Red Rising
The world of Pierce Brown's Red Rising expands further in the next installment of the Sons of Ares storyline.Fitchner's quest for revenge continues as he and the other Sons of Ares seek out the Golds who have wronged his family. But actions come with repercussions and an elaborate game of cat and mouse is on. A battle of Gold versus Gold erupts further into more than acts of vengeance and becomes the seeds of a revolution.

Red Rising Details

TitleRed Rising
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 18th, 2020
PublisherDynamite Entertainment
ISBN-139781524112073
Rating
GenreScience Fiction, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy, Dystopia

Red Rising Review

  • Lucia
    January 1, 1970
    As a hardcore fan of Pierce Brown and Howler at heart, I rejoice whenever there is expansion to Red Rising Saga universe, no matter what form. So even though Red Rising: Sons of Ares, Vol.1 didn't sweep me off my feet, I still couldn't wait to get my hands on this continuation of Fitchner's story.Surprisingly, I liked Red Rising: Sons of Ares, Vol. 2: Wrath better than Vol.1. Storyline was more well-knit which enabled me to enjoy it more. It had the beginning, the action and the end. Simply said As a hardcore fan of Pierce Brown and Howler at heart, I rejoice whenever there is expansion to Red Rising Saga universe, no matter what form. So even though Red Rising: Sons of Ares, Vol.1 didn't sweep me off my feet, I still couldn't wait to get my hands on this continuation of Fitchner's story.Surprisingly, I liked Red Rising: Sons of Ares, Vol. 2: Wrath better than Vol.1. Storyline was more well-knit which enabled me to enjoy it more. It had the beginning, the action and the end. Simply said it weren't just random scenes glued together as often happens in graphic novels. So I really enjoyed the storyline part. Artistic part was also great. I liked the gloomy colours that illustrator used, they set perfect atmosphere for the story. I'm really glad that I picked this graphic novel up and could witness the birth of true spirit of Sons of Ares. All in all, great addition to Red Rising Saga universe!*ARC provided by publisher as an exchange for honest review*
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    The story was pretty interesting, picking up on Ares's quest to end the caste system while he's blackmailed into working for Quicksilver. I was very interested in the part of the story about how humans were genetically modified to complete different jobs in space. It picks up on some of the threads used in series like The Expanse. There's also a very good chance mankind will need to do something like this to explore the rest of our solar system and head to the stars.What I couldn't stand about The story was pretty interesting, picking up on Ares's quest to end the caste system while he's blackmailed into working for Quicksilver. I was very interested in the part of the story about how humans were genetically modified to complete different jobs in space. It picks up on some of the threads used in series like The Expanse. There's also a very good chance mankind will need to do something like this to explore the rest of our solar system and head to the stars.What I couldn't stand about this miniseries is the art. Even though it's the same artist as volume 1, the art has gotten even worse. It's looks like thumbnails that were then colored as opposed to finished art. Honestly, I've seen better art from my niece and she's 10. Characters often look like muppets with removeable noses. It's so terrible, I'm actually embarrassed for the creators.Received a review copy from Dynamite and Edelweiss. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.
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  • Glen
    January 1, 1970
    Its a great story, if I wasn't so behind in my reading and reviews, I would seek out the novel version of Pierce's "Red Rising, Sons of Ares".As an artist, I have never had the pleasure of drawing a comic book or graphic novel, so I do NOT know how hard it might be. I felt the artwork could be a hair better. Sometimes I did not know what character was in the panel, as I read through this work. Still an excellent graphic novel by both writer and artist. I would recommend this work.And yes, I did It’s a great story, if I wasn't so behind in my reading and reviews, I would seek out the novel version of Pierce's "Red Rising, Sons of Ares".As an artist, I have never had the pleasure of drawing a comic book or graphic novel, so I do NOT know how hard it might be. I felt the artwork could be a hair better. Sometimes I did not know what character was in the panel, as I read through this work. Still an excellent graphic novel by both writer and artist. I would recommend this work.And yes, I did get an ARC in exchanged for an honest review.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    Great continuation of some of the themes from the previous volume and the Red Rising series as a whole.For those who don't care for the art, it's understandable you'd feel that way. Personally I think the decision to go hyper-stylized is probably a sound one as it prevents the artist from having to design every otherworldly aspect of the fictitious future tech and lifestyle of The Society and focus more on the characters and their interactions. But that's just my own take.(view spoiler)[Did Great continuation of some of the themes from the previous volume and the Red Rising series as a whole.For those who don't care for the art, it's understandable you'd feel that way. Personally I think the decision to go hyper-stylized is probably a sound one as it prevents the artist from having to design every otherworldly aspect of the fictitious future tech and lifestyle of The Society and focus more on the characters and their interactions. But that's just my own take.(view spoiler)[Did Quicksilver ever articulate this desire to spread humanity beyond the Solar System in the novels? I honestly can't recall. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    How had I missed that there will be a new book in the Red Rising graphic novel series coming out in NOVEMBER?? Consider me excited!
  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    Pierce Brown quickly became my favorite author with the Red Rising series and a good prequel is always welcome to expand the world a little more. While I am not particularly a fan of the art style, the dialogue is more than enough to convey the emotions and motives in the characters. I enjoyed this volume and the extra layers it gives to the Red Rising world, however I did prefer the first volume. But am looking forward to the third.
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  • Erikka
    January 1, 1970
    These comics are just awesome. I love seeing complexity to Fitchner that we don't really get in the books, and knowing why the Sons of Ares was created makes me root for them more as I'm rereading the books with my husband. I think they're a lot like Antifa: good intentions, not always the cleanest way to handle it.
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  • Nancy Carr
    January 1, 1970
    Im loving all of this backstory, the artwork just isnt my favorite. I’m loving all of this backstory, the artwork just isn’t my favorite.
  • Pili
    January 1, 1970
    A very interesting take on how good old Fichtner learnt to exchange personal revenge for long term plans & change as Ares.
  • Jenna R
    January 1, 1970
    **I received an electronic ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**The Red Rising Saga has been one of my most favorite series in recent years, and I am not disappointed with the prequel graphic novel series, Red Rising Sons of Ares. This is difficult to discuss without spoilers, but I will say that I love seeing Pierce Brown's storytelling in a visual format. My one critique for the artwork would be that I wish the facial expressions were more clear and realistic **I received an electronic ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**The Red Rising Saga has been one of my most favorite series in recent years, and I am not disappointed with the prequel graphic novel series, Red Rising Sons of Ares. This is difficult to discuss without spoilers, but I will say that I love seeing Pierce Brown's storytelling in a visual format. My one critique for the artwork would be that I wish the facial expressions were more clear and realistic than are represented by this art style. I very much enjoy the use of color and the use of the art style in building the world. I will absolutely pick up any future works in this series, and recommend any fans of Red Rising pick up this welcome expansion to the universe.
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  • GONZA
    January 1, 1970
    The story is pretty good, as usual I would add, but the images.....not so much, I have to admit this style of drawing is not my kind of tea...La storia é bella e prosegue il prequel dei figli di Ares, ma i disegni.....non mi piacciono per niente.....THANKS NETGALLEY FOR THE PREVIEW!
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  • Ruthsic
    January 1, 1970
    Warnings: graphic violence, body horror and gore; themes of slavery and class divide Fitchner's story continues as he tries to seek revenge against his former friend Arturius and goes as far as he can for it. When that first mission for revenge fails, Quicksilver advises him to lay low and raise his son instead. However, Fitchner is still filled with rage, and now in debt to a gang. Ryanna, seeing the depths he would go for his revenge, is horrified and scared for Sevro. To repay his debts, he Warnings: graphic violence, body horror and gore; themes of slavery and class divide Fitchner's story continues as he tries to seek revenge against his former friend Arturius and goes as far as he can for it. When that first mission for revenge fails, Quicksilver advises him to lay low and raise his son instead. However, Fitchner is still filled with rage, and now in debt to a gang. Ryanna, seeing the depths he would go for his revenge, is horrified and scared for Sevro. To repay his debts, he takes on a mission from Quicksilver that takes him further out into the solar system, and seeing that Quicksilver has a secret up his sleeve, he becomes curious. Meanwhile, Arturius is gunning for him and seeks to have him punished for his attempt. The story is getting more and more interesting as newer elements come into play. Fitchner wants to bring the whole system down for the violence it wrought, but how much damage he will have to do and how far they will go is still a question. He definitely doesn't care about good or bad at this point, just his revenge, and honestly, Ryanna is right that it is dangerous. How it will affect the Sons of Ares remains to be seen. Like the previous book, the artwork doesn't impress much. The coloring is right for the tone of the book, but the linework is, well, bad. I can't make out differences between character design and often body proportions and details are off. The only saving grace to distinguish between characters is the colored bubbles which at least signify which caste is speaking, so you make out from that. At this point, the 'graphic' part of the book is a disappointment, and only the 'novel' part is keeping my interest. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Dynamite Entertainment, via Edelweiss.
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Look...let's be honest. I'll read anything Pierce Brown writes and I'll enjoy it. He's a master story-crafter and an evil genius.I feel about this one the same way I felt about Red Rising: Sons of Ares: the story is great--I love getting backstory on one of my favorite characters (Fitchner) and also getting some clues as to what is happening in the most recent books in the Red Rising series (at least I'm pretty sure there were clues here...unless I'm reading things entirely wrong).But...I'm not Look...let's be honest. I'll read anything Pierce Brown writes and I'll enjoy it. He's a master story-crafter and an evil genius.I feel about this one the same way I felt about Red Rising: Sons of Ares: the story is great--I love getting backstory on one of my favorite characters (Fitchner) and also getting some clues as to what is happening in the most recent books in the Red Rising series (at least I'm pretty sure there were clues here...unless I'm reading things entirely wrong).But...I'm not a fan of the illustrations. They are harsh and crude and just...unappealing, in my opinion. I know that the Red Rising universe is also harsh and crude, but I want to see these beloved characters fleshed out so badly, and these comics just don't do that.
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  • Kelly Gerein
    January 1, 1970
    A great continuation of the Sons of Ares story showing Fitchner's evolution from avenger of his wife to breaker of chains, Quicksilver's ambitions and distaste for Gold complacency, and how these two found the common ground to build their Society breaking machine. The drama between once friends, now enemies, Fitchner and Arturius, continues from Volume 1. If, like me, you're a fan of The Red Rising Saga, you'll want to learn more about this universe and its' characters. While the prose is not as A great continuation of the Sons of Ares story showing Fitchner's evolution from avenger of his wife to breaker of chains, Quicksilver's ambitions and distaste for Gold complacency, and how these two found the common ground to build their Society breaking machine. The drama between once friends, now enemies, Fitchner and Arturius, continues from Volume 1. If, like me, you're a fan of The Red Rising Saga, you'll want to learn more about this universe and its' characters. While the prose is not as intense, harrowing, or poetic as Pierce's, the story is still deep and engaging. I'm hoping more of Quicksilver's ambitions, as I mentioned earlier, are revealed in other comics or Book 6. While the art would not have been my style of choice, it displays the dichotomy of bleakness (low-colour) and lavishness/over-indulgence (high-colour).Hopefully more Sons of Ares stories are to come, but if not, I'll continue to look forward to Book 6! And the TV series?!Thanks to Netgalley and Dynamite Entertainment for this advanced copy in exchange for my review.
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  • Jake
    January 1, 1970
    One thing I always hated about adaptations is how they try to shave some things off for 'efficiency'. But i never read the novels; so who am I to complain? No my main gripe is that this is just boring. I like the concepts that come up like class systems based around genetic labels. At the same time there just doesn't feel like there's much of a world around all of this. There is barely any substance to most of what goes on, things happen just because with little consequences. It doesn't help One thing I always hated about adaptations is how they try to shave some things off for 'efficiency'. But i never read the novels; so who am I to complain? No my main gripe is that this is just boring. I like the concepts that come up like class systems based around genetic labels. At the same time there just doesn't feel like there's much of a world around all of this. There is barely any substance to most of what goes on, things happen just because with little consequences. It doesn't help that most of the artwork feels stiff. There are barely any facial expressions or body language. It's like Eli Powell just gave up and did the minimum amount of work into the whole thing. People might handwave stuff by having the lead character act cold but come on, that can't apply to everyone. Even the flashy displays like explosions don't look that great, I didn't feel any of the stakes.I get that there are fans of the novels liking this but this won't make me a fan.
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  • Wayne McCoy
    January 1, 1970
    'Red Rising: Sons of Ares, Vol. 2: Wrath' by Pierce Brown and Rik Hoskin with art by Eli Powell is a graphic novel continues the story of Ares in this prequel series from the Red Rising novel series.Ares is out for revenge on the society that wronged him and killed the love of his life. This time around he is blackmailed into working for Quicksilver, Arturius is out to get him, and his son Sevro is in danger.The story expands on the first one, but I liked the nature of the first book a bit 'Red Rising: Sons of Ares, Vol. 2: Wrath' by Pierce Brown and Rik Hoskin with art by Eli Powell is a graphic novel continues the story of Ares in this prequel series from the Red Rising novel series.Ares is out for revenge on the society that wronged him and killed the love of his life. This time around he is blackmailed into working for Quicksilver, Arturius is out to get him, and his son Sevro is in danger.The story expands on the first one, but I liked the nature of the first book a bit better because I felt like the story flowed a bit better. The art is still not my preferred style with it's looser graphic style. I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Dynamite Entertainment, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
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  • Katie Florida
    January 1, 1970
    I love this universe and all of the characters, especially Fitchner and Sevro, so I am here for this prequel! It feels like they've hit their stride here in volume 2, with the story flowing well, and the call-forwards to people/incidents in the novels really popping nicely.The artwork is unique and abstract, & I love it. It lends itself to the story nicely, appearing as chaotic and crude as the events, at times, but still expressing emotion and subtlety in characters' mannerisms and I love this universe and all of the characters, especially Fitchner and Sevro, so I am here for this prequel! It feels like they've hit their stride here in volume 2, with the story flowing well, and the call-forwards to people/incidents in the novels really popping nicely.The artwork is unique and abstract, & I love it. It lends itself to the story nicely, appearing as chaotic and crude as the events, at times, but still expressing emotion and subtlety in characters' mannerisms and expressions. I liked how the speech bubbles matched the social class of the characters- that definitely helped identify who was who, especially during the masked sequences.A great reentry into this world!! 🐺
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    As a massive fan of the Red Rising saga, I couldn't wait to dig into this next installment of the Sons of Ares graphic novels, prequels to the Red Rising saga. I read the first installment sometime last year and enjoyed it immensely, and this second installment lived up to the first. The art style is a perfect mix of beautiful and gritty, and really conveys the scope of many of the settings we find ourselves in in this graphic novel. The early years of Fitchner's life and the origin of Sons of As a massive fan of the Red Rising saga, I couldn't wait to dig into this next installment of the Sons of Ares graphic novels, prequels to the Red Rising saga. I read the first installment sometime last year and enjoyed it immensely, and this second installment lived up to the first. The art style is a perfect mix of beautiful and gritty, and really conveys the scope of many of the settings we find ourselves in in this graphic novel. The early years of Fitchner's life and the origin of Sons of Ares have turned out to be a wonderful addition to the Red Rising world, and this is no exception.
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  • Marina Channel
    January 1, 1970
    Following Pierce Brown's narrative, the story of Sons of Ares link up perfectly with the rest of the saga. Althought the scenaries and backgrounds in the comic are the bests, I would have preffered a better design for the characters. However, I understand that is the artists style. Story wise, even when I haven't read volume 1, I could read with no problem this one. Fitchner story is one full of treason, pain and hard decisions. A very similar story to Darrow's, years later. With this numer we Following Pierce Brown's narrative, the story of Sons of Ares link up perfectly with the rest of the saga. Althought the scenaries and backgrounds in the comic are the bests, I would have preffered a better design for the characters. However, I understand that is the artists style. Story wise, even when I haven't read volume 1, I could read with no problem this one. Fitchner story is one full of treason, pain and hard decisions. A very similar story to Darrow's, years later. With this numer we have a better understanding of why those two got along so well in the saga.
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  • Sarah Z
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I always enjoy reading anything related to the Red Rising series and this graphic novel didnt disappoint. An illustrated. Erosion of the rise of Ares is just what the doctor ordered. It seems to add to the excitement, murder and mayhem. Great continuance of the storyline furthering the feud between two old friends now sworn enemies. I cant get I to the storyline without giving it all away but its a very quick I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I always enjoy reading anything related to the Red Rising series and this graphic novel didn’t disappoint. An illustrated. Erosion of the rise of Ares is just what the doctor ordered. It seems to add to the excitement, murder and mayhem. Great continuance of the storyline furthering the feud between two old friends now sworn enemies. I can’t get I to the storyline without giving it all away but it’s a very quick read, so I recommend if you’re a fan of the series, just read it. It’s worth it.
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  • Raven Terry
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review. So I am a HUGE Pierce Brown fan, and I was beyond stoked to dive into the graphic novel spinoff. Then I scared myself because I didn't know if it would live up to the rest of the books. IT SO DID, OMG DID IT LIVE UP TO ALL EXPECTATIONS!!!!!!! This is equally intense, heart wrenching, everything! I loved it, I'm so glad I read it before I started Dark Age. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!!!!!
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  • Samantha Mielke
    January 1, 1970
    Everything Pierce Brown had to be read immediately by me 💞 I enjoyed the plot and dialogue of this one, though I preferred the first Sons of Ares arc. The art is still throwing me. I'm just personally not a fan of the art style, it seems very rushed and unfinished to me. It detracted a bit from the storyline for me as well. Excited to see more Sons of Ares background hopefully in the future!
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  • Theediscerning
    January 1, 1970
    Another visit to this prequel series. I'm sure devotees will like it, but I still don't think the brevity of the comic form is enough to get the whole idea of this society across it surely needs some serious prose to portray these ideas. As an outsider to the series I can't get a handle on it enough to rate it highly. One and a half stars. Another visit to this prequel series. I'm sure devotees will like it, but I still don't think the brevity of the comic form is enough to get the whole idea of this society across – it surely needs some serious prose to portray these ideas. As an outsider to the series I can't get a handle on it enough to rate it highly. One and a half stars.
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  • Delaney Felix
    January 1, 1970
    Unpopular opinion time.This art style for this story really does not work for me.Art is super subjective, and everyone is entitled to their opinion but for me it really pulls me out of the story. The story for this was better than volume 1, but still didn't really do much.
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  • Hank Hutton
    January 1, 1970
    Love this direction and story giving us a glimpse of how Fitchner goes from an under appreciated Gold to a certified badass crazy person. I love how it is giving you a back story for how Quicksilver became involved in the Sons of Area.
  • Marjolein
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsFull review to come!
  • Jim
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this graphic novel. It provided a visual reference to the Red Rising series. The story was good and I would like to read the next installment.
  • Adam Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    Review submitted to Diamond Bookshelf for possible publication.
  • Bekah Nethken-Ulrich
    January 1, 1970
    well slag me.... if there isn't a vol 3 after this I will go crazy. Baby Sevro, Fitchner, the up rising. Why does Howler One do this?
  • Laura L
    January 1, 1970
    Nice short story based in the universe of red rising. Artwork and story flowed, I really enjoyed it. 4 stars Thank you to netgalley for this ARC copy in exchange for my honest review #netgalley #piercebrownsredrisingsonsofares
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