Review: Enders Game: Battle School

6393082 4 Star

The art direction in this book is great. Each scene had its own color scheme which really gave you the feel that the environment changes from scene to scene. The most exciting part is seeing the scenes you remember from the novel. Some of the more dramatic pieces of art come out when showing the giant in the game. This was one scene that I could was better than my imagination. A small issue I had with the art was that sometimes they would leave characters eye’s completely undrawn. I think the effect was to make it look like the eye is in shadow, but it’s just disconcerting to see the character without an eye in one scene and with an eye in the next. The dialogue is short and to the point, but so much is left out. The comic heavily summarizes the novel, which is understandable. What I couldn’t understand is some of the choices that were made on what to leave out. For one, Dragon army and Enders time in it is completely left out. Other scenes that provide context for Enders connection to the other characters are left out. Petra shows up for a few pages and then is gone and there is no mention of Bean. This is a collection of 5 shorter comics, but I think they should have came out with another one just to cover Enders time in Dragon army as that was crucial to his development. I would have given this 3 stars instead of 4, but the nostalgia factor weighed heavily. It’s great to see the characters and scenes drawn out. But, if you haven’t read the novel this is not something you should pick up first unless you just want the cliff notes.

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published July 29th 2009 by Marvel
ISBN 0785135804

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