ELRIC : STORMBRINGER
Written by Julien Blondel and Jean-Luc Cano | Illustrated by Didier Poli and Robin Recht
Elric : Stormbringer is a graphic novel adaptation of Michael Moorcock‘s Elric novel series.
Calling this second volume of adaptations of Michael Moorcock’s classic Elric series Stormbringer is a mite confusing, when in fact this graphic novel actually concludes the plotline of Elric of Melniboné. That minor complaint aside, Elric Vol. 2 definitely maintains the cutting edge intensity and emotional depth that made Vol. 1 so satisfying as a modern take of the saga of the doomed albino emperor.
In summary, Elric moves heaven, earth and hell in a desperate attempt to rescue his lover Cymoril from the evil clutches of her brother, the traitorous Yyrkoon. Along the way, Elric receives the ‘gift’ of the soul-drinking black blade, Stormbringer and discovers that getting what he wants can come at a tremendous cost, especially when one is dealing with demons. This time round, writer Julien Blondel is joined by Jean-Luc Cano and the duo do an excellent job in conveying the other-worldliness of the Melnibonean characters.
Forty years old this story might be but the relevance of Moorcock’s disturbing commentary on decadent power remains potent. This graphic novel is essential for anyone who is interested in the roots of Game of Thrones and The Witcher.
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