The Legend of Cú Chulainn

Written by and Illustrated by
Will Sliney
Celtic Warrior

An epic saga of greed, sorcery and one man’s heroic sacrifice. This unique and powerful graphic nove, by an artist/writer who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, brings to life the legendary figure that is Cú Chulainn, Ireland's mythological hero. 

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128 pages
259x168 mm

An epic saga of greed, sorcery and one man’s heroic sacrifice.
Ireland’s legendary super hero, Cú Chulainn, stands alone against the thousands of warriors controlled by the enchantress Queen Maeve, who is determined to capture the Brown Bull of Cooley and claim the lands of Ulster for her own. Supernatural feats of strength, ferocious battles and the tragic destinies of Cú Chulainn and Ferdia are vividly recreated in this action-packed, glorious retelling of one of the most famous stories from ancient Celtic myth.

This unique and powerful graphic novel brings to life the legendary figure that is Cú Chulainn.

Will Sliney is an internationally renowned graphic artist, living in Cork. Will works with major US comic publishers on the Star Wars Clone Wars comic book series, and Fearless Defenders for Marvel.


Irish Examiner

the fastest selling graphic novel in Ireland

Evening Echo

exciting new graphic novel … its action-packed battle sequences are as bloody and dramatic as any reader could wish for

Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads Guide 2013

nicely-designed … comic-loving older children and young adults will really enjoy this

Children’s Books Ireland Recommended Reads Guide 2013

action heroes, intrigue and more than a little mysticism translate well into graphic novel form ... visually stunning ... Sliney’s restrained palette uses colour to effectively convey atmosphere and mood ... moments of perfectly timed comic relief

Books Ireland

Will Sliney has stayed faithful to the original legend ... the art … really lifts the book


an interesting treatment of a tale which I'd imagine is unfamiliar to the majority of non-Irish readers, and I'd definitely suggest it's worth taking a look at! I'm certainly looking forward to the second and third in the series



Irish Tatler Man Magazine

through dynamic action and rich detail, the Corkman transports the reader to a brutal but accessible version of ancient Ireland ... slots neatly into the O’Brien Press’s growing line of graphic novels with historical bents ... more Avengers than Aosdana

Irish Examiner

an easy introduction to epic Irish literature for adult and younger reader alike

Books Ireland

perfect format for the retelling of one of Ireland’s most famous stories ... not one for purists, but a meaty undertaking nonetheless

Sunday Business Post

a pure labour of love: a must read for any Irish comic fan!


the pages of Celtic Warrior The Legend of Cú Chulainn serve as not only proof of the talent we have in this country but also act as a beautiful and astounding reminder of the wealth we have in Ireland when it comes to our own history and folklore ... we need something to remind us why Ireland is worth fighting for; Will Sliney has not just created a brilliant graphic novel but he has awoken the hero we all need


rousing stuff ... compelling ... spellbinding! The power and the glory of Irish myth in a splash of graphic colour and sharp dialogue

RTE Guide

the fact that the book is a labour of love really shines through in what truly is a benchmark for domestically produced graphic novels


ferocious, bloody and sexy ... will shock traditionalists and delight teenage readers ... stunning illustrations

Irish Independent

hugely entertaining ... haunting narrative ... engrossing tale that was as violent and brutal as it was fulfilling and encompassing ... Sliney’s abilities shine through in the action packed almost cinematic fight scenes ... visceral ... superb memorable images


Sliney can hold his head high with what he has accomplished and O’Brien Press can add another critical success to their growing stable of home-grown titles


simply, a superb offering


a cross between ‘Tomb Raider’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

Irish Independent

At Marvel, Cork’s Will Sliney has long since cemented himself as an institution with work on multiple Marvel Star Wars properties and Spider-Man 2099. Younger readers may recognise him from his stint doing drawing lessons for RTE’s Home School Hub, but another fine achievement is his mythical masterwork Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cu Chulainn. Written and drawn by Sliney, it’s a great reworking of the Ulster Cycle, featuring Ireland’s own original superhero (and unapologetic murderer of large dogs)


'visually … a pure feast'

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