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Three novels. Two worlds. One Story. Now in a stunning, four color visual edition. Nothing is as it seems when dreams and reality collide. Black - A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of the earth. The only man who can stop it is Thomas Hunter, an unlikely hero whose life is stretched between two worlds. Red - In one world, Thomas Hunter is a battle-scarred g Three novels. Two worlds. One Story. Now in a stunning, four color visual edition. Nothing is as it seems when dreams and reality collide. Black - A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of the earth. The only man who can stop it is Thomas Hunter, an unlikely hero whose life is stretched between two worlds. Red - In one world, Thomas Hunter is a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he's racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos.


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Three novels. Two worlds. One Story. Now in a stunning, four color visual edition. Nothing is as it seems when dreams and reality collide. Black - A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of the earth. The only man who can stop it is Thomas Hunter, an unlikely hero whose life is stretched between two worlds. Red - In one world, Thomas Hunter is a battle-scarred g Three novels. Two worlds. One Story. Now in a stunning, four color visual edition. Nothing is as it seems when dreams and reality collide. Black - A virulent evil has been unleashed upon the people of the earth. The only man who can stop it is Thomas Hunter, an unlikely hero whose life is stretched between two worlds. Red - In one world, Thomas Hunter is a battle-scarred general commanding an army of primitive warriors. In the other, he's racing to outwit sadistic terrorists intent on creating global chaos.

30 review for Circle Series Visual Edition: Black, Red, and White Graphic Novels

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Love it! Ok, I know that some people complain that this book has not been faithfully adapted and there are some deleted scenes, but let's face it, if they had made ​​this graphic novel exactly like in the written books (Black, Red and White) this book would have more than 1000 pages!! I admit that some characters were very different from what I imagined, but I liked the adaptation. Although I had wanted Green also adapted graphic novel.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Grace Brazell

    I simply do not understand the allure of graphic novels. However, they provide excellent references for body positions when one is drawing. You can find just about any position you like...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shiree

    I really liked the original series. I wanted to like this version but there were a few things that bothered me. It's been too long for me to remember if certain details are missing because they cut things from the original or if they were always plot holes but I just noticed. I think overall I was confused about the links: why one person might link to a specific person and how injury/death affected each link. Furthermore...there is an extreme lack of diversity in the "Colored Forest." This is sup I really liked the original series. I wanted to like this version but there were a few things that bothered me. It's been too long for me to remember if certain details are missing because they cut things from the original or if they were always plot holes but I just noticed. I think overall I was confused about the links: why one person might link to a specific person and how injury/death affected each link. Furthermore...there is an extreme lack of diversity in the "Colored Forest." This is supposed to be an Eden-like place and yet there's only white people there... -_- Also, we get introduced to Tanis as the first man...but who is "Eve"? We never hear a single reference to the first woman created . *shrug* I wish I'd not read this version and left the memory of the original as it were. Full review at my blog: http://www.psalmstogod.com/2020/01/th...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    This was kind of confusing....

  5. 4 out of 5

    Isaac

    I like this book because It has a lot of action and it has an epic beginning when he was being chased by a maniack killer

  6. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Bariteau

    I read the original Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, White) back when it first came out 2005 and loved it! Since then Ted Dekker has added to it by releasing a spin-off series of youth novels (the LOST series), as well as, other novels that tie-in or relate in one way or another to the Circle Trilogy. On top of that, he wrote a 4th book, Green, with is supposed to be BOTH a prequel AND a sequel to the original trilogy, calling it Book Zero. As I said at the beginning of this review, I read the origina I read the original Circle Trilogy (Black, Red, White) back when it first came out 2005 and loved it! Since then Ted Dekker has added to it by releasing a spin-off series of youth novels (the LOST series), as well as, other novels that tie-in or relate in one way or another to the Circle Trilogy. On top of that, he wrote a 4th book, Green, with is supposed to be BOTH a prequel AND a sequel to the original trilogy, calling it Book Zero. As I said at the beginning of this review, I read the original trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I haven't yet picked up "Bk 0: Green" or any of the LOST series of youth novels, but I've been wanting to...so when I saw this graphic novel version of the complete trilogy at my local library I thought, "What a great (and quick) way to refresh my memory of the basic story of the original trilogy, so that I can take the leap into the rest of the world that Thomas Hunter lives, alongside his desert companions, who refer to themselves as "The Circle"!" I thought this graphic novel was really well done. It does a great job of doing what a graphic novel's primary purpose should be: giving some wonderful artwork that helps you visualize various characters and moments in the story. There were certain people and scenes in the book that I was surprised looked different, and quite honestly...better, than how I had pictured it in my head when I first read the trilogy. In fact, there were a few times when the pictures that the artist(s) drew helped me understand things in the story that I hadn't fully grasped when reading it before...simply because I was able to "see" what was happening, rather than trying to imagine or guess. I wouldn't have thought that would happen before I read this graphic edition of the story, because, well, frankly, I thought I had a pretty good understanding of what I had read. Yet, this version helped solidify the message of the story in a fuller, deeper way for me. And so, for that I applaud the artists and team that made this graphic version of Ted Dekker's wonderful series! The ONE area I would critique...and I hate to sound negative on here, because I really did enjoy this book, but I feel like it's worth mentioning...it seemed at various times while reading like the artist(s) either didn't know remember how to draw certain characters. What I mean by that is, I'd be reading along and suddenly a character (Thomas Hunter, Rochelle, Justin, etc...) would look different than they had before. I don't know if this is a sign of a younger, less experienced artist or maybe multiple artists that draw the characters slightly different, but whatever it was...it was noticeable enough to be distracting and even slightly frustrating. This small issue is the only reason I didn't score this with all 5 stars. Aside from that however, I'm really glad I read this book and am excited to finally jump into "the rest of the story!" Or, as Ted Dekker may say, "Tim, it's time to go full Circle!"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist. Ted Dekker is one of my favourite authors and I was very excited to read this as I haven't read any of his fantasy yet, meaning I hadn't read the original novels this graphic novel was based on either. Absolutely amazing story. Part fantasy and part urban fantasy. Thomas Hunter is nicked in the head with a bullet and starting from that point on whenever he falls asleep he travels between two Reason for Reading: This is a Cybils '10 nominee and required reading for me as a graphic novels panelist. Ted Dekker is one of my favourite authors and I was very excited to read this as I haven't read any of his fantasy yet, meaning I hadn't read the original novels this graphic novel was based on either. Absolutely amazing story. Part fantasy and part urban fantasy. Thomas Hunter is nicked in the head with a bullet and starting from that point on whenever he falls asleep he travels between two realities. One a medieval sort of world where evil is fast encroaching upon good and he is the one who can find the answer to saving the world by finding the long lost Books of Histories and travelling into the other reality gain information. While in the modern world he realizes that the two worlds are somehow connected through him and here he may be the only one with the answer to a terrorist who is unleashing a deadly virus on the world if his demands for nuclear submission from the entire planet are not met. Eventually Thomas starts dreaming on purpose to travel between worlds, sometimes needing a bash over the head or a sedative to get to sleep quickly. In the alternative Earth, good and evil are much more visible than they are in the modern reality but as Thomas travels he never knows which one is the dream and which one is the reality. Ultimately this is a fantastic Christian allegory of the Gospels, the Passion of Christ and the power of Baptism. An utterly thrilling story on many levels. Often reading like an episode of 24 when in the modern reality. There is the president under pressure, terrorists, kidnapped scientists and such but on the other hand when in the alternate reality it reads more like a grown-up, more violent Narnia-like story and how the two combine makes for a riveting read. The artwork is topnotch. Beautiful, dark and bold whichever is needed to represent the mood. Overall, a stunning piece of allegorical Christian fantasy. Of course, the original novels are written for adults, but I would classify this graphic novel as a cross-over suitable for both adults and young adults. There is a young adult set of novels that compliments the series that are being turned into GNs as well. I think at this time 4 of the 6 books have been done. I'll wait for an omnibus edition like this one. I enjoyed this so much that my next foray into Dekker's backlist is going to be this series, which also has a 4th book (Green), and all it's various offshoot series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Reuben H.

    This review is copy/pasted directly, without altercation, from my personal blog. - - - If you know me, you probably know I've been a Ted Dekker fan for a long time. Some of his stories I can't stand, while others are simply amazing. One of Dekker's most well-known works is his Books of History Chronicles, which ties several of his series and standalone novels together. That all started with the Circle Trilogy, released back in 2004. It was the Circle that introduced readers to the wondrous fantasy This review is copy/pasted directly, without altercation, from my personal blog. - - - If you know me, you probably know I've been a Ted Dekker fan for a long time. Some of his stories I can't stand, while others are simply amazing. One of Dekker's most well-known works is his Books of History Chronicles, which ties several of his series and standalone novels together. That all started with the Circle Trilogy, released back in 2004. It was the Circle that introduced readers to the wondrous fantasy world of Other Earth, and it set the foundations for many spectacular stories to come. The Circle Series: Visual Edition contains the complete graphic novels Black: The Birth of Evil, Red: The Heroic Rescue, and White: The Great Pursuit, based on their counterpart novels of the same names. The fourth and final novel in the literary series, Green: The Beginning and the End (or Green: The Last Stand) has not yet been adapted into graphic novel format. This is fine, and actually a good thing, because it works better as the standalone sequel to three of Dekker's series, and should only be read after reading all of its predecessors. The Visual Edition is surprisingly pretty good. I actually liked the art style once I got used to it. It still follows the same story as the novels, of course, but it feels largely abridged. This is needed, so that it will even fit in comic format, but it doesn't feel like it tells the full story. It would be confusing and probably cheesy to people who have not already experienced the story. My biggest complaint with the Visual Edition of the Circle Series is that it's not a good place to start the story for those who have not read the novels. Because the creators had to skip a lot of content, the plot feels slightly rushed and confusing. In addition, my favorite scene from the novel White was removed altogether. In conclusion, it's a fun and cool way to revisit the world of the Circle, but only to those who have already experienced the trilogy. I would not recommend it those who haven't yet taken the plunge.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Noordhoek

    I really prefer the novel to the graphic novel. I like some of what they've done with it but some things really annoyed me about the art (and I was just sad that some material had to be skipped - I know how expensive this kind of thing is to do, but it really does move quickly.) The character designs were mostly well done but facial expressions were not all they could've been. Kara in particular annoyed me both in expression and in design. The paneling was fairly basic - nothing too special. Occ I really prefer the novel to the graphic novel. I like some of what they've done with it but some things really annoyed me about the art (and I was just sad that some material had to be skipped - I know how expensive this kind of thing is to do, but it really does move quickly.) The character designs were mostly well done but facial expressions were not all they could've been. Kara in particular annoyed me both in expression and in design. The paneling was fairly basic - nothing too special. Occasionally the text bubbles confused me as to who was speaking as they were unattributed. Some of the perspectives in the panels felt like they were more there to show off an odd perspective & foreshortening instead of to tell the story. In summation, I feel like they put the art on after the story instead of making story and art work together. This may just be a problem of any graphic novel adaptation, but somehow I had higher expectations for this. It's still very pretty and would make any fan of the books happy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I read the Circle Trilogy as a young girl and just loved them! I had read them over and over again just hoping that there were little nooks and crannies of the book I might have skipped over, because I was just so hungry for more! So one day when I saw this comic version of a book I loved so much on the shelves, I had to get it. I was sadly, rather disappointed. It was fine and fun to see the action I had read about... but I already had a “movie” going in my head when I read the original books... I read the Circle Trilogy as a young girl and just loved them! I had read them over and over again just hoping that there were little nooks and crannies of the book I might have skipped over, because I was just so hungry for more! So one day when I saw this comic version of a book I loved so much on the shelves, I had to get it. I was sadly, rather disappointed. It was fine and fun to see the action I had read about... but I already had a “movie” going in my head when I read the original books... and the comics just skewed what I had come up with. Also, it was sad to see so many of the story lines and plot points left out for the sake of brevity. I understand that it’s needed when turning a book into a comic, but I didn’t like seeing the full story I loved so much turned into a summary. I would only suggest it to someone younger to give them a teaser into what the books spectrum actually is. A teaser... a warm up to the actual book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephan van Velzen

    I've read the first three books in the Circle Series—Black, Red and White—many, many years ago. However, I hadn't yet realized there is now a fourth book. That realization meant that I simply had to refresh my memory of the first three books in preparation of reading Green. What better and easier way to do so than with a graphic novel adaptation of the trilogy, right? I remember the original trilogy being amazing, and definitely highly recommended to readers of Christian fantasy. The adaptation, I've read the first three books in the Circle Series—Black, Red and White—many, many years ago. However, I hadn't yet realized there is now a fourth book. That realization meant that I simply had to refresh my memory of the first three books in preparation of reading Green. What better and easier way to do so than with a graphic novel adaptation of the trilogy, right? I remember the original trilogy being amazing, and definitely highly recommended to readers of Christian fantasy. The adaptation, however, didn't live up. It was definitely entertaining, but it wasn't amazing. The characters seemed off to me, and a lot of the story simply didn't translate to the medium well. I often found myself thrown off by the narration, despite being familiar with the story already.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Donald

    Having never read the series I do not know how it compares, but the story is easy enough to follow and is well laid out with fine art and great color. The story is about two realities connected by one man's dreams. When he dreams in our when, he participates and influences another when—and vice versa. In our when, he has to save humanity from a deadly virus. In the alternate when, he also has to save his people. There are some Christian themes that are not overwhelming and work well in the story. Having never read the series I do not know how it compares, but the story is easy enough to follow and is well laid out with fine art and great color. The story is about two realities connected by one man's dreams. When he dreams in our when, he participates and influences another when—and vice versa. In our when, he has to save humanity from a deadly virus. In the alternate when, he also has to save his people. There are some Christian themes that are not overwhelming and work well in the story. It can be a thought provoking story of good and evil for a young reader while still being an entertaining reading experience.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nat Lim

    The Circle Series, an adaption of the Black, Red and White by Ted Dekker was a well written graphic novel with good plot and well done drawings. As I read this book, what really stood out to me was the symbolism, in which referenced to things such as Christianity regarding God and Satan. I liked how the story revolved around a character mediating between two separate worlds of different timelines through his dreams. I found this concept quite refreshing and enjoyed the blend of action, mystery, The Circle Series, an adaption of the Black, Red and White by Ted Dekker was a well written graphic novel with good plot and well done drawings. As I read this book, what really stood out to me was the symbolism, in which referenced to things such as Christianity regarding God and Satan. I liked how the story revolved around a character mediating between two separate worlds of different timelines through his dreams. I found this concept quite refreshing and enjoyed the blend of action, mystery, and fantasy. To conclude I found this book satisfying and delightful and would recommend this book to anyone looking for some action on an intricate level.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Dykema

    I was given this book as a gift. I had never heard of the series and was pleasently surprised at how original and interesting the story was. It's a thrill-ride with non-stop action, but there's a gripping and thought-provoking plot that's rounded out with christian undertones as well. The characters are deep and I quickly grew attached to almost all of them, even some of the "bad guys." I read the graphic novel version and am definitely interested in checking out the original versions. Would mak I was given this book as a gift. I had never heard of the series and was pleasently surprised at how original and interesting the story was. It's a thrill-ride with non-stop action, but there's a gripping and thought-provoking plot that's rounded out with christian undertones as well. The characters are deep and I quickly grew attached to almost all of them, even some of the "bad guys." I read the graphic novel version and am definitely interested in checking out the original versions. Would make a great movie.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Maggi Rohde

    I picked this up with some skepticism, as I've not been impressed with the quality of writing of most Christian fiction, but was drawn in despite myself. The story moved quickly (think "24") and was creative and multifaceted. I really enjoyed it. The graphic novel adaptation is well put-together and I thought the art was adequate if not distinguished. It reminded me a bit of last year's Cybils finalist The Dreamer.

  16. 5 out of 5

    爱心❤

    Note that my rating of the graphic novel does in no way reflect that of the real books. Also note that I am not, and probably never will be a fan of graphic novels. The only reason for the 3 star rating is the absolute genius of the plot (most of which was sadly not transferred to the graphic novel, might I add.... sigh...)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Beth Anne

    I loved the novels of this series, but wanted to check out the graphic novel version. I liked that it made a series of 3 300+ page novels accessible to Emma at 7, but that was also its downfall. The story was not as excellently woven, nor the plot quite so exciting. Still, for such a complicated story it was fairly well done.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Starla Maddix

    I read this several years ago. I can remember there were some things that were missing that was in the original books but now I can't remember what was missing. I understand they had to shorten them and couldn't add everything. Still enjoyed following Thomas Hunter and Thomas of Hunter in his dream world.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Thomas

    In the beginning, this book was hard to follow; however, as I read further, the plot made more sense. The two worlds trick, still, was hard to follow, all together. In the end, this is a true tearful graphic novel.

  20. 4 out of 5

    David Schwan

    This story occurs in two worlds connected together by a set of individuals in whose dreams information is passed between the worlds. Both worlds have plagues, and the overall plot is curing the plague in each world. The story moves along swiftly and the graphics are very well done.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tlingit

    The graphic novel is cheesy. I am not inclined to read the books. I'm not a big fantasy fan and the duel worlds idea has been done before and better (12 Monkeys,) so I'm not going to be reading the other two graphic novels either.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    I don't have this exact edition, but I have all three of the graphic novels in this book. I really liked the story, and the artwork is really good.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alex Seals

    The art is very good, and these hit on all the points that the actual series hits on. Definitely worth a look.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    I loved the Circle Series - all of them was hard to put down - read them in 3 days each. I was sorry when the last book was read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rose Boyer

    going to to green now, the last book in the series. I have really enjoyed these. :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee

    I read the original series and loved it. Not the graphic novel version.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    My first graphic novel, lent to me by my nephew. I enjoyed the story, but it took me a while to figure things out.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Corina Becker

    I'm not too sure about how the plot progressed in some areas, but man! the thinly veiled Christian imagery!!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Micheal Childress

    Some of the adaptation throws you off a little.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jason Curtis

    Not all of what is in the book translates to the graphic novels, but enough to bring what I pictured the characters and the environments to look like did.

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