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Artemis Fowl, the brilliant teenage criminal mastermind created by author Eoin Colfer, returns for another adventure in The Arctic Incident, Book Two of this exciting new series. Colfer's mythical world, which features a secret underground community populated by fairies, satyrs, trolls, and gnomes who frequently find themselves at odds with the above-ground humans, offers a perfect Artemis Fowl, the brilliant teenage criminal mastermind created by author Eoin Colfer, returns for another adventure in The Arctic Incident, Book Two of this exciting new series. Colfer's mythical world, which features a secret underground community populated by fairies, satyrs, trolls, and gnomes who frequently find themselves at odds with the above-ground humans, offers a perfect blend of humor, magic, fantasy, and conflict. In the first book of the series, Artemis battled both the underground inhabitants and Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police force. He also lost his beloved father, who is assumed to be dead. Now, after receiving a mysterious video email, Artemis finds himself in need of help from his recent enemies. The video shows a man bearing a striking resemblance to Artemis's father, sitting in the wasteland of arctic Russia. Artemis sets off to rescue the man, but first he must enlist some magical assistance. Down in the underground world, chaos has arisen. An unknown traitor has stolen forbidden weapons and armed a horde of trolls, setting them loose to wreak havoc on the citizens. Clues lead Captain Holly Short straight to Artemis, and she exacts a small bit of revenge by kidnapping him, just as he once kidnapped her. But soon she learns that Artemis isn't behind the chaos, and if she's to have any hope of stopping it, she will need his help. As a result, these onetime adversaries must now join forces -- a mix that proves to be both charming and volatile. Colfer has combined the magical appeal of Rowling's Harry Potter series with a fantasy world reminiscent of Tolkien's. By stirring a few intriguingly conflicted characters and lots of nonstop action into the mix, he's created a winning recipe guaranteed to keep young readers glued to the pages for hours. (Beth Amos)


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Artemis Fowl, the brilliant teenage criminal mastermind created by author Eoin Colfer, returns for another adventure in The Arctic Incident, Book Two of this exciting new series. Colfer's mythical world, which features a secret underground community populated by fairies, satyrs, trolls, and gnomes who frequently find themselves at odds with the above-ground humans, offers a perfect Artemis Fowl, the brilliant teenage criminal mastermind created by author Eoin Colfer, returns for another adventure in The Arctic Incident, Book Two of this exciting new series. Colfer's mythical world, which features a secret underground community populated by fairies, satyrs, trolls, and gnomes who frequently find themselves at odds with the above-ground humans, offers a perfect blend of humor, magic, fantasy, and conflict. In the first book of the series, Artemis battled both the underground inhabitants and Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police force. He also lost his beloved father, who is assumed to be dead. Now, after receiving a mysterious video email, Artemis finds himself in need of help from his recent enemies. The video shows a man bearing a striking resemblance to Artemis's father, sitting in the wasteland of arctic Russia. Artemis sets off to rescue the man, but first he must enlist some magical assistance. Down in the underground world, chaos has arisen. An unknown traitor has stolen forbidden weapons and armed a horde of trolls, setting them loose to wreak havoc on the citizens. Clues lead Captain Holly Short straight to Artemis, and she exacts a small bit of revenge by kidnapping him, just as he once kidnapped her. But soon she learns that Artemis isn't behind the chaos, and if she's to have any hope of stopping it, she will need his help. As a result, these onetime adversaries must now join forces -- a mix that proves to be both charming and volatile. Colfer has combined the magical appeal of Rowling's Harry Potter series with a fantasy world reminiscent of Tolkien's. By stirring a few intriguingly conflicted characters and lots of nonstop action into the mix, he's created a winning recipe guaranteed to keep young readers glued to the pages for hours. (Beth Amos)

30 review for The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    x

    On a rate of one to ten, with ten being You were fantastic, {whoever gets that, I love you} and one being You're Dolores Umbridge, this book was a negative ten. But unfortunately, you can't rate a book in negatives, so I'm giving it the least possible - 1 star. Why? WHY? This was the worst graphic novel ever, that's why. Honestly, I loved the novel. And so I was totally excited that there was a graphic novel. ...and then I read it. What's wrong with this? Numbero Uno: is a grap On a rate of one to ten, with ten being You were fantastic, {whoever gets that, I love you} and one being You're Dolores Umbridge, this book was a negative ten. But unfortunately, you can't rate a book in negatives, so I'm giving it the least possible - 1 star. Why? WHY? This was the worst graphic novel ever, that's why. Honestly, I loved the novel. And so I was totally excited that there was a graphic novel. ...and then I read it. What's wrong with this? Numbero Uno: is a graphic novel. You are supposed to show the actions. You're not supposed to write it. For instance, if Butler hands Artemis his laptop, you're supposed to show him handing the laptop, not just effing say it! It's a graphic novel, for Chrissake! Now, go read some mangas. Two: Just what is wrong with Artemis' hair? JUST WHAT IS WRONG WITH IT? Scratch that, just what is wrong with his entire body? He's supposed to look more this: and less this: And seriously, just what is wrong with his hair? Three: What's wrong with Butler ? Butler is supposed to look like Vin Diesel, (Or at least, that's what I imagined him to be) not a blond potato with a pea for a head and a steroid neck! Seriously. Butler isn't even blond. His head is shaved bald. <-- Butler does not look like this. Four: Why on Earth is Foaly a blue baboon? He just... he can't look like... like that! *shivers with revulsion* He should look more like this: Also, where the heck is his tin foil cap? Five: Mulch Diggums. WTF dude? You know what? I can't even talk about this right now. Six: Holly. WHUT IS THIS? WTF is up with this? Seven: Dude. What happened to paying attention to details, or even having some common sense? Can anyone explain to me why Holly and Artemis are of the same height? Holly is one meter sans one centimeter tall. That's nearly 3.3 feet. Artemis was thirteen in the book. I seriously doubt he was 3.3 feet too. This is how they were actually: The whole book was just... ugh!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (BooksforMKs)

    I love the story, but I really don’t like the strange artwork.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Meegy

    I read Artemis Fowl well over 10 years ago and picked up a Graphic Novel a few weeks ago, OMG still as good as I remember. I do want the novels again though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nikky3

    This is not my favorit Artimus novel, I liked the graphic novel better because it felt faster paced and somehow more relatable. Meh.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Michael Prier

    A good graphic version of the novel. It has been a while since I read them, so seeing them again was a nice reminder.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Talia

    The novels better

  7. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    It was okay. And I'm saying that lightly. First off, the drawings border on atrocious. Butler's head is tiny. I'm not joking, TINY. It's not even that his shoulders are ridiculously proportioned (which they are, anyway); it's that his FREAKING HEAD IS THE SIZE OF A WALNUT. The scene where he runs is ridiculous both to look at and to imagine. Some of the drawings are lovely; and the there are the others. The artist who drew this book doesn't seem to know how to draw fingers; every time It was okay. And I'm saying that lightly. First off, the drawings border on atrocious. Butler's head is tiny. I'm not joking, TINY. It's not even that his shoulders are ridiculously proportioned (which they are, anyway); it's that his FREAKING HEAD IS THE SIZE OF A WALNUT. The scene where he runs is ridiculous both to look at and to imagine. Some of the drawings are lovely; and the there are the others. The artist who drew this book doesn't seem to know how to draw fingers; every time I saw someone's fingers, I winced. Except for Holly's. For some reason he had absolutely no problem drawing her fingers, and they were lovely. Maybe because she was wearing gloves throughout the whole thing? The amount of narration pissed me off, too. I don't know why, but every time something happened, we get this little bubble from one or the other of the characters explaining what went on. "I land in a snowdrift for the second time today." GIVE ME A BREAK. I HAVE EYES. I CAN SEE THAT HE'S IN A SNOWDRIFT, OKAY? Speaking of proportions, when Holly pulls out the coin, it looks like she could enfold it in her hand. Fast forward a few panels, after she shoots it, and Artemis is holding the coin, which now looks so large that he probably couldn't enfold it in TWO hands--and he's larger than her; it's said so often. WTF? I enjoyed it, but the little blips made it hard for me to enjoy it thoroughly. 2.5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Luken

    I was not a huge fan of this graphic novel for one reason, if you are going to have the pictures depicting the actions of the story then you do not have to write it out as well. I have read many graphic novels growing up that have done exactly the opposite of what this novel does and enjoyed it much more. I do like the story however, as it reminds me of my childhood when I read these books growing up. Artemis must join forces with the fairies against the goblins if he wants to save his father. B I was not a huge fan of this graphic novel for one reason, if you are going to have the pictures depicting the actions of the story then you do not have to write it out as well. I have read many graphic novels growing up that have done exactly the opposite of what this novel does and enjoyed it much more. I do like the story however, as it reminds me of my childhood when I read these books growing up. Artemis must join forces with the fairies against the goblins if he wants to save his father. Being one of the only humans who knows about such creatures he must rely on those close to him such as his seem to be bodygaurd and his family and friends back home. HE is a wiz kid who doesn't respect anyone (as we see first hand in the book) as he believes he is too smart to respect others. The illustrations were neat, depicting the story in a sort of "snapshot" action. I would recommend this for 4th or 5th graders as it is a decent read with or without the pictures. I would recommend this for kids interested in the fantasy aspect of reading. It tells the heart warming story of a boy looking for his father, with a bunch of action and fantasy on the side!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacey Kym

    'Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident' was A LOT BETTER than the first in the graphic series! First, I believe it captured a lot more of the major action, it captured Artemis more correctly and it was just the CORRECT way to represent the novel series in a comic. In this graphic instalment, Artemis Fowl learns that his lost father, Artemis Fowl Senior, is really alive and held hostage somewhere in Russia, he goes all out to plot his return. This was a really pivotal moment for Artemis in 'Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident' was A LOT BETTER than the first in the graphic series! First, I believe it captured a lot more of the major action, it captured Artemis more correctly and it was just the CORRECT way to represent the novel series in a comic. In this graphic instalment, Artemis Fowl learns that his lost father, Artemis Fowl Senior, is really alive and held hostage somewhere in Russia, he goes all out to plot his return. This was a really pivotal moment for Artemis in the novel as we learn his more softer, vulnerable side which was really what made me fall in love with him and the series! A pictures captured the moments well enough for the important emotions to shine through, and that is what I really enjoyed. Like the previous instalment, I hated how the characters looked! So freaking scary! Congratulations to Eoin Colfer on publishing the SECOND instalment in the graphic series!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mikana

    WOW! I love this set of graphic novels. Okay, so I already loved the Artemis Fowl books, but this is one of the best animated novels with bright, vibrant colours. This is great for young kids to older - little violence, no gore or sexual content. I loved this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stellabella

    I was cracking up laughing at the drawings of the characters-SO not how I see them in my head! :P

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joey Brockert

    This is the second in the series. It seems that Artemis is really not such a bad criminal. He does have a very independent stripe and he exhibits a very arrogant attitude towards the adults he deals with. He is attending school. He is able to see his way to being there because there is not much else he could be doing to find and save his father. Then, he gets the message about his father. He does not even hardly say goodbye, he is just gone on his adventure to the arctic, by way of the Lower E This is the second in the series. It seems that Artemis is really not such a bad criminal. He does have a very independent stripe and he exhibits a very arrogant attitude towards the adults he deals with. He is attending school. He is able to see his way to being there because there is not much else he could be doing to find and save his father. Then, he gets the message about his father. He does not even hardly say goodbye, he is just gone on his adventure to the arctic, by way of the Lower Elevation. It was a bit unbelievable in what happened and how people acted, but over all it was a wonderful story. You could feel that Artemis was growing up and becoming a better person.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Beckiezra

    3.5, I like and dislike the main characters and the art isn’t something I love, but it was an interesting story and I was happy to see the fairies seem to be part of the series, they just became less likable. I’ll still check out the other graphic novels in the series but it’s not making me interested in reading the original books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    Entertaining and an awesome adaptation of my favorite book in the Artemis Fowl series. Mulch Diggums is really funny (and very well drawn) and there's a bit of Butler and Holly's interaction that I think comes through a bit more here than it did on page (which was quite nice). Artemis, as always, is an insufferable twit, but luckily he's supported by a fantastic cast of characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ash Tsuji

    Book One epilogue hinted at finding Artemis' father, and I was really interested in that storyline. This second book did that, but also had other storylines that weren't as intersting to me. It did, however, develop relationships between characters I didn't expect.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Krystl Louwagie

    I'm not exactly sure why, but I always enjoy Artemis Fowl stories. A fun little revisit.

  17. 5 out of 5

    martin reid

    Awesome Just great, couldn't stop laughing. Artwork is sensational, also whoever programmed in pans and zooms did an incredible job, perfect.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Not as well-conceived as the first novel’s adaptation.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Bowles

    Confusing at times

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kennady

    1st novel was better than the second.. the ending was a bit blurry tbh but there will be more lol

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stevie Bishop

    Just not a big fan of graphic novels...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lionheart

    Rated 4 1/2 stars Ages 12+

  23. 4 out of 5

    Romana

    I didn't enjoy this one as much as I did the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Glaiza Champion

    Not a bad adaptation and pretty much followed the original book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Builds on the original story and actually does some more interesting things with the characters... again, don't love the artwork but the story carries it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gucifi

    This book is very awesome.

  27. 5 out of 5

    J.V. Seem

    Sometimes, I have these fleeting thoughts of: "Girl, you're much too old for this!", but I quickly shake them off, for my 37-year-old boyfriend, who reacted something awful that one time I called him a "man" instead of "boy", says that, A: We're adults now, so we can decide what that word means, and B: It's never too late to have a happy childhood (which he seems to have made it his mission to give me). That was the thought about this graphic novel. First of all, I'd read the Artemis Fowl n Sometimes, I have these fleeting thoughts of: "Girl, you're much too old for this!", but I quickly shake them off, for my 37-year-old boyfriend, who reacted something awful that one time I called him a "man" instead of "boy", says that, A: We're adults now, so we can decide what that word means, and B: It's never too late to have a happy childhood (which he seems to have made it his mission to give me). That was the thought about this graphic novel. First of all, I'd read the Artemis Fowl novels when I was already too old (technically), but I adored their wit and action and strong characters, not to mention their fast, engaging dialogue, and I read them several times over. Somehow, the graphic novel; the comic after all, grow up, girl, is worse, even more childish to be reading on a sleep-deprived Sunday morning, but what the heck. My 37-year-old "boy" has his fair share of shelving with comic books himself. (Reading Peanuts, which I usually do as far as comics go, is something I'm able to shrug off with a "well, they're philosophical!") To compare the graphic version to the original novel, I think some things have been lost along the way. I am taking into account that the graphic novel would have had to be adapted, shortened and cut down to make everything fit in neatly, but the loss of detail makes this a poorer version. Also, if you were to read the grapic novel before the original novel, you might be very confused plot-wise. Taking the reader into a fantasy world is hard enough without reducing the number of pages. I think it's safe to say I wouldn't have been so into this if I hadn't already known the world and the story inside out. I also find the storyteller mode confusing. Instead of telling a third person story, the text skips from one first person storyteller to the next, so fast that I can't seem to keep up with who is actually telling the story (the novel tells everything in third person). This seems rather unnessecary. If not comparing this version to the other, but rating it all on its own, I'd say the drawings are good, but somewhat indistinct. More defined characters, more characteristic characters I guess is what I'm saying, would have been welcome. But, to be fair, the artwork is really good, the landscapes and panoramas I liked especially. The coloring is stunning (that's all I have to say about that!). To conclude; a nice re-visit to Eoin Colfer's world to those of us who already know it and love it, but a mighty confusing one for Artemis Fowl virgins. There are downsides to this work, but I did enjoy it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Wow, I already finished another book. For real! How'd that happen? Hard work and determination? Naw, it was just fun and frivolous. So this time I went for a book with pictures by reading a graphic novel. Woot! Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident to be more exact. This is the sequel to the first Artemis Fowl book that had readers following a teenage criminal mastermind as he uncovered a secret race of fairies. (Apparently they're just hella good at hiding but truly exist.) Well the fairies have re Wow, I already finished another book. For real! How'd that happen? Hard work and determination? Naw, it was just fun and frivolous. So this time I went for a book with pictures by reading a graphic novel. Woot! Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident to be more exact. This is the sequel to the first Artemis Fowl book that had readers following a teenage criminal mastermind as he uncovered a secret race of fairies. (Apparently they're just hella good at hiding but truly exist.) Well the fairies have recently discovered someone smuggling in disgusting, inefficient human batteries into fairy technology so of course they blame Artemis right away. Only he didn't do it. He's too busy trying to find his kidnapped father to be causing mischief. So the questions become who's doing it and can enemies work together to make things right? My thoughts? Cool! I had fun reading this. It was actually difficult for me to read this style too. Lemme see if I can sort those thoughts for you. First off, I never read a lot of comics as a kid. Sunday funnies, sure but that was about it. I don't know if I thought they were too dorky or I was too sophisticated to read with pictures or what. Leave me alone! Gah! Even now I have to bypass prejudices. Aren't graphic novels for "reluctant readers?" AKA bad readers? So reading this was challenging. I would start to just read the words but I would miss out on the setting and who was talking because I wasn't spending enough time looking at the illustrations. Heck, even the color of the text box hinted who was speaking once I stopped spazzing and paid attention. In the end, I'm definitely interested in trying more graphic novels. I was already becoming more interested in the style (I mean, how am I gonna know what happens next in Fight Club otherwise?). And it's still complex with an arty edge so why not? Also, I found this list of graphic novels for adults and now I'm curious... Sucked in yet again.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I picked this book because of the Madison MegaReads Marathon May challenge - to read a graphic novel. I have read Artemis Fowl before, so I somewhat remembered the storyline once I started reading this graphic novel. Too bad I didn't remember which one was the first book. Anyhow, I also picked this book over the others because it looked like it was going to have over 100 pages (the usual requirement for the books in this challenge, but later I found out that it wasn't going to be enforced for th I picked this book because of the Madison MegaReads Marathon May challenge - to read a graphic novel. I have read Artemis Fowl before, so I somewhat remembered the storyline once I started reading this graphic novel. Too bad I didn't remember which one was the first book. Anyhow, I also picked this book over the others because it looked like it was going to have over 100 pages (the usual requirement for the books in this challenge, but later I found out that it wasn't going to be enforced for the graphic novel challenge). I have read a couple graphic novels before so this challenge wasn't a new one for me. I haven't picked up many graphic novels since I started utilizing the library more...but I have pleasantly discovered that many classics are being re-written in the graphic novel form. That is a great thing for people who are more visual and needs more pictures to relay the scene rather than mere words. Anyhow, back to Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident. Overall, I liked this graphic novel. Since I haven't read the book in a while, I didn't have a strong inclination on what people were going to look like...but I did want some of the "fairies" to be more Disney-fairy. But then again, these were the "military" fairies instead of just civilians. This graphic novel was pretty dark in the illustrations using darker earth-tones when underground - a nice effect. I did like the case profiles of the various individuals throughout the book and I appreciated the humor thrown in sporadically. For this book, I did prefer the written book over the graphic novel. I will probably not pursue reading the other Artemis Fowl's graphic novels - unless I use it as a means to get Q to start with them before reading the books. However, I will probably pick up other graphic novels when another one catches my eye. It's nice to know that the library has some available to check out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jolanda

    “By the age of thirteen, our subject, Artemis Fowl, was showing signs of an intellect greater than that of any human since Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart….So even though his involvement with the goblin uprising during his fourteenth year was to be traumatic, terrifying, and dangerous; it was probably the best thing that could have happened. At least he spent some time outdoors and got to meet some new people.” “It’s a pity most of them were trying to kill him.” (From a report compiled by: Dr. J. A “By the age of thirteen, our subject, Artemis Fowl, was showing signs of an intellect greater than that of any human since Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart….So even though his involvement with the goblin uprising during his fourteenth year was to be traumatic, terrifying, and dangerous; it was probably the best thing that could have happened. At least he spent some time outdoors and got to meet some new people.” “It’s a pity most of them were trying to kill him.” (From a report compiled by: Dr. J. Argon, B. Psych, for the LEP Academy files. Artemis Fowl: A Psychological Assessment) This entertaining introduction paints a broad canvas for anyone who might not have read any of Eoin Colfer’s other Artemis Fowl works. This interesting and clever character gets into all kinds of trouble with his brilliant schemes and rude ways. This interesting world the reader is dropped into is full of sprites and elves and dwarves and goblins and bad guys too. Oh but the real mystery is why someone needs to smuggle “human batteries. Crude, inefficient, and an environmental disaster. Twelve crates of them, right here.” Who is working with the B’wa Kell and why? What can be done to stop the smuggling? This is a beautifully put together work, there are very few fully colored graphic novels out there but The Arctic Incident is one. Though fans of the other Artemis Fowl works probably will not appreciate this different format I suggest anyone who is more of a visual learner who might not otherwise enjoy reading. Eoin Colfer’s works are great from middle school up. The reading is easy but the action, humorous word play, and cleverness/deviousness of the main character appeal to older teens as well. Eoin Colfers works are New York Times best-sellers, to learn more about his other works and find similar works or prequels and sequels of this visit his new (as of 2008) It’s Pronounced Owen! Site: http://eoincolfer.com/

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