Marathon by Boaz Yakin


The epic tale of the original marathon runner.Twenty-five centuries later, it still inspires men to greatness. It set the foundation for one of the greatest global peace efforts of the twentieth century--the modern Olympic Games. It was a turning point in ancient history. It was also the greatest fear of a man whose legacy will never be forgotten. In 490, an Athenian messenger named Eucles ran over 300 miles to turn the tides of battle, and in so...

Details Marathon

Release DateJun 19th, 2012
PublisherFirst Second
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Historical, Historical Fiction, Comics, Young Adult, Fiction

Reviews Marathon

  • Jo
    3.5 stars. THE MONTH: AUGUST, 490 BC.TEMPERATURE: 108 DEGREES, FAHRENHEITDISTANCE FROM ATHENS TO SPARTA: 153 MILES. When I was younger, there would come a point, every summer, where I wouldn’t see my dad for about 21 days. Jo- “Dad, can we go out to the park? It’s actually sunny today!”Papa W- “Open a window or something then.”Jo- “Dad, I just got my shoelaces caught in my bike and I just fell over my handlebars and landed in a patc...
  • Bill Tillman
    A fabulous tale of the original marathon, "The Battle of Marathon is considered the pivotal moment in the preservation of Western civilization and the democratic ideal." Boaz Yakin, illustrated by Joe Infurnari; Boaz Yakin is an American screenwriter and film director based in New York City. He has written and/or directed many major Hollywood movies such as “The Punisher,” “The Rookie,” “A Price Above Rubies,” and “Remember The Tita...
  • Charles Hatfield
    Marathon retells, at a furious clip, the legend of the first marathon run ever: that of a tireless Greek, here called Eucles, whose nonstop running helped Athens gain victory over the Persians who sought to conquer them in 490 BCE. Eucles runs from Athens to Sparta in a failed attempt to garner timely support from the Spartans, then runs from Sparta to Marathon, there to join the embattled Athenians in their assault on the Persian invasion force,...
  • Mark
    This graphic depiction of Eucles, the Athenian runner whose exploits saved the city from the Persians, and who inspired the Olympic marathon event, specifically focuses on the key Battle of Marathon. Here, the Athenian army, hopelessly outnumbered, held the Persian army at bay for five days, to keep the Persians from sailing on to Athens. This was a huge moment in the Greco-Persian wars, because it showed the Greeks that they could defeat the mig...
  • Dani Shuping
    ARC provided by NetGalleyAthens faces its greatest battle...the Persian army has come to conquer them, and accompanying them is their ex-tyrant king Hippias. The Athenian army will respond to the challenge, but they cannot hold the city and the Persian army off by themselves. They need assistance from the Spartans, who live 153 miles away. The Athenians send their greatest and fastest runner, Eucles, to ask them to come and fight and then lead th...
  • Albert
    Marathon by Boaz Yakin is a graphic novel in black and white that tells the epic tale of the original marathon runner. Over twenty five centuries later it is the foundation for the worldwide sports event that unites all nations, the Olympics.In 490, the Athenian messenger Eucles ran over 300 miles to help thwart the invasion of the Persians and save his home of Athens and its fledgling democracy from being destroyed. Born into a slave family, the...
  • Reed Raab
    How could I not pick this up when two of my favorite things, running and graphic novels, collide? Knowing a little bit of history about the reason the marathon came to be (courtesy of my history buff husband), this story was sure to satisfy. Yakin takes us through the events surrounding the Persian Empire on their quest to invade Greece literally mile by mile. The mileage is covered by Athenian messenger, Eucles, while he darts from Athens to Spa...
  • Jake Swanney
    This book covers the history of the greatest run ever. Eucles is an Athenian messenger that ran for 153 miles to warn of the impending destruction of Athens from the Persian fleet. The art style is black and white, with a heavy usage of motion lines and detail. Link for art: book was a lot better than I expected. To be honest, I was not sure how much of a book could be This book covers the history of ...
  • Jenn
    The Adobe version of this graphic novel is hard to read so that might be part of the problem, but I had a lot trouble following the story. The illustrations are fantastic, and the dialogue is intense. However, it is difficult to distinguish the characters and the plot is quite complicated. The historical summary at the end of the book is not adequate to inform the reader. Again, the print version of this story might be easier to comprehend.
  • paula
    My son Ezra, 11, just finished this book. Closing it, he said, "You know, they always say that history is written by the winners. And ok sometimes that's because all the losers are dead, but sometimes maybe it's because the losers just don't want to talk about it. They're like, 'Ugh, shut up, go away, don't remind me.'"
  • Dru
    I'd give this 2.5 stars. This book gets good midway through, which is unfortunate that the first part didn't feel so routine. The art has a sketchyness that I really like, especially because of the paper it's printed on, but the storytelling sometimes suffers as action scenes become hard to follow and the panels end up being snapshots instead of telling you what's happening.
  • Carrie
    I found this graphic novel account of the history of the marathon confusing. The artwork is sketchy which does fit the mood of the book, but makes it difficult to follow the story. Also, as with most historical fiction, a complete author's note would have helped.
  • Kimberly Francisco
    The art does not serve this story well. It's so sketchy and makes it impossible to follow the story. Difficult to tell characters apart, unsure when jumps in time occur, and action is mostly undecipherable.
  • Chris
    From slave to legend, Marathon tells the story of Eucles, the original marathon runner, and his heroic journey across Greece to prepare Athens for the first Persian invasion commandeered by King Hippias, the exiled tyrant of Athens. A winner of the Olympic games, Eucles earns his freedom as an Athenian citizen working as Hippias' messenger. After losing his parents to the tyrant's cruelty for not delivering a message on time, Eucles now embarks o...
  • Kurt
    There is a good story in here somewhere and at moments it does peak through but mostly it is lost in a blur of rushed story-telling, confused art work and a mauling of history. From the beginning I found myself putting in way too much effort trying to figure out who was who during the herky-jerky prologue that was the main character’s youth. Then when the battle for Athens was under way, it just grew worse. Most of the dialogue was inelegant an...
  • Liza Halley
    I really liked this graphic novel, though it was tough to get through because the scenes can be confusing. I like what Yakin is doing here - he uses fascinating perspective in his illustrations, the dialogue is terse and action is high. I sort of felt like I was dropped into the middle of a conversation and needed to catch up a bit, but really liked the experience. I am am fascinated by ancient history and the book made me want to learn more abou...
  • Sam Zhou
    This book is by Boaz Yakin. This story about a man in the war when he was born, he help anyone to Fight. One time he lead the solders to the mountain to attack other people, during the war he save a Girl. And the girl love him. The next day, he go away, a year ago he lose for a war, and he lost. A country find him and the that girl is the princess in the coutry.
  • Kelly Macfarlane
    I have no idea how anyone could make the Battle of Marathon boring, but Yakin and the artist succeeded. Too little dialogue, too little characterization, too little differentiation among the various characters, none of which is helped by the confusing faded brown on faded brown with faded brown overtones of the artwork. Run, run, run, fight, fight, fight, run, fight, lather, rinse, repeat.
  • Eva Inzu
    MarathonWritten by Boaz Yakin, art by Joe Infurnaria Graphic Novel Publisher First Second This is the story about The Battle of Marathon, the Great Eucles, and the origin of marathon in Olympic.".....the appetites of the gods are boundless - - but we men must know when to quit."Should I reread 300? Maybe this time I will understand better😀17-18 November 2018
  • Abiola
    Fun read. I went running afterwards .
  • Annie Oosterwyk
    Somewhat confusing, both story and drawings.
  • DC Vairavel
    Fantastic graphic novel on the origin of Marathon tradition.
  • Nancy
    This review can also be found on my blog: honor of the recent Olympics in Rio, I read Marathon, tagged “the epic tale of the original marathon runner”.Eucles, also known as Pheidippides in some historical documents, is introduced as a fleet youth in 502 BC who wins a race against the illegitimate son of King Hippias of Athens to become one of the king’s official messengers. Due to Eucles’s slave ...
  • Nicola Mansfield
    Reason for Reading: I love Ancient Greek history and the many legends associated with current day events. I had just finished reading about the Persian conquest of its great Empire at this time (to my son) and this story serendipitously ended up being a logical progression of my reading.I had a few problems with this book, but I first want to say that it is a very good book. My main problem is my own; I do not really have a head for the military,...
  • Hilary
    This graphic novel features Eucles, the Athenian messenger whose history-making actions saved Athens from Persian invasion and inspired the modern Olympic marathon event. This re-telling focuses on the Battle of Marathon, when the Athenian army, hopelessly outnumbered, staved off the invading Persian horde for five days, in order to prevent the Persians from launching a naval attack on Athens. “The month: August, 490 BC. Temperature: 108 degree...
  • Brandon
    I have become a big fan of graphic novels over the years. Starting out with my childhood love affair with comics, I found the transition to novels easy, and as my tastes grow more diverse, the better I have come to appreciate the way a story can be told with few words and sparse pictures.Boaz creates an immensely enjoyable telling of the story of Eucles, the man who was born a slave but through his running prowress becomes a free citizen of Athen...
  • Kristen
    Marathon was actually a pretty good graphic novel. Having gone to Greece 1.5 years ago, I really appreciate Greek mythology and settings. This is the story of a man who is a messenger in ancient Greece.The beginning of the story was hard for me to follow. It starts out as a young boy and trying to follow which one he was was hard, and there were so many different Kings. I couldn’t keep track of who was who. Part of it was the illustrations…th...
  • Josephus FromPlacitas
    Miles above and beyond 300300, that piece of fascistic drek. I can't speak to the accuracy of the history in this, the more melodramatic elements were a little much for me, but I'm devolving into a horrible, fiction-hating subhuman asshole. Oh his wife! Oh his parents! Oh what do I care about them. Is he gonna go all Russell Crowe for the honor of his nuclear family?And the scratchy, muddy drawing style wasn't my favorite, but it grew on me after...