The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel

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The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel
Publication information
Publisher Del Rey
Format One-shot
Publication date September 2010
No. of issues 1
Creative team
Written by Diana Gabaldon
Artist(s) Hoang Nguyen

The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel is a 2010 graphic novel based on Diana Gabaldon's 1991 novel Outlander.[1][2] Written by Gabaldon with artwork by Hoang Nguyen, the work adapts the first third of Outlander.[1][3] The Outlander series incorporates elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy.[4]


Retelling the first third of Outlander, the graphic novel follows married World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall, who finds herself transported back in time to Scotland in 1743.[1][2] There she encounters civil war and the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser.[1][2] Unlike the source novel, this work is presented from the point of view of Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser, Jamie’s godfather and sworn protector.[1][3]


  • Claire Beauchamp Randall: Married World War II nurse who finds herself transported back in time to 1743 Scotland
  • James "Jamie" MacKenzie Fraser: Young mid-18th century Highland warrior
  • Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser: Loyal member of the Clan MacKenzie/Fraser who has sworn to protect Jamie since birth


Publishers Weekly called The Exile "a disappointment" as a graphic novel, noting that it "suffers under the weight of dialogue intended for a much longer book" and that "scenes that ought to be exciting, such as sword fights and escapes from the law are breezed over in a page or two."[2] The review praised Nguyen's artwork and recommended the graphic novel for Gabaldon's fans.[2] Noting Gabaldon's experience as a writer for Disney Comics, Casey Brienza of wrote that "the marriage of picture and text is a skillful one."[1] Brienza called Nguyen's representations of the characters "dead on" and labeled the work "a credible addition to Gabaldon’s literary oeuvre that is certain to become a must-have for loyal readers who are liable to have never picked up a graphic novel before."[1]

The Exile debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best-Seller List for graphic novels, spent three weeks at #1 and remained on the list for 14 weeks.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Brienza, Casey (September 21, 2010). "The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel". Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Fiction Book Review: The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel". Publishers Weekly. August 23, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Official site: The Exile (graphic novel)". Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Reese, Jennifer (November 27, 2007). "Book Review: Lord John and the Hand of Devils (2007)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 

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