Graphic Novel Review: The Gallic Wars by Tarek & Vincent Pompetti

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Calling all History Nerds...

The Gallic Wars by Tarek & Vincent Pompetti is a fantastic watercolor graphic novel chronicling the exploits of Julius Caesar during his time spent away from Rome in conquest of Celtic Gaul.

It expertly mixes action and political intrigue in just the right balance to keep you reading until the end. 

The Plot

The story is based on Julius Caesar's own propaganda writings of the Gallic Wars, along with other historical references, to create a complete picture of what was happening at the time.  Including the sophistication of the peoples who are not Roman (which is often left out).  And the motivation for Caesar's actions.

Great for history fans, Roman Legion fans, and fans of military drama.  Besides Caesar, we also follow the characters of Vercingetorix, Marc Antony, and a female spy, Eponine, the daughter of an Aedu chief.

We witness each side of this fight.  As well as, see its destruction on behalf of Caesar and his enemies. 

The Art

The art in this graphic novel is like nothing else I've read.  The colors are reminiscent of oil paintings from the Romantic or Neoclassical art movements.

I love the way that scope and size are depicted in this comic.  Especially the battlefield scenes where many horses and men need to be in a frame to give the sense of a massive battle.

The scenes within Rome show many nameless faceless toga wearing men veiled as much in shadow on the page as are their intentions for the fate of Caesar.

I also really loved the panels where vibrant colors were used, changing the mood of the scene.

Final Thoughts

Definitely give this series a read!

This graphic novel is a perfect recommendation for fans of the comic series' From Under Mountains, Lake of Fire, Toil and Trouble, and Seven Warriors.  I would even recommend it to fans of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones.

And don't worry if you do not remember your Roman history very well.  There are plenty of interesting references included at the end which you can refer to.

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Thanks to Black Panel Press for giving me the opportunity to review one of their graphic novels.  Be sure to head over to their website to check out the other titles they have for sale.

Thanks for reading,


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