The Murder of King Tut

Tutankhamen captured the hearts and minds of the Western world in a way no other Egyptian pharaoh has. Since Howard Carter’s discovery of Tut’s undisturbed tomb in 1922, people have marveled at the wonders it revealed. But there were many unanswered questions about both Tut’s life and his death, most brought to light because of the attempts by Tut’s successors to wipe him from the historical record. This graphic novel adaptation of James Patterson’s nonfiction book tells the story of Tut’s life and of Carter’s amazing discovery.

The main problem with this adaptation of Patterson’s book is that it gives too little information, a fatal error for a nonfiction work. The story begins abruptly in Ancient Egypt with Tut’s grandfather, though it takes some time for readers to realize that is who the dying pharaoh is. Without character guides, background notes, a summary of events, or other such explanatory material, the reader must already possess a good knowledge of Ancient Egyptian history in order to follow the story….

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The Murder of King Tut
Author: James Patterson; Adaptation: Alexander Irvine; Art: Ron Randall & Christopher Mitten
ISBN: 9781600107801
IDW, 2010