Richard Wagner's the Ring of the Nibelung

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DC Comics, 1991 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 202 pages
-- Features all four Ring Operas, including Das Rhinegold, Die Walkuere, Siegfried, and GotterdammerungThe Ring of the Nibelung, now in graphic novel form, is sure to satisfy the "action-packed" expectations of its readers. Wagner's four-opera cycle celebrating the legends of Nordic and Teutonic myth offers an abundance of heroes, heroines, dragons, gnomes, swords, sorcery, and romance; in short, the very essence on which popular superhero comics are based.Appealing to opera lovers in general, Wagner fans in particular, and graphic novel fans everywhere, this fully illustrated edition reproduces all four operas -virtually word for word, scene for scene -- in the proper viewing sequence. When Alberich the Nibelung renounces the power of love, he is thus able to steal the magical horde of Rhinegold and produce from it a Ring of irresistible power. Unless the gold is returned to the river Rhine, the gods themselves are doomed to fall. Wotan, king of the gods, knows that only a mortal hero not bound by the laws of the gods can wrest the gold from the dragon who possesses it. Enter Siegfried, the hero-dragon slayer whose quest for both the Ring and Rhinegold lead him to these riches and a love destined to decide the fate of the gods.Drawing on the considerable talents of artists and writers from DC Comics, this full-color adaptation enlivens the spirit of the ancient tale with a contemporary but faithful rendering of Wagner's epic masterpiece.

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User Review  - ritaer - LibraryThing

Since I am not an opera fan I can't really judge how well this conveys the feeling of the opera. I'm not fond of the art style, but tastes may differ. Read full review


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About the author (1991)

Since 1965, Roy Thomas has been writing for movies, television, and especially comic books. With notable runs on Avengers, X-Men, Conan the Barbarian, Incredible Hulk, and Star Wars; he served as a Marvel editor from 1965-80 and editor-in-chief from 1972-74. He currently edits Alter Ego and writes two online Tarzan strips as well as the occasional comic book. He and his wife Dann live in South Carolina.

Gil Kane (ESSENTIAL MARVEL TEAM-UP and MARVEL VISIONARIES: GIL KANE) drew almost every major character in comics throughout his illustrious career. He is best-known for his work on DC's Green Lantern.

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