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Review: The Death of Stalin

Written by Fabien Nury and illustrated by Thierry Robin, The Death of Stalin graphic novel is the story of a dictatorship plunged into madness. And it’s all based on truth. Joseph Stalin, the “Father of the People,” the man who reigned in absolute power over the people of Russia, had a stroke in the middle of the night on March 2nd 1953. He was declared dead two days later. Two days of fierce competition for the supreme power, two days that encapsulated all the insanity, the perversity and the inhumanity of totalitarianism.

The Death of Stalin would feel like a political comedic parody if not for the fact it’s based on real-world events. The story itself at moments feels too unbelievable to be real as events first role out surrounding the death of the world leader and then into the aftermath including his funeral and eventual power struggle for leadership. Nury and Robin put it together in a way where the story begins like a comedic farce with decisions having to be made by council and each decision leading to a realization that previous policies have made things more difficult. It feels like an Abbott and Costello routine in some ways and had me both laughing and in awe of the stupidity.

The details of Stalin’s death eluded me and I did some research after reading the graphic novel. While details are fudged here and there, the comedic beginning of the graphic novel is a solid set up for the tragic turn later on as the power vacuum leads to jockeying for control and power. Power corrupts and we see that on display here in power plays and deals that lead to double crosses. It’s a slide into inhumanity for individuals who were already far from it and we see how absolutely power corrupts absolutely by the end of it all.

The Death of Stalin is a gripping story and eventually will be turned into a film, where I am sure to the story will be entertaining with its interesting balance of humor and seriousness. That seriousness extends to the brutal nature of the regime and individuals that led to the deaths, imprisonment, and torture of so many. While not front and center we are reminded of that over and over as things shake out.

The art by Robin is interesting working really well for both aspects of the story. Each person is unique and distinct and there’s a stark blandness in a way that feels like the time and location it’s depicting. Juxtapose that with the little opulence that’s shown as well and you have a graphic novel that depicts dual stories, that of Stalin’s death and that of the disconnect with the leadership vying for control after it.

I had very high expectations going into reading this and came out the other side wanting to read it again and share it with more people I know. It’s a fun take on history that’ll have you researching what’s true and what’s close to the truth. But the key is, through all the weird, the story is beyond entertaining.

Story: Fabien Nury Art: Thierry Robin
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Death to the Tsar

DEATH TO THE TSAR

Writer: Fabien Nury
Artist: Thierry Robin
Publisher: Titan Comics
Hardcover, 112pp, $24.99
On sale: February 20
ISBN: 9781785866418

From the writers behind Armando Iannuci’s The Death of Stalin comes another tale of political intrigue and dark comedy in Russia.

In Moscow, 1904, political tension is at a high. The Russian Empire is failing and the effects are falling on its people. Hungry and deeply impoverished, the living standards for the citizens is falling daily. They protest, calling on their Governor for help.

Suddenly, the Governor’s soldiers launch an attack. People are murdered in the forecourt of the palace. Was this Governor Alexandrovitch’s plan or the result of a tragic miscommunication? The answer seems clear to the Russian people, with whispers of revolution in the streets.

Preview: The Death of Stalin

THE DEATH OF STALIN

Writer: Fabien Nury
Artist: Thierry Robin
Publisher: Titan Comics
Trade paperback, 120pp, $19.99
On sale: February 20
ISBN: 9781785866364

The graphic novel which inspired the hotly tipped and highly controversial new movie directed by Armando Iannucci, due in theatres in March, and starring a host of high profile actors, including Michael Palin, Steve Buscemi and Jason Isaacs.

Fear, corruption and treachery abound in this political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin’s death in the Soviet Union in 1953.

When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke – the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate of the nation and of the world. And it all really happened.

Titan Comics Reveals a Trailer for Death to the Tsar

From the writers behind Armando Iannuci’s The Death of Stalin comes another tale of political intrigue and dark comedy in Russia.

In Moscow, 1904, political tension is at a high. The Russian Empire is failing and the effects are falling on its people. Hungry and deeply impoverished, the living standards for the citizens is falling daily. They protest, calling on their Governor for help. Suddenly, the Governor’s soldiers launch an attack. People are murdered in the forecourt of the palace. Was this Governor Alexandrovitch’s plan or the result of a tragic miscommunication? The answer seems clear to the Russian people, with whispers of revolution in the streets.

Written by Fabien Nury, with art by Thierry Robin, Death to the Tsar hits stores February 20.

The Death of Stalin Gets a First Trailer

The first trailer for the upcoming dark comedy movie, The Death of Stalin – based on the graphic novel from Titan Comics – has been revealed today.

Hitting theaters soon, the The Death of Stalin movie features an all-star cast including – Steve Buscemi (Broadwalk Empire, Reservoir Dogs), Rupert Friend (Homeland), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Simon Russell Beale (Penny Dreadful) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, Arrested Development).

Written by Fabien Nury and illustrated by Thierry Robin, The Death of Stalin graphic novel (in stores now) is a darkly comic tale about the power vacuum left behind by Stalin’s death.

Plus, check out this special video interview where Armando Iannucci, the Veep creator and the writer/director of The Death of Stalin movie chats about how he first discovered the graphic novel that inspired his new movie, the changes he had to make from printed page to celluloid screed, and if he had any of the actors in mind whilst reading the graphic novel.

Review: The Death of Stalin

Written by Fabien Nury and illustrated by Thierry Robin, The Death of Stalin graphic novel is the story of a dictatorship plunged into madness. And it’s all based on truth. Joseph Stalin, the “Father of the People,” the man who reigned in absolute power over the people of Russia, had a stroke in the middle of the night on March 2nd 1953. He was declared dead two days later. Two days of fierce competition for the supreme power, two days that encapsulated all the insanity, the perversity and the inhumanity of totalitarianism.

The Death of Stalin would feel like a political comedic parody if not for the fact it’s based on real-world events. The story itself at moments feels too unbelievable to be real as events first role out surrounding the death of the world leader and then into the aftermath including his funeral and eventual power struggle for leadership. Nury and Robin put it together in a way where the story begins like a comedic farce with decisions having to be made by council and each decision leading to a realization that previous policies have made things more difficult. It feels like an Abbott and Costello routine in some ways and had me both laughing and in awe of the stupidity.

The details of Stalin’s death eluded me and I did some research after reading the graphic novel. While details are fudged here and there, the comedic beginning of the graphic novel is a solid set up for the tragic turn later on as the power vacuum leads to jockeying for control and power. Power corrupts and we see that on display here in power plays and deals that lead to double crosses. It’s a slide into inhumanity for individuals who were already far from it and we see how absolutely power corrupts absolutely by the end of it all.

The Death of Stalin is a gripping story and eventually will be turned into a film, where I am sure to the story will be entertaining with its interesting balance of humor and seriousness. That seriousness extends to the brutal nature of the regime and individuals that led to the deaths, imprisonment, and torture of so many. While not front and center we are reminded of that over and over as things shake out.

The art by Robin is interesting working really well for both aspects of the story. Each person is unique and distinct and there’s a stark blandness in a way that feels like the time and location it’s depicting. Juxtapose that with the little opulence that’s shown as well and you have a graphic novel that depicts dual stories, that of Stalin’s death and that of the disconnect with the leadership vying for control after it.

I had very high expectations going into reading this and came out the other side wanting to read it again and share it with more people I know. It’s a fun take on history that’ll have you researching what’s true and what’s close to the truth. But the key is, through all the weird, the story is beyond entertaining.

Story: Fabien Nury Art: Thierry Robin
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Death of Stalin

THE DEATH OF STALIN

Writer: Fabien Nury
Artist: Thierry Robin
Publisher: Titan Comics
HC- FC – 120pp – $24.99
Comic shop on sale date: July 5, 2017
Bookstore on sale date: July 25, 2017
ISBN: 9781785863400

The graphic novel that inspired the new Armando Iannucci movie which includes an all-star cast – Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor.

Fear, corruption and treachery abound in this political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin’s death in the Soviet Union in 1953.

When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke – the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate of the nation and of the world. And it all really happened.

Advance Review: The Death of Stalin

Written by Fabien Nury and illustrated by Thierry Robin, The Death of Stalin graphic novel is the story of a dictatorship plunged into madness. And it’s all based on truth. Joseph Stalin, the “Father of the People,” the man who reigned in absolute power over the people of Russia, had a stroke in the middle of the night on March 2nd 1953. He was declared dead two days later. Two days of fierce competition for the supreme power, two days that encapsulated all the insanity, the perversity and the inhumanity of totalitarianism.

The Death of Stalin would feel like a political comedic parody if not for the fact it’s based on real-world events. The story itself at moments feels too unbelievable to be real as events first role out surrounding the death of the world leader and then into the aftermath including his funeral and eventual power struggle for leadership. Nury and Robin put it together in a way where the story begins like a comedic farce with decisions having to be made by council and each decision leading to a realization that previous policies have made things more difficult. It feels like an Abbott and Costello routine in some ways and had me both laughing and in awe of the stupidity.

The details of Stalin’s death eluded me and I did some research after reading the graphic novel. While details are fudged here and there, the comedic beginning of the graphic novel is a solid set up for the tragic turn later on as the power vacuum leads to jockeying for control and power. Power corrupts and we see that on display here in power plays and deals that lead to double crosses. It’s a slide into inhumanity for individuals who were already far from it and we see how absolutely power corrupts absolutely by the end of it all.

The Death of Stalin is a gripping story and eventually will be turned into a film, where I am sure to the story will be entertaining with its interesting balance of humor and seriousness. That seriousness extends to the brutal nature of the regime and individuals that led to the deaths, imprisonment, and torture of so many. While not front and center we are reminded of that over and over as things shake out.

The art by Robin is interesting working really well for both aspects of the story. Each person is unique and distinct and there’s a stark blandness in a way that feels like the time and location it’s depicting. Juxtapose that with the little opulence that’s shown as well and you have a graphic novel that depicts dual stories, that of Stalin’s death and that of the disconnect with the leadership vying for control after it.

I had very high expectations going into reading this and came out the other side wanting to read it again and share it with more people I know. It’s a fun take on history that’ll have you researching what’s true and what’s close to the truth. But the key is, through all the weird, the story is beyond entertaining.

Story: Fabien Nury Art: Thierry Robin
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Titan Releases a Preview for The Death of Stalin

July 25th, 2017 sees the release of The Death of Stalin – the graphic novel that inspired the new motion picture by Armando Iannucci, which hits theaters later in 2017. Published by Titan Comics, the graphic novel is a political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin’s death in the Soviet Union in 1953.

Written by Fabien Nury and illustrated by Thierry Robin, The Death of Stalin graphic novel is the story of a dictatorship plunged into madness. And it’s all based on truth. Joseph Stalin, the “Father of the People,” the man who reigned in absolute power over the people of Russia, had a stroke in the middle of the night on March 2nd 1953. He was declared dead two days later. Two days of fierce competition for the supreme power, two days that encapsulated all the insanity, the perversity and the inhumanity of totalitarianism.

The Death of Stalin inspired the upcoming Armando Iannucci movie which includes an all-star cast – Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Simon Russell Beale, and Jeffrey Tambor.

The Death of Stalin hits bookstores from July 25, 2017.

Titan to Publish The Death of Stalin, the Inspiration Behind the Upcoming Armando Iannucci Movie!

Titan Comics are excited to announce The Death of Stalin in Fall 2017; the original graphic novel that inspired the upcoming Armando Iannucci movie!

The Death of Stalin will bring Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin’s graphic novel to a brand-new audience in 2017! The Death of Stalin inspired the upcoming Armando Iannucci movie which includes an all-star cast – Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor.

The Death of Stalin is the story of a dictatorship plunged into madness. And it’s all based on truth. Joseph Stalin, the “Father of the People,” the man who reigned in absolute power over the people of Russia, had a stroke in the middle of the night on March 2nd 1953. He was declared dead two days later. Two days of fierce competition for the supreme power, two days that encapsulated all the insanity, the perversity and the inhumanity of totalitarianism.

Coming to printed editions for the first time, The Death of Stalin hits comic stores and bookstores in Fall 2017.

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