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In one night Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, stabbed, shot in the head, and drowned, then tied up and thrown in a frozen river. But how did he get from Siberia to the Winter Palace? And why did it take so much hard work to kill him? This is a supernatural reimagining of the "mad monk" by the national bestselling author of novels The Yard and The Devil's Workshop, Alex GreciIn one night Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, stabbed, shot in the head, and drowned, then tied up and thrown in a frozen river. But how did he get from Siberia to the Winter Palace? And why did it take so much hard work to kill him? This is a supernatural reimagining of the "mad monk" by the national bestselling author of novels The Yard and The Devil's Workshop, Alex Grecian, and the fan-favorite artist of Proof and Cowboy Ninja Viking, Riley Rossmo....

Title : Rasputin, Volume 1: The Road to the Winter Palace
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Number of Pages : 184 Pages
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Rasputin, Volume 1: The Road to the Winter Palace Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-03-19 09:39

    If you don’t know anything about Rasputin, this review might be considered to contain spoilers even though (most of) these events actually happened and are a part of history. Such is the world we live in today, though. The circumstances of Rasputin’s death are by far more interesting than his life. His assassination involved several men who poisoned, beat, stabbed, shot, and drowned Rasputin before tying him up and throwing him in the Malaya Nevka River. He just wouldn’t die! And even when they found his corpse, the myth goes, he’d somehow freed himself and his fingers were rubbed raw from scrabbling beneath the icy river to try to break the surface! But who was Rasputin? Writer Alex Grecian and artist Riley Rossmo takes the reader through Rasputin’s life interspersed with scenes from his final hours. Most of the book is based on fact - he was a self-proclaimed holy man from a Siberian peasant family who, it was told, could heal anybody. This faith healing took him from the Russian tundra to the Winter Palace itself where he became a confidante of Tsar Nicholas II (the last Tsar of Russia) and his wife Alexandra after healing their son Alexei of “the royal disease”, haemophilia. But Rasputin became a lightning rod for the public’s hatred of the royal family and had to die. Shortly after his death, the Russian revolution took place, and the rest is history. The comic is informative if you know little or nothing about Rasputin and even if you do, it’s a story told well so you get a good sense of his life in a short space. It is a reimagining though, even if the parts newly imagined are few and far between. Grecian emphasises Rasputin’s healing powers and hints at their origin, which would also explain why it took so much to kill him. Grecian is also content to do without constant narration, which is refreshing and means that it’s a fast-moving tale. Rossmo’s art is good too, his figures as fluid as the script and the two work together very well. The whole time I was reading though I kept wondering where it was all going. Why retell Rasputin’s life? It seems like such an arbitrary premise! However this is the first volume in a series so I’m guessing this was table-setting to familiarise the reader with this man before going somewhere completely different in the next book - the old bait’n’switch! Maybe. I’ll definitely check back to see if I’m right. Rasputin Volume 1 is a fine comic if a puzzling one with regards to where it’s headed. At any rate, The Mad Monk’s life was a remarkable one and anyone interested in him will find plenty to enjoy in this book.

  • Cheese
    2019-03-08 15:27

    There lived a certain man in Russia long agoHe was big and strong, in his eyes a flaming glowMost people looked at him with terror and with fearBut to Moscow chicks he was such a lovely dearHe could preach the bible like a preacherFull of ecstacy and fireBut he also was the kind of teacherWomen would desireRA RA RASPUTINLover of the Russian queen...da da da da!I must admit I've always been intrigued about the story of Rasputin. I first heard of him when I watched the Hellboy film not Boney M. He's almost mythical and paranormal. In real life he was a peasant and allegedly a mythical healer and we all know what people thought about magic back in the 19th century! Burn them!Anyway turns out that he was poisoned, stabbed, shot and still didn't die, so they drowned him allegedly and so the legend began!This story plays on the mythical healing, with a twist. When he heals someone or something that thing becomes part of him. Rasputin tells the story beginning with his abusive father and then tells the story about how he met his fate in the future/past. Overall, promising, but a bit short. I'm not certain I'll continue with this. A bit shallow for my liking.

  • Olive (abookolive)
    2019-02-22 09:47

    So cool.

  • Benjamin
    2019-03-24 15:29

    The wizarding world of Rasputin. I like the folklore element.

  • Dan
    2019-03-16 07:35

    Very short and minimal dialogue but still a very interesting story about this infamous man named Rasputin.

  • Devann
    2019-02-26 14:22

    The art and layout of this is absolutely stunning. Also I really love the covers, and all the back covers have a different quote on them which is really cool. The story in this first volume was just okay though. I mean it was interesting but by the end of it I wasn't really sure what the point was - like is this just as straight forward as it seems or is there gonna be a huge twist in the next volume? Also there are a lot of pages with little to no dialogue, which I know some people really enjoy but generally just leaves me feeling a little bit lost most of the time, although it is great for the aesthetic.

  • hissi
    2019-03-13 15:47

    The art is amazing

  • Tom Ewing
    2019-03-01 08:43

    Grigori Rasputin, turned by popular legend (and disco) into a near-superhuman, has been an understandably attractive figure for comics creators. He's mostly served comics time as a dark, indeed devilish figure - Hellboy probably the best example. This is a different Rasputin - a kinder, gentler, and certainly spindlier Mad Monk, possessed of genuine and rather benign supernatural powers, and unlikely to make it far up the league table of Russia's love machines.Alex Grecian's Rasputin is ultimately a likeable fellow, which is all to the good in a protagonist, but the comic lacks tension, and his progress into the Tsar's inner circle feels rather low-stakes. Still, it's an evocative read, and if the story ambles, Riley Rossmo makes everything well worth looking at: his Russian forests are as atmospheric as his World War One trenches are dank, and his talent for action choreography is obvious (a bar fight, taking up most of #3, is the kinetic high point of the volume). Volume 2 promises to take this incarnation of Rasputin into a very different setting, which might give the comic the adrenalin shot it needs.

  • Dasha M
    2019-03-14 11:38

    Okay, I actually really liked this. Yes, it's a rehashed tale of Slavic mythology and totally ignores much historical detail (deliberately), but the artwork and the flow of the work made it a quick and satisfying read.

  • Rachel Holtzclaw
    2019-03-15 10:24

    did i read this in its entirety when i was supposed to be pricing it at work in a plot to put it towards my goodreads goal? i can neither confirm nor deny

  • Sara
    2019-03-06 13:23

    1.5 stars rounded up for the art work's sake. I'm sure this is a fun read for most people who enjoy a good historical twist, but I honestly could not separate what I already knew about Rasputin from this fantasy which seemed to glorify him and his actions. While I understand that the mystery of Rasputin's life, and more so his death, makes him an interesting character for a story like this. It was just too hard to separate fact from fiction here especially when it feels like Rasputin was more than likely a charlatan who took advantage of a family who, in desperation for their son's health, would have believed in anything that would've saved their family. But, perhaps, I am too biased in this opinion. If you're the type of reader who can get around those preconceived ideas and likes a good historically based, supernatural, mystery, then perhaps this might be up your alley.

  • Alex Sarll
    2019-03-03 11:47

    Russia's greatest love machine is a much-explored figure of history's strange side, and at first it's not clear what this telling adds: is making it clear that his healing powers do work really such a twist? Except then we learn *how* they work, and the story starts diverging more definitely from the known facts - despite being told entirely in flashback from that final, fatal supper. Plus, Riley Rossmo's art makes even the initial issues a joy, really capturing the sheer size and strangeness of Russia's great wildernesses and wild settlements. Not exactly a satisfying read in itself, but I'm intrigued to see where the story goes next.

  • Kenny
    2019-02-25 07:47

    An interesting take on what made Rasputin what he is. Intriguing and novel without losing the spirit of what we expect of Image: Quality and creativity.

  • Aimee
    2019-03-01 09:47

    I had high hopes for this graphic novel and I am really pleased that it, for the most part, lived up to them! I'm extremely interested in Russian history and culture (will be doing a degree in it!) so it's definitely a subject I have an invested interest in. The real life Rasputin being majorly funky also helps. I really enjoyed the colours and artwork in this volume, they're striking to the eye and made me that much more invested in the story, especially as there is occasionally very little dialogue. When there was dialogue, however, it too impressed me. My only real criticisms are the fact it seemed a little rushed and as a result I felt some of the background characters weren't just as developed as they could be. I basically just didn't want it to end. I'll definitely be reading the second volume as this is such a cool premise for a graphic novel, and one that is done well.

  • Ariel Caldwell
    2019-02-23 10:52

    Both bloodier and more magical than I expected, this was an interesting take on the Rasputin story. I'm familiar with it, but more culturally than specifically. Although this was more gory than I usually read, I'm going to request #2 and #3, because I want to see how these creators keep the story going! (I also really enjoyed the material at the end, showing how the script and images came together.)

  • Angie Pinchbeck
    2019-03-15 14:38

    I'm actually a little surprised by how much I liked this comic. Riley Rossmo's art was absolutely gorgeous, and Alex Grecian's story was a fun take on the story of Rasputin. It also made me want to learn more about Russian mythology, and anything that convinces me to learn more is a plus in my books!

  • Lesley
    2019-03-07 15:48

    As a Rasputin fangirl I do like anything about him and I did enjoy the supernatural elements of this but my main gripe is with the wealth of information and speculation surrounding this enigma of a man, this graphic novel could have been so much more. Maybe the next installment will flesh it out a bit.

  • Logan Young
    2019-03-05 10:37

    I thought this was comic was great. The art is incredible, the writing and pacing is very good, and I always love reading historical stories with a bit of a fantasy or sci-fi twist (this one is most definitely the former).

  • Katherine Diduch
    2019-02-23 12:44

    Rather cool blend of myth and history. What happens if Rasputin really does have the power to heal the sick and cannot die? This new interpretation was fun to read and was not as dark a subject matter as you would suppose.

  • Jennifer Juffer
    2019-02-24 13:26

    Not what I was expecting, which I adored! Writing was fast paced. The art was beautifully done! Definitely a good read for people who enjoy reading about Rasputin. Just don't go looking for the truth! ;)

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-16 14:52

    I wanted to like this but it was just ok.

  • J.T.
    2019-02-28 14:43

    [review forthcoming.]

  • Greg
    2019-03-04 09:52

    Excellently clear, dynamic art. The story is predictable. Hard to have stakes when the protagonist can't die.

  • Matthew Galloway
    2019-03-05 08:52

    Nice artwork and certainly interesting, but a bit choppy and confusing.

  • Kiri
    2019-03-11 09:36

    The art is masterful. A joy to experience. Will definitely check out more Rossmo.3.5

  • Phillip
    2019-02-27 09:23

    The stand out element of this book is the art, hands down. It is absolutely gorgeous at times and it's worth checking out for the art alone.This is the about the life of Rasputin. Or more specifically his death. It jumps around a bit, but the story leads off with the final moments of his life and then goes back to examine how things built to that point. I didn't know much about Rasputin going into this book, so I was excited to get some insight into the man even with the fictional/fantastical elements mixed in.So I loved the art and liked the premise, but the execution held this one back for me. There was too much movement between different time periods to get a good feel for the characters. Since this ends with the title character's death, I would have liked some more build up to why it mattered for the other characters. My favorite character aside from Rasputin seemed to have dropped out of his life without an explanation. There is so much more that could have been developed, such as the references to Russian folklore, that I would have enjoyed.This is a decent book. I liked it and would consider reading the next volume, especially to see more of Rossmo's art.

  • Zezee
    2019-03-18 11:40

    As posted on Zezee with Books.Quick summary:A supernatural retelling of Rasputin’s story. Rasputin was a member of the Romanov court under Nicholas II’s monarchy in Russia. He served as an adviser and healer for he was the only person who was able to cure prince Alexie, who was a hemophiliac. However, Rasputin was given the moniker “mad monk” because it’s purported that he was crazy. His actions were extreme, unusual, and sometimes cruel.In this comic, Russian folklore is mixed with history to provide a backstory for Rasputin and an explanation for his odd personality and abilities. He is a healer in this story, but that ability is pushed a little further because he’s able to revive those who are at the edge of life. However, each time that Rasputin revives someone, he takes a bit of that person with him, hence his varied personality.My thoughts:Once I saw the title of this comic, there was no way I was going to leave the store without it. Rasputin is one of my favorite historical figures and I enjoy reading about him. He was quite a character when he was alive. I didn’t know what to expect when I started this story, but I appreciate what it provides.I don’t have much to say on this comic because so far the story is laying its foundation. It starts near the end and is narrated by Rasputin, who is reflecting on how his life has come to the point where we start reading. The story flows smoothly from present to past and I like that we are given the protagonist’s background story in this volume. So far, the comics I’ve read give the background story in the second volume. I’d begun to believe that was the formula for comics, but now I guess it depends on the type of story being told (of course).I also like the inclusion of folklore, which heightens Rasputin’s story making it reach for legend. The historical facts about Rasputin already seem like a legend because they are sometimes hard to believe, they teeter between real and false, but this comic kicks the story to the fantastical to make anything possible.As for the art, I didn’t like it. But the more I look at it, the more it grows on me because I like the details. I don’t like scratchy line work and there’s a lot of that here. However, my favorite panels are the close-ups of faces. I love seeing the characters’ expressions. The switch between past and present is also done smoothly in the art. The past is often casted in muted tones whereas the colors in the present are bold, and no matter when the story is (past or present) blood is given such a rich luster that it always stands out in the scenes (the colorist for this volume is Ivan Plascencia). I’m not a fan of the font used for the narration, it’s in a script font that is a little hard to read at times when letters run into each other, but I love the block letters used for place names that fade into the background. They make me think of calendars and posters (lettering was done by Thomas Mauer).I also love the end pages of this volume. We are given a few pages of correspondence between Grecian and Rossmo that shows how they worked together, how the story progressed, and how the art style and character illustrations were determined. I love these behind-the-scenes peeks.Overall: ★★★☆☆I like the story and how it’s relayed, but I don’t like the art. I wasn’t sure at first if I would continue with it, but now I think I will just to see what happens next.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-07 08:38

    A fictional interpretation of Rasputin & his life, where the fantasy of Russian folklore & the divisive climate of his time collide. Told in flashbacks from the fatal dinner party hosted by Felix Yusupov, Rasputin reimagines the starets as a gifted, sensitive mystic trying to reconcile his perception with the harsh realities of Russia's poverty. He heals the wounded, speaks to faery creatures & is supposedly the heir to a mythic hero. His talents lead him from Siberia to a monastery where another monk recognizes his power & convinces Rasputin to seek out the tsar's family in order to ground the worldly rulers. This particular issue ends with a key meeting between Rasputin & various figures of power on a WWI battlefield.This graphic novel is not unlike Enchantments by Katheryn Harrison--there are interesting ideas here supported by some knowledge of the historical context. But the execution can be uneven. I like the idea that Rasputin absorbs some aspects of the people he heals but this can also act as a narrative hand-wave since some of his actions happen when "he's not himself." One example: after healing a swash-buckling Frenchman from wounds sustained in a bar fight, R soon has an orgy of sorts with his newfound friend, presumably under the influence of his absorbed personality traits. While this moment sets up Rasputin's lustful appetites, it also comes a little out of the blue since the preceding scenes give no indication of this. The section is literally bar fight, trip to monastery, orgy & then, oh well you absorbed some Frenchness you might want to keep an eye on that.I also enjoy the conflict of Russia's folkloric past & technological future mirroring Rasputin's main internal conflict here as well. Grecian does capture the essence of that period while simplifying the multitude of factions at play. Rossmo's art is impressionistic & expressive as well. One gripe: they've made Rasputin more conventionally good-looking. This sort of undermines the natural mystique of the Rasputin legend--that he could influence people greatly despite his intense repellent appearance. But I can understand the stylistic choice. There's a Sandman vibe to this fantastical story & this is definitely aided by the look they've chosen.Recommended for readers who enjoy a fantastical flavor to their historical fiction or those who wanted Petrograd to be a little more mystical.

  • Stefan
    2019-03-09 07:44

    Such an odd choice for a comic setting, and yet... it works very well. The story is at times a tad disturbing, but it just *works*, because Rasputín was himself disturbing and the comic intersperses his death with a semi-fictional retelling of his life.

  • Matej Kondas
    2019-03-06 07:51

    "Ke mě čelem, k Ivanovi zády!"Grigorij Jefimovič Rasputin. Nazýván také šíleným mnichem, nebo Petrohradským postrachem. Byl legendou. Kouzelníkem, manipulátorem, šílencem a tak obávanou osobností, že ho otrávili, ubodali, zastřelili a pro jistotu ještě utopili. Jenže kdo to vlastně byl Rasputin? A čím vlastně byl? Byl to vlastně vůbec člověk?Alex Grecian je autor několika bestselerů a poměrně úspěsné comicsové řady "Proof", kteráukázala že Hellboy, BPRD a jeho příšery byly pouze slabší a kamarádštější kafe, od toho všeho co lze mezi příšerami najít. Společně s kreslířem Riley Rossmem se vrhl na novou sérii pro Image. A nazval ji suše "Rasputin". Pokud v Proofu jde o to dokázat že příšery pod vaším postelí skutečně existují a plánují Vás sežrat, tak v tomhle comicsu jde zahrát si notu historické fikce. Rasputin. Šílený mnich. Možná bůh? A co když to co se o něm povídalo byla pravda?Co když opravdu vládl živým a dovedl křísit mrtvé. Co když opravdu viděl do budoucnosti? Grecian mistrně splétá ruské byliny a báje společně s historickými fakty a pseudofakty a nepotřebuje k tomu nic víc než vynikající Rossmovu kresbu, která je ostrá a přesná jako ruská zima a k tomu aby vynikla ji stačí pár dialogů. Tak akorát aby vás správně zamrazilo.Nebojte se proto vydat úplně na začátek příběhu. Do sibiřského zapadákova, kde mladého kluka čeká jeho první medvěd. A jehož cesta povede až do zimního paláce...