The Earth is Ablaze with a Destruction Not Even Man Has Imagined

by Chet

Today is the birth of a new category on this blog:

Graphic Novels

You bet your britches that was Comic Sans! If ever there is an appropriate place to use that much maligned font face it is when one is discussing comic books and the like.

Let’s begin with the sad fact that before I read this graphic novel I had never once seriously read anything that belongs to that particular genre of publishing.


That’s right, all of my knowledge of any and all super heroes, mutants and villains are born from second-hand knowledge, cartoons, movies, and video games. I know some of my friends and family are on the verge of disowning me as they read this, but when it comes down to it I’m a pretty neat person and they like me enough to forgive me of this.

So which series did I decide to begin with? Was it one of the newest variations and/or incarnations of the comic book titans? (If I knew who all qualified as a titan I’d list them here. Since I do not you may now insert whichever character you would like to have that status.) Much to my much more graphic-novel-savvy friend’s disdain it was nothing so glorious. It was however awesome for me.

If you’ve read half of my blog you know I’m a tiny bit of a nut when it comes to the happenings of the Enderverse. Recently released was the Volume One collection of The Formic Wars: Burning Earth. If you have read Ender’s Game and always wanted to know more about the great war that led to the construction of Battle School, here is your chance.

I read through the entire volume in one sitting, on my lunch break. It’s not nearly as long as I wanted it to be, and ends at an inconvenient moment in the story line. I realize the importance of cliff hangers, but come on.

In these seven issues — yeah that’s right, only seven — we’re introduced to the asteroid mining crew which encountered the first Formic craft, as well as Mazer Rackham. Both sets of characters are appropriately bad ass.

I felt that this small volume really opens up the history of the Formic wars in a great way with appropriately smart, Orson Scott Card approved dialogue, and beautifully drawn art work.

It has left me wanting more, and I don’t know if I will be able to force myself to budget for each issue as it releases in 2012, plus I sort of like having them all hardbound. There are plenty of cheesy jokes and references to the future of the Enderverse as we know it. I found myself chuckling at most of them, but there are a few that deserve nothing more than an acknowledging eye roll.

If you’re interested go buy it from your local bookstore (Preferably not a big box store, but hey, it’s your money and your community.) I recommend it to anyone that has invested any amount of time into the stories and histories of the Enderverse.

The title of this post is very foreboding compared to the rest of the entry. Though I took a lighthearted path to telling y’all about this book, it is not a lighthearted story line. Within those few pages you will see all of the horrors of every man-made war of all time, and then some. This was never meant to be a war it was to be conquest and extermination of all life on Earth. It shows in these vividly colored pages.

Want a link? The Formic Wars: Burning Earth on Goodreads

I thought you would.