Book Review: Xerxes

Frank Miller’s Xerxes (2019) is a sequel to 300. The graphic novel centers around Xerxes’ lineage. The story begins with his father, Darius. It follows somewhat loosely what Xerxes after the events of 300 all the way to his death.

Story and Art

The story felt a little loose and disconnected. Part of the reason is because this story is not structured the same way as 300. Miller takes the reader in a series of short interconnected stories as he leapfrogs through time. It’s not bad, it’s just not as tight as the 300 storyline. The art in the graphic novel is superb. The colors are vibrant and the tone is just right. I particularly enjoyed the way the frames were positioned across the pages. It made the story move forward and it kept me engaged.

Final Thoughts

I recommend this book to any Frank Miller fan. This story might not have the same heft as 300, but it’s still one heck of a book. Every illustration is a masterpiece. I encourage you to buy the actual book over the digital copy.

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