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Ebook Richard Wagner's the Ring of the Nibelung by Roy Thomas read! Book Title: Richard Wagner's the Ring of the Nibelung
Date of issue: September 1st 1991
ISBN: 0446393622
ISBN 13: 9780446393621
The author of the book: Roy Thomas
Language: English
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.50 MB
Edition: Warner Books Inc (P)

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First off, I'm not the biggest fan of the way Wagner has handled the mythology he used in his four opera Ring cycle. I have read the Saga of the Volsungs, the Eddas and the Song of the Nibelungs, and I don't agree with the writers of the preface that Wagner was the great "Homer" that gave us some sort of definitive version of these stories. Despite their inconsistencies and gaps, the Medieval stories are worth reading on their own. Wagner gave us a libretto that is sappy, long-winded and over the top. However, it is still one kick ass of a mythological story. And I do like his music. I used to listen to highlights of the Ring cycle many years ago. Then, around 1990, PBS aired all 4 operas. Yes, I sat and watched all 16 hours! Sometimes the music goes on and on...and on.
But this is not so much a review of Wagner, but a review of how his story was converted into comic book form, and I think these guys did a masterful job. Every page has lush art with that signature look that comics have. Gone is the verbose nature of the operas, replaced by a concise and intelligent dialogue. I think graphic novel collectors will enjoy it, whether or not they are into Wagner. It has all the trappings of superhero-like stuff in it; Gods, heroes, dragons, giants, dwarves and battles. Even the costumes are interesting: a combination of traditional and, well, a kind of scifi metallic look. Think of the illustrations of Arthur Rackham...only shinier!
A few little snags: I really like the heroines of this story, so I wanted them to be really well represented. I felt however that the artists made their faces a bit too similar looking. Also, a little of that good ole Wagnerian corniness crept in when Siegried and Brunehilde pledge their undying love for each other. Very romantic, but the old story tellers spared us of that! ; )

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Ebook Richard Wagner's the Ring of the Nibelung read Online! Roy Thomas is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden Age comic-book heroes — particularly the 1940s superhero team the Justice Society of America — and for lengthy writing stints on Marvel's X-Men and Avengers, and DC Comics' All-Star Squadron, among other titles.

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