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Alex Rider- manga style! For fans of the Alex Rider graphic novels Stormbreaker and Point Blank, the wait is finally over. Alex is back! Featuring the same actionpacked, manga-esque style as the previous installments, Skeleton Key brings all the thrills and gadgetry to life in colorful, page-turning form. For readers of this worldwide phenomenon, or for those just discoveri Alex Rider- manga style! For fans of the Alex Rider graphic novels Stormbreaker and Point Blank, the wait is finally over. Alex is back! Featuring the same actionpacked, manga-esque style as the previous installments, Skeleton Key brings all the thrills and gadgetry to life in colorful, page-turning form. For readers of this worldwide phenomenon, or for those just discovering it, Skeleton Key: The Graphic Novel is sure to excite.


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Alex Rider- manga style! For fans of the Alex Rider graphic novels Stormbreaker and Point Blank, the wait is finally over. Alex is back! Featuring the same actionpacked, manga-esque style as the previous installments, Skeleton Key brings all the thrills and gadgetry to life in colorful, page-turning form. For readers of this worldwide phenomenon, or for those just discoveri Alex Rider- manga style! For fans of the Alex Rider graphic novels Stormbreaker and Point Blank, the wait is finally over. Alex is back! Featuring the same actionpacked, manga-esque style as the previous installments, Skeleton Key brings all the thrills and gadgetry to life in colorful, page-turning form. For readers of this worldwide phenomenon, or for those just discovering it, Skeleton Key: The Graphic Novel is sure to excite.

30 review for Skeleton Key: The Graphic Novel

  1. 3 out of 5

    Jerry

    The Good: The fun artwork and great action sequences that were in the previous volumes are also present here. This one is also a bit truer to the original novel than the first two were. The Bad: Along with the content issues that plagued the prose--scantily clad women, profanity, bloody violence, etc.--the library edition I read had some pages that were cut off, which was just annoying. Was it a misprint? Content Concerns: Sex: Flirting between Alex and Sabina. Nudity: Alex is seen shirtless several The Good: The fun artwork and great action sequences that were in the previous volumes are also present here. This one is also a bit truer to the original novel than the first two were. The Bad: Along with the content issues that plagued the prose--scantily clad women, profanity, bloody violence, etc.--the library edition I read had some pages that were cut off, which was just annoying. Was it a misprint? Content Concerns: Sex: Flirting between Alex and Sabina. Nudity: Alex is seen shirtless several times; women in bikinis are seen almost as often. Language: Occasional uses of the d-word and h-word. Violence: Action violence throughout, including some bloody scenes. (view spoiler)[A man kills himself, and a shark is impaled by stalagmites. (hide spoiler)] Drugs: Mention of a drugged drink. Frightening/Intense Scenes: (view spoiler)[The man killing himself; the shark being impaled; (hide spoiler)] emotional intensity. Other: A disparaging remark about God (albeit by a villain).

  2. 3 out of 5

    Jonah

    it was ok

  3. 3 out of 5

    Caleb

    This book was super full of action, I really enjoy Alex rider. If you don't like blood don't read this book

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    Good volume.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Allonsythornraxx

    This series is so much fun! Highly recommend!

  6. 3 out of 5

    Donna Luu

    It's James Bond for the tween set. Fun and over the top, with some gross stuff.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lillian Bittle

    Alex Rider is the coolest!

  8. 3 out of 5

    singh

    awsome

  9. 5 out of 5

    Himayath Nuzraan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really amazing. It is so sad that Sarov suicides himself and doesn't kill Alex. Remarkable

  10. 3 out of 5

    April Kitty

    good very goood

  11. 4 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ I'm really enjoying these Alex Rider Graphic Novels. The manga style artwork is very suited to the over the top aspects of the story and the translation to the graphic novel format is solid. I have no problem following the story and the action is well done. Alex Rider finds himself pulled back into Mi6 duty, this time on a 'holiday' in Cuba to investigate a rogue KGB agent. He's playing the son of two American CIA agents More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ I'm really enjoying these Alex Rider Graphic Novels. The manga style artwork is very suited to the over the top aspects of the story and the translation to the graphic novel format is solid. I have no problem following the story and the action is well done. Alex Rider finds himself pulled back into Mi6 duty, this time on a 'holiday' in Cuba to investigate a rogue KGB agent. He's playing the son of two American CIA agents to gain access to the island on the pretense of a family vacation. What he finds on the quay ("Skeleton Key") forces him to race against the clock to stop a madman from detonating a nuclear bomb that will annihilate most of Europe. As with all of Horowitz' stories, other cultures (especially American) are completely derided and skewed, almost in a stereotypical manner (the petty wealthy megalomaniac with a small mind was American, the emotionless, determined, soldier general a Russian, etc. etc.). Cultures fare no better in this book but that's all the fun, sending up anyone against the British empire. Making the villains 007 cartoony keeps the read light and fun and within the realm of obvious fiction. The illustrations are consistent and strong, with full color panels well assembled to keep the story moving. At no time do I lost the story or am unable to follow what is going on (as happens so easily with graphic novel translations). Of course, the fun is to see how Alex will use the gadgets he's given to get out of bad situations. In all, a really fun serious for boys and girls alike.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    After foiling a plot by an Asian triad to make big bucks by rigging Wimbledon, Alex has to go into hiding. And where better to hide than a little island off of Cuba on a joint assignment with the CIA. The CIA would go in without him, but the spies going in need a child to complete their family vacation cover to get into the country without raising red flags, so Alex is grafted into the plan. He starts out feeling like a third wheel, but when the two CIA operatives go missing and Alex discovers t After foiling a plot by an Asian triad to make big bucks by rigging Wimbledon, Alex has to go into hiding. And where better to hide than a little island off of Cuba on a joint assignment with the CIA. The CIA would go in without him, but the spies going in need a child to complete their family vacation cover to get into the country without raising red flags, so Alex is grafted into the plan. He starts out feeling like a third wheel, but when the two CIA operatives go missing and Alex discovers they are likely dead, it is up to him to figure out what a former Russian general is planning to do with nuclear materials. Once again, this series does a good job of giving a good flavor for the original novel. This also marks the turn in the series where things start to get a little more serious and deadly on a regular basis, but the graphic novel adaptors were able to convey that without massive gore. Notes on content: A couple mild to moderate swear words. No sexual content. The death count is high in this one. The two CIA operatives die off page. A shark is killed on page with spikes. A battle with guns between two military groups at the end garners the highest number of deaths, and some are on page (but just bullet holes with tiny bits of blood sometimes are shown, minimal gore). A suicide happens off page.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Reuben Jackson

    skeleton key the graphic novel by anthony horowitz in the alex rider series a teenege boy,alex, is sent around the world by the fake agency m16 to go on secret missions to uncover mysteries and spy on people, first, i read the novel version of this book, it was quite good with a really evil villain, then i read this version because i saw it in the library. most of the actual story was accurate because i recognised some of the sentences from the novel , but i was disappointed to see that some part skeleton key the graphic novel by anthony horowitz in the alex rider series a teenege boy,alex, is sent around the world by the fake agency m16 to go on secret missions to uncover mysteries and spy on people, first, i read the novel version of this book, it was quite good with a really evil villain, then i read this version because i saw it in the library. most of the actual story was accurate because i recognised some of the sentences from the novel , but i was disappointed to see that some parts of the story were left out which made it a very short read only about 35 minutes, overallit was a good time waster and the it was interesting to see what all the characters looked like and the scenes but the writers left out some key things which brought down the book a bit, but for a person who hadn't read the book version of this graphic novel i think they would have been impressed

  14. 3 out of 5

    Zach

    the graphic novel edition of the third book in the thrilling Alex rider series was a great adaptation of the original novel. It missed some things out but nothing that would alter the story too bad but it still portrayed the series in a whole new way. The story is about the reluctant young spy Alex Rider who is sent on a mission to take down the red circle gang, a Chinese group of trained Martial arts people who gamble and smuggle drugs. While taking them down Alex encounters many things such as the graphic novel edition of the third book in the thrilling Alex rider series was a great adaptation of the original novel. It missed some things out but nothing that would alter the story too bad but it still portrayed the series in a whole new way. The story is about the reluctant young spy Alex Rider who is sent on a mission to take down the red circle gang, a Chinese group of trained Martial arts people who gamble and smuggle drugs. While taking them down Alex encounters many things such as big fights, moments where he has to be completely stealthy, and even a shark attack. Alex Rider Skeleton Key is a great story that hooks readers from the first page with its stunning visuals and intense story line. I give Skeleton Key a 3/5 star rating as it missed some things out of the original story but it is made up for as the story line is gripping and interesting.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tanja

    I am a big fan of the Alex Rider series - but have a hard time with graphic novels. Never liked comic books much either when I was a kid. I guess I just do a better job diving into a story when I have everything described to me in words. Maybe it's also that I enjoy much more creating the images in my head rather than having someone present them to me ready made. Alex just doesn't look like the kid in the graphic novel to me - sorry... Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it. The story is great, lots I am a big fan of the Alex Rider series - but have a hard time with graphic novels. Never liked comic books much either when I was a kid. I guess I just do a better job diving into a story when I have everything described to me in words. Maybe it's also that I enjoy much more creating the images in my head rather than having someone present them to me ready made. Alex just doesn't look like the kid in the graphic novel to me - sorry... Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it. The story is great, lots of action and adventure, it will have you hooked. Read this and then go for "the real thing". There are so far three adventures available in graphic novel format but a total of 9 books in the series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert Martinez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The skeleton Key was about Alex Rider going to an island in Cuba for another mission but he has to be partnered up with American agents but things go wrong and Alex has to save the world again. The theme of this book is showing that you could save the world even when in some missions you are close to dying. "So be it. Good bye Alex forever." This is when General Alexei Sarov tells Alex goodbye and kills himself. The significance of this quote is that the General loved Alex as his on son so when A The skeleton Key was about Alex Rider going to an island in Cuba for another mission but he has to be partnered up with American agents but things go wrong and Alex has to save the world again. The theme of this book is showing that you could save the world even when in some missions you are close to dying. "So be it. Good bye Alex forever." This is when General Alexei Sarov tells Alex goodbye and kills himself. The significance of this quote is that the General loved Alex as his on son so when Alex told him he will never be his father he will have to kill Alex, Alexei had to shoot himself instead of killing Alex. Then Alex felt bad for the first time that someone kill themselves because of him. So Alex Rider completed his mission yet again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Markeil

    I read this book from November 20th through December 5th. I believe that the overall Theme of the novel is that "All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." I chose this quote as the theme because throughout the story Alex was doubting himself and once he helped complete "the mission." A significant quote from the novel was "rather die than have a father like you" stated by alex, and it was significant because it actually lead to the person he said I read this book from November 20th through December 5th. I believe that the overall Theme of the novel is that "All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them." I chose this quote as the theme because throughout the story Alex was doubting himself and once he helped complete "the mission." A significant quote from the novel was "rather die than have a father like you" stated by alex, and it was significant because it actually lead to the person he said it to killing themselves and for the rest of the story he felt a sense of guilt which made him not want to be a spy anymore. I would recommend this novel to others because it's such a thrilling book and everything that happened, happens so unexpectedly.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kirito

    Alex Riders's Skeleton Key book by Anthony Horwitz is a popular book for both kids and adults. This book talks about a teen called Alex Rider who is a unexpectingly a spy working for M16. He's to stop General Sarov's plan, an evil criminal who'll stop at nothing to make Russia a better place by nuking Russia. Will Alex Rider stop General Sarov's plans once and for all or be blown apart by the nuke? I picked up this book because after I read the first book, I want to continue reading the series. Alex Riders's Skeleton Key book by Anthony Horwitz is a popular book for both kids and adults. This book talks about a teen called Alex Rider who is a unexpectingly a spy working for M16. He's to stop General Sarov's plan, an evil criminal who'll stop at nothing to make Russia a better place by nuking Russia. Will Alex Rider stop General Sarov's plans once and for all or be blown apart by the nuke? I picked up this book because after I read the first book, I want to continue reading the series. I finished this book because I can't let go of the book. It was too awesome! I think I would recommend this to my brother because he's a book lover.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Connie

    My son read this and I skimmed through it to rate it for our elementary school, K-5th grade. We both enjoyed reading the original Skeleton Key. It is very intense and action packed. This G.N. is a second grade reading level - not good. There are a few swear words, a bloody underwater scene, and a visually disturbing gun scene at the end. It is a fun 45 min. read after you have read the original book, which are rated for 5th graders or above. I would recommend it to 13 & up, but there are mat My son read this and I skimmed through it to rate it for our elementary school, K-5th grade. We both enjoyed reading the original Skeleton Key. It is very intense and action packed. This G.N. is a second grade reading level - not good. There are a few swear words, a bloody underwater scene, and a visually disturbing gun scene at the end. It is a fun 45 min. read after you have read the original book, which are rated for 5th graders or above. I would recommend it to 13 & up, but there are mature readers who will really enjoy them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Alex Rider,teen spy travels to Cuba, and Moscow in his efforts to stop an evil Russian mastermind from creating a nuclear explosion and changing the balance of power in the world. Alex fights sharks and soldiers, guards and an evil henchman using his wits and cool spy gadgets. This action packed manga style full colour graphic novel is part of a series mirroring the Horowitz Alex Rider novels. The clever storytelling uses only dialogue and illustrations to carry the reader on a fast paced adventu Alex Rider,teen spy travels to Cuba, and Moscow in his efforts to stop an evil Russian mastermind from creating a nuclear explosion and changing the balance of power in the world. Alex fights sharks and soldiers, guards and an evil henchman using his wits and cool spy gadgets. This action packed manga style full colour graphic novel is part of a series mirroring the Horowitz Alex Rider novels. The clever storytelling uses only dialogue and illustrations to carry the reader on a fast paced adventure. Recommended: 8-12 years Subject/Theme:Spy thriller, adventure Series: Alex Rider novels

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sean Menon

    Skeleton Key the Graphic Novel by Anthony Horowitz is a sad and funny book with mixed reactions and scenes! Alex went through very much during the book and the ending was the sadest part of the whole book. When the old Russian general commited suicide I could not help but to feel bad for him because all he ever wanted was his view of a better world with communism. I recommend this book to young teens for a quick and easy read. :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    This book is called Skeleton Key. It is a spy book. It is is very good, I like the gadgets that Alex gets and uses. I felt very satisfied after I finished the book. It is packed full of action and leaves the reader guessing what will happen on the next page. This book is very hard to put down once you read the first page if the book. The book leaves readers on death-defying cliffhangers and that's what I think makes it a good book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adam Kafi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. the skeleton key is about a boy named Alex rider. He is a 14 year old orphan. He is from the UK. Hmmmm what am I missing? Oh yeah he's also a spy! He recently hurt a member of a huge organization and there rule is if you hurt one you hurt all! If he is your enemy over 19,000 people are your enemy so he has to hideout in a area near Cuba called the Skeleton Key, because there is a mission for the CIA he has to do whether he likes it or not.I loved this book I really enjoyed it and recommend it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ondra Král

    Náhodou jsem na to narazil ve školní knihovně a protože komiks, půjčil jsem si to. Je to nějaká slavná série o klukovi co je strašně cool tajnej agent (i když mi přišel jako newb). Člověk si musí chvíli zvykat na jednodušší kresbu, ale příběh je docela fajn - je to primárně určeno dětem a tak jim těch několik klišé odpustím (záporák co odvypráví svůj ďábelský plán a deus ex machina na konci). Jako odpočinkový čtení dobrý, hlavní komoušskej záporák byl docela fajn.

  25. 3 out of 5

    TDCATH

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. lol

  26. 3 out of 5

    Carter

    In the book Alex Rider skeleton key Alex rider is a brave undercover spy for the MI6 and he gets in some trouble when he is found out by a chines cult and he has to leave UK so he goes to Cuba and must face the dangers of General Surov. I finished this book so fast because I am very good at finishing graphic novels.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Book three in the Alex Rider graphic novel series. In his current adventure, MI-6 has promised Alex a relaxing vacation filled with sun, sand, and scuba diving. Instead, he finds himself trapped on a tropical island with an insane RUssian military commander who has big plans for the end of the world.

  28. 3 out of 5

    Jay

    The framework for the story may be similar to the previous book (Alex doesn't want to be a spy anymore, but manages to get dragged into it again), but the details are different enough to make it enjoyable. Maybe I'll read one of these in non-manga form, so I can see what the writing is like. For now, though, I'm happy enough getting the plot in this quicker way.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Isaac

    is about a teen eho is working for m16 a spy corporatio. alex is in big troble and will have to leave london until further notice so he whent on a secret mision with the american cia were will his adventure take him find out at ALEX RIDER SKELINTON KEY

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wesley Heuschkel

    I gave it a 5 star rating because of the whole plot. The theme is survival. I know that by the time he blew up the boat he was on, and when he fought the human/robot. The author it trying to say not always you survive. It relates to the way countries have advanced over the years.

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