The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

Hardcover | September 21, 2010

byDiana Gabaldon

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A luscious full-colour graphic novel — written by #1 New York Times bestseller Diana Gabaldon — that offers a completely new look at the original Outlander story!

The Exile retells the original Outlander novel from Jamie Fraser's point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story and giving readers a whole new insight into the Jamie-Claire relationship. Jamie's surreptitious arrival in Scotland at the beginning of the tale, his feelings about Claire, and much more — up to the point where Claire faces trial for witchcraft and must choose whether to return to her own century — are brought to life in brilliant four-colour art. A must-read — and a great holiday gift — for any Outlander fan!

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A luscious full-colour graphic novel — written by #1 New York Times bestseller Diana Gabaldon — that offers a completely new look at the original Outlander story!The Exile retells the original Outlander novel from Jamie Fraser's point of view, revealing events never seen in the original story and giving readers a whole new insight into...

Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels, as well as the related Lord John Grey books, one work of nonfiction, and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.HOANG NGUYEN has worked for Marvel, Dark Horse, and other comics publishers. His original pro...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.51 × 6.36 × 0.71 inPublished:September 21, 2010Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385665881

ISBN - 13:9780385665889

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor Artwork I read the introduction first which included a happy description on how Gibaldon chose the artist personally, so I was confused as to why the artwork inside the graphic novel itself was so poorly done. Facial expressions were either missing or excessively exaggerated, Claire's overly-large breasts seemed to, excuse the expression, 'pop' up all over this novel and finally, the writing was lacking in consistency and structure. Overall this is a very poorly written, confusing, unsightly graphic novel. If there happens to be another one on the way, I truly hope they change artists.
Date published: 2014-06-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing I'm afraid I wasn't very impressed by the graphic novel 'Exile', especially since the artist was supposedly chosen by Ms Gabaldon herself. After having worked at Disney Studios (albeit as a writer), she should have a better grasp of good art. This wasn't it. I could barely recognize some of the characters from one page to the next, as their faces were sorely lacking in consistency. Also, we could have done with fewer renderings of Claire's too-large half naked breasts hanging out all over the place. That was only appropriate at the very beginning when her bodice was ripped. I realize authors want to try out many different methods to get their stories out to the readers, but this particular graphic novel didn't work, and quite frankly didn't add anything to the storyline. It was worth a try, but it failed.
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated out of 5 by from where does THE SCOTTISH PRISONER come into the Outlander series?
Date published: 2013-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh! I got this Graphic novel from a friend and as a fan of Outlander I was excited to sit down with it. Turns out it was only "Meh" for me. I'm not really a fan of Graphic Novels (although I'm convinced that I will one day read one that blows me away), and in my opinion it didn't add anything fresh or new to Jamie and Claires story, and I wasn't really all that impressed with how the artist portrayed this beloved fictional couple. Perhaps I need to steer clear of GN that act as a companion to a novel I've read...and leave it up to my mind to supply the images!
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great addition to the series.....take the pictures with a grain of salt! Clare has come through the stones to the past, and her love/adventure story is beginning. This tale is told from the point of view of mostly Jamie, Murtough and a few other characters. It adds some great points of the story that we have never see before. I am not giving any of those away. You will have to read this one! I was not sure what to make of this before I started. I have never been into graphic novels, but I love Outlander and it was too tempting not to have a look. I am glad I did. I know that the pictures do not represent the characters as I see them in my head, but I loved it. I liked seeing some of the side stories and this graphic novel makes me want to read Outlander again to see how it all fits together with these new sub stories! Diana even says that it is not meant to be an actual representation of the characters that we all know and love, just more to the storey that we all care deeply for. I think that if you keep that in mind, take it with a grain of salt you will really enjoy this too!
Date published: 2010-10-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The illustrator should have taken more care in keeping Jaime and Claire consistently recognizable. I am enthralled with the Outlander series, and was intrigued to see the graphic know, compare it with how I envisioned what the characters and settings would be like...taking a chance at wrecking my ideal vision. For the most part, the settings, colors, textures are wonderful, however, I am disappointed with specific details such as the character's faces. Of course Jamie and Claire had to be beautiful, outwardly as well as inwardly, and we see this in many scenes. However, often times their facial features are drawn so differently from one scene to the next, it makes it hard to recognize them as the same character. As an example, the shape and distinctive qualities of their nose, and other facial characteristics may be drawn so differently from one scene to the next, one has to refer to their clothing to make certain they are the same person because they are so unrecognizable. Another example is that Jamie's size and stature is essentially equal, and in some cases smaller than the other men. His height and stature is one of his most distinguishing characteristics after all. Thank goodness he is depicted wearing a green tartan most of the time, otherwise it is often difficult to pick him out of the crowd. Anyway, I am not done the book yet, just received it (Sept.22/10), and may have more input after finishing it. My comments may seem a bit shallow to some, but I am an adult reading (viewing) what is essentially a comic book after all...cheers!
Date published: 2010-09-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth checking out I'm a big fan of the Outlander series, but a newbie to the graphic novel genre. The book is lusciously illustrated but a little light on content, and definitely not for Outlander newbies. You would need to have read Outlander first to fill in some of the gaps in the graphic novel. While I liked the art work overall, it was a bit inconsistent and it was often hard to tell who was speaking, as the male characters (with the exception of Jaime) all looked very similar. There was a little new material, but it mostly tracked the first third or so of Outlander. I rate it 3.5 stars out of 5. I enjoyed it overall and it was a fun fast read. But if I hadn't read Outlander first, I am not sure I would have felt really connected to the characters in Exile.
Date published: 2010-09-24

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HOW THIS BOOK CAME TO BE  My mother taught me to read at the age of three—in part by reading me Walt Disney Comics. I never stopped (and was consequently appalled when I ran into Dick and Jane in kindergarten. Flipped through See Spot Run and put it back, wondering—aloud—why anybody would want to read that? I was not a diplomatic child). Twenty-odd years later, I read a rather sub-par Disney story, though, and spurred by the reckless notion that surely I could write better than that, I sent a medium-rude letter to the editor of said comic line, essentially saying, “Dear Sir—I’ve been reading your Walt Disney Comics for twenty-five years now, and they’ve been getting worse and worse. I don’t know that I could do better myself, but I’d like to try.” Evidently age had taught me nothing about diplomacy, but I did have the luck to have written to Del Connell, a true gent with a sense of humor, who wrote back to me and said, “OK. Try.” So I did. Del didn’t buy my first story, but he did something much more valuable: He told me what was wrong with it. He did buy my second story (my first fiction sale ever; I literally bounced off the walls when I got his letter with the contract), and I wrote scripts for Disney for several years: Uncle Scrooge, the Beagle Boys, Daisy and Donald, Big Bad Wolf and Three Little Pigs, even the occasional Mickey Mouse story (I always preferred the ducks; Mickey was too much the straight arrow to be a really interesting character). Eventually, the comics program stopped buying new scripts (someone at headquarters, having suddenly realized that they had forty years of Carl Barks scripts in the files, thought to ask why they were paying for new stories instead of simply reprinting those?), Disney sold their comics license, and I moved on to other things. But once a lover of comic books... And so, when (years later) I had a literary agent and novels to my name, I told said agent that IF the opportunity to write a graphic novel should ever come along, I would seize it with both hands. And thus when a production company contracted for a movie option of my novels, I insisted that we must include an exemption in the option contract, since comic books would normally be covered under the “merchandising” clause—so that IF someone happened to come along and offer me the chance to write a graphic novel... Well, one month later, someone did. That was Betsy Mitchell, the wonderful editor of the book you’re holding. “I don’t want a straight adaptation of Outlander,” she said to me. “I want a new Jamie and Claire story, set within the parameters of Outlander.” “Well, that’s a cool challenge,” I said, scratching my head. “What if…?” So the story you’re holding here begins slightly before Outlander, and is essentially the story as told from the point of view of Jamie’s godfather, Murtagh. If you’ve read Outlander, you’ll recognize some of the major events, but you’ll also see a completely new storyline woven through them—all the things Claire didn’t see or know about—as well as getting Murtagh’s unexpurgated opinions of the whole affair. Through Betsy’s auspices, I found Hoang Nguyen, the magnificent artist who drew the story from my script, and the wonderful team of production people who’ve made this book a visual marvel. So you and I have a lot of people to thank for this: Betsy and Hoang, Catherine MacGregor and Catherine-Ann MacPhee (who supplied the Gaelic), Russell Galen (my literary agent), Del Connell—and my mother. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Yours truly, Diana Gabaldon

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