A Hero of the People

Book - 2012
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"Alexander Nevsky is a medieval Russian hero-prince and saint, and passionate warrior; he is proud and honored to fight for his home nation of Russia. When the Teutonic Knights of the Holy Roman Empire attack his beloved homeland, he assembles the Novgorod people (Russian people) for battle, and faces the invading forces to save his people from tyranny and oppression. Against the odds-- and against the nobility of Russia, who wanted to appease the invaders-- Alexander Nevsky and his people's army fight the evil Teutonic Knights in a famous epic battle on the ice" -- dust jacket back.
Publisher: San Diego : IDW, 2012
ISBN: 9781613771815
Characteristics: 117 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm


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Jan 11, 2018

I quite enjoyed this and have requested the DVD of the movie it is adapted from, Sergei M. Eisenstein’s 1938 Alexander Nevsky with score by Sergei Prokofiev. So much film history here that I know I’m missing 80% of it and that’s OK.

I can’t find anything that recommends it for mature audiences but it does have a fair bit of violence and gore, and a definite anti-religious—particularly anti-Catholic—theme to be aware of.

I thought the artwork was particularly effective, in all settings from cities to huge citadels to snow-covered expanses of wilderness. I thought the story told was a powerful and important one in its own right, but I greatly appreciated the four pages of context at the end, “The Life and Death Drama Behind Alexander Nevsky,” which situated the story in a pre-WWII context, and the two page interview with film historian and Eisenstein specialist, Naum Kleiman, on Eisenstein’s place in film history.

Highly recommended!


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