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They have become a phenomenon. The Alex Rider adventures are now bestsellers the world over, and the book that started it all, Stormbreaker, is soon to be a major motion picture. Now is your chance to see this book visualized in a brand-new format, with bold, edgy, manga-like illustrations that bring Alex Rider to life in a way not seen before. For existing fans of the They have become a phenomenon. The Alex Rider adventures are now bestsellers the world over, and the book that started it all, Stormbreaker, is soon to be a major motion picture. Now is your chance to see this book visualized in a brand-new format, with bold, edgy, manga-like illustrations that bring Alex Rider to life in a way not seen before. For existing fans of the series, this graphic novel will be a must-have; for those yet to discover Stormbreaker, this will be the perfect introduction.


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They have become a phenomenon. The Alex Rider adventures are now bestsellers the world over, and the book that started it all, Stormbreaker, is soon to be a major motion picture. Now is your chance to see this book visualized in a brand-new format, with bold, edgy, manga-like illustrations that bring Alex Rider to life in a way not seen before. For existing fans of the They have become a phenomenon. The Alex Rider adventures are now bestsellers the world over, and the book that started it all, Stormbreaker, is soon to be a major motion picture. Now is your chance to see this book visualized in a brand-new format, with bold, edgy, manga-like illustrations that bring Alex Rider to life in a way not seen before. For existing fans of the series, this graphic novel will be a must-have; for those yet to discover Stormbreaker, this will be the perfect introduction.

30 review for Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    This was basically just reading the movie but it was a lot of fun. Although I was slightly disappointed that it was a graphic novel of the movie adaptation and not the book, I still really enjoyed this for what it was. A fun and easy read of which I finished in about 20 minutes. I have a lot of love for this book series and the movie and reading this has made me want to read the series all over again. :')

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    The book was a success, spawning several sequels. The film adaptation was a big flop. So...why would they adapt the latter into a comic book instead of the former? It's fun to see Alex Rider in comic book form, but, with the addition of Sabina (who, in the regular novels, doesn't appear until the third volume) and some scenes which took away from the original story, just like they did in the flick...well, that was a disappointment. With this as the start, I wonder: Will the other graphic novels be The book was a success, spawning several sequels. The film adaptation was a big flop. So...why would they adapt the latter into a comic book instead of the former? It's fun to see Alex Rider in comic book form, but, with the addition of Sabina (who, in the regular novels, doesn't appear until the third volume) and some scenes which took away from the original story, just like they did in the flick...well, that was a disappointment. With this as the start, I wonder: Will the other graphic novels be faithful to the books, or will they be the movies that could have been?

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeremiah

    This book about a boy Alex Rider. Who becomes a spy after his uncle Ian Rider was killed Ian Rider was also a spy but he told Alex and Jack who was Alex babysitter and house keeper that he was a banker. Alex was forced to work for the agency that ian worked for orelse they would send Jack away since her visa expired 7 years ago. So Alex joined the agency and they gave Jack a permanent visa so they sent Alex to a camp for 2 weeks then they take him out and tell him he has a mission. They gave This book about a boy Alex Rider. Who becomes a spy after his uncle Ian Rider was killed Ian Rider was also a spy but he told Alex and Jack who was Alex babysitter and house keeper that he was a banker. Alex was forced to work for the agency that ian worked for orelse they would send Jack away since her visa expired 7 years ago. So Alex joined the agency and they gave Jack a permanent visa so they sent Alex to a camp for 2 weeks then they take him out and tell him he has a mission. They gave him all types of gadgets his mission was to go under cover as a computer nerd that won a contest to try out a new computer called storm breaker. The creator of the computer was a man called Mr.Sayle. Mr.Sayle is giving the computer away to every school. Once the prime minister pushes the activation button millions of people will die. Will Alex Rider save the world you will have to read it to find out. I really liked all the parts of this book. I would recommend this book to anyone. I would mostly recommend this book to someone who likes action books. This book is full of action and mysteries. If you want to read this book you should read it because its not a boring book and you will be done with the book in less than a hour if your really read it. So i would recommend this book to anyone. Thank you for reading my book review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tessa H

    Alex rider is an orphaned teenager, living with his 'Boring' uncle who works as a banker. One day, Alex's uncle is killed in a car accident, and his world is crushed. Ian was the only family he had. What will he do now? However, after Alex catches a man stealing all of Ian's belongings out of their house, he finds out that Ian was not a banker, but a spy for the government. Alex is brought into the same organization his uncle worked for, and given a mission. He must investigate Sayle Alex rider is an orphaned teenager, living with his 'Boring' uncle who works as a banker. One day, Alex's uncle is killed in a car accident, and his world is crushed. Ian was the only family he had. What will he do now? However, after Alex catches a man stealing all of Ian's belongings out of their house, he finds out that Ian was not a banker, but a spy for the government. Alex is brought into the same organization his uncle worked for, and given a mission. He must investigate Sayle Enterprises, who recently produced a super computer called Stormbreaker. This new invention uses wonderful new technology, but it may have an ulterior motive... (No spoilers!!) I love, and always have loved the Alex Rider series because of the concept that a child could be a spy. It makes me want to work for the government and fight evil! For me, these books will never get old, no matter how many times I read them.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Belyea

    Soon after Alex finds out the horrible truth - his Uncle was a secret agent killed on a mission - he is drawn into a dangerous plot involving terrorists, and must use his quick thinking to overcome their plans before he suffers the same fate. Johnston and Damerum bring the action of "Alex Rider" to life with a book that is sure to keep readers reading in a single go. Can Alex keep up with the pace, or is his first ever spy mission going to fall apart before it even starts?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elke

    I realised about halfway in that I had seen the movie this graphic novel is based on, and it seems to be a pretty faithful adaptation. It's a pretty fun and quick read, definitely appropriate for middle grade. I can imagine a lot of kids liking this a lot

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eli

    Never really enjoyed this series. The comic book was pretty good. Much better than the novel. If you're looking for a quick read (I read this in under an hour) than this is a good book for you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Fun adaptation but feel like they could have done more with the illustration

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Name: Kim Deniker APA Citation: Horowitz, A. (2006). Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel. New York: Philomel Books. Genre: Mystery, Graphic Novel Literary Prizes and awards won by Stormbreaker include Booklist, 11/15/2006; Wilson’s Children, 10/1/2010; Kliatt starred, 1/1/2007; Wilson's Junior High School, 8/1/2007; and Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 4/1/2007. Format: Print Selection Process: Stormbreaker was chosen for winning several literary awards including VOYA in 2007 and Booklist in 2006. Name: Kim Deniker APA Citation: Horowitz, A. (2006). Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel. New York: Philomel Books. Genre: Mystery, Graphic Novel Literary Prizes and awards won by Stormbreaker include Booklist, 11/15/2006; Wilson’s Children, 10/1/2010; Kliatt starred, 1/1/2007; Wilson's Junior High School, 8/1/2007; and Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), 4/1/2007. Format: Print Selection Process: Stormbreaker was chosen for winning several literary awards including VOYA in 2007 and Booklist in 2006. Stormbreaker is a titled used in 7th grade curriculum and as part of the differentiated instruction, allow graphic novels to be utilized as a choice for project based assignments as a part of the Common Core State Standards. The Alex Rider series has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list. According to Follett Library Resources, Stormbreaker has an interest level of fifth grade and up with a reading level of seventh grade. It also has a quiz for the reading programs Accelerated Reader and Reading Counts which are utilized at Wilmington. Graphic novels are often a pull for reluctant readers. Review: Gr 5 Up. Alex Rider is a fourteen year old boy who lives with his uncle and who he believes to be a banker until he was killed in a car accident. Alex begins to investigate on his own and discovers bullet holes in the car which then leads him on the adventures into his uncle’s unknown world of espionage. After his uncle’s funeral, Alex is taken in and by the same company that trained his uncle and soon realizes that his life experiences thought to be hobbies were actually training exercises to prepare him for his next adventure of becoming a super spy like his uncle and battling evil businessmen, while keeping the evil Mr. Sayle from unleashing a virus that would kill millions through the Stormbreaker computer program. Library Media Connection (2007) views the graphic novel of Stormbreaker as “Alex's initial journey into a clandestine world filled with intrigue, adventure, danger, and some super cool gadgets that every young reader will covet -- including zit cream that can melt metal, a backpack parachute, and a Nintendo DS that's really a PDA scanner, transmitter, bug finder, and smoke bomb! Alex's introduction to a life of covert operations is enhanced by the comic format because the illustrations quicken an already fast-paced plot line”. It is the teenage version of a James Bond 007 movie. Booklist (2006) says that “readers who already like Alex Rider will want this; even adventure lovers unfamiliar with the books will find it difficult to resist the hyperkinetic fun, although they may feel they have sold a bit of their souls to get it”. “The first book was adapted into a movie that opened in the U.S. in 2006 before being released on DVD late in that same year. According to the credits, this graphic novel adaptation is based on the screenplay” VOYA (2007). Recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    old account (rl)

    Contains spoiler for this graphic novel, the movie adaption and Anthony Horowitz's original Stormbreaker. I am so disappointed in this book and I just don't know where to start.... Why would they base it on the movie instead of Anthony Horowitz's original book and only tell you that in teeny tiny little writing on the back? I don't want to read the graphic novel of the movie! Sigh. The original Alex Rider series was a large part of my childhood. I read those books about three times each and Contains spoiler for this graphic novel, the movie adaption and Anthony Horowitz's original Stormbreaker. I am so disappointed in this book and I just don't know where to start.... Why would they base it on the movie instead of Anthony Horowitz's original book and only tell you that in teeny tiny little writing on the back? I don't want to read the graphic novel of the movie! Sigh. The original Alex Rider series was a large part of my childhood. I read those books about three times each and obsessed over Alex. I used to play spy games and pretend to go on missions and do everything that Alex did. He was a childhood hero. When you love a series that much, you want to try and make the magic of it last as long as you can. You buy the books, then the companion novels, you buy the series' guides, the author's biography, the author's other works.. and the graphic novel adaptions... sigh. Alex's character was butchered in this and it made me want to cry. Alex - in the original book series - is a strong, complex and very driven character with a lot of heavy backstory that is more important that you would think. In this book, Alex was incredibly gullible, boring, shallow, impulsive, childish and lacked independence. He was dry and unrelatable. Who wants to read about a character like that!? The plotline was also completely dissimilar to the original story. The beginning was all messed. Ian was weird as. Why did he call Alex? He wasn't meant to be the parental kind. Then was Alan Blunt and "the offer" which was all ridiculously rushed. Where was Alex's denial stage? Where was the part where MI6 tested Alex to see if he was worth training? That's kind of important. There was plenty of other things that I could comment on too but I think I've made my point. I am really disappointing that this deviated from the original books so much - even the characters were drawn with the wrong hair colours etc. - and it made my dislike for this even more profound. I certainly wouldn't recommend this to anyone. ... I just remember a couple of things that I cannot believe I forgot to add such as the fact that they changed the back story of our villain - Herold Sayle. I even don't know where to start with my anger at this. Its renders Sayle's entire crazy plan pointless! The original story made his motives make sense - like they are meant to be - but the story in this was simply crazy. He was bullied at school for being American!? They called him "Smell" instead of "Sayle" - that's your reasoning behind killing millions of children? Please. That's pathetic. He wasn't even of American heritage in the original book - he had a much, much more complicated history. My other qualm is the fact there was this romantic interest-type little thread added into this book. There is meant to be no romance in this series for a reason - don't ruin that.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Stormbreaker is the graphic novel adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's very popular "James Bond" type of series. The artwork inside is an interesting mix between manga and traditional American comics, with an easy-to-follow storyline and decent adaptation of the source. Alex Rider lives with his banker uncle in London. His uncle travels around the world for his job and leaves Alex in the care of a quirky young woman named More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Stormbreaker is the graphic novel adaptation of Anthony Horowitz's very popular "James Bond" type of series. The artwork inside is an interesting mix between manga and traditional American comics, with an easy-to-follow storyline and decent adaptation of the source. Alex Rider lives with his banker uncle in London. His uncle travels around the world for his job and leaves Alex in the care of a quirky young woman named Jack. But one day, Alex is told his Uncle has died and in the quest to find out more about how it happened, he becomes caught up in Mi6 and the spy game. As a first assignment, he is sent to investigate an American tycoon who has donated a supercomputer to schools around England. Alex soon discovers that there may be much more to this tycoon than meets the eye. For graphic novel adaptations, I always look toward plot continuity and ability to convey in images, rather than words, the story. I feel that the editors and artist did an excellent job in translating Horowitz' action/adventure into pictures. The dialogue was just the right balance - not too much and not too little, and the editors allowed the artist to convey the right amount of images to keep the story moving. I rate this four instead of five stars because Alex seems to have the same "happy go lucky' expression in nearly every panel. Sure, that's his nature but I think facets of that could have been drawn rather than reusing the same expression over and over ad nauseum. In all, I did enjoy this adaptation much better than other YA novels. The artists and authors kept the James Bond like character looking and acting his age.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ellyn → Allonsythornraxx

    26/03/18 This was one of my all-time faves growing up so I cannot wait to finally dive into this series (first 5 books) in a different format! This felt a little like reading the movie script, but with pictures. BUT, it's Alex Rider so I loved it anyway. 24/09/15 4.5 This is an old favourite of mine, a quick read to destress me while I'm reading A Clash of Kings.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anna Sobczak

    it wasint what I imagined it to be and they got Alex's personality all wrong! But anyone who is willing to draw a WHOLE BOOK has gotten three stars!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Briard

    It's been so long since I read any of Alex Rider's adventures, but coming back through this graphic novel was like I never left. I agree with some of the other reviews that in graphic novel format this story felt too short, but I also thought it did a good job of conveying elements of the story using images and the nuances of camera shots and angles. I really want to get my hand on the other graphic novels in the series, too.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    I have to give this three stars (even though it is objectively worse than the actual first book) just because I get so much enjoyment out of how terrible this version of the story is. They really should have based the graphic novel on the actual book, not the god-awful movie. Looking forward to reading the rest of the graphic novels in this series and reliving the glory days of middle school haha.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dietrich

    A young boy finds out he has been training to be a spy his whole life and he didn't even know it. Alex Rider has to go from school to saving the world, and he does it very well. With gadgets and gizmos, this spy story has a very 007 feeling that clearly interest even the readers not interested in the action and adventure.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I don't know why they had to change things so that it's not the same as the novel, its following the movie plot instead. Whose idea was it to have Sabrina in it? And ehy dif that take out Jacks red hair? Anyway there are some amusing parts in this that aren't in the novel or film which make it cool, Anything with Alex is good with me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    David Lu

    I loved the book. I love how the pictures just seemed to jump out at you and the excitement of reading it was. I found the part (SPOILER ALERT!) when Yassan Gregovitch killed his uncle was a little disturbing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Oliverreader12

    So let me start off by saying I'm not a fan of the Alex Rider books I think they are cliche and boring and every book is exactly the same and it's boring so I wont read the second graphic novel but I've read through this twice in one day I enjoyed it so much, I'd recommend it to anyone.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    This is a perfectly reasonable fun graphic novel but definitely young...despite all the guns. I’d say grade 4 and up professionally... but personally Leo read them all and LOVED them in 3rd grade ! The gun violence is very spy movie style.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tim Gray

    Lots of fun in a teenage James Bond kind of way.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna Howell

    A really good book and loved reading it

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donna Luu

    If you're into graphic novels, then this may work for you. The plot seemed abbreviated due to space constraints.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Trotter

    A good graphic novel full of action. I only wish it was a better adaptation of the book and not following the plot of the movie.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Graphic version of the same story, with significant attempts to improve the visual (of course) nature of the story while updating some of the tech, though widening the plot caverns.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Isel

    2.5 Ehhhhh. They changed it. Was that really necessary? I mean it was okay though. 2.5✨✨ Ehhhhh. They changed it. Was that really necessary? I mean it was okay though.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    This was interesting. Might read the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Worked much better as a GN than a movie. A big hit with. Ok club

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emmanuel Chiddix

    I didn't like this book because it talked about people who wanted revenge and fighting and killing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Oscar

    This is a good book about a boy called Alex Rider and he becomes a secret agent.

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