The Art of War

A Graphic Novel

by Kelly Roman

On Sale: 07/31/2012

The Art of War

A Graphic Novel

by Kelly Roman

illustrated by Michael DeWeese

On Sale: 07/31/2012


About the Book

The military philosophies of the ancient Chinese general Sun Tzu are admired and studied to this day—and now Kelly Roman has used these timeless lessons on warfare to create The Art of War. This stunning two-color graphic novel has turned Sun Tzu’s iconic military strategy text into an action-packed thriller set twenty years in the future, when Wall Street is militarized and China is the world’s dominant economy. With more than three hundred illustrations by artist Michael DeWeese—who storyboarded the music video for the Lady Gaga hit "Alejandro"—this powerfully rendered Art of War integrates Sun Tzu’s timeless battlefield and war room strategies with a compelling futuristic tale of action and vengeance, creating a sweeping adventure for graphic novel and comic book aficionados, science fiction readers, and anyone who has ever enjoyed a classic action movie or Kung Fu martial arts epic.

Critical Praise

“Ingenious....Roman and DeWeese have made a visual explosion out of Sun Tzu’s iconic understatement.” — San Francisco Chronicle

“The dystopian story is not for the faint of heart, but those looking for a gory thriller will find plenty to keep them busy.” — Publishers Weekly

“An epic dystopian story. . . . that revels in all of the trespasses and heroism of which only human beings are truly capable.” — Kirkus Reviews

“In Roman and DeWeese’s graphic novel, Sun Tzu is alive and well” — Detroit News

“Phenomenal artwork, a brilliant story-one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read.” — Tarquin Pack, Producer, Kick Ass, Executive Producer, X-Men: First Class

“An astounding adaptation of Sun Tzu’s ancient text that made me think about its application in an entirely new way.” — General (Ret.) Stephen N. Xenakis, U.S. Army

“Imaginative, provocative, powerful, and disturbing, Kelly Roman’s Art of War should be required reading for those concerned with the future of America and its place in the world.” — Minxin Pei, Professor of Government, Claremont McKenna College

“THE ART OF WAR rebrands the millennium. It melts down debased ideology, re-values cultural currency, mints strange new coin and buys tomorrow-pawns everything you know. — Jamie Delano, author of Hellblazer


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062103949
  • ISBN 10: 0062103946
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 07/31/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price:28.50 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Science Fiction / General
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Horror
  • BISAC4 : HISTORY / Military / Strategy
  • BISAC6 : COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Science Fiction
  • BISAC7 : PHILOSOPHY / Eastern

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