The Art of War: A Graphic Novel

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A stunning and gritty graphic novel integrating the iconic strategy text by Sun Tzu into a sweeping thriller set in the near future when Wall Street is militarized and China is the world's dominant economy.

Kelly Roman served time for a horrific friendly fire incident. Once free, he discovers that his brother died while working for Sun Tzu, the ruthless strategist who runs China's global financial empire.

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Overview

A stunning and gritty graphic novel integrating the iconic strategy text by Sun Tzu into a sweeping thriller set in the near future when Wall Street is militarized and China is the world's dominant economy.

Kelly Roman served time for a horrific friendly fire incident. Once free, he discovers that his brother died while working for Sun Tzu, the ruthless strategist who runs China's global financial empire.

From the apocalyptic third world of suburban Ohio, Kelly heads into the futuristic Gomorrah that is Manhattan to infiltrate Sun Tzu's organization and find out who murdered his brother—and why. Using the skills and genetic enhancements his Special Forces career provided him, he'll confront both Sun Tzu and his nemesis, a monster of biotechnology known only as The Prince.

Throughout his harrowing adventure, Kelly documents Sun Tzu's ancient wisdom, which guides him through each bloody battle and hairbreadth escape in his quest for vengeance and redempti on.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A dark and disturbing debut by Roman and DeWeese uses the words of strategy from Sun Tzu’s classic text to set the stage for a revenge story set 20 years in the future, with a world economy even more muddied than today’s reality. Ex-con and ex-soldier Kelly Roman and his father travel to New York to covertly uncover the person responsible for his brother’s death. Kelly joins Trench, the financial company where his brother worked, which controls the future—and thus governments—of China and the United States. There, he finds that his enemy is the Prince, head of a rival company, who has modified himself to communicate with and control insects in order to uncover the algorithms that dictate the market. Nearly every page is swathed in grotesque violence, horror, and suffering (both emotional and physical), depicted in painstaking detail. Knowledge of the Sun Tzu principles scattered throughout will definitely help. The dystopian story is not for the faint of heart, but those looking for a gory thriller will find plenty to keep them busy. (Aug.)
Detroit News
“In Roman and DeWeese’s graphic novel, Sun Tzu is alive and well”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Ingenious....Roman and DeWeese have made a visual explosion out of Sun Tzu’s iconic understatement.”
Tarquin Pack
“Phenomenal artwork, a brilliant story-one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read.”
General (Ret.) - Stephen N. Xenakis
"An astounding adaptation of Sun Tzu’s ancient text that made me think about its application in an entirely new way."
Minxin Pei
“Imaginative, provocative, powerful, and disturbing, Kelly Roman’s Art of War should be required reading for those concerned with the future of America and its place in the world.”
Jamie Delano
“THE ART OF WAR rebrands the millennium. It melts down debased ideology, re-values cultural currency, mints strange new coin and buys tomorrow-pawns everything you know.
General (Ret.) Stephen N. Xenakis
“An astounding adaptation of Sun Tzu’s ancient text that made me think about its application in an entirely new way.”
Kirkus Reviews
What's black and white and red all over? This harrowing revenge piece that blends globalization anxiety and the Sino-American struggle for global dominance with acute violence and technology run amuck. Debut creators Roman and DeWeese use the teachings of the ancient Chinese general, Sun Tzu, as the foundation for an epic dystopian story of brotherly love and corporate greed set in a nightmarish American wasteland circa 2032. Our nominal hero, Kelly Roman, has come home from the military prison where he served time for a friendly-fire incident that has scarred him body and soul. Worse, Kelly discovers that his brother, Shane, has died in the service of a resurrected Sun Tzu, whose mastery of warfare now extends into a heavily armed global financial market controlled by his company, Trench. To get things started, Trench's human resources manager neatly snips off Kelly's hands just to prove that he won't succumb in battle. (Lots of things get sewn back on in the future, apparently.) In Manhattan, Kelly mentors under Sun Tzu and clashes with the general's daughter, Qing, all while maneuvering against a mysterious competitor, Vespoid, whose leader, The Prince, competes fiercely against Trench. There are also enough sci-fi high-concept ideas to fill a kitchen sink, from genetically-engineered soldiers to militarized black holes to the integration of insect biotech to produce more accurate algorithms. Much like James O'Barr's bestselling graphic novel The Crow, the art here is purposefully rough, incendiary and ugly at times, with a provocative style that dares readers to keep flipping to the end. It would fit in well with the likes of Vertigo's Army @ Love or even the black-and-white visions of Brian Michael Bendis' Torso or Goldfish graphic novels, but there's something about the immediacy and volume of the single narrative that lends this martial nightmare a little something extra. A bold, messy conflagration that revels in all of the trespasses and heroism of which only human beings are truly capable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062103949
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 407,924
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Glad I came across this! I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but t

    Glad I came across this! I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but this is a riveting look at a very believable future scenario. Gorgeous art, gritty story. I hope things don't play out the way Roman sees it, but I admire his clever look at human nature and economic warfare. A must read.

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