Set somewhat parallel to the book Outlander, this
lush and evocative graphic novel hits on some of the same
events, but reveals hitherto unseen facets of the tale. It
begins when Jaime lands back in Scotland to be met at the
shore by Murtagh, and is told mostly through their
viewpoints. It covers approximately the first third of the
story written in Outlander.
Although some of the clothing details were changed for
artistic purposes, the core arc of that part of the story is
Gabaldon and Nguyen have collaborated to create a new
perspective on a book well known by so many fans of the
series. EXILE adds a fresh eye and new angles to the story
of Jaime meeting Claire, making it almost a whole new read.
Diana Gabaldon has plenty of experience with comic writing,
having sold many a cartoon movie script to the Disney
franchise. Huong Nguyen has a gift for portraying both
tender scenes and those filled with action. He portrays the
characters and landscapes described by Gabaldon and beloved
of her fans with tremendous talent. The lush action-filled
frames are visually appealing, and the landscapes, even when
large in scope, feel mistily intimate.
His framing of events and choice of lines and color evoke
the emotion Gabaldon wrought through her words.
One of the most interesting features in the book is the
afterword where Diana Gabaldon describes the process of
communication between herself and Nguyen as he attempted to
create images that matched the physical descriptions in the
original book. For example in the case of Jaime's face,
Nguyen would present the first image, Gabaldon would share
it with hardcore fans and, utilizing their feedback, he made
a second attempt.
THE EXILE is a book that can be savored again and yet
again, whenever you feel the yen to visit Scotland's past. I
feel it belongs in the library of all true fans of Claire
and Jaime's story.
Diana Gabaldonrs"s brilliant storytelling has captivated
millions of readers in her bestselling and award-winning
Outlander saga. Now, in her first-ever graphic novel,
Gabaldon gives readers a fresh look at the events of the
original Outlander: Jamie Fraserrs"s side of the story,
gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.
After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home to
Scotland-but not without great trepidation. Though his
beloved godfather, Murtagh, promised Jamie's late parents
he'd watch over their brash son, making good on that vow
will be no easy task. There's already a fat bounty on the
young exile's head, courtesy of Captain Black Jack Randall,
the sadistic British officer who's crossed paths-and
swords-with Jamie in the past. And in the court of the
mighty MacKenzie clan, Jamie is a pawn in the power struggle
between his uncles: aging chieftain Colum, who demands his
nephew's loyalty-or his life-and Dougal, war chieftain of
Clan MacKenzie, who'd sooner see Jamie put to the sword than
anointed Colum's heir.
And then there is Claire Randall-mysterious, beautiful, and
strong-willed, who appears in Jamie's life to stir his
compassion . . . and arouse his desire. But even as Jamie's
heart draws him to Claire, Murtagh is certain she's been
sent by the Old Ones, and Captain Randall accuses her of
being a spy. Claire clearly has something to hide, though
Jamie can't believe she could pose him any danger. Still, he
knows she is torn between two choices-a life with him, and
whatever it is that draws her thoughts so often elsewhere.
Step into the captivating, passionate, and suspenseful world
of The Exile, and experience the storytelling magic of Diana
Gabaldon as never before.