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Adapted and illustrated from book by D.J. MacHale. "Merchant of Death" is evil Traveler Mallos, who wants to destroy time-space universe "Hallas", and rebuild with himself in charge. In Denduron "Territory", he sells explosive clay-like "Tak" to peasant Milagos enslaved by fat rich Bedoowans. Bobby Pendragon 14, writes manuscripts for his friends Courtney and Mark back on Adapted and illustrated from book by D.J. MacHale. "Merchant of Death" is evil Traveler Mallos, who wants to destroy time-space universe "Hallas", and rebuild with himself in charge. In Denduron "Territory", he sells explosive clay-like "Tak" to peasant Milagos enslaved by fat rich Bedoowans. Bobby Pendragon 14, writes manuscripts for his friends Courtney and Mark back on Second Earth, transmitted by magic ring. Travelers via wormhole "Flume", Uncle Press, warriors calm Osa and her daughter fierce Loor, and puppyish knight Alder team up to save Denduron and all Hallas from Mallos, the Merchant of Death, and "Quigs" monsters, who both change appearances in different Territories.


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Adapted and illustrated from book by D.J. MacHale. "Merchant of Death" is evil Traveler Mallos, who wants to destroy time-space universe "Hallas", and rebuild with himself in charge. In Denduron "Territory", he sells explosive clay-like "Tak" to peasant Milagos enslaved by fat rich Bedoowans. Bobby Pendragon 14, writes manuscripts for his friends Courtney and Mark back on Adapted and illustrated from book by D.J. MacHale. "Merchant of Death" is evil Traveler Mallos, who wants to destroy time-space universe "Hallas", and rebuild with himself in charge. In Denduron "Territory", he sells explosive clay-like "Tak" to peasant Milagos enslaved by fat rich Bedoowans. Bobby Pendragon 14, writes manuscripts for his friends Courtney and Mark back on Second Earth, transmitted by magic ring. Travelers via wormhole "Flume", Uncle Press, warriors calm Osa and her daughter fierce Loor, and puppyish knight Alder team up to save Denduron and all Hallas from Mallos, the Merchant of Death, and "Quigs" monsters, who both change appearances in different Territories.

30 review for The Merchant of Death Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    3.5 stars. Rating up because this is my favourite series of all time and it pains me to have to give it less than 5 stars. A couple issues: I don't love the artwork, and I think that it needed to be in colour. That's my main issue, the black and white style was just not cutting it. But I mean I loved this. I truly wish all 10 books had a graphic novel series. I want to experience this series in every way possible. 3.5 stars. Rating up because this is my favourite series of all time and it pains me to have to give it less than 5 stars. A couple issues: I don't love the artwork, and I think that it needed to be in colour. That's my main issue, the black and white style was just not cutting it. But I mean I loved this. I truly wish all 10 books had a graphic novel series. I want to experience this series in every way possible.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ed Erwin

    Carla's art and lettering are top-notch. But I'm too old for this story. Bobby's uncle sends him to a different world to chew bubblegum and kick ass, but without asking his permission first. He didn't sign any papers giving his informed consent. Anyway, he's a minor. Major no-no in the ethics department. Apparently this is the done thing in YA fantasy novels and Rick and Morty. Apparently the series was (is?) popular, proving that while there is nothing new under the sun, kids can be led to thin Carla's art and lettering are top-notch. But I'm too old for this story. Bobby's uncle sends him to a different world to chew bubblegum and kick ass, but without asking his permission first. He didn't sign any papers giving his informed consent. Anyway, he's a minor. Major no-no in the ethics department. Apparently this is the done thing in YA fantasy novels and Rick and Morty. Apparently the series was (is?) popular, proving that while there is nothing new under the sun, kids can be led to think there is. (Seriously, if I'd discovered this at a certain age, I'd probably be gaga for it. But I'm jaded now.)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    The Pendragon series is extremely popular at my middle school, but I’ve never read any of them for myself. So, this graphic novel is my first introduction to the series. Bobby Pendragon is a “traveler,” but he doesn’t know it. His Uncle Press picks him up the day he is on the way to a big basketball game and takes him to an abandoned subway station. Once there, he makes it to the flume and is transported to Denduron. Bobby has no idea what he’s doing there. His Uncle hasn’t had time to explain a The Pendragon series is extremely popular at my middle school, but I’ve never read any of them for myself. So, this graphic novel is my first introduction to the series. Bobby Pendragon is a “traveler,” but he doesn’t know it. His Uncle Press picks him up the day he is on the way to a big basketball game and takes him to an abandoned subway station. Once there, he makes it to the flume and is transported to Denduron. Bobby has no idea what he’s doing there. His Uncle hasn’t had time to explain anything. It turns out he is meant to save worlds like Denduron from disaster. Bobby becomes very frustrated with the responsibility of saving Denduron and is asked to keep a journal of the events he is going through in order to keep everything straight and for future reference. He was given a way to send his journals to someone he trusts back on Earth and the only person he can think of is his best friend Mark. Through Bobby’s journal entries to Mark, we get the whole story of Denduron and the problems they are facing. I enjoyed the story, but I do feel that I missed some of the story. I feel like I need to go back and read the whole story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

    *Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: Adapted and illustrated from book by D.J. MacHale. "Merchant of Death" is evil Traveler Mallos, who wants to destroy time-space universe "Hallas", and rebuild with himself in charge. In Denduron "Territory", he sells explosive clay-like "Tak" to peasant Milagos enslaved by fat rich Bedoowans. Bobby Pendragon 14, writes manuscripts for his friends Courtney and Mark back on Second Earth, transmitted by magic ring. Travelers via wormhole "Flume", Uncle Press, wa *Book source ~ Library From Goodreads: Adapted and illustrated from book by D.J. MacHale. "Merchant of Death" is evil Traveler Mallos, who wants to destroy time-space universe "Hallas", and rebuild with himself in charge. In Denduron "Territory", he sells explosive clay-like "Tak" to peasant Milagos enslaved by fat rich Bedoowans. Bobby Pendragon 14, writes manuscripts for his friends Courtney and Mark back on Second Earth, transmitted by magic ring. Travelers via wormhole "Flume", Uncle Press, warriors calm Osa and her daughter fierce Loor, and puppyish knight Alder team up to save Denduron and all Hallas from Mallos, the Merchant of Death, and "Quigs" monsters, who both change appearances in different Territories. I think this story doesn’t translate all too well from book to graphic novel. I didn’t really understand what the hell was going on. It was very confusing with the flumes and different worlds. Why Bobby? Who’s Press? What the fuck is going on? But I did enjoy the artwork very much. I think I need to read the actual novel to get my answers.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    I loved this graphic novel of one of my favorite books! Revisiting the first book in the series in a different format was wonderful! Bobby is still as hilarious and goofy as ever, Press is mysterious and wise, and Loor is all anger and sass. Bobby Pendragon gets whisked away to another universe by his mysterious Uncle Press, and with the help of other Travelers, tries to help a tribe of poor miners start a revolution or find justice through peace. But the evil Saint Dane is determined to push the I loved this graphic novel of one of my favorite books! Revisiting the first book in the series in a different format was wonderful! Bobby is still as hilarious and goofy as ever, Press is mysterious and wise, and Loor is all anger and sass. Bobby Pendragon gets whisked away to another universe by his mysterious Uncle Press, and with the help of other Travelers, tries to help a tribe of poor miners start a revolution or find justice through peace. But the evil Saint Dane is determined to push the war in his own favor, and destroy the world of Denduron. I loved the art style! I loved the dialogue! I loved the characters, and the action, and the plot! I read it all in one sitting and enjoyed every bit of it. Of course, there's so many good bits of the story that are left out because it has to be condensed for a graphic novel, but the bones of the story are there and the characters are still well-written as themselves.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mike Aragona

    I've been wanting to read these series ever since my son got into them. Of course, time being what it is, I haven't been able to. So, when I got the chance to read this GN I jumped on it simply to get an understanding of who this character is and what his story's about.[return][return]As an intro, it was a fun and interesting story! I can imagine that the regular novel - having more space to breathe - is a deeper and more involved tale but that does not diminish this fast-moving graphic novel. I I've been wanting to read these series ever since my son got into them. Of course, time being what it is, I haven't been able to. So, when I got the chance to read this GN I jumped on it simply to get an understanding of who this character is and what his story's about.[return][return]As an intro, it was a fun and interesting story! I can imagine that the regular novel - having more space to breathe - is a deeper and more involved tale but that does not diminish this fast-moving graphic novel. In fact, what this book did is encourage me to pick up the books.[return][return]On its own, this GN is well executed in taking the readers along on this wild ride Bobby Pendragon is on while introducing us to his world and supporting characters. Carla Speed McNeil does a great job of visually stylizing this world using expressive images to successfully relay the crazy experiences of all involved. In fact, because of that style I wasn't bothered that the characters did not look identical throughout the book. They looked "real" when they needed to, and exaggerated when they had to.[return][return]A fun read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This was a really good adaptation of the Pendragon universe. The art was nice and the story easy to follow and did justice to the source material. I am disappointed that this is the only installment. Pendragon does not get enough love.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I'd have to read the original to know if the graphic novel version skimps on exposition, or if the novel itself is this choppy. I'd have to read the original to know if the graphic novel version skimps on exposition, or if the novel itself is this choppy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

    An adaptation of the first book in the Pendragon series. Gorgeous art kicks off the first volume of this series as well a fast moving story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    An Odd1

    The "Merchant of Death" is Mallos, who wants chaos, to destroy worlds and rebuild with himself in charge. Images of villain and hero(ine) Loor at http://aneyespy.blogspot.ca/2013/05/i... (Checked MacHale original to see if boys useless, girls sensible and strong because adapter is female. Only finished this for comparison with original.) Simple faces black or white, hair black or white, short or long, male squarer face, distinguishable primarily by hair-style. A page of UK Stewart and Riddell is The "Merchant of Death" is Mallos, who wants chaos, to destroy worlds and rebuild with himself in charge. Images of villain and hero(ine) Loor at http://aneyespy.blogspot.ca/2013/05/i... (Checked MacHale original to see if boys useless, girls sensible and strong because adapter is female. Only finished this for comparison with original.) Simple faces black or white, hair black or white, short or long, male squarer face, distinguishable primarily by hair-style. A page of UK Stewart and Riddell is massively magnificenter; minutiae is their strength, and weakness. Family rated: deaths are one frame fast; warrior Loor's outfit is short micro-fringe skirt but flat-top, not floozy Friesner "Chicks in Chainmail" style. Comic relief is snappy, efficiently conveyed pictorially, not these words: wind-up toy (since forbidden import, why not explode?) distracts guard p101; Bobby spies on Loor washing - combs undone hair, hums, fully clothed - knocks her, unable to swim, into river, wants praise p73; Bobby suggests railed stair "path over there" rather than Loor's dangerous free-rope cliff climb p163. Asleep in garbage strewn room, lies bespectacled dark-haired white teen Mark. On his finger, Loor, white-skin black-corn-row hair female, slips large ring that flashes next day in school washroom and drops scroll from Bobby Pendragon, opposite of hero. Yesterday he vanished from suburban home when pony-tailed (ick) Uncle Press led him into grimy New York City closed subway station, chased by monsters, said: look for star-marked door, recite "Darn-bum" to open, and watch out for kwigs. Poof. Okay "Denduron" and Quigs. Wormhole is Flume. Worlds are Territories. Precious mineral is Glaze. Unpronounceable unmemorable names not worth the quest. Weird spellings detract, do not a good plot make. Courtney is brains who calls around to Bobby's family, goes to his house, finds everyone and everything vanished to an empty lot, not just an empty house. (Why did she kiss him before anyone knew he was leaving?) In Denduron, fat lazy aristocrat Bedoowans with Roman Coliseum style arena enslave and kill Milago peasants for gems. Loor, a brave Milago (beanfields anyone? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mila...) girl Traveler takes action, despite death of her mother Osa. ((view spoiler)[Lookalikes are not related). (hide spoiler)] She introduces puppyish Alder, slightly bearded but same-age Bedoowan knight battling for justice. Travelers should help other Travelers and the worlds they Travel to. Villain Saint Dane (no saint) aka Mallos is rogue Traveler out for himself, wants destruction in order to reshape worlds his own way. If they didn't call him by name I wouldn't recognize him. In Denduron, Bobby tries to use cell phone, whines along the lines of "Who's gonna stop this crap?" "Nuts to you, lady. I'm going home." Although Press explains Travel rules forbid bringing things across (so why did they change after they arrived and not before?), Bobby asks Mark and Courtney for a bundle of supplies such as specific kind of candy bar, promptly stolen. Earth batteries explode in Denduron. Not sure how Queen Kanga has boom box. Even at the close, Bobby responds to sympathy with screams and sarcasm "You're sorry. I feel all warm inside" p168.The ending makes no sense(view spoiler)[ where enemies cozily cuddle, console each other for losses. A flood comes through the Flume, washes away the castle, village, and cave full of soluble natural Tak clay-moldable explosive compound, bringing giant sharks, the Quig form in Cloral, clue that Mallos went to Cloral. Back on Earth, Bobby's family aka Nest left because he was raised, their job was done, they thought. Now Travelers, such as Press (not his uncle) and Loor, are his Nest. (hide spoiler)] I do like this graphic version better than original text (2 1/2*?). http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/... Yes girls stronger and boys wimpier here. (Aside: "Graphic" means explicit. Applied to cartoonist is like calling garbage trucker sanitary engineer. Real Engineers have iron pinkie rings.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    I was very unhappy about reading a graphic novel. But I was pleasantly surprised when I got into the plot. Although I don't have an interest in this type of story, I really enjoyed it. At the library, there was a young man looking through the graphic novel section. I asked him what he recommended. Anxious to show me his favorites, he pointed to Pendragon and began to describe how this novel was first written in print format. I took it based on his enthusiam. Pendragon is a story about "the kid n I was very unhappy about reading a graphic novel. But I was pleasantly surprised when I got into the plot. Although I don't have an interest in this type of story, I really enjoyed it. At the library, there was a young man looking through the graphic novel section. I asked him what he recommended. Anxious to show me his favorites, he pointed to Pendragon and began to describe how this novel was first written in print format. I took it based on his enthusiam. Pendragon is a story about "the kid next door" who is taken to a different realm to help the people of Milago. He's able to keep contact with his best friend through the use of a magic ring. It's also the method the author uses to tell his story to the reader. On his return home he discovers that he never belonged in the real world and he will need to continue his life as a warrior for good. Middle schoolers will love this graphic novel. It's a quick read and packed with action. It would also appeal to struggling readers since the vocabulary is low level.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marcia First

    Genre: Graphic Novel Reading graphic novels is a new thing for me, so I was surprised at how incredible the pictures were for this book. Since I haven't read the original novel this book was based on, it's hard for me to evaluate how closely the graphic version comes to the original, but I am impressed with the depictions of the characters and the how fun it was to read. So much is conveyed through the characters' expressions, so I am sure there is a lot of narrative missing from the original. Th Genre: Graphic Novel Reading graphic novels is a new thing for me, so I was surprised at how incredible the pictures were for this book. Since I haven't read the original novel this book was based on, it's hard for me to evaluate how closely the graphic version comes to the original, but I am impressed with the depictions of the characters and the how fun it was to read. So much is conveyed through the characters' expressions, so I am sure there is a lot of narrative missing from the original. This story is set up for many sequels, so it fits the graphic novel genre well. It is about a boy who learns from his uncle that he is a "traveler" who can move from one planet "territory" to another with the mission to help keep the people in these places from destroying each other and their homes. Of course there is an evil villian, Saint Dane, who is trying create havoc and cause war and unrest.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    I hadn't read the novels yet, but picked up this graphic novel today. It was interesting, but felt very rushed, as if the artist had trouble fitting in all of the needed story elements. For instance, the rules that Travelers have to follow are confusing and not explained. It's against the rules to bring artifacts from one world to another, but okay to move people around, to alter history? Knowledge is okay, but a AA battery is a major no-no? Why? In addition, the way the main character got shangh I hadn't read the novels yet, but picked up this graphic novel today. It was interesting, but felt very rushed, as if the artist had trouble fitting in all of the needed story elements. For instance, the rules that Travelers have to follow are confusing and not explained. It's against the rules to bring artifacts from one world to another, but okay to move people around, to alter history? Knowledge is okay, but a AA battery is a major no-no? Why? In addition, the way the main character got shanghaied into being a hero felt extremely contrived, and more than a little cliched. The story itself was interesting, and the alternate worlds premise a bit different from most. What it really reminded me of, weirdly, was old Star Trek episodes, in which a culture was sort of broken, but could be mended with judicious outside assistance.

  14. 5 out of 5

    kris

    This is a good graphic novel of the first book in the Pendragon series, The Merchant of Death. As is typically my opinion about graphic novel adaptations of novels, I thought that this definitely wasn't as good as its source material. I wasn't a huge fan of the art style either. However, it retained the tone and plot and was an enjoyable read. This story has been a favorite for almost a decade, so it would be difficult to give it a lower rating. This is a good graphic novel of the first book in the Pendragon series, The Merchant of Death. As is typically my opinion about graphic novel adaptations of novels, I thought that this definitely wasn't as good as its source material. I wasn't a huge fan of the art style either. However, it retained the tone and plot and was an enjoyable read. This story has been a favorite for almost a decade, so it would be difficult to give it a lower rating.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Carala Speed McNeil's art is brilliant, and she adapts this rather cliche children's novel very well. The frame device of having Pendragon's two friends back on Earth reading his journal entries is a bit annoying, and the plot's yet another Harry Potter ripoff, taking an ordinary kid from our world and plunging him into a world of magic where he's the only one who can save everyone from evil forces. But it's not TOO awful; kids would like it, I think. Carala Speed McNeil's art is brilliant, and she adapts this rather cliche children's novel very well. The frame device of having Pendragon's two friends back on Earth reading his journal entries is a bit annoying, and the plot's yet another Harry Potter ripoff, taking an ordinary kid from our world and plunging him into a world of magic where he's the only one who can save everyone from evil forces. But it's not TOO awful; kids would like it, I think.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Highly enjoyable! It's a bit unusual to read a "sucked into another world, turn out to be the Chosen One" story in epistolary format, written to the ones left behind. I'm not honestly sure who the main character is: the one having adventures, or the supporters back home reading about them? I can sympathize with the annoyance of characters kept in the dark, however. What aren't you telling them, and why? Highly enjoyable! It's a bit unusual to read a "sucked into another world, turn out to be the Chosen One" story in epistolary format, written to the ones left behind. I'm not honestly sure who the main character is: the one having adventures, or the supporters back home reading about them? I can sympathize with the annoyance of characters kept in the dark, however. What aren't you telling them, and why?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Halley Hopson

    This was an alright graphic novel adaptation of the first book in one of my favorite series of all time so of course I was critical of it. It did a decent job is getting the main points of the story across but I much prefer the explanations and character development you get in the books. The art style was okay, not at all my favorite. I would only recommend this to someone who is already a big fan of the series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I have the Pendragon series in my classroom but I have never read any of them mainly because they're rather thick. I did pick up this graphic novel and although some things are a bit different (there's a letter from the author saying so), I still enjoyed Bobby's story of time/dimension travel and it opens up the door for more adventures with Bobby. This may get reluctant readers to actually read the novels. I think I'll go check it out from my classroom. I have the Pendragon series in my classroom but I have never read any of them mainly because they're rather thick. I did pick up this graphic novel and although some things are a bit different (there's a letter from the author saying so), I still enjoyed Bobby's story of time/dimension travel and it opens up the door for more adventures with Bobby. This may get reluctant readers to actually read the novels. I think I'll go check it out from my classroom.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shannon McGee

    I am not sure how I feel about this one. I started the book at one time before and thought it interesting. The Graphic Novel seems so short compared to the size of the book but maybe I am wrong. Characters were not that defined and the story went to quick. I almost feel like I am missing something. Artwork was decent and captured what was there of the story and characters. I would probably be interested in reading the next one in the series but maybe in regular book format.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I was really into the story probably 3/4 of the way through and then with the batteries and the explosions and whatnot I got lost. LOVED McNeil's art all the way through. Makes me excited to get started on Finder... I was really into the story probably 3/4 of the way through and then with the batteries and the explosions and whatnot I got lost. LOVED McNeil's art all the way through. Makes me excited to get started on Finder...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I really enjoyed the novels of the Pendragon series, but the graphic novel just is so boring because you can't imagine the characters and setting the way you can in a novel. I think that just takes away the fun of reading a book. I really enjoyed the novels of the Pendragon series, but the graphic novel just is so boring because you can't imagine the characters and setting the way you can in a novel. I think that just takes away the fun of reading a book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    I picked this up at the library, seeing what was available there. The story's aimed at younger audience, but its interesting so far and I like studying the black and white comic style. I picked this up at the library, seeing what was available there. The story's aimed at younger audience, but its interesting so far and I like studying the black and white comic style.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Debra Cook

    Bobby set to a graphic novel. Very well done.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Jr.

    Awesome from the first to the last page. Nothing I ever expected.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jami Montgomery

    Absolutely loved this! A quick and entertaining way to refresh yourself on the first book. Sad that no more seem to have been made :( I would have loved to own the entire series this way as well.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    This is a good start, I hope they make more graphic novels for this series. It almost got an extra star just for the wonderful art.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linsey aka Bibliofiendlm

    Bland and doesn't do the series but justice. I suggest others skip it. Bland and doesn't do the series but justice. I suggest others skip it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ingenue

    Carla Speed McNeil's art is fantastic. I've still no desire to read the book series upon which this is based, but I'd love to see more graphic novel adaptations by McNeil. Carla Speed McNeil's art is fantastic. I've still no desire to read the book series upon which this is based, but I'd love to see more graphic novel adaptations by McNeil.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    couldn't tell some chatacters apart, but want to read others in the series couldn't tell some chatacters apart, but want to read others in the series

  30. 4 out of 5

    Binky Bowberg

    Enjoyed the B & W drawings. Did a good job of relating the story of Bobby Pendragon and his new life as a "Traveler" to Denduron.The action kept moving as the storyline was clearly explained. Enjoyed the B & W drawings. Did a good job of relating the story of Bobby Pendragon and his new life as a "Traveler" to Denduron.The action kept moving as the storyline was clearly explained.

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