Immortals, which are silver-masked uberwarriors. Creepy. But Miller doesn't neglect the storyline. He explores the maneuvers and problems in detail, and even adds both hatred and pathos for Ephialtes. And when they aren't fighting, he explores the way the soldiers lived and thought -- teasing, telling stories, making fun of the Athenians, and even on their injuries ("It's just an eye. The gods saw fit to grace me with a spare"). And Leonides is one of Miller's greatest characters. He's a tough, potentially vicious king who (as Miller shows us) killed a giant wolf as a kid, but he's also honorable, impressive, and even shows kindness to Ephialtes (who, by Spartan law, should be dead). And Miller gives personality to various other characters, including a clumsy young soldier, the arrogant Xerxes (who has the nastiest body piercings), and the only Spartan to survive. "300" is an epic story, full of graphic batles and larger than life characters. This battle may be an unlikely choice for a comic book, but it's also one of the most memorable.
Date published: 2008-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Word: Epic. Yes 300 is not historically accurate, and for those who continue to argue against it because of that fact, really are missing the point of this book: the message. I challenge anyone to read this book and by the end not believe the simple motto "nothing is impossible." Miller creates a character in King Leonidas that is by far the most heroic character in modern literature. He never compromises, he never backs away from a fight, and most importantly, he believes that his strength lies with the people next to him, not in himself being the King. I read 300 before I saw the movie, and still maintain the book is better even though the film was specatular. Miller is not what I would consider the greatest artist in the industry, but he is the greatest writer, and his art compliments his writing perfectly. 300 proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt. In my eyes, this book belong in the same epic category as Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Some will argue against that vehemently, but I say that it is not the quantity of pages or volumes or widespread audience that makes a work epic, it is the way it impacts them at the end. For this reader, that message is very simple: "It is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog."
Date published: 2008-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 300 Warning, this is not a novel! This is an illustrated comic book. Nice drawings but not the best if you are looking for a good historical novel to read.
Date published: 2007-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miller's Finest Work This book is an example of the finest the comic book medium has to offer. Its elegant layout serves as an assault on the senses when the reader follows King Leonides and his 300 Spartan soldiers in their assault against the incredible Persian army of Xerxes. Very close to historically accurate, this is one any fan of graphic storytelling should own. Frank Miller has done it again!
Date published: 2000-05-30

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300

by Frank Miller, Frank Miller
Illustrator Lynn Various

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 117 pages, 13 × 10 × 0.54 in

Published: September 13, 1999

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1569714029

ISBN - 13: 9781569714027

About the Book

"Collects issues one through five of the Dark Horse comic-book series 300"--T.p. verso.

From the Publisher

The armies of Persia—a vast horde greater than any the world has ever known—are poised to crush Greece, an island of reason and freedom in a sea of madness and tyranny. Standing between Greece and this tidal wave of destruction are a tiny detachment of but three hundred warriors. Frank Miller''s epic retelling of history''s supreme moment of battlefield valor is finally collected in its intended format—each two-page spread from the original comics is presented as a single undivided page.

From Our Editors

A graphic novel of true valour set in ancient times, 300 features an oversize format with original illustrations by graphic novel genius Frank Miller and painted by Lynn Varley. Persia and Greece are ready to do unimaginable, bloody battle when in steps a small, but exceptional army called the Spartans, only 300 men strong! This special volume offers what was originally a double-page spread on each of the gloriously illustrated pages.

Appropriate for ages: 16 - 16

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