This review is meant to warn fans of the books by Orson Scott Card. Unlike some of the other reviewers I purchased this item with full knowledge that it was a graphic novel. I will admit that I am not an avid fan of graphic novels, but my problem with "Formic Wars" wasn't the format, it was the content.
It is hard to believe that Card had anything to do with the story being told here. Fans of Card know that his stories are always wonderfully woven around three dimensional characters facing a moral dilemma. All of the characters in this graphic novel are embarrassingly shallow and the dialogue is one cliche after another. What's worse, the story actually contradicts much of what we learn about the First Invasion from the original novel. While I am not against an author doing this (OSC has done this before), in 'Formic Wars' it is done only as a device to forcibly drive forward a tasteless plot. The introduction of a character from Ender's Game is likewise done without skill or merit and in my opinion ruins the character Card built. For the sake of my love for the original novel, I will just pretend that it is some totally unrelated character of the same name.
As I said, I am not an avid reader of graphic novels. Perhaps this is how they have to be written. Perhaps it is an excellent graphic novel and I just cannot appreciate the artwork. But for those of you hoping to see Card's usual brilliance in depicting the discovery of the Buggers, I warn you to stay away and settle for pre-ordering "Shadows in Flight" instead.