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Written by Jordan Mechner, the creator of the Prince of Persia franchise, this gorgeously illustrated graphic anthology will appeal to fans of the franchise, fans of the movie, and fans of adventure stories everywhere Dive further into the world of the upcoming "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" movie with this book of six original stories, all highlighting the characte Written by Jordan Mechner, the creator of the Prince of Persia franchise, this gorgeously illustrated graphic anthology will appeal to fans of the franchise, fans of the movie, and fans of adventure stories everywhere Dive further into the world of the upcoming "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" movie with this book of six original stories, all highlighting the characters and the world of the film, with art by some of the best and brightest talents in comics


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Written by Jordan Mechner, the creator of the Prince of Persia franchise, this gorgeously illustrated graphic anthology will appeal to fans of the franchise, fans of the movie, and fans of adventure stories everywhere Dive further into the world of the upcoming "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" movie with this book of six original stories, all highlighting the characte Written by Jordan Mechner, the creator of the Prince of Persia franchise, this gorgeously illustrated graphic anthology will appeal to fans of the franchise, fans of the movie, and fans of adventure stories everywhere Dive further into the world of the upcoming "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" movie with this book of six original stories, all highlighting the characters and the world of the film, with art by some of the best and brightest talents in comics

56 review for Prince of Persia Graphic Novel Prequel (Part of the Disney Comics Initiative)

  1. 5 out of 5

    A Bookish ✧ Fable

    This was one of the best stand-alone comics that I’ve ever read. As soon as I saw the Disney logo on the back I was like ”What is this shit?” But they did not hold back, blood and love in fierce tellings and tales. I could have not been happier getting this from my boyfriend as a christmas gift. Read It! :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donald

    Eight different artists collaborated in the telling of this group of tales. Each one unique and quite capable in their own right. A rogue bunch is brought before his Excellency (whom I believe went nameless) because they had treasure that seemed beyond their means to aquire honestly. Each of the five tell a tale designed to vouch for themselves and each other. They are all tales that tie them to Prince Dastan who they all claim is kind, generous, and thoughtful. Each tale tells a larger story, whi Eight different artists collaborated in the telling of this group of tales. Each one unique and quite capable in their own right. A rogue bunch is brought before his Excellency (whom I believe went nameless) because they had treasure that seemed beyond their means to aquire honestly. Each of the five tell a tale designed to vouch for themselves and each other. They are all tales that tie them to Prince Dastan who they all claim is kind, generous, and thoughtful. Each tale tells a larger story, which in the end is part of an even larger story to be told at a later time. The presentation is just perfect. Again; excellent art, great bunch of stories, and a wonderful tie in to a movie I haven't seen yet.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nikki in Niagara

    Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist. I have not played the Prince of Persia game nor have I seen the movie yet. Therefore, I am coming at this book with no background knowledge of the story. Basically an anthology in reverse, where the book is written by one person but illustrated by many different artists. The art is never dramatically different story to story but taking a look at the book as a whole the styles do range from D Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist. I have not played the Prince of Persia game nor have I seen the movie yet. Therefore, I am coming at this book with no background knowledge of the story. Basically an anthology in reverse, where the book is written by one person but illustrated by many different artists. The art is never dramatically different story to story but taking a look at the book as a whole the styles do range from Disney-ish to very realistic. The plot centers on five crooks who have been apprehended because they were caught with a king's ransom in gold. They come up with an imaginative story as to why they have the precious items including that Prince Dastan gave it to them, the two leaders of the group. They are not believed and 3 are sentenced to flogging while the 2 leaders are to be beheaded. Now each one in turn tries to save his life or skin by telling a tale as to why the men should be believed, each story briefly connects them with Prince Dastan. Between each story there is a segue back at the governor's palace where he denounces the tale as folly and the next person steps forward with their tale. I really enjoyed these five Persian tales which are very reminiscent of tales from the Arabian Nights, though with much less magic. But the similarity is obvious, even to the point that one character at the end compares their stories to tales heard from his grandmother. Each tale is full of adventure, entrapment, and escape, while some have a mythical or magical element the comparison can definitely also be made to Indiana Jones plot devices. Prince Datsun is only very briefly present in the stories as these are set before he became the Prince of Persia. None of the characters have a clue he is the prince at the time of their adventure but realize so now in hindsight. For age appropriateness I agree with the publishers recommended 13+. Some parents may want to raise that bar a little, though. The book contains lots of violence and blood though nothing of a graphic nature is shown. We see the sword slashes, rocks heaved, etc and then the next frame shows lots of blood. There are also plenty of scantily clad women and either suggestive or obviously s*xual situations, though again nothing graphic is shown. We see kissing, men with no shirts and bodies pressed together. If you are a big Prince of Persia fan you may be disappointed to find the prince plays little part in these stories, however there is no need to be as they are wonderfully told stories and authentically atmospheric. For someone unfamiliar with the Prince of Persia story, this book is independent of that storyline and reads nicely on its own. I enjoyed the book very much simply because of my background of enjoying tales from the Arabian Nights.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennice Mckillop

    Enjoyed this very much. The different adventures and their relationship to the Prince make great reading. Young readers will enjoy this. The artwork is beautiful. And we look forward to the next installment.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Devin

    A Canterbury Tales of sorts.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Lajaro

    very very clique... just boring story overall.. of course no one gets hurt ahhhhh

  7. 5 out of 5

    GONZA

    Es war OK für ein Kinderbuch.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This is definitely the best out of all the Prince of Persia film book tie ins I've read so far. This is definitely the best out of all the Prince of Persia film book tie ins I've read so far.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dedefox

    Although I played the first game, I'm not a fan of Prince of Persia franchise so this graphic novel wasn't even in my wish list. I think it's partly because McFarlane' cover art isn't captured the whole idea of this book. But someday I have a privilage to sneak peek it's interior, and I was shocked to find that Nico Henrichon's Pride of Baghdad artist is there with Tommy Lee Edwards. I decided to buy this, and more shocked to find the story was amusing. Jordan Mechner followed the Fables traditi Although I played the first game, I'm not a fan of Prince of Persia franchise so this graphic novel wasn't even in my wish list. I think it's partly because McFarlane' cover art isn't captured the whole idea of this book. But someday I have a privilage to sneak peek it's interior, and I was shocked to find that Nico Henrichon's Pride of Baghdad artist is there with Tommy Lee Edwards. I decided to buy this, and more shocked to find the story was amusing. Jordan Mechner followed the Fables tradition, trying to capture the background story of Prince Dastan through the eyes of other characters. It's a new approach of PoP franchise, and if you're not even care for the story, there's 5 different gorgeous artist which illustrated the whole book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    I enjoyed this graphic novel, but it could have been better. The concept seems to have been to create a series of interwoven stories, in the vein of the traditional middle eastern "story within a story" form of tale. Unfortunately, the stories aren't interwoven, but instead follow a pattern of a group of rogues vouching for each other, with wildly unlikely stories each supposedly proving that another one of the crazy stories could be true. Maybe one or more are true, or maybe none. As a result, I enjoyed this graphic novel, but it could have been better. The concept seems to have been to create a series of interwoven stories, in the vein of the traditional middle eastern "story within a story" form of tale. Unfortunately, the stories aren't interwoven, but instead follow a pattern of a group of rogues vouching for each other, with wildly unlikely stories each supposedly proving that another one of the crazy stories could be true. Maybe one or more are true, or maybe none. As a result, the resolution isn't as satisfying as it could have been. On the other hand, fans of the video game series or the new movie will find a fun series of adventure stories. As long as you don't take them seriously or try to follow the logic that sort of links them, you'll be fine.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wild-Rogue-Rose

    I feel rather idiotic after reading this. I haven't seen this film since late 2010, in which much coffee was consumed, projects for class were due, and I barely paid any attention to it. Don't get me wrong, the stories were interesting and the artwork was a good range of different. But unless you just finished watching the movie or are planning to watch it right after finishing this - you might seriously be lost in a fog of, "WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?!" Could someone throw me a life preserver, I'm dro I feel rather idiotic after reading this. I haven't seen this film since late 2010, in which much coffee was consumed, projects for class were due, and I barely paid any attention to it. Don't get me wrong, the stories were interesting and the artwork was a good range of different. But unless you just finished watching the movie or are planning to watch it right after finishing this - you might seriously be lost in a fog of, "WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?!" Could someone throw me a life preserver, I'm drowning in my confusion.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Graphic novel -- rather, a collection of short stories scripted by Mechner, drawn by various (I assume well-known) artists. This is clearly a media tie-in project, with a big "Disney" label. The stories yank in elements from *both* the movie and the well-known videogame series, without a lot of cohesion. But then, "bag of stories" always works in the Arabian-Nights-ish setting. I snagged this in order to find out, amid all the "Prince of Persia" commercial properties, whether *Mechner* was a good Graphic novel -- rather, a collection of short stories scripted by Mechner, drawn by various (I assume well-known) artists. This is clearly a media tie-in project, with a big "Disney" label. The stories yank in elements from *both* the movie and the well-known videogame series, without a lot of cohesion. But then, "bag of stories" always works in the Arabian-Nights-ish setting. I snagged this in order to find out, amid all the "Prince of Persia" commercial properties, whether *Mechner* was a good writer. You know? I think he is.

  13. 4 out of 5

    M

    Based on Disney's Prince of Persia franchise, this selection of illustrated tales attempts to look at the role Prince Dastan has played in the lives of his friends, allies, and even adversaries. Told in five parts, the characters attempt to explain away the supposedly "unearned" wealth bestowed upon them to a local magistrate. Having never seen, played, or read anything to do with the Prince of Persia universe, this graphic novel did little to open up to new readers. This is most likely recommen Based on Disney's Prince of Persia franchise, this selection of illustrated tales attempts to look at the role Prince Dastan has played in the lives of his friends, allies, and even adversaries. Told in five parts, the characters attempt to explain away the supposedly "unearned" wealth bestowed upon them to a local magistrate. Having never seen, played, or read anything to do with the Prince of Persia universe, this graphic novel did little to open up to new readers. This is most likely recommended for fans of Prince Dastan; I will let the sands of time bury this volume for me.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim Lo

    I’m pretty sure Prince of Persia isn’t the cornerstones of what a great graphic novel is. Despite the art from 8 different artists, there is a similar style and all of it is pretty. It reflects what the story and its colorful and just done really well. I can’t exactly say the same about the story. Its not exactly a thrill ride to read. Its probably why I did it it over a couple of days, reading one or two stories a day. Its not a bad story but it never really has much uniqueness to it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I felt that the detailed graphics were a waste, sometimes, as not all were utilized or connected to the storyline. This seemed like a prelude to something else, neither here, nor there. It wasn't a complete story in itself. My imagination did not take flight together with the drawings. I felt that the detailed graphics were a waste, sometimes, as not all were utilized or connected to the storyline. This seemed like a prelude to something else, neither here, nor there. It wasn't a complete story in itself. My imagination did not take flight together with the drawings.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Young

    This seems to focus on the back story of other characters in the Prince of Persia universe. I have not played the latest Prince of Persia game, so perhaps there are tie-in's and references that I did not get. It was a pretty decent book, with good narrative. This seems to focus on the back story of other characters in the Prince of Persia universe. I have not played the latest Prince of Persia game, so perhaps there are tie-in's and references that I did not get. It was a pretty decent book, with good narrative.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Art

    A collection of stories set in Persia during ancient times. The artwork is good and the stories are satisfactory. Graphic novel fans will likely enjoy. I found it a little confusing in spots. Good, but not great.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    Pages are a little intense for younger readers, with many many panels. But kids hungry for more grownup-looking comics do tend to snap this up. All in all, especially considering it's based on a movie that's based on a video game, this book is of surprising quality. Pages are a little intense for younger readers, with many many panels. But kids hungry for more grownup-looking comics do tend to snap this up. All in all, especially considering it's based on a movie that's based on a video game, this book is of surprising quality.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    Fun little collection with a good grouping of attractive art in varied styles. Some of the references to older versions of the Prince of Persia games were lost on me, but it didn't ruin the stories for me. Fun little collection with a good grouping of attractive art in varied styles. Some of the references to older versions of the Prince of Persia games were lost on me, but it didn't ruin the stories for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Entertaining fun, but nothing exceptional. I would assume that seeing the movie would fill in the gaps.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hashim

    cooooooool :D A must-read for PoP fans!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Luis

  23. 4 out of 5

    Muhamed Aly

  24. 5 out of 5

    Josie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Abhishek Singh

  26. 5 out of 5

    McKenzie Dean

  27. 5 out of 5

    Murugaporselvi Muthuramalingam

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cloudnine

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter Gutierrez

  31. 5 out of 5

    Les

  32. 4 out of 5

    Andi Fansher

  33. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Harrington

  34. 4 out of 5

    Wayne

  35. 5 out of 5

    Eric O'Neal

  36. 5 out of 5

    Angela Grace

  37. 5 out of 5

    Corey Summers

  38. 4 out of 5

    Liam

  39. 5 out of 5

    Mohamed Safwat

  40. 5 out of 5

    Linaza Jackie

  41. 5 out of 5

    Shemarie Joy

  42. 4 out of 5

    Shirleybracamontes

  43. 4 out of 5

    Nadia Nazira

  44. 5 out of 5

    Hamid Bhutta

  45. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Hartley

  46. 5 out of 5

    T Desai

  47. 5 out of 5

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  48. 5 out of 5

    Has

  49. 5 out of 5

    Rohit Kumar

  50. 4 out of 5

    katnick

  51. 5 out of 5

    Tema

  52. 5 out of 5

    Kim

  53. 4 out of 5

    P Martinez

  54. 5 out of 5

    Shivam Raul

  55. 4 out of 5

    Ali Khan

  56. 5 out of 5

    Amit Kumar

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