Published by Macmillan on June 19th 2012
Genres: Graphic Novel
The epic tale of the original marathon runner—just in time for the 2012 Olympic Games It was a turning point in ancient history. It inspires men to greatness. It was the foundation of one of the greatest and most prevailing global peace efforts of the 20th century. It was the greatest feat—and the tragic death—of a man whose legacy will never be forgotten. In 490BC, an Athenian messenger named Eucles ran 153 miles from Sparta to Athens, and in so doing preserved ancient Greek civilization from subjugation to the Persian Empire. This graphic novel from screenwriter Boaz Yakin and artist Joe Infurnari tells his story.
Marathon was an unexpectedly gory rendition of the story of Eucles, who was an Athenian messenger in 490 who was one of the fastest runners and turned the tide on a huge battle by running to save his people from certain doom. I was pulled in by the story, but admit that the characters seemed to float together and were not easily recognizable, nor was a solid background story laid out as fully as I would have liked.
The black and white illustrations are not my favorite and it really was difficult to tell more minor characters apart as the story unfolded. Combined with the foreign names it was at times hard to follow who was important and who was not. There was a lot of death and violence in Marathon, it being after all about an oncoming war and battles.
I think this graphic novel moved too fast with too many indistinguishable characters that made any sort of side stories very confusing. The graphics weren’t up to my tastes, mixed a little too much with a messy manga feel that polished graphic novel. I remember trying to read this one when I first got it a year ago and had given up on it. It wasn’t the best read but an interesting story if not a bit messy.