Artesia

Overview

Get the first Artesia mini-series all in one classy (and very thick) volume. Not the kind of graphic novel that can be read in one quick sitting, Artesia is a book you’ll cherish and read again & again. Comic readers everywhere have been captivated by the depth of storytelling and the beautiful, fully painted debut by Mark Smylie. If you haven’t read Artesia, now’s your chance to prepare for the Warrior-Witch’s triumphant return in an all-new series next Spring. Discover for yourself the magic of Artesia. ...
See more details below
This Paperback is Not Available through BN.com
Sending request ...

Overview

Get the first Artesia mini-series all in one classy (and very thick) volume. Not the kind of graphic novel that can be read in one quick sitting, Artesia is a book you’ll cherish and read again & again. Comic readers everywhere have been captivated by the depth of storytelling and the beautiful, fully painted debut by Mark Smylie. If you haven’t read Artesia, now’s your chance to prepare for the Warrior-Witch’s triumphant return in an all-new series next Spring. Discover for yourself the magic of Artesia. It’s everything a great comic novel should be.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579890285
  • Publisher: Sirius Entertainment, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2004

    Artesia is astonishing

    'Artesia' is a phenomenal fantasy epic about a clash between two powerful nations set on a world simply called The Known World where magic and a pantheon of gods are involved in human affairs. The formidable heroine, Artesia, is a war captain, witch and concubine to a Highlands King whose Celt-like, matriarchal society, Daradja, worships an ancient female divinity, her sisters and her children. The neighboring patriarchal Middle Kingdoms, where worship of a Christ-like deity known as The Divine King prevails, have been invaded by a common enemy, the vast Empire of Thessid-Gola and their darkly sorcerous allies, the Isliklids. The Empire, while culturally Near Eastern-like, also worships the Divine King -- though with key dogmatic differences -- and long ago ruled almost the whole of The Known World under a great conqueror akin to Alexander the Great. The current Sultan is attempting to restore his land to its former glory with the dangerous and demonic aid of the Isliklids while his 446-year-old Emperor mysteriously lies in a mystic stasis called The Gray Dream. An accomplished enchantress, fearsome warrior and vigorous lover, Artesia finds herself at the center of paradigm-shifting, world-changing events as her company and the war spirits she commands are first pitted against their treacherous King and then summoned to the defense of their wary neighbor in a tenuous truce. Though she doesn't realize it, Artesia will be the key figure in a cosmic drama that will end one Age of her world and usher in a new one. Independent self-publisher and creator Mark Smylie has fashioned an immense story he intends to tell in 22 volumes of which the first 3 Trade Paperbacks have been published. The intricate back-story framing the events of the series is Tolkienian in scope and detail as Smylie has produced numerous maps, chronologies and essays to supplement the main adventure. The look is a very distinctive blend of Greco-Roman, Egyptian and Celtic mythos, 16th-century arms, armor and warfare, medieval social structures and issues, ethereal spirit imagery, and bone-crunching, dust-swirling, blood-spurting, tightly-packed battle scenes worthy of cinematic giants like Akira Kurosawa, Cecil B. DeMille or David Lean all illustrated using watercolors. The content is decidedly ADULT with graphic nudity and violence. I especially like how he uses real-world cultures as templates for his fictitious societies: Daradja is like Scotland and Ireland, the Middle Kingdoms like the Holy Roman Empire and the Empire of Thessid-Gola is like the Ottoman Empire with Gola being like Old Kingdom Egypt. Other powers in this dense and varied world watching and waiting on the periphery of this conflict include the mighty Palatian city-state and its protectorates (The Spanish Empire), the Hemapoline League of merchant princes (a combination of the Delian and Hanseatic Leagues, the Venetian Empire and the Dutch Republic), the Oracle Queens of the Isle of Khael (Delphi), the Horse-Lords of the Kessite Khanates (the Mongol Khanates), the desert-dwelling Sabutans (the African Empire of Mali), the tropical Samarappans (India), the Northern Wood-Kings of Panaghia (Scandanavia), distant Califa beyond the borders of The Known World (the exotic Orient set instead in the West) and even the lost proto-civilization Urune Dure swallowed by the sea (Atlantis). And this is only scratching the surface! I have never seen anything like this and was blown away! If you like J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, Frank Herbert's 'Dune', 'Xena', 'Braveheart', ancient mythology, 'The Mahabharata' or the revisionist 'King Arthur' by Antoine Fuqua, then you MUST check this out.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2002

    Why the hype?

    It truly baffles me that so many people have hailed Artesia as the next best thing since sliced bread. I was duped by such hype, and plunked down roughly 20 bucks for the TPB, only to be maddeningly disappointed. Now granted the art is very beautiful, and Mark Smylie is a master of the human form- even if only from the head down- and his water colors are wonderful, as well as his renditons of crowds and battles. However, the art should not have been the only aspect of the book that appeals to the reader. The plot is uninteresting, predictable, and downright boring in some instances. One can hardly identify with Artesia, and her character inspires little if any emotion. Even though, Mark Smylie tries hard to make her seem like an underdog, she comes across as your typical hero with absolutely no character development. She is not memorable, the reader can't even have a cathartic admiration for her, and she is horribly bland. The worst thing, is that the entire 196 pages doesn't make the one feel any emotion. There is no sadness or shock at the death of the concubines half of whom you don't even know the names of as you are given so brief a glimpse of them, King Branimir and the Agallities hardly seem like they are threat to ANYTHING, there are no moments of revelation when given a glimpse into Artesia's past, or the sense of watching something both glorius and foreboding unfold towards the end of the book. And as such Artesia isn't worth the paper it is printed on, the only purpose it can serve is as an art reference. It What is also maddening is that the book, gives the implication that if God had been a Goddess it would ensure eqaulity for women everywhere both in stature and sexuality. As an Asian female, I have to scratch my head at this foolish notion, for the East has never lacked in powerful Goddesses for both war and the home and everything in between, and yet women there have not fared any better than their Western counterparts, and perhaps have suffered even more. Such an implication Mark Smylie makes in Artesia and his interviews, and it serves to discredit the believability of his historically inspired society, and is a glaring fallacy in his insight of human nature and society

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)