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The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

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14 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Great graphic novel

After being in exile from his beloved Scotland for seemingly forever, in 1743 Jamie Fraser is returning home though he knows the danger he will face in war torn Scotland. His godfather Murtagh will do what he can to keep Jamie safe because of a death pledge he made to ...
After being in exile from his beloved Scotland for seemingly forever, in 1743 Jamie Fraser is returning home though he knows the danger he will face in war torn Scotland. His godfather Murtagh will do what he can to keep Jamie safe because of a death pledge he made to the lad's late parents, but he also knows British Captain Black Jack Randall has a large bounty for the head of Jamie.-----------------

Meanwhile the MacKenzie clan disputes the return of Jamie. The chieftain Jamie's Uncle Colum, demands his nephew choose between death and fealty while war chieftain Uncle Dougal demands his death. However, strange, stubborn and beautiful Claire Randall appears out of nowhere; convoluting the return of the prodigal Scot. He saves her life and wants her as does his vicious enemy Randall. Murtagh believes she is an Old Ones' envoy; Randall asserts she is a spy; the feuding uncles believe she is a danger; and Jamie offers his heart even knowing he has hers in spite of also believing she hides something critical from him.----------

This graphic rendition of the original Outlander saga is refreshed by Hoang Nguyen's terrific pictures and told from Jamie's side as opposed to the original mostly seen from the WWII displaced Claire. The story line is filled with action from the onset, but also lacks the time travel aspects that made the original haunting as the key elements of Claire's husband is two centuries in the future while she falls in love with the enemy of her spouse's ancestor remains in the background. Thus this leads to a strong historical saga that fans of the long running series. Readers will appreciate the well written return of the Exile in graphic form; newcomers will enjoy the work, but should start with the original novel (see The Outlander).--------------------

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 16, 2010

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46 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

An appalling waste of time.

Waiting for The Exile was long and not worth the time to read, the paper used for printing, or the cost of the book. I have read all of the Outlander books and found this book shameful to the great characters of Jamie and Claire, and their legacy. Jamie and Claire hav...
Waiting for The Exile was long and not worth the time to read, the paper used for printing, or the cost of the book. I have read all of the Outlander books and found this book shameful to the great characters of Jamie and Claire, and their legacy. Jamie and Claire have been downsized to nothing more than simpletons and reduced to a bad comic strip and nothing more.

The inconsistencies in Hoang Nguyen illustrations are constant throughout the book; starting with Jamie looking like a person in the beginning and in the end looking like Speed Racer; and, that includes Claire. Ms. Gabaldon tries to write away the changes of these characters with a laugh in her text in the back of the book does not help matters; including downplaying the size of Claire's breasts. This does not change the simple fact that as an illustrator continuity is essential in making your characters believable. Going from the front to the back of the book, my questions during reading and looking at the illustrations were "who is that now?"

This book was very disappointing and somewhere along the way Ms. Gabaldon you should have taken back control of your characters and found a better illustrator that would have stayed true to your written words. Personally, I would like a refund!

posted by 4756620 on September 21, 2010

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  • Posted September 24, 2010

    Get real, people!!

    Okay, I understand the upset: The writing is not as good as Diana's long books, Jamie is too pretty, Claire's hair isn't curly enough etc etc etc. However: 1. This is a fun companion to the books as it gives us insight into Diana's view of these folks, and like the unpublished but accessible fifth twilight book, tells the story from another character's point of view. 2. Accessibility--have you ever tried to get a friend or relative to read these books--one look at their thickness and they run howling into the night. But my partner wants to read Exile and I know she'll then become as into the series as I am. I really loved the book and I wish that y'all could lighten up and enjoy this treat!

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 21, 2010

    Highly Underrated.

    I'm not exactly sure why the reviews for this are so low but I have my theories as to why. YOU ARE OLD SNOBBISH WOMEN WITH NO IMAGINATION WHAT SO EVER! STOP COMPLAINING AND GO WATCH YOUR SOAPS ALREADY!

    Anyways...
    Most Outlander series fans are a different demographic completely than the comic book/graphic novel realm. The ones who are complaining most likely have never even read a comic before other than a slight glance at the comic strips in the newspaper.

    -Most of them do not have a solid appreciation for art other then seeing it as a form of meddlings for children. (I'm an artist myself, and my mother can't understand why I can't get a job working for Pixar making those 'kiddie' movies already...)
    - Most are so stubborn with reguards to the artists interprtation of the characters. (If it's so easy, do it yourself!)
    BTW Hoang Nguyen's art is exceptional in every frame. I can only imagine how long it took him to complete this. It's almost as if every frame's detail is worthy of a cover.

    Basically, I thoroughly enjoyed The Exile and would recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a stick up their...XD

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    Must have for die-hard Outlander fans!

    I don't agree that this work is disappointing. Gabaldon took Outlander to another level. True, we're all dying to see the next Jaime and Claire installment, but there's nothing wrong with revisiting the beginning of such a wonderful story and putting a new perspective on it. I would highly recommend ALL Outlander fans to give this another look and another try. Let it help you remember what was so wonderful about the first book in the first place. It's done that for me and I love it just as it is. Wouldn't change a thing. Keep them coming, Diana. This book is fun and a very welcome appetizer while we wait for the next meaty book to get finished. This book WILL get a place of honor beside all of my other hard Gabaldon hardbacks. Great job and PLEASE keep them coming.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    A wonderful compliment to the Outlander novel!

    This book is wonderful because it brings to life all the things we imagined while reading the Novel. So I see this as a compliment to Outlander.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2015

    Disapointment


    I thought that it would be a novel telling Jaime's side. Instead I spent $12.99 on a comic book. I did not care for the illustration,in itself. It just was not what I expected. I want to read a novel a long one at that. Zero stars


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

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    As a fan of this author who has been looking forward to a new book in the Outlander series, all I can say is I am very disappointed. The story line is hard to follow. And I don't care for the illustrations of the characters. Very inconsistant. I paid WAY too much for something I am not going to read. Lesson learned, read the reviews, even for a book with an aurthor who I have always trusted before.

    Loren Robertson

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