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Diana Gabaldon’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 Fraser’s side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.   After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home Diana Gabaldon’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 Fraser’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.


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Diana Gabaldon’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 Fraser’s side of the story, gorgeously rendered by artist Hoang Nguyen.   After too long an absence, Jamie Fraser is coming home Diana Gabaldon’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 Fraser’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.

30 review for The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Alsberg

    Eh this was an OKAY graphic novel. I was hoping for a bit more of an understandable plot. I read outlander and this graphic novel sometimes got me confused, especially at the beginning. Also, WHERE WAS JAMIES CURLY HAIR!? Also Claire's breasts kept on getting bigger and bigger - "the mysterious case of the growing breasts" (sounds like a rated PG-13 Nancy Drew Novel lol) This didn't really convey the exact plot line of Outlander which is understandable but it seemed quite off a points. Although I Eh this was an OKAY graphic novel. I was hoping for a bit more of an understandable plot. I read outlander and this graphic novel sometimes got me confused, especially at the beginning. Also, WHERE WAS JAMIES CURLY HAIR!? Also Claire's breasts kept on getting bigger and bigger - "the mysterious case of the growing breasts" (sounds like a rated PG-13 Nancy Drew Novel lol) This didn't really convey the exact plot line of Outlander which is understandable but it seemed quite off a points. Although I did enjoy reading from Jamie's POV along with others. Also, why is it only 1/2 the book? Interesting. I give this a 3.5/5 stars. I love outlander so this was definitely a different depiction of it but fun to read nonetheless!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

    I like graphic novels and I loved the Outlander book. (Don't judge me because I've only read the first two books-those suckers are big!) This book really misses both marks. I think it's called Outlander 1.5 but I never really figured out the story. I advise skipping this one if you are an Outlander fan because it will make you mad. I advise skipping this one if you hate Outlander because it will make you even madder. With the stupid. The artwork did not bring Jamie and Claire to life for me. It co I like graphic novels and I loved the Outlander book. (Don't judge me because I've only read the first two books-those suckers are big!) This book really misses both marks. I think it's called Outlander 1.5 but I never really figured out the story. I advise skipping this one if you are an Outlander fan because it will make you mad. I advise skipping this one if you hate Outlander because it will make you even madder. With the stupid. The artwork did not bring Jamie and Claire to life for me. It completely made me need mind bleach to get the images of them out of my head. See what I'm talking about?? The only good thing I have to say about this one is that while searching the internet for images to use I found these little gems. They are not in the book by the way..but it's my review and they are hot..so Those images are more the Jamie I had in my warped little mind.

  3. 4 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    ummmmmmm wtf even was this

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    You’ve done us a great disservice, Ms. Gabaldon. What? Did you think we would enjoy a graphic novel version of Outlander from Jamie’s point of view? Really? We are not Twilight fans, Diana (okay, some of us are, but for exasperated outrage sake, let’s not quibble.) We are a different breed. We’ve forsaken our literary street cred, we’ve risked justified divorce proceedings, we’ve let precious family moments pass us by. We’ve poured through 6,850 pages, 7,458 if you count the Outlandish Companion You’ve done us a great disservice, Ms. Gabaldon. What? Did you think we would enjoy a graphic novel version of Outlander from Jamie’s point of view? Really? We are not Twilight fans, Diana (okay, some of us are, but for exasperated outrage sake, let’s not quibble.) We are a different breed. We’ve forsaken our literary street cred, we’ve risked justified divorce proceedings, we’ve let precious family moments pass us by. We’ve poured through 6,850 pages, 7,458 if you count the Outlandish Companion!!! We’ve stood in line at a bookstore and have openly purchased your books. We are COMMITTED (some more so than others.) And, this is what you’ve given us? Oh, how little you think of us. First of all, THAT IS NOT WHAT JAMIE LOOKS LIKE. I know, I know, you’ve heard this all before…. But this is your fault. You’ve set us on this path and then give us this… Uh uh… no way. I read about how you used to write comics for Disney and how it was near and dear and all that crap. Still, you don’t toy with us with Jamie and Claire. Wow. This is how you see Claire? Seriously? Please give us more credit than this. Please just work on the next book and let us know what happens with Roger and Gem and wee Ian and William and Fergus and of course, our favorite super couple, Clamie….or is it Jaire? Je Suis Prest

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    As a longtime Outlander fan it kills me a little inside to give this graphic novel one star, but it must be done. This was horribly disappointing. It’s been years since I read the first Outlander and while I remember the basics I don’t remember the details. I thought perhaps the gn would help fill in the blanks, but no. This version of the story is good if you just finished Outlander and want to relive it in a slightly different way. There are many plot points in the story that are simply not ex As a longtime Outlander fan it kills me a little inside to give this graphic novel one star, but it must be done. This was horribly disappointing. It’s been years since I read the first Outlander and while I remember the basics I don’t remember the details. I thought perhaps the gn would help fill in the blanks, but no. This version of the story is good if you just finished Outlander and want to relive it in a slightly different way. There are many plot points in the story that are simply not explained making the story difficult to follow. For example, (view spoiler)[ the chapter where Geillis and Claire are tried for witchcraft comes out of nowhere in this version and it’s never explained. (hide spoiler)] There is also a new character added to this version. I really don’t understand why Galbaldon added him to the story because he’s just another face to add to the confusion. All the men look alike! The graphics are very inconsistent…horribly so. While I liked the coloring, the drawings were pretty bad. I mean, I know Jamie was not going to compare to the one in my head, but in the first page or so he looks alright. After that his face changes with the angles. By that I mean he looks completely different. As this story progresses his face deteriorates and by the end he looks like a caricature of the first picture. The men all look the same except with different color plaids. This really made it difficult to keep up with who was talking. I actually compared a few frames between Kenneth and Murtagh and it’s actually the same face with different plaid on. Also, Jenny (Jamie's sister) looks exactly like Claire...big boobs and all. Sheer laziness on the artist part. Claire for the most part stays consistent- HUGE gazungas with poodle hair that is supposed to be curly hair. However, in some frames she has green eyes and in others she has the whiskey colored eyes Galbaldon intended her to have. Claire’s boobs seriously took over some frames. I don’t understand why this was done because this gn is geared towards women and we don’t care about Claire’s heaving bosom. We read this for Jamie. It really annoyed me that in one frame she had a yellow dress with a boat neckline and 5 frames later on the same page she had a V-cut neckline with the top of her boobs hanging out. Again, just really sloppy illustration. It’s so sloppy that I lost count of the number of disproportionate limbs. This link (NSFW) will take you to an example of what is supposed to pass as a sexy picture, but I couldn't get past the claw/tentacle monster hand that is supposed to pass as Claire's clutching hand: http://www.dianagabaldon.com/wordpres... I mean, seriously LOOK.AT.THAT.“HAND.” Jamie should be running for the hills. Keep in mind, this is not the same picture that appears in the story. The gn version is cleaned up by placing a blanket over Jamie’s ass, but that awful claw remains the same. To top it off, even the book description and Galbadon’s foreword is inconsistent. The description says this is “Jamie Fraser’s side of the story”. Yet, in her foreword Galbaldon writes “So the story you’re holding here begins slightly before Outlander, and is essentially the story as told from point of view of Jamie’s godfather, Murtagh.” O_o I mean for FFS, can we get our shit straight here?! Were there no editors involved in the making of this story??? Evidently not. Anyway, now that I’ve properly ranted I don’t recommend this neither to first time Outlander readers nor long time Outlander readers. This version doesn’t give any background nor portrays the wonderful beginnings of Claire and Jamie’s romance. It also doesn’t add anything to the existing storyline, so if you don’t read it you don’t miss out on anything.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    As a free library rental, The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel is a satisfying enough addition to the Outlander series. If I had to pay $24.00 for it, I am not sure I'd be pleased. In the introduction to The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel Diana Gabaldon describes this work as a version of Outlander events told from the POV of Murtagh with a completely new storyline woven through them. I find this description a little misleading. Murtagh witnesses and participates in only a fraction of the eve As a free library rental, The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel is a satisfying enough addition to the Outlander series. If I had to pay $24.00 for it, I am not sure I'd be pleased. In the introduction to The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel Diana Gabaldon describes this work as a version of Outlander events told from the POV of Murtagh with a completely new storyline woven through them. I find this description a little misleading. Murtagh witnesses and participates in only a fraction of the events. The majority of the graphic novel consists of the scenes taken directly from Outlander. The "new storyline" starts off promising, but fizzles out by the end, because it hardly has any bearing on the events, it just lingers at the edges of the Jaime and Claire's story. Now to the art itself. I like how vividly colorful the drawings are, the landscapes are especially striking. The characters are another story. Whenever they are introduced in the novel, the images of them are great. Murtagh is attractively rugged, Jamie is a stud muffin a la Gabriel Aubrey. But then these images start deteriorating. Jamie by the end of the books looks like his ugly second cousin or something, sometimes I couldn't even recognize him among other characters. What happened? At least Claire is always easy to spot - she is consistently curly-haired with large breasts half exposed. The story boards. I haven't read many graphic novels, but I found The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel to be awkwardly structured. The story doesn't flow very well and the transitions between the scenes are often confusing. I don't think a person not familiar with Outlander would be able to understand what is going on. All in all, I did like this novel. It is a pleasure to see the images of the characters you know from your favorite books. But I felt the characters could have been written with more consistency and the story itself could have been more interesting and exciting. Nothing truly new or of importance is offered here.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Misfit

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. **Review might be a bit spoilerish** I'm not going to go into great detail here, the plot is fairly simple and outside of a new character should be familiar ground to those who have read Outlander. Exile starts upon Jamie's return to Scotland and meets Claire Randall, stranded accidental time traveller and ends at the time when Jamie decides Claire should return to her own time through the stones. As I said, if you've read the book you know the basics and if you haven't Exile is not the place to s **Review might be a bit spoilerish** I'm not going to go into great detail here, the plot is fairly simple and outside of a new character should be familiar ground to those who have read Outlander. Exile starts upon Jamie's return to Scotland and meets Claire Randall, stranded accidental time traveller and ends at the time when Jamie decides Claire should return to her own time through the stones. As I said, if you've read the book you know the basics and if you haven't Exile is not the place to start - read the book. My thoughts? While the addition of the mysterious Kenneth and his relationship to witch/time traveller Gellis was intriguing, there really wasn't much else here to enhance the Outlander experience. I wasn't overly fond of the graphics, the men looked too similar at times (and overly angsty at that), I really really didn't need to see Jamie's entire backside (twice, mind you) and as for Claire? Those were some seriously heaving bosoms that took on a life of their own and kept growing and growing and growing... Well, you get the picture - oh and her hair could stay in perfectly Farrah blow-dry style with nary a droop ever. Honestly, I thought the way Claire was depicted was an insult to the intelligent woman we've met in the books. I would have much preferred the image of Claire shown in the back with the author's notes. Recommended for die-hard Outlander fans, otherwise library only then buy it if you love it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ☆☽Erica☾☆

    #disappointed This read as a very boring summary of the original. The art, and I feel bad about saying this because the illustrator put a lot of work in, wasn't all that good... The faces were not consistent and it just wasn't working for me. Sorry everyone that cares. :(

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance

    2.5 stars You may need a toothpick for this one. It’s Outlander bite-sized. Unlike my 20th anniversary edition of 627 pages of the first novel, this graphic novel comes micro sized, fast paced, only highlighting the most important events in the briefest of ways. From the time Jamie finds Claire you will follow the abbreviated version of the book till it renders to its end where Claire tells Jamie the truth and tries to return to her time. And we all know what happens…. “The hardest thing I ever did 2.5 stars You may need a toothpick for this one. It’s Outlander bite-sized. Unlike my 20th anniversary edition of 627 pages of the first novel, this graphic novel comes micro sized, fast paced, only highlighting the most important events in the briefest of ways. From the time Jamie finds Claire you will follow the abbreviated version of the book till it renders to its end where Claire tells Jamie the truth and tries to return to her time. And we all know what happens…. “The hardest thing I ever did was not to fall on my knees and beg ye to stay, Sassenach” –Diana Gabaldon, last page of “The Exile” This is not where the actual book ends and I have to research if there are plans to continue with more graphic novels. Overall, I enjoyed this little delightful visual piece, but there was sooo much more content that happened in-between that this version simply cannot show or pack in. As a matter of fact, I think if I would not know the details through reading the novel first and watching the show, I am not sure if I’d understood all the reasoning and the pace of this graphic novel. It simply left out the cohesive bond and details needed to round it out and make it flow. However, if you are just looking for a little something-something in between other reading or you are curious….it sure makes for a delish little bite in between. And I had it for breakfast!

  10. 5 out of 5

    SheriC (PM)

    I’m really not familiar enough with the graphic novel format to judge it on its merits as such, so I’m only going to remark on how well I enjoyed it, or more accurately, did not enjoy it. Although the story is told primarily from Murtaugh’s POV rather than Claire’s, it seems very much like the story I remember from reading Outlander many years ago. Of course, we get how much Murtaugh distrusts her and disapproves of Jamie’s relationship with her, but we already knew that. There’s also a new char I’m really not familiar enough with the graphic novel format to judge it on its merits as such, so I’m only going to remark on how well I enjoyed it, or more accurately, did not enjoy it. Although the story is told primarily from Murtaugh’s POV rather than Claire’s, it seems very much like the story I remember from reading Outlander many years ago. Of course, we get how much Murtaugh distrusts her and disapproves of Jamie’s relationship with her, but we already knew that. There’s also a new character added, who doesn’t seem to add much to the story. I didn’t find the artwork very impressive. At least, it didn’t especially help me to connect with the characters or the story. Overall, the book was okay. I’m not sure how someone who isn’t already familiar with the story would have enjoyed it. I read this for the 2017 Romance Bingo. It would fit several of the squares: Insta-love: Jamie desperately wants Claire and is willing to risk death to be with her within a few hours of meeting her. Blown Away: The characters on the cover are certainly windblown, and in several of the panels the characters appear to be battling a high wind, although that just may be how the artist portays action. Key to My Heart: If I’m interpreting this square correctly, Jamie and Claire are soul-mates, and their love enables them to share dreadful secrets that they hold very close. Man in a Kilt: Every freakin’ panel has plaid or kilts, although there is a disappointing lack of hairy dude-knees Eyeshadow and Heaving Bosoms: Claire’s boobs seem to swell and shrink throughout the book, but at times she could give Dolly Parton a run for her money. The artwork also seems to have gifted them with their own independent motion. They might even be sentient, they’re so lively. Virgin Best First Time: This time, it’s the guy who’s the virgin, and the panel of them mid-coitus is hilariously captioned with a white thought-bubble over Jamie’s head, “Holy God!” Wedding Bells: The whole plot revolves around the forced marriage trope Historical Romance: Time-travel to the 1700s

  11. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    will review tonight.......... ok, sorry it took me so long, had to wait til my daughter started to wind down for the night. Time for the review! (Note:automatic 5 star rating because I think Diana Gabaldon is wonderful and becuase of my love(obsession?) for Jamie ;) so basically I am saying I am biased, oh well.) I will discuss the story and artwork seperately: SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS (if you are still reading after this warning you obviously want to be spoiled, you have been warned, b will review tonight.......... ok, sorry it took me so long, had to wait til my daughter started to wind down for the night. Time for the review! (Note:automatic 5 star rating because I think Diana Gabaldon is wonderful and becuase of my love(obsession?) for Jamie ;) so basically I am saying I am biased, oh well.) I will discuss the story and artwork seperately: SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS (if you are still reading after this warning you obviously want to be spoiled, you have been warned, but just in case) SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STORY I loved the story and got to learn so many different things that you didn't learn from just reading the Outlander series. I'm just going to list a few until I can go back through and reread it (if my family will ever leave me alone, doubtful any time soon, lol) 1. You get to read the thoughts of Colum, Dougal, Murtagh, Geilie, Mr.Duncan, etc. in the story. There were a lot of paranoid thoughts which were quite interesting to read. 2. Murtagh watched Claire and another man, at a seperate time, come through the stones 3. Jamie talks about the French girl he almost went to bed with and how he thinks he might have accidently killed her 4. Geilie and her husband suspected she was from another time and he questioned her when she was drunk in bed sleeping the night before her wedding. 5. Murtagh went through a lot more than you realized during Outlander and really loved Jamie's mom. 6. The story stops before they go to Lallybroch. Thats all I can think of at the moment but will add more after my reread. ARTWORK Some was good, some was bad. I'm not complaing though, I love the whole Outlander series. A lot of people hated Claire's hand during the wedding night scene. I like to think that its not a creepy hand on Jamie, but just blurry because Claire is dragging her nails in passion. A night with Jamie? I'm betting on passion ;) Sometimes the men were hard to tell apart. They kinda looked all the same, but I also read it really fast. When I reread it at a slower pace, I'm sure this won't be such an issue. Jamie is way hotter in my head. I didn't think Geilie would be so pretty. I still hate Laoghaire. Colum is much shorter than I realized. Claire's boobs are a force to be reckoned with, lol. I wish I could get my boobs to increase and decrease in size as needed. Overall I loved it and am really hoping she does another graphic novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    The Exile is a graphic novel in the popular Outlander series by American author, Diana Gabaldon. The text is by Gabaldon; the artwork by Vietnam-born Hoang Nguyen. Gabaldon states that it covers approximately the first third of the first book, Outlander, but in reality, it covers the first two thirds. The story is mostly told from the perspective of Jamie’s godfather, Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, and begins where he meets Jamie returning from France. While the novel contains some new information, The Exile is a graphic novel in the popular Outlander series by American author, Diana Gabaldon. The text is by Gabaldon; the artwork by Vietnam-born Hoang Nguyen. Gabaldon states that it covers approximately the first third of the first book, Outlander, but in reality, it covers the first two thirds. The story is mostly told from the perspective of Jamie’s godfather, Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, and begins where he meets Jamie returning from France. While the novel contains some new information, as well as some overlap with the novella, Virgins, much of what it tells is already known to the Outlander reader, although perhaps with some slight variations. The characters are given speech bubbles and thought bubbles, which does put a new slant on some of the characters’ motives, and there is a new character, Kenneth, another visitor from the future. Gabaldon has herself illustrated comics earlier in her life, so perhaps this is the impetus for this form of novel. Hoang’s artwork is detailed and colourful, but the Highland men are difficult to tell apart, except for Jamie with his red hair, and Colum Mackenzie with his (over)exaggerated lack of height. Claire is given a set of pneumatic breasts that seem to expand with the story, and Jamie’s injury cannot seem to make up its mind whether it resides in the left or right shoulder. The book is a quick read, the presentation is on beautiful paper, and devoted fans of both graphic novels and Outlander may want to lay out between $20 and $30 for this quality hardback; those less fervent are advised to borrow it from the library. 3.5 ★s

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Super fabulous! Only wish it was the whole first book of the series. At least it ended at a good part in the story. I was given a wee bit of closure. Beautifully crafted. Lovely artwork.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kindling Micky

    I simply adored this graphic novel of outlander. Firstly, it is told from Jamie’s POV and starts a little before outlander. With this element, you get more about Jamie’s other relationships, his inner thoughts and his thoughts are pretty damn funny. Secondly, there is new material and elements to the grand first instalment of these two and I just adored anything extra. Jamie and Claire were dipicted in a way that worked for me. Different to the series casting in some ways, but I read these books I simply adored this graphic novel of outlander. Firstly, it is told from Jamie’s POV and starts a little before outlander. With this element, you get more about Jamie’s other relationships, his inner thoughts and his thoughts are pretty damn funny. Secondly, there is new material and elements to the grand first instalment of these two and I just adored anything extra. Jamie and Claire were dipicted in a way that worked for me. Different to the series casting in some ways, but I read these books before I watched, so I had my own imagined characters then, therefore, it was easy to slip into the illustrations of these two. Considering this novel was written and illustrated before the TV series, it is clear to see that DG used some of these visuals to show the TV series creators how this should come to life, it’s a mirror in part of what eventually we saw on the screen. Overall enjoyment 5 stars, the wrap up towards the end was a little quick and the humour was outstanding. The authors insights to the creation of the novel were excellent, especially the wedding night scene.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alex Ristea

    Dissapointed by this. I love Outlander so much. It's definitely in my top 5 books that I've read this year. And I love the TV adaptation on Starz. So I thought a graphic novel would be right up my alley...but I just couldn't finish it. Looks like I'll have to continue to the second book to get my fix.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    A shortened and condensed graphic novel version of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novel told from the perspective of Jamie. I've been having some Outlander withdrawals lately and the book has been on my mind a lot. Before I resorted to going back and simply re-reading the series again (which I'm seriously contemplating doing now, especially after this little refresher) I decided to pick this up. I was left satisfied but wasn't completely blown away by this. Considering the fact that Outlander is ove A shortened and condensed graphic novel version of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander novel told from the perspective of Jamie. I've been having some Outlander withdrawals lately and the book has been on my mind a lot. Before I resorted to going back and simply re-reading the series again (which I'm seriously contemplating doing now, especially after this little refresher) I decided to pick this up. I was left satisfied but wasn't completely blown away by this. Considering the fact that Outlander is over 600 pages and The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel is a mere 200 there were some definite goodies left out. I enjoyed the illustrations despite a few problems I had. Firstly? The character renditions were nothing like I had pictured this for some long in my head. And second, why did all of the woman have ENORMOUS boobs? Seriously. I felt like I had picked up Playboy a time or two. Was it a fun read though? Sure. But I was definitely left wanting the complete story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    This highly condensed version of OUTLANDER written from Jamie's perspective (with an added new character from the past) has some great illustrations that are really, really cool.......a few, however, fell short of my expectations altogether.....Most importantly, I did not particularly care for the likeness of Jamie, darn it.....and Claire was okay, except for her obviously major "boob job", but Colum.......poor Colum......he turned out to be waaaaay too short......like a child. Anyway.......As a This highly condensed version of OUTLANDER written from Jamie's perspective (with an added new character from the past) has some great illustrations that are really, really cool.......a few, however, fell short of my expectations altogether.....Most importantly, I did not particularly care for the likeness of Jamie, darn it.....and Claire was okay, except for her obviously major "boob job", but Colum.......poor Colum......he turned out to be waaaaay too short......like a child. Anyway.......As a Huge fan of the amazing OUTLANDER novels and STARZ TV series, I really did not expect this picture book to compare to the "real deal", so despite some of the "not to my liking" artwork.....and super compact version of the actual book.......I still thought THE EXILE a fun, entertaining and enjoyable read! (this is only my second graphic novel......look forward to more!)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mishelle LaBrash

    BIASED OUTLANDER-ER HERE... This book had 5 stars before I even cracked the spine.. However, even though my love for all things Jamie and Claire pre ranked this book for me, I do have a few bones to pick.. which, in truth is a foreign concept for me, when it comes to 'Goddess Gabaldon'.. 1; Way too short.. It needed to be ATLEAST quadruple the size to do the story true justice.. 2; Not enough focus on the love between Jamie and Claire.. (Part and partial with the 'way to short' comment' 3; Some art BIASED OUTLANDER-ER HERE... This book had 5 stars before I even cracked the spine.. However, even though my love for all things Jamie and Claire pre ranked this book for me, I do have a few bones to pick.. which, in truth is a foreign concept for me, when it comes to 'Goddess Gabaldon'.. 1; Way too short.. It needed to be ATLEAST quadruple the size to do the story true justice.. 2; Not enough focus on the love between Jamie and Claire.. (Part and partial with the 'way to short' comment' 3; Some art, was rather inconsistent, for me. I had a hard time distinguishing, Murtagh from Dougal at times. 4; Not even near enough 'dialouge'.. again, coincides with my 'way to short' opinion. 5; I felt some crucial parts were omited from the graphic version.. again... Nevermind.. You get the point.. IT WAS WAY TOO BLOODY SHORT FOR THIS 'OL GIRLS LIKING!!!! On the other hand.. The wedding was AWESOME!!!! *swoon*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Lambert Cook

    I first picked up the Outlander series a couple of years ago through my mother, who has been reading them since they began in '91, and am now a big fan myself. While I have loved each of this series' installations (if a bit bored with TFC), 'The Exile' does not rank as a "winner" in my book. Yes, Diana Gabaldon has dabbled in comic writing (Having written Scrooge McDuck comics some time ago), but I would say she really needs to hone her skills at graphic novel writing before adding another to th I first picked up the Outlander series a couple of years ago through my mother, who has been reading them since they began in '91, and am now a big fan myself. While I have loved each of this series' installations (if a bit bored with TFC), 'The Exile' does not rank as a "winner" in my book. Yes, Diana Gabaldon has dabbled in comic writing (Having written Scrooge McDuck comics some time ago), but I would say she really needs to hone her skills at graphic novel writing before adding another to the Outlander series. This promises to be a *new* story--'Outlander' from Jamie and Murtagh's perspectives--but it really fails to deliver. This is really just a picture-book version of 'Outlander' with a few new tidbits thrown in. The dialog lacks so severely that I began to wonder if Ms. Gabaldon has actually read many graphic novels (not just Disney comics). There were no paragraphs of narration to add to the plot, so all that is there to get one through are weak little dialog bubbles with maybe 18 words apiece at most. For anyone not familiar with graphic novels, this is ridiculous (examples of good writing in a graphic novel are 'Watchmen' and 'Persepolis'). The story doesn't just jog along, but is so quickly paced that there is no time to really settle in to the story. As for the art, well, it's just flat out inconsistent. I've watched my father draw comics as a past time for years and manage consistent character features even in the quickest of sketches. While the book begins well, by the end it has deteriorated to almost cartoon quality. I'll be looking forward to the next book in the series, but will not be buying another of Ms. Gabaldon's graphic novels until she has taken more time to frame a better written one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**

    *3.5 stars* Interesting but a little confusing at times, especially with working out who some of the characters were when it wasn't explicitly mentioned. Definitely a fun read and something I would recommend to any Outlander fan.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Look at me - going from zero graphic novels to two! Very exciting. What's not exciting however is this horrid rendition of Outlander. These novels are MASSIVE and and apparently are just not conducive to being condensed down. At least not if you want it to be coherent in any way, shape, or form. I mean, I read these books and even I was confused while reading this. Large and very necessary parts were left out, the character of Kenneth was added, Claire's boobs got bigger and bigger as the story Look at me - going from zero graphic novels to two! Very exciting. What's not exciting however is this horrid rendition of Outlander. These novels are MASSIVE and and apparently are just not conducive to being condensed down. At least not if you want it to be coherent in any way, shape, or form. I mean, I read these books and even I was confused while reading this. Large and very necessary parts were left out, the character of Kenneth was added, Claire's boobs got bigger and bigger as the story went along, the character of Jenny looks EXACTLY like Claire, the face of Jamie changed drastically throughout the volume making it hard to figure out which one was even him, Murtagh and Kenneth were indistinguishable at times, I could go on. This was just a mess. Nope, nope, nope. Stick to the books, this is pretty terrible.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue Smith

    I know that graphic novels are supposed to be concise and visual - that's the point of them isn't it!? But concise with hard hitting points - the visual impact of the situation and characters - that's what makes the graphic line of novels stand alone - a picture can say a thousand words. So to say this book has the same impact as the original would be laughable. Truthfully, it doesn't even come close to the depth and emotion and the adventure of the book. Why it has even been produced in this for I know that graphic novels are supposed to be concise and visual - that's the point of them isn't it!? But concise with hard hitting points - the visual impact of the situation and characters - that's what makes the graphic line of novels stand alone - a picture can say a thousand words. So to say this book has the same impact as the original would be laughable. Truthfully, it doesn't even come close to the depth and emotion and the adventure of the book. Why it has even been produced in this format is really beyond me and it certainly begs others not to follow suit. It's that old insight that good books don't necessarily make good movies. Well - more often than not - in my opinion. But for a quick read as to what the book was, it's passable. Certainly all the high lights of the book are in this version - but they seem to come in rapid fire and, especially if you don't know the actual book's words, the plot comes across as unreasonable and improbable and glazed over. Granted, I haven't read the books in years, so I had to stretch my brain to remember it as this one unfolded and I don't really recall the main character being quite so chesty. (Maybe that's just a graphic novel thing too, but it really seemed alittle unnecessary and distracting). Plus how the main heroine even comes into her situation being caught in the past comes across as ...well... silly I suppose. It's like you know something happened but you must have missed the intro to it, but it isn't there. I felt that they have assumed that you would have read the book before looking at the graphic novel so you would know what actually happens in the story. So the graphic version is lacking - well - depth, emotion and plot. Where as the original one by Diana Galbaldon leaves you wanting more, this one you're just glad is over.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lori Anderson

    OK. The "Outlander" series is my all-time favorite series. So I was quite interested to see how a graphic novel would play out. I knew it wouldn't cover new material, but merely show a different view point of already written material. I was apprehensive for one reason -- the drawing and depiction of Jamie. All fans have a very strong image in their mind of what Jamie looks like. This, I think, is why we both anticipate and dread a movie of "Outlander". That being said, the drawing of Jamie wasn't OK. The "Outlander" series is my all-time favorite series. So I was quite interested to see how a graphic novel would play out. I knew it wouldn't cover new material, but merely show a different view point of already written material. I was apprehensive for one reason -- the drawing and depiction of Jamie. All fans have a very strong image in their mind of what Jamie looks like. This, I think, is why we both anticipate and dread a movie of "Outlander". That being said, the drawing of Jamie wasn't a thing like I envision, and all of the characters didn't hold their features evenly throughout the novel... I kept having to go back and figure out who was supposed to be whom. Claire -- her expressions were generally drawn spot-on. But good LORD. WHAT is with the heaving breasts????? I never in a million years envisioned Claire so.... buxom. Yes, an ample behind, as Jamie has often lovingly and wickedly had a few words on that subject. But I was so distracted by how Claire's upper region was drawn that I felt practically assaulted by them -- and I'm by no means a prude. I just felt the artist took the Manga style too far. On Geilis, it worked. On Claire, not so much. Murtagh -- not at all how I'd envisioned him. But I liked his side of the story. Black Jack Randall -- interestingly, his image was a pretty good fit for me. This GN will only appeal (and then only probably half the time) to Gabaldon fans. Anyone buying this as a stand-alone book will be lost. I couldn't help but read it, but I hope this is the last time a GN is attempted for this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Lane

    Finally a Diana Gabaldon book I could read in less than two hours! This was the first graphic novel I've read, and I found the experience rather strange. It was like Outlander yet not like Outlander. I loved Outlander so much I kind of wish Ms. Gabaldon didn't mess with it, but I also enjoyed the opportunity to gobble up more Jamie (or at least the artist Hoang Nguyen's representation of Jamie). It's hard waiting for book #8 of the series! What I liked: 1) The inclusion of the scene where Claire de Finally a Diana Gabaldon book I could read in less than two hours! This was the first graphic novel I've read, and I found the experience rather strange. It was like Outlander yet not like Outlander. I loved Outlander so much I kind of wish Ms. Gabaldon didn't mess with it, but I also enjoyed the opportunity to gobble up more Jamie (or at least the artist Hoang Nguyen's representation of Jamie). It's hard waiting for book #8 of the series! What I liked: 1) The inclusion of the scene where Claire decides to stay with Jamie or return to Frank--one of my favorites. 2) Seeing visuals of Castle Leoch and the McKenzie clan. 3) Claire's feisty personality shines through, as well as Jamie's quiet wit. 4) It was helpful to provide translations of the Gaelic. What I disliked: 1) Okay, I know Claire is supposed to have an ample bosom, but her bedonkadonk boobies were OVER THE TOP! They were like freaking melons in some drawings! Apparently Mr. Nguyen is a boob man. ;D 2) Who the heck is Kenneth? Was he in Outlander? If so, I don't remember him, and his presence in the novel confused me. I wished there wasn't as much focus on Geillie or the other time travelers. 3) The cover says it's "Jamie's side of the story" but then it appears to be Murtaugh's retelling of the story. Murtaugh wasn't a character I connected with so I wished it really was Jamie's side of the story throughout the novel, as promised. He's the one I care about most. Overall a fun read, increasing my appetite for book #8 of this amazing series!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Maybe, if you hadn't read all of the Outlander series, or even the first one, this graphic version might appeal to you. However, coming to this version after being a fan of the series and having images of Jamie and Claire dance through my head, I was very disappointed. A 3 rating is me being kind in this instance.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~

    Good, but I know the books are SO MUCH BETTER! I've got to read them in order.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Brooks

    This was just sort of weird and unnecessary. The plot was all wonky, the art was attractive but didn't really fit the feel of it and I'm just all around just not impressed.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ivy

    5 stars Nice to see how Jamie and Claire met. The families were very interesting too. The old days seemed very different from times now. Hope to see Murtagh again. Still have to finish the first Outlander novel. Has anyone seen the TV show? If so, is it good?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    2.5 stars. The is a graphic novelization of the main plot points of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, with a few extra twists thrown in to make the story fresh. It's a nice "palate cleanser." The art is good but not great, since I had a hard time telling the various male Highlanders characters apart. The renderings of women are more objectified and less strong than I personally picture them. However, I definitely appreciated the beauty of the Highlands in the art. The twists in this version of the stor 2.5 stars. The is a graphic novelization of the main plot points of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, with a few extra twists thrown in to make the story fresh. It's a nice "palate cleanser." The art is good but not great, since I had a hard time telling the various male Highlanders characters apart. The renderings of women are more objectified and less strong than I personally picture them. However, I definitely appreciated the beauty of the Highlands in the art. The twists in this version of the story were fun, but not predominant in the plot which left me wishing for more about them. Still, it was an enjoyable short read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    My dirty little secret is that I love the Outlander series. The first book remains one of my favorite books. My interest is waning (though there's been a resurgence once the story moved to my beloved Carolinas. I also like that Jamie and Claire have grown up, and while they still love each other, they're not humping in the heather every other page. They actually seem like adults.) I'm too far caught up in the tale to give up on Gabaldon, Claire, or Jamie and will see the series through to the en My dirty little secret is that I love the Outlander series. The first book remains one of my favorite books. My interest is waning (though there's been a resurgence once the story moved to my beloved Carolinas. I also like that Jamie and Claire have grown up, and while they still love each other, they're not humping in the heather every other page. They actually seem like adults.) I'm too far caught up in the tale to give up on Gabaldon, Claire, or Jamie and will see the series through to the end. The next book isn't scheduled out until two-thousand-stupid (numerically that's 20stupid or 2013, take your pick.) The opportunity to read this graphic novel came up and I thought it could be fun to see how an artist depicts the characters and how close to my own mental image things come, plus to have the viewpoint come from Jamie instead of Claire. Interestingly enough, the series that my husband is involved with, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, is also in the process of becoming graphic novels, so I've been living the other side of how a graphic novel comes into existence -- how the art and script is rendered, and then sent to the experts (in this case Team Jordan aka my husband and my dear friend Maria) to make sure that the pictures accurately depict the details in the story, etc. I get to peer over his shoulder and help out at times, saying things like "If that's Bayle Domon, his beard is all wrong for an Illianer". I know Gabaldon must have done the same with this novel, so therefore, if Jamie sometimes didn't look like I expected him to, the fault is with my depiction, not the artist's. But I could always tell which male figure was Jamie, especially after his arm was in a sling, though sometimes the minor characters looked awfully similar. Still, I thought the artist did an good job with translating the story into graphics. My only major disconcerting moment came in the scene when Jamie and Claire are doing the deed, and her hands clutching him looked a little creepy; kind of pointed (see picture, tastefully cropped). And her bosom was seriously globular and heaving most of the book. I didn't know they had silicone back then. Gabaldon's bawdy humor is present, though, and appreciated. All in all, it was a nice addition to the story. Thank you, BethanieKay, for the loaner. Claire's creepy fingers:

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