Cover image for Death to the tsar / Writer, Fabien Nury ; artist, Thierry Robin ; colors, Claire Champion ; translated by, Allison M. Charette.
Death to the tsar / Writer, Fabien Nury ; artist, Thierry Robin ; colors, Claire Champion ; translated by, Allison M. Charette.
First edition.
Publication Information:
London : Titan Comics, 2018.

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Original title: Mort au tsar.
"Moscow. September 17th. 1904. In front of the palace of the Governor General of Moscow, the assembled masses protest against widespread poverty. Governor Sergei Alexandrovich is stood on the balcony when he drops his hankerchief-- Inadvertently giving the signal for the soldiers to open fire... The Governor fears for his life and the lives of his family as the repercussions of his deadly mistake resound throughout the whole of Russia... and the assassins close in. Told in two parts, this is the true story of the assassination of Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and a nation on the brink of revolution."--Page [4] of cover.


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From the writers behind Armando Iannuci's The Death of Stalin comes another tale of political intrigue and dark comedy in Russia.

In Moscow, 1904, political tension is at a high. The Russian Empire is failing and the effects are falling on its people. Hungry and deeply impoverished, the living standards for the citizens is falling daily. They protest, calling on their Governor for help.

Suddenly, the Governor's soldiers launch an attack. People are murdered in the forecourt of the palace. Was this Governor Alexandrovitch's plan or the result of a tragic miscommunication? The answer seems clear to the Russian people, with whispers of revolution in the streets.

Author Notes

Fabien Nury - Born in France in 1976, Fabien Nury is a critically acclaimed comics writer.

Thierry Robin - Born in 1958 in Damery, Thierry Robin was first introduced to comics while attending the School of Fine Arts in Reims. His partnership with Fabien Nury has garnered critical and commercial success, first with The Death of Stalin and subsequently The Death of The Tsar.

Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite the title, this meticulously researched graphic novel set in 1904 Moscow focuses not on the czar and his demise but on the assassination plots against one of his relatives, the Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich. Czar Nicholas and the rest of the Romanov dynasty are hated by the people and attacked regularly by mobs, anarchists, and assassins. Vaguely well-meaning but impossibly out of his depth, Alexandrovich is dismayed by the corruption and cruelty of the aristocracy yet powerless to do anything about it. After he accidentally triggers a massacre, it becomes obvious he's going to die; the only question is which of his countless enemies will throw the bomb or pull the trigger. "It appears I'm going to be killed, Igor," Alexandrovich tells a servant, bemused by his fate. "You know, because of the working class." Artist Robin fills the pages with vibrant crowd scenes, precise historical details, and vast architectural spaces through which the tiny Alexandrovich wanders like a toy soldier winding down his course. Like the creators' previous historical graphic novel, The Death of Stalin, which was recently adapted by IFC as a feature film, this Russian tragicomedy plays out an exciting plot against a stunningly beautiful backdrop. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.