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The City Watch, one of Pratchett's finest creations, rendered - well maybe not Technicolor - but certainly as never seen before. The City Watch, one of Pratchett's finest creations, rendered - well maybe not Technicolor - but certainly as never seen before.


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The City Watch, one of Pratchett's finest creations, rendered - well maybe not Technicolor - but certainly as never seen before. The City Watch, one of Pratchett's finest creations, rendered - well maybe not Technicolor - but certainly as never seen before.

30 review for Guards! Guards!: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

    A couple of things before we start. I have only read four comic books (or graphic novels? I swear I don't know the difference, I am not taking the piss) before and those were sexist and pointless. I am not a comic book person, but I love illustrated editions of books. Same thing, right? Nope. And secondly, I love Terry Pratchett and will read anything with his name on it, even those terrible sci-fi books he wrote with that other dude. So, with my pathetic knowledge and experience of comicbookgraphi A couple of things before we start. I have only read four comic books (or graphic novels? I swear I don't know the difference, I am not taking the piss) before and those were sexist and pointless. I am not a comic book person, but I love illustrated editions of books. Same thing, right? Nope. And secondly, I love Terry Pratchett and will read anything with his name on it, even those terrible sci-fi books he wrote with that other dude. So, with my pathetic knowledge and experience of comicbookgraphicnovels and my superb knowledge and great experience of Terry Pratchett, let's get started. Everything that Terry is great at can't really be translated in to pictures. His stories are top notch but they're never excellent, brilliant, superbly thought-out or anything much different to what you get elsewhere. But the way he tells them is one of the most sublime things in the literary world. His words flow like silk over melting butter-or other such things that have little or no friction-and as a nice side-effect of this, the stories develop in a lovely way that has all that stuff we love in a good story, like excellent pace and all the words in the right place. What you rely on in a comicbookgraphicnovel is the dialogue. PTerry is good at dialogue, but he isn't brilliant. His characters have some wonderful one-liners and his characters' conversations definitely almost always pass the Bechdel Test, so yey. But this particular comicbookgraphicnovel didn't really have much except the wonderful one-liners, and one-liner after one-liner is just annoying. Like a comedian dying on stage who resorts to insulting the hecklers instead of observing. I did like the drawings. I thought Vimes was pretty spot on but I often found it hard to decide who was who. You have to figure that out for yourself. If I didn't know who Vimes was I probably still wouldn't know who he was having finished this. I definitely wouldn't like him (read: be madly in love with him and imagine him slightly younger and better looking in my head) after reading him in this. We get his thoughts but we just don't get his proper thoughts. Am I making any sense? I don't think I am. I just don't really get it. Really.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Raghav Bhatia

    I'm a big fan of Pratchett's City Watch subseries, which starts with "Guards! Guards!" It's a very funny, very clever, very DELICIOUS book. Does this graphic novel hold up to it? I'd say, for the most part, yes. Insofar as an adaptation can. Places and characters look how they're described in the book. The dialogue is taken verbatim. Even a few passages. Every key moment is present. The soul is there. But. The great strength of Sir Terry Pratchett's works lies in the way he weaves a story. The w I'm a big fan of Pratchett's City Watch subseries, which starts with "Guards! Guards!" It's a very funny, very clever, very DELICIOUS book. Does this graphic novel hold up to it? I'd say, for the most part, yes. Insofar as an adaptation can. Places and characters look how they're described in the book. The dialogue is taken verbatim. Even a few passages. Every key moment is present. The soul is there. But. The great strength of Sir Terry Pratchett's works lies in the way he weaves a story. The way his prose sweeps you along, makes you feel like a kid following a paperboat. The way his plot unwounds as though it ha(s/d) a will of its own. I don't think that can be captured in any other form of media. What Pratchett does is unique to him. Besides, being already familiar with the plot and setting, I didn't feel any of that giddy wonder bubbling inside of me as I was reading this. Perhaps an unfair criticism, but a criticism nonetheless.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Guards Guards would be amongst my favourite books and one I have read on numerous occasions. I love the City Watch created by Terry Pratchett and on top of that this book has one of those wonderful realistic romance stories mixed in with Sam Vimes and Sybil which I just love. Added to the mix the twists on fantasy tropes and brilliant wit and its just a great book. Does it work as a Graphic novel ?, well yes yes it does. Artwork is great. Nobby is particularly well captured as is Vetinari. Not su Guards Guards would be amongst my favourite books and one I have read on numerous occasions. I love the City Watch created by Terry Pratchett and on top of that this book has one of those wonderful realistic romance stories mixed in with Sam Vimes and Sybil which I just love. Added to the mix the twists on fantasy tropes and brilliant wit and its just a great book. Does it work as a Graphic novel ?, well yes yes it does. Artwork is great. Nobby is particularly well captured as is Vetinari. Not sure on the rendition of Carrot but overall the art is done very well and its completely loyal to the story and still carries the Pratchett wit and charm across.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    My favourite of the Discworld comic adaptations. It's the art that does it - the proper kind of cartoony style that fits the story and the setting and makes each character distinctive and memorable. My favourite of the Discworld comic adaptations. It's the art that does it - the proper kind of cartoony style that fits the story and the setting and makes each character distinctive and memorable.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zedsdead

    Graphic novel adaptation of the Pratchett classic. I did enjoy this for the warm fuzzies it gave me revisiting Ankh-Morpork, Captain Vimes, Carrot and little Errol. But it reads like what it is: a compressed version of the novel. And a poorly adapted one at that: missing words, panels and word balloons out of order, clumsy and incomplete scene choices. Some character art designs are good (Vimes in particular), others are so stretched out that their heads don't look like heads (Nobby, Wonse, all Graphic novel adaptation of the Pratchett classic. I did enjoy this for the warm fuzzies it gave me revisiting Ankh-Morpork, Captain Vimes, Carrot and little Errol. But it reads like what it is: a compressed version of the novel. And a poorly adapted one at that: missing words, panels and word balloons out of order, clumsy and incomplete scene choices. Some character art designs are good (Vimes in particular), others are so stretched out that their heads don't look like heads (Nobby, Wonse, all of the dragons). It doesn't make me want to start collecting the graphic Discworld adaptations, it just makes me want to re-read the Pratchett series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Neville Ridley-smith

    This was very disappointing in many ways. I remember reading the book about 15 years ago and thoroughly enjoying it - Pratchett was really starting to hit his stride. This adaptation conveys little of the humour. Pratchett's humour is very much based on his turn of phrase, his descriptions and his timing. These are always going to be hard to translate into other mediums. But it's not just that. As a plain comic it fails. The art is average. Worse than that, the panels often don't make sense. I im This was very disappointing in many ways. I remember reading the book about 15 years ago and thoroughly enjoying it - Pratchett was really starting to hit his stride. This adaptation conveys little of the humour. Pratchett's humour is very much based on his turn of phrase, his descriptions and his timing. These are always going to be hard to translate into other mediums. But it's not just that. As a plain comic it fails. The art is average. Worse than that, the panels often don't make sense. I imagine that for anyone who hasn't read the book, they could get rather confused about what the heck is going on in some parts. So, is there anything good? Well, there are one or two sparks of cleverness - where something has been translated across well into picture format and some of the clever lines from the book come across - for example, the patrician's lines. Not bad enough to warrant a 1 star but only for die-hard fans.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LandmineCat

    I didn't particularly like the art style and character design here. It was still reasonably fun, but probably more out of reminding me of the enjoyment of the novel rather than on the merit of this adaptation itself. I didn't particularly like the art style and character design here. It was still reasonably fun, but probably more out of reminding me of the enjoyment of the novel rather than on the merit of this adaptation itself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abhishek Dafria

    I have not read enough of Terry Pratchett's books (totally my fault!) to claim to know his style of writing. But even the few that I have read have given me the picture of a man who is witty beyond words, smarter than most of his fellow humans, and a terrific writer who can pen the weirdest of his thoughts with clarity on paper. A graphic novel may not do enough justice to the writings of Pratchett, but Stephen Briggs seems to have adapted Guards! Guards! quite well. I say that because in this b I have not read enough of Terry Pratchett's books (totally my fault!) to claim to know his style of writing. But even the few that I have read have given me the picture of a man who is witty beyond words, smarter than most of his fellow humans, and a terrific writer who can pen the weirdest of his thoughts with clarity on paper. A graphic novel may not do enough justice to the writings of Pratchett, but Stephen Briggs seems to have adapted Guards! Guards! quite well. I say that because in this book I could find the mix of wit and cynicism that I discovered in Pratchett's other novels, as our hero struggles against some evil sorcery. Guards! Guards! is part of Pratchett's Discworld series and has magic potions, flying dragons, a librarian-turned-orangutan, a human with dwarf parents, and other stuff like that. It also has courage, valour, humour, bits of friendship, and also a bit of love, to make you still believe somewhat in humanity. It's a splendid story which has been depicted very well in the form of a graphic novel, the right sort of book to read if it's a strange adventure that you seek...

  9. 4 out of 5

    K

    Apparently 8 yrs is long enough for me to have forgotten that not only did I read this book, but I own it, too. It stays fantastically true to the novel & any Pratchett fan should pick it up to read it. I loved the illustrations & Briggs did a wonderful job bringing Pratchett's humor to this medium. Apparently 8 yrs is long enough for me to have forgotten that not only did I read this book, but I own it, too. It stays fantastically true to the novel & any Pratchett fan should pick it up to read it. I loved the illustrations & Briggs did a wonderful job bringing Pratchett's humor to this medium.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    Not as good as I was hoping it would. The Pratchett humour is missing, some of the panels in places seem to be in the wrong order or they are in the right order and make no sense, the artwork is OK although the representation of the characters don't seem to match the book, some panels I couldn't make out what was going on. Overall disappointing Not as good as I was hoping it would. The Pratchett humour is missing, some of the panels in places seem to be in the wrong order or they are in the right order and make no sense, the artwork is OK although the representation of the characters don't seem to match the book, some panels I couldn't make out what was going on. Overall disappointing

  11. 5 out of 5

    Julien V

    The adaptation and transfer on a different medium was a little awkward, but this is still one of Terry Pratchett's best works, so how could you not enjoy it? Although you might want to read the original novel instead... This version is for hardcore fans. The adaptation and transfer on a different medium was a little awkward, but this is still one of Terry Pratchett's best works, so how could you not enjoy it? Although you might want to read the original novel instead... This version is for hardcore fans.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Simone S

    It was interesting to revisit the amazing Guards! Guards! with this different medium that is, a graphic novel. I don't think that Terry Pratchett's humour translates well to the different format, though. Basically, the graphic novel is the story of the book stripped down of 95% of the humourous things, which is not great. Also, in some cases I found the drawings a bit confused/confusing. Still, it's a good way to continue reading "new" Discworld material if you've read already the 41 books of the It was interesting to revisit the amazing Guards! Guards! with this different medium that is, a graphic novel. I don't think that Terry Pratchett's humour translates well to the different format, though. Basically, the graphic novel is the story of the book stripped down of 95% of the humourous things, which is not great. Also, in some cases I found the drawings a bit confused/confusing. Still, it's a good way to continue reading "new" Discworld material if you've read already the 41 books of the saga.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mark Nevitt

    I really enjoy reading this Graphic novel adaption, as a fan that belongs to anything PRATCHETT, I give it high praise. This is based on the novel Guards! Guards! hence the title adapted into a stage play by Stephen Briggs. " Captain Vimes and his forgotten police force- an overweight and cowardly sergeant, a corporal who just about qualifies as human, and the Discworld's tallest dwarf..." oh and" a seventy foot long fire breathing dragon" I really enjoy reading this Graphic novel adaption, as a fan that belongs to anything PRATCHETT, I give it high praise. This is based on the novel Guards! Guards! hence the title adapted into a stage play by Stephen Briggs. " Captain Vimes and his forgotten police force- an overweight and cowardly sergeant, a corporal who just about qualifies as human, and the Discworld's tallest dwarf..." oh and" a seventy foot long fire breathing dragon"

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ümit Mutlu

    I love Discworld. I love Guards! Guards!. And I love graphic novels. But this is a really, really bad book. It is not funny at all, drawing is bad, there is not any creative scene... I think it's a shame for DW. Anyway, please read Guards! Guards! instead of this. That is something. I love Discworld. I love Guards! Guards!. And I love graphic novels. But this is a really, really bad book. It is not funny at all, drawing is bad, there is not any creative scene... I think it's a shame for DW. Anyway, please read Guards! Guards! instead of this. That is something.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Young

    A hilarious world where people know they're in a story, afraid of attacking a single bold unarmed man for fear he might be the hero, or try to make a crossbow shot even more impossible so that they might actually make it. This follows a set of guards as they investigate the reemergence of a grand dragon, and then the aftermath once that dragon takes over their world. A hilarious world where people know they're in a story, afraid of attacking a single bold unarmed man for fear he might be the hero, or try to make a crossbow shot even more impossible so that they might actually make it. This follows a set of guards as they investigate the reemergence of a grand dragon, and then the aftermath once that dragon takes over their world.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gavin Wask

    My favourite Terry Pratchett characters as a Graphic Novel, what's not to like! Not much to be honest, it brings the Guards to life in a much better way than the forthcoming BBC America adaptation seems to be doing! Obviously the story is trimmed but the humour and characterisations are still there. Not as great as the book but still a very good version. My favourite Terry Pratchett characters as a Graphic Novel, what's not to like! Not much to be honest, it brings the Guards to life in a much better way than the forthcoming BBC America adaptation seems to be doing! Obviously the story is trimmed but the humour and characterisations are still there. Not as great as the book but still a very good version.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I’ve read the written novel by Terry Pratchett but I adore graphic novels and decided to see if the characters in my head matched how they were drawn. Their close and the story flows smoothly in graphic form too. I’ll be buying more Discworld graphic novels in the future too good to miss!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Muresan

    Hmmm. Not sure I can be overly excited about this one. It's quite cute, and a bit of a different take on Terry Pratchett's work but I think I'll stick to the novels in the future. It's amusing in parts, and does convey the personality of the characters nicely but - something is missing. Hmmm. Not sure I can be overly excited about this one. It's quite cute, and a bit of a different take on Terry Pratchett's work but I think I'll stick to the novels in the future. It's amusing in parts, and does convey the personality of the characters nicely but - something is missing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Britain

    I appreciate that they tried to keep substantial chunks of Pratchett's narration, despite the graphic format. And the art was fun. But there were definite production issues--some panels seem to have been printed out of order? Made for a very halting reading experience, kept getting disoriented. I appreciate that they tried to keep substantial chunks of Pratchett's narration, despite the graphic format. And the art was fun. But there were definite production issues--some panels seem to have been printed out of order? Made for a very halting reading experience, kept getting disoriented.

  20. 4 out of 5

    GingerSnapHattie

    Seeing some of my favourite characters brought to life in this graphic novel was a dream come true <3 Reading this is the perfect way to spend a few hours in the sun!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    A great story with excellent illustrations. This is definitely one I know I'll re-read in the future. A great story with excellent illustrations. This is definitely one I know I'll re-read in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Mossop

    It’s been a long time since I read the original novel so this was a lovely refresher! Nice to see some illustrations that go really well with the comedy in the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jacob

    The comic book version of one of my favorite Sir Terry Pratchett novels! Always fun to see how artists interpret the characters that have lived so vividly in my imagination.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Somanxo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 2022 #5. Graphic rendition of one of my favourite discworld novels. Some characters like Carrot are truly brought to life !

  25. 4 out of 5

    Faith Hignight

    So much missing from the original book that the main story is lost. Very sad.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Boukje

    The artwork is ok, but I would have liked it more if it least some well written details would have been followed (like all dwarfs looking male in this time period). still like the story though :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    Guards! Guards! is the first novel in the City Watch series of the Discworld novels. The City Watch is, in a word, a shambles. Captain Sam Vimes - an alcoholic who has been spurned by a woman; Sergeant Fred Colon - well meaning and clueless; Corporal Nobby Nobbs - can barely be classed as human and who does tend to "commandeer" items that do not belong to him. These three, and the City Watch as an institution, is shaken up by Carrot Ironfounderson, the City Watches first volunteer. Carrot is wil Guards! Guards! is the first novel in the City Watch series of the Discworld novels. The City Watch is, in a word, a shambles. Captain Sam Vimes - an alcoholic who has been spurned by a woman; Sergeant Fred Colon - well meaning and clueless; Corporal Nobby Nobbs - can barely be classed as human and who does tend to "commandeer" items that do not belong to him. These three, and the City Watch as an institution, is shaken up by Carrot Ironfounderson, the City Watches first volunteer. Carrot is willing to enforce the law at any cost. As the City Watch begins to look at how it operates something in going on in Ankh-Morpok. Something that hasn't happened in an age. A dragon has been sighted. Plot: Guards! Guards! is such a fantastic start to the City Watch series! I love the plot of this and the trajectory that it eventually sets all of our characters on. It sets up so many things for future novels without feeling like a 'setting up' storyline. This is a great fantasy, comedy, thriller and it loses nothing in the telling in graphic novel form. I would say that you wouldn't have to have read Guards! Guards! before trying this version - just jump in and enjoy the ride. Art Style: The style of the art in this is absolutely perfect for the source material. It's not an art style I would usually love but it really goes with the story and the characters. Rating: 5/5 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    R

    "...we were dragons. We were supposed to be cruel, cunning, heartless and terrible. But this much I can tell you, you ape – the great face pressed even closer, so that Wonse was staring into the pitiless depths of his eyes – we never burned and tortured and ripped one another apart and called it morality." This book is a delightful graphic novel adaptation of one of the finest (if not the best) Discworld books - GUARDS! GUARDS! Beginning of arguably the best story arc in the series, the origi "...we were dragons. We were supposed to be cruel, cunning, heartless and terrible. But this much I can tell you, you ape – the great face pressed even closer, so that Wonse was staring into the pitiless depths of his eyes – we never burned and tortured and ripped one another apart and called it morality." This book is a delightful graphic novel adaptation of one of the finest (if not the best) Discworld books - GUARDS! GUARDS! Beginning of arguably the best story arc in the series, the original book is one of the finest satires, targeting stereotypes and clichés of real world as well as legends and lore. The art dexterously brings a reader's image of Ankh Morpork and its dwellers to life with easily acceptable accuracy. There are grammatical mistakes here and there which make one question the quality of editing, but not annoying enough to dampen the overall experience. All in all, Briggs and Higgins have done a tremendous job visualizing a book which has tremendous fan following and a very special place among STP enthusiasts. It was such a pleasure to visually meet Vimes, Librarian, Colon, Carrot...and especially Nobby. Oh yeah, and Dibbler too. The faces behind the voices were so near to how they appeared in my imagination. I had imagined Patrician and Lady Ramkin a bit differently though. On a scale of humor, it lacks the depth of philosophy and STP-grade humor, which the original book immensely benefits from. But, read it like any other comic and it holds its own and doesn't fail to delight. In fact, I could hardly put it down. The quality of pages, print, cover and art overall is pretty good, rendering a quality and sure shelf-worthiness to the production. A MUST HAVE for STP fans.

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Raz

    This was quite a disappointment. I'm not a huge comics/graphic novels fan, so maybe I'm missing something, but I was expecting more. The source material, Guards! Guards!, is an easy five star book, the adaptation needs to be really bad to botch this. But it does. Starting with the plot, I think the adaptation missed most of it. I don't see how anyone who didn't read the book will understand whatever is going on. Even the parts that are drawn are done in a clumsy way, and the drawn picture fails t This was quite a disappointment. I'm not a huge comics/graphic novels fan, so maybe I'm missing something, but I was expecting more. The source material, Guards! Guards!, is an easy five star book, the adaptation needs to be really bad to botch this. But it does. Starting with the plot, I think the adaptation missed most of it. I don't see how anyone who didn't read the book will understand whatever is going on. Even the parts that are drawn are done in a clumsy way, and the drawn picture fails to convey the action, unless you know it in advance. In many places I felt that maybe the boxes were place out of order, it was so needlessly confusing. This is followed with the characters, none of which gets the treatment it needs and they all feel shallow and caprice. And if we agree this is pointless for someone who didn't read the book, what added value does it have for someone who did? The answer is, very little. None of the characters or concepts is drawn in a very convincing way and none will stay with me for more than a couple of days. Other depictions of these characters in other formats were much more accurate and convincing. I can't really recommend this adaptation to either graphic novel or Pratchett fans, two stars out of five.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Murdoch

    Some night-time prowler is turning the (mostly) honest citizens of Ankh-Morpork into something resembling small charcoal biscuits. And that's a real problem for Captain Vimes, who must tramp the mean streets of the naked city looking for a 70-foot-long fire-breathing dragon which, he believes, can help him with his enquiries. But there's more - now we get to see Ankh-Morpork in all its glory; illustrations so vibrant you can practically smell and taste the denizens of this delightful city (altho Some night-time prowler is turning the (mostly) honest citizens of Ankh-Morpork into something resembling small charcoal biscuits. And that's a real problem for Captain Vimes, who must tramp the mean streets of the naked city looking for a 70-foot-long fire-breathing dragon which, he believes, can help him with his enquiries. But there's more - now we get to see Ankh-Morpork in all its glory; illustrations so vibrant you can practically smell and taste the denizens of this delightful city (although with Corporal Nobbs, you might rather wish you didn't have to). All rendered in painstaking detail by Graham Higgins (who feels he now knows altogether far too much about the murky goings on inside Nobbs' head).** Review "Discworld takes the classic fantasy universe through its logical, and comic evolution".-- Cleveland Plain Dealer About the Author Terry Pratchett has written 24 Discworld Novels. Stephen Briggs is the author of THE DISCWORLD COMPANION, three Discworld Diaries and numerous stage adaptations. Graham Higgins has worked on numerous Discworld related projects. His last graphic novel is MORT.

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