The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

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by Diana Gabaldon, Hoang Nguyen

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Diana Gabaldon's brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser's side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.

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Diana Gabaldon's brilliant storytelling has captivated millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel, Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the original Outlander: Jamie Fraser's side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.

After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to Scotland-but not without great trepidation. Though his beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie's late parents he'd watch over their brash son, making good on that vow will be no easy task. There's already a fat bounty on the young exile's head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall, the sadistic British officer who's crossed paths-and swords-with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his nephew's loyalty-or his life-and Dougal, war chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, who'd sooner see Jamie put to the sword than anointed Colum's heir.

And then there is Claire Randall-mysterious, beautiful, and strong-willed, who appears in Jamie's life to stir his compassion . . . and arouse his desire.

But even as Jamie's heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she's been sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though Jamie can't believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he knows she is torn between two choices-a life with him, and whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere.

Step into the captivating, passionate, and suspenseful world of The Exile, and experience the storytelling magic of Diana Gabaldon as never before.

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Publishers Weekly
The Exile is a fine addition to any Outlander fan's collection, but as a graphic novel, it's a disappointment. A rewrite of Gabaldon's bestselling time-travel romance from the point of view of her 18th-century Scottish hero, the graphic novel suffers under the weight of dialogue intended for a much longer book. Scenes that ought to be exciting, such as sword fights and escapes from the law are breezed over in a page or two. Approximately four out of five panels are simply talking heads, and despite Nguyen's most valiant efforts, it simply isn't visually interesting. While Nguyen draws charmingly expressive faces for the rest of the characters, the hero spends half the story in the same close-lipped grimace, even when he's talking. Even without the novel's rape scenes, both straight and gay, the story itself remains problematic. The time-traveling Claire, who is already married back in her own time, is forced to marry Jamie in order to save her life. The otherwise sympathetic hero beats his wife because "I will have to punish you," and her objections to this are treated like a joke. Still, Outlander fans should enjoy seeing the character rendered to Gabaldon's exacting standards. (Sept.)

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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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Exile 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 193 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Marion_Klarke More than 1 year ago
Tries to cram too much into the graphic format, wildly inconsistent pictures of Jamie, Claire, and others. Puzzling new subplot introduced. All in all -- hard as it is to wait, this book doesn't add enough to the Outlander series to justify the cost. And the book's later images of Jamie are just awful -- he looks like Dudley Dooright with red hair. Ick. And -- I note in passing that the highest-rated positive review was posted more than a month before the release date. Suggest you read the reviews of Gabaldon fans who actually read the book before deciding to buy it. Marion K.
kerrysbabydoll More than 1 year ago
Having read the Outlander Series and loved every book, I wasn't sure what to expect with a graphic novel. In my opinion, it in NO way complimented the series. It was cheesie and immature. A huge disappointment. I'll continue to wait for the next book.
Headingley_Girl More than 1 year ago
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!
Lynnibob More than 1 year ago
I read all 6 Outlander books, in a row, since I was introduced to them last summer. I loved the time, the characters, the romance and adventure. This book was not marketed for what it is: A comic book of Outlander. It lacks depth. It lacks any sort of original storyline. If you haven't already read Outlander you would be somewhat lost. If you have, then there is no point. The art was even hard to follow. The characters all looked alike. The only way I could identify them was the color of their tartan. Sorry Ms. Gabaldon, a more original storyline or at very least, a more realistic summary of the book (This is Cliffs Notes for people who can't read 800 pages) would have stopped me from spending my money.
donkeycong More than 1 year ago
Diana Gabaldon is my favorite author. I have "devoured" all of her books... except this "Graphic Novel". I thought the Illustrations were poor... and the "comic book" writing style (for me) was beyond awful. Diana, if you read (or get feed-back) regarding reviews.... Please (I beg you) to ignore everything else and get your next novel finished. I have re-read all your novels "twice"... and I am salivating for your next book. Originally, I thought you were just being kind to a "relative" by letting them illustrate "The Exile" (using a pen name)... because the graphic novel art is simply awful and the "comic book" style writing is a bore. After you finish writing the next and ALL "Outlander" books,.... I would love to see a Novel, (not a Graphic Novel), written by YOU, regarding Jamie's perspective... true to the original "Outlander" book. or books. But, for now.... Please, please, please,.... finish writing the next book in the Outlander series.
loriabby More than 1 year ago
I'm very disappointed in the book. They should not have changed the storyline. It was like reading a Japanese comic book very disappointing I have read the first five books 5 times. Her last two books were not as good as the first five. I have given the book's as gifts to many people I do not recommend buying the book. She needs to get back to the basic story. The story that everyone fell in love with .
Darcys_mom More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of DG since Outlander first came out but I must say I really wish she had passed on this project. I understand that she made her start doing comic books for Disney but this book seems like a big insult to the whole Jamie and Claire series. I have to agree with some other reviewers that if someone who has not read the other novels reads this book they probably would be completely confused about what is going on. And while reading the book I couldn't help feeling that if I read "Jesus H. Roosevelt..." one more time I would scream. Claire did not say it that often in the other books, so why have her saying it on every other page in this one? The illustrations are very good however they do not depict most of the characters the way I invisioned them. Especially Jamie and Claire. The drawings make them look more like teenagers than 20-somethings. And what is with Claire's ever-growing boobs? In one picture they look semi-normal, then in the next picture it looks like they are going to explode at any momemt. I do understand the concept of a "graphic novel" but I just don't think this story is a good choice for that format. Maybe if this had been published first and then the novels, it might have made more sense. I also did not understand where the Kenneth character came from. Why introduce someone who wasn't in the original books? Just doesn't make any sense. I will keep the book as part of my library but doubt very much that I would ever read it again. Unlike the other books, which I've read probably at least 8 or 9 times each.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader and a Gabaldon fan. I read all her books and I recognize that not all of her novels deserve a five star rating not even a four such in the case of her first book in the Lord John series. But there is something about her writing that is pivotal: Character development. In Outlander, Gabaldon spends pages painting the physical features, attributes, and personality traits that make her characters unique and unforgettable. When in a graphic novel, it's obvious we will not find her beautiful narrative, because, it's a blend of graphics and words. But I never expected to find a story so uninteresting, filled with a new convoluted plot, as the new time traveler, which lead to nowhere other than to a dead end. The main characters, Jaime and Claire, sound dumb, very far away from the witty, sharp, and educated loving individuals we came to know through her seven novels. The artwork looks promising until we hit page four. Slowly, the defined features of the characters begin to fade into pudgy, goofy looking, comic strip drawings. All the men look the same and the women seem to suffer from an overdose of hormones, especially Claire, that make their breast look like the centerfold picture of a Playboy magazine. All in all, I don't recommend this graphic novel since it is a far cry from Gabaldon's excellent abilities as a writer and does an utter disservice to the beautiful Outlander series.
Forensixchick More than 1 year ago
If you are unfamiliar with graphic novels, this book is probably not for you. I happen to be a fan of the Outlander series as well as many graphic novels and I really liked this work. No, the characters do not look the same as I envisioned but that is to be expected since my mental version of Jamie and Claire probably isn't the same as the authors anyway. I think that the art work was very well done and I really like the small section at the end of the book that explained why certain things were drawn the way they were. A good companion book to help pass the time before the next installment in the series is out.
TK87 More than 1 year ago
This was a total disappointment.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
After reading the reviews on this site, I think people need to remember that not only is The Exile a graphic novel, it is not a new story, but the retelling of a story we all know and love. The Outlander novels are among the best books I've read. Ms. Gabaldon not only creates many amazing characters that you know, love, hate and suffer with, but she is able to transport you to their time and place. Whether it's 1749, 1776 or 1960, Fraser's Ridge in NC, Wilmington or Philadelphia, Paris or Edinburgh, in prison, on the sea, or in the hills of Scotland and Lollybrook, you feel as if you are there and experiencing the adventure. Don't compare the outstanding Outlander series to the graphic novel, enjoy them each for what they are.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sell-out. I love the Diana Gabaldon Outlander series. Every book is an enjoyment. This was an attempt to use Diana Gabaldon's fame to make money on a comic book that could not have stood on its own with original characters. Shame on you Diana and Random House Publishing Group. I would recommend this book(?) to readers who like comic books and bright and shiny things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading the Outlander story from a different perspective and learning a little more about the story. I gave it four stars only because I thought it would be hard to follow if you are not familiar with the original story. Overall I loved the story and the graphics.
CelticWolf270911 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed seeing "the rest of the story" in the Outlander world. Murtagh was super cool, protective, abiding, and strong. The extra character Kenneth was puzzling. The story itself was told with a strangely immature vibe. Immature, considering the subject matter, and the sex scenes contained therein. Maybe it's written to a focus group of teenagers? The art was lovely, but not consistent. At times, I had to read the dialogue to figure out who the characters were. The faces were very similar, and the kilts looked a lot alike as well. Often, I needed to flip back a page or two to remind myself what each person was wearing, before continuing the story. Since I've already read all 8 of the Outlander novels, the story was familiar, with some interesting side views. But, if I had never read the original story before, I think this novel would be difficult to understand. With all of that said, I'm still glad I bought the Nook book, in order to fill in the gaps of my Diana Gabaldon collection.
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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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