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The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

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14 out of 29 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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45 out of 47 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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