Siegfried, Volume 1

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A three-part story inspired by Wagner's classic opera The Ring of the Nibelung! Siegfried, born of the love between a mortal man and a Valkyrie, is a young orphan being raised by Mime, one of the last of the dwarf-goblin Nibelungs, in a dark forest with only wolves for friends and family. While his foster parent only wants to live in peace and solitude, Siegfried yearns to discover who his real parents were and live amongst his own kind, not knowing that Odin, father of the Norse gods, has a destiny planned for ...

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Overview

A three-part story inspired by Wagner's classic opera The Ring of the Nibelung! Siegfried, born of the love between a mortal man and a Valkyrie, is a young orphan being raised by Mime, one of the last of the dwarf-goblin Nibelungs, in a dark forest with only wolves for friends and family. While his foster parent only wants to live in peace and solitude, Siegfried yearns to discover who his real parents were and live amongst his own kind, not knowing that Odin, father of the Norse gods, has a destiny planned for him: to fight the dragon Fafnir, guardian of the Rheingold!

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Library Journal
Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle has been adapted into comics before, especially ably by P. Craig Russell. Alice, a French artist, has simplified the Wagnerian treatment while both retaining its gravitas and hyping female power. A Valkyrie daughter of Odin, assigned to guard a golden treasure, abandons duty to love a mortal man. But Odin wreaks vengeance on the escaping lovers, leaving them to die. Meanwhile, underworld-dweller Fafnir, his love for the gold's beautiful guardian rejected, steals the treasure and becomes a monstrous dragonlike creature that is lost in greed and madness. Fleeing Fafnir's tyranny, fellow underworldling Mime happens upon the infant born to the dying Valkyrie and adopts him. The young Siegfried grows to manhood, confused about his heritage, his possibly malevolent adopted parent, and his purpose in life—apparently to kill this Fafnir. Meanwhile, another Valkyrie ponders intervening in Siegfried's future. VERDICT The first volume in a gorgeously painted trilogy evokes the best of Disney, Brian Froud, and the Tolkien films, while adding an environmentalist vibe. Lavish back matter includes concept art and interviews; an animated film is in production. Splendid stuff for adult and teen lovers of high fantasy.—M.C.
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Gr 6 Up—After the death of his parents, Siegfried is raised by Mimé, a dwarf who has been ordered to raise him but not teach him about the gods. Siegfried therefore grows up wild and in a tumultuous relationship with a nearby wolf pack, the alpha male of which considers him alien or enemy. As he grows to adulthood, he is destined to take the steps necessary to help Odin steal gold from the dragon Fafnir, but first he must reforge the broken sword of his parents that is his secret legacy. The first of three volumes freely adapting the source material of Wagner's Ring Cycle, Alice's version actually follows Wagner's lead of altering the myth to suit his needs. For those unfamiliar with the story cycle, the book could feel derivative of disparate works, as its presentation here echoes both Tolkien and Kipling, even though its source predates most literature. The illustration is lush and dramatic, with powerful shifts in perspective and storytelling technique. However, the amount of story told is actually quite slim, and half of the book is back matter, featuring interviews with the artist about his relationship with the source material and his work on a possible film adaptation. Bold and attractive, it remains odd that such a small sliver of the epic work is presented here, when all three volumes are available in Europe. For greater fidelity, compare this to P. Craig Russell's adaptation (Dark Horse, 2002).—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936393459
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Series: Siegfried Series , #1
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 16 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1974, Alex Alice possessed a passion for comics and animation from an early age. He began to develop graphic novel projects while at l’École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris. In 1993, he met Xavier Dorison, with whom he began to collaborate on Le Troisieme Testament (the Third Testament), a story of adventure and esoteric investigation across Europe in the Middle Ages influenced by the likes of Umberto Eco. The first volume of that series came out in 1997, published by Glénat. In addition to that series, Alice began developing Siegfried, a retelling of Norse myths as a graphic novel trilogy.

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