Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares - An Original Graphic Novel

Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares - An Original Graphic Novel

From the world of the best-selling YA series Red Rising comes a story of love and loss and rage!In the future, when mankind has spread across the stars, the hierarchy of man is dictated by the color of one's caste. The Golds rule all, but what will happen when one falls for a lowly Red? See how a forbidden love will set the course of events for the future and lead to the f...

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Title:Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares - An Original Graphic Novel
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Pierce Brown's Red Rising: Sons of Ares - An Original Graphic Novel Reviews

  • Ben Brown

    Color me surprised: I actually liked this quite a bit. While I’d hesitate to call it a GREAT comic, “Sons of Ares” remembers to do something that way too many comic miniseries nowadays forget: to tell a succinct story and to tell it well. There’s not a lot here that’s going to blow your socks off – although the art by Eli Powell is certainly gorgeous to look at, bringing to mind Sean Murphy’s scratchy style – but what is there works pretty well, with characters that you genuinely come to care ab

    Color me surprised: I actually liked this quite a bit. While I’d hesitate to call it a GREAT comic, “Sons of Ares” remembers to do something that way too many comic miniseries nowadays forget: to tell a succinct story and to tell it well. There’s not a lot here that’s going to blow your socks off – although the art by Eli Powell is certainly gorgeous to look at, bringing to mind Sean Murphy’s scratchy style – but what is there works pretty well, with characters that you genuinely come to care about over the course of the six issue run and a plot that is impressively massive-in-scope for a tie-in comic. Writers Pierce Brown and Rik Hoskins do a commendable job of fleshing out the world Brown created in his “Red Rising” trilogy (which I liked but didn’t love), while planting some intriguing seeds that will hopefully get paid off in the upcoming “Iron Gold.”

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Over the course of the RED RISING trilogy, we learned of a Gold who didn’t meet the exacting standards of his peers. He wasn’t as tall, as bright, as shiny, as his gilded brethren, but rather than having the decency to die in the passage, he lived to become a peerless scarred.

    And turned their world upside down.

    RED RISING: SONS OF ARES is Fitchner’s story.

    It’s the story of how he fell in love with a Red and how t

    Over the course of the RED RISING trilogy, we learned of a Gold who didn’t meet the exacting standards of his peers. He wasn’t as tall, as bright, as shiny, as his gilded brethren, but rather than having the decency to die in the passage, he lived to become a peerless scarred.

    And turned their world upside down.

    RED RISING: SONS OF ARES is Fitchner’s story.

    It’s the story of how he fell in love with a Red and how that love became the foundation of a rebellion that brought his world to its knees.

    It fills in the gaps of the things we thought we knew . . .

    But we were wrong.

    Fitchner didn’t fall in love with a Red and live a peaceful, happy life with her until the aberration was discovered.

    Nothing in Fitchner’s life was ever peaceful or happy, so we should’ve known better.

    Maybe you did.

    But I didn’t.

    Either way, Fitchner’s story is not one that should go unread.

    Now it’s your turn to learn his truth. Highly recommended.

  • Sarah

     is a prequel to the Red Rising series that was originally released as 6 comics (which of course being a superfan I've already purchased!), I believe the comics are now out of print and only available as ebooks so I think it's fantastic for fans that we're now getting this hardback bind-up of the whole series. The hardback is available in two versions signed or unsigned which is slightly cheaper. I've preordered the signed copy and I can't wait to see it on my shelves.

    Now

     is a prequel to the Red Rising series that was originally released as 6 comics (which of course being a superfan I've already purchased!), I believe the comics are now out of print and only available as ebooks so I think it's fantastic for fans that we're now getting this hardback bind-up of the whole series. The hardback is available in two versions signed or unsigned which is slightly cheaper. I've preordered the signed copy and I can't wait to see it on my shelves.

    Now you've got more of an idea what you're actually getting let's get to the interesting stuff like the artwork and the story. This is a prequel so it's set before

    but I definitely wouldn't recommend starting here - you'll end up giving yourself spoilers for the main books if you do. I think fans of the series will love getting to see a younger Fitchner and learning how he met his wife (although this story is slightly different to how it's told in the books) and we also get to see baby Sevro which is pretty cool. It's very easy to see where Sevro gets his attitude from that's for sure! This also shows the reasons that the Sons of Ares was originally founded so it gives us a chance to see the very beginning of the revolution that changes everything for Darrow in Red Rising.

    The artwork is wonderful, quite dark in colour but that fits the gory and violent tone of the story perfectly. I love the added touch that each conversation bubble is coloured to match the birth colour of the character speaking. I really enjoying being back in this world but via a more visual format and it left me wanting to reread the rest of the series again. This is one of my all time favourite series so I'll jump at any chance for more from this world and this was a lovely addition.

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    There's a signed edition of the hardback bind up of the Sons of Ares graphic novel? Yup of course I have to pre-order it LOL.

    Current prices for UK peeps (as at 4th December):

    £24.83 (+ £5.50 shipping so it's actually £30.33) -

    £35.99 -

    I can't find it on Wordery or Book Depository (they both have the unsigned version though)

    There's a cheaper unsigned version so be careful when ordering to make sure you get the one you want.

  • Carol (Bookaria)

    This is a graphic novel that takes place in the world of

    's

    series.

    I have not read the

    series so I am not sure if this is a prequel, sequel or spin-off of the main story. However, it's not necessary to read the series to be able to enjoy this graphic novel, it stands on its own.

    The story takes place in outer space where mankind has spread to. In this world, people are designed to perform certain tasks and are referred to by a color. The color is not their actu

    This is a graphic novel that takes place in the world of

    's

    series.

    I have not read the

    series so I am not sure if this is a prequel, sequel or spin-off of the main story. However, it's not necessary to read the series to be able to enjoy this graphic novel, it stands on its own.

    The story takes place in outer space where mankind has spread to. In this world, people are designed to perform certain tasks and are referred to by a color. The color is not their actual skin color but rather refers to the task they perform, red being the lowest caste in this world.

    In the novel, a high "gold" falls in love for a lowly "red" and the story revolves around the challenges they face. The book is richly illustrated and the word bubbles are colored based on the person's caste.

    Overall the novel is ok, although I enjoy science fiction I did not love this story.

  • Lucia

    As a huge fan of Red Rising saga I was grateful for every new insight into this fictional world created by Pierce Brown. I did enjoy reading this graphic novel, yet I have to admit that I had expected so much more from it... More depth, more feels, more everything. Guess I have been spoiled by Pierce Brown’s prose and storytelling in this format wasn’t enough for me.

    However, I really liked artistic side of this graphic novel. Art in Sons of Ares is enigmatic and gritty. It has this gloomy qualit

    As a huge fan of Red Rising saga I was grateful for every new insight into this fictional world created by Pierce Brown. I did enjoy reading this graphic novel, yet I have to admit that I had expected so much more from it... More depth, more feels, more everything. Guess I have been spoiled by Pierce Brown’s prose and storytelling in this format wasn’t enough for me.

    However, I really liked artistic side of this graphic novel. Art in Sons of Ares is enigmatic and gritty. It has this gloomy quality to it which fits the mood of the story perfectly.

    Fair warning: In my opinion, it is required to read Red Rising trilogy first before starting this graphic novel. Not only you would be a bit lost without prior knowledge of Red Rising universe, society and history, but you would also find spoilers for huge twists that take part in Golden Son (book #2). So if you haven’t started Red Rising novels yet but you plan to read them, do it before diving into Sons of Ares.

    Recommended for all true fans of Red Rising series!

  • Petrik

    Having read all four books in the Red Rising Saga, I figure it's about time to read this prequel graphic novel to the entire saga now that it's completed already. Sons of Ares focused around the foundation of Ares and we also get to see three familiar characters from the main series in their younger days.

    I think it's mandatory to have read at least the first trilogy before reading t

    Having read all four books in the Red Rising Saga, I figure it's about time to read this prequel graphic novel to the entire saga now that it's completed already. Sons of Ares focused around the foundation of Ares and we also get to see three familiar characters from the main series in their younger days.

    I think it's mandatory to have read at least the first trilogy before reading this book. Although technically can read it on its own, there will be a lot of missing contexts that would benefit the readers so much more. I am a huge fan of Red Rising Saga, it's one of my favorite series of all time, but honestly, this was just an okay to a good experience. The main problems are the short length (less than one hour to finish) and most of all, Brown's missing prose that made the series a fantastic experience for me.

    Overall though, it's still an enjoyable read that offers a little more background to the saga and if you're a fan of the main series and also a completionist, I recommend you to give this graphic novel a try.

  • Chris

    This was fun, but I have to say I was a little underwhelmed. While it was great to get a visual on the Red Rising universe, as well as a background prequel tale, this somehow lacked the magic that made the main series so memorable.

    It's a good treat for Pierce Brown fans, but I probably wouldn't recommend to someone that hasn't read his work. Besides what I mentioned above, the material would spoil some of the good stuff in tho

    This was fun, but I have to say I was a little underwhelmed. While it was great to get a visual on the Red Rising universe, as well as a background prequel tale, this somehow lacked the magic that made the main series so memorable.

    It's a good treat for Pierce Brown fans, but I probably wouldn't recommend to someone that hasn't read his work. Besides what I mentioned above, the material would spoil some of the good stuff in those books.

  • Dennis

    Yeah, you know that Reaper guy, he’s not in this book.

    I was only half expecting for him to make a cameo. Because this is a side-story, right? Wrong!

    Note to self: At some point you should really start reading blurbs or just take a look at the cover. IT'S ON THE COVER.

    So, as the cover told you already, this is a prequel. If you haven’t read Pierce Brown’s original

    tri

    Yeah, you know that Reaper guy, he’s not in this book.

    I was only half expecting for him to make a cameo. Because this is a side-story, right? Wrong!

    Note to self: At some point you should really start reading blurbs or just take a look at the cover. IT'S ON THE COVER.

    So, as the cover told you already, this is a prequel. If you haven’t read Pierce Brown’s original

    trilogy, than What. Are. You. Waiting. For? Seriously!

    If you plan to read Pierce Brown’s original Red Rising trilogy, do not read this graphic novel. Because it is a huge spoiler for the first AND second book.

    Thankfully, as dumbluck would have it, I've already read the first three novels. And I'm a huge fan of the original trilogy.

    So, as was the plan all along

    , I picked up this graphic novel after I finished reading

    . Curious to learn more about this fascinating world Pierce Brown has built.

    For you this may be the point to turn away from this review (it doesn't get better anyway), because there are

    The first question was, how does Brown's, should we call it pompous, prose transfer to the medium. Well, it doesn’t. And that’s a good thing. I don’t need nor do I want pages littered with words. That’s not what I’m reading comics for. The story is still told convincingly. It’s just a lot different from what we’re used to from the novels.

    So what story does this graphic novel tell? Well, it’s actually the one of Fitchner and how he became Ares. How he fell in love with a Red and what happened to them thereafter. It’s quite interesting, especially for fans like me, I suppose. But it’s also not really new. We know the basics of that story already. And we crave for more. Amiright? Well, that wish gets only partial fulfillment. More details, yes. Surprises, no, not really.

    Still, with the added fanboy bonus, this would probably land somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. If it weren’t for the art. I’m sorry, but this thing, for the most part, is pretty ugly. While buildings and landscapes are okay, the characters look terrible.

    I mean, those are the Golds. These perfectly build humans. The cream of the crop. Eh. Riiight.

    This thing could do with a change of artist, or at least style, for the next volume. If there even is a next volume.

    Oh, and why are all the curse words blacked out? That’s ███████ annoying.

    Lots of room for improvement. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it. Somewhat.

  • Sr3yas

    Sons of Ares is the gorydamn prequel to the sci-fi action novel series Red Rising, and this comic book centers around the origin of Ares, the mysterious anarchist who shall

    because it's a freakin spoiler for the novel series. So probably don't read this comic book if you are planning on reading the novel.

    The story switches between Ares's past and a dangerous illegal mission h

    Sons of Ares is the gorydamn prequel to the sci-fi action novel series Red Rising, and this comic book centers around the origin of Ares, the mysterious anarchist who shall

    because it's a freakin spoiler for the novel series. So probably don't read this comic book if you are planning on reading the novel.

    The story switches between Ares's past and a dangerous illegal mission headed by him in the present day. The whole past ties to the present, showing what the mission is all about.

    In my opinion, the story adds only a little to the Red Rising universe. Yes, it is good to know Ares's origin, but there is nothing unexpected about it. We already know the layout of this story through Red Rising novels, the only thing Pierce Brown did here is fleshing it out. Thankfully, there are a lot of good scenes and throwbacks to make the story entertaining.

    I would've rated it higher if the art was good, as this is the first official visual representation of the World of Red Rising. Unfortunately, the art lacked details I was looking for.

    Overall, It's only a passable prequel to the excellent novel series.

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