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    Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville
    by Jeff Smith
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 May, 1996)
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    After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, forested valley filled with wonderful and terrifying creatures." So begins Smith's charming masterpiece. Like the best Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons combined, Bone had me laughing out loud. I firmly believe that once you read Bone you're hooked for life. The beautiful hardcover packaging is well worth the extra money. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful start to a top-notch graphic novel series
    'Bone: Out From Boneville,' collects issues #1-6 of Jeff Smith's seminal Fantasy-Humor comic series that first kicked off in 1991.Anyone with an appreciation for top-notch comic book storytelling will quickly appreciate Smith's keen sense of compelling, exciting narrative blended in with keen-humor and characterization in every panel.For those not sure what this series is actually about, in a nutshell it can be described as a fantasy epic with strong overtones of humor and adventure populated with compelling characters of human, animal and mythic-being variety.Whether or not you're a fan of the fantasy genre you will nonetheless find yourself compelled with the story from the get-go thanks to Smith's wonderful storytelling ability.Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Completely sucks you in...
    Wow. This book will draw you in like an inexorable tractor beam. What exactly does it? The art work? It's great - the part ultra-real and part ultra-cartoon style gives the entire package credence while also nurturing fantasy and surrealism. The story? It's also great - part fantasy parody part adventure ala Crusoe part disturbing evil cult part ridiculous somehow all comes together in a coherent whole. How can a comic have a group of thickly-outlined blobs (Fone-Bone, Phoney-Bone, Smiley bone) that exude entirely different personality traits, a very realistically drawn beautiful woman who becomes the love interest of one of the blobs (Thorn, who Fone falls for), a tough as nails grandma who knows how to fight giant rat creatures and race cows, a group of gangly and stupid rat creatures who are led by even bigger rats and ultimately a creepy hooded creature, a large red dragon with a bizarre sense of humor, and resolve into an amazing and mesmerizing story that any human of almost any age can appreciate? Seems impossible, but here it is!
    Volume One begins with the blobs' (Fone, Phoney, Smiley) exile from Boneville. Locusts separate them somehow onto vastly different paths. The story takes some twists and turns but is ultimately about the trio reuniting and finding their way back to Boneville (where a mob apparently awaits them). On the way Fone-Bone meets Ted the bug (and his big big big brother), some rat creatures (who try to eat him, but have issues), Thorn (a beautiful woman who Fone goes gaa gaa over), and Grandma. apparently Phoney Bone has done something that has attracted the "hooded one's" attention, and he has rat creatures (big hairy things with mawfuls of fangs) on patrol. The volume ends with the impending cow races, which Phoney and Smiley plan to fix, to the fortunes of both. Fone-Bone also attracts the attention of the Red Dragon, but for what reason is not answered in volume one.
    The interplay of the characters and the artwork make this a great comic book read. It's very hard to put down once started. Also, it's very funny, but not at the expense of plot or character. Great all around.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless storytelling and essential reading
    Jeff Smith's "Bone" series is a critically acclaimed but criminally overlooked epic for a reason. Critics recognize Smith's masterful storytelling abilities and are drawn to his mix of all-ages humor and decidedly adult darkness, but the black and white art and lack of superheroes is anathema to most comic book readers, making it a hit only in the "underground" sense.

    Thank goodness for trade paperbacks, which have allowed new readers unaccustomed to weekly stops at the comic store to follow this marvelous, epic, enchanting series.

    Those new to "Bone" should know this: Throw away the term "comic book." It's a term that for many has become defined by superheroes, but Smith's "Bone" is much more than that.

    Timeless is every way, "Bone" is an expansive story about three "bone creatures" (you'd have to see them to understand) that find themselves in a valley peopled with an assortment of crazy and interesting characters. Looming over it all is the menace of a great evil, first glimpsed by the ferocious (and funny) rat creatures, but later revealed to be something much more disturbing.

    Smith combines the kind of classic storytelling perfected by the likes of the legendary Carl Barks and Bill Watterson - gleefully funny cartooning with outrageously expressive faces and gestures - with the epic and engaging plotting of a sweeping fairy tale. "Bone" walks a tightrope and walks it well, managing to be something fans of both Donald Duck and Bilbo Baggins can enjoy.

    "Out From Boneville," the first volume of nine, is in the grand scheme of things little more than an introduction to the people and places that make up the "Bone" epic. We meet Thorn, the sweet girl who our protagonist Fone Bone pines over, the unnaturally tough grandma, the grumpy bar tender, and, of course, the bones themselves. It's a light-hearted introduction to what becomes a more serious tale, and it's good fun to read.

    As a first chapter "Out From Boneville" is hardly representative of what "Bone" becomes, but then neither is "A Long Expected Party" in "The Lord of the Rings." Both ease the reader into what becomes an increasingly compelling, tense tale. It's a nice way to introduce us to these characters.

    "Bone" is essential reading that no lover of the comic artform should skip. Little doubt people will still be reading "Bone" 50 years from now. Broad in scope yet personal and quaint, this is a charming story in every way that will long outlast 90 percent of other comic works on the shelf. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0963660942
    Subjects:  1. Action & Adventure    2. Bone (Fictitious character)    3. Children: Grades 4-6    4. Comic books, strips, etc    5. Comics & Cartoons    6. Comics & Graphic Novels - General    7. Fiction    8. General    9. Graphic novels    10. Humor    11. Juvenile Fiction   


    Cartoon History of the Universe 1 (Cartoon History of the Universe)
    by LARRY GONICK
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (10 September, 1997)
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    One of the beautiful things about comics is that it is possibly the best medium for combining education and entertainment. No one knows this better than Larry Gonick, whose Cartoon History series spans many subjects.Whether you are a fan of history, comics, or Gonick's books, The Cartoon History of the Universe I is a great place to start. Part I contains volumes 1 to 7, from the Big Bang to Alexander the Great. ... Read more

    Reviews (43)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great History Book
    I use this book and the others of the series with my real hard heads in my classroom, who don't think history isn't interesting or useful. So far I am batting in the 700's.
    I am so grateful that Mr Gonick produced such a wonderful book and hope that he keeps up the grand work!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and accessible but also packs a of lot of real history.
    I had originally bought this book for use in my waiting room. However, some of the sexual humor and the irreverant approach to religious figures meant that it was a "stay at home" book. (Don't tell the IRS)

    Now that the book is in its proper place, I should add that I enjoyed it immensely and went on to buy Volumes 2 and 3. (not on my office account though)The book starts with evolution of the earth and its creatures. The pictures were well done and the humor makes the factual material easier to remember.

    The bulk of the book deals with the history of the human race. The author does not confine himself to European civilization. Two of my children read all three volumes, and I did not have to hassle them to do it. How often does this happen with other history texts? I am hoping to use their interest in some of the historical topics to encourage them to read other books. Each section of the Cartoon History contains a reference section for those who desire further reading.

    Ideally this book should be a companion to serious textbooks on history. However, there are a lot of people who are unwilling and unable to absorb material from textbooks or lectures. People who are visual learners may be able to remember the pictures and the humor when they have trouble remembering college lecutres or long passages of text. I have recommended this and some other of the author's books to individuals who were having trouble with basic college classes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Laugh-out-loud history with social commentary
    You have to love this cartoon history with a decidedly feminist perspective and a thorough treatment of the Bible--about as warped as Monty Python but still accurate.This is where I got the genesis of my screenplay "Pericles," from the pages on Aspasia and Pericles: "What could an ambitious woman do in those days?She could associate with powerful men...Aspasia met Pericles...BWOWM" (schwing) ... Read more

    Isbn: 0385265204
    Subjects:  1. Caricatures and cartoons    2. Cartoons and caricatures    3. Comics & Cartoons    4. Graphic Satire And Humor    5. History - General History    6. History: World    7. Reference    8. World history    9. Humor / Cartoons   


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    Astro City Vol. 1: Life in the Big City
    by Kurt Busiek, Brent E. Anderson, Alex Ross
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (23 June, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars This is City of Heroes before City of Heroes
    My review basically agrees with all of the positive reviews already described here.Every story is written with a skill and love for comic storytelling that has been absent in most of the genre for years.Although kids will certainly love the action, the stories are written more for an audience that has grown up surrounded by Marvel and DC.Aside from the obvious comparisons of Astro City's heroes to the Marvel and DC classic good guys, there are a couple of hidden homages in the stories to both comic companies as well.

    What I love most about these vignettes is how it focuses not on the superhero, and the latest evil plot by generic supervillain #44.These epic events are so normal, so expected, they are basically asides or background to the real drama.The life of the people living in Astro City, a place that is saved from armageddon on a daily basis, it is probably covered in the local news right after the horoscopes.The closest analogies to this atmosphere I can come up with are:
    1.Living in New York, where the odd is a daily occurence.
    2.Living in Tokyo, where Godzilla must defend the city from another monster, requiring the inhabitants to rebuild the city again...
    3.The MMORPG City of Heroes.This excelent online game allows you to create and play as a superhero in Paragon City, a city filled with superheroes and villains.The similarity between Astro City and City of Heroes' Paragon City is so strong, there is little doubt that the comic must have had some influence over the creation of the online game setting (Heh, if anything Kurt Busiek, not Marvel, should be suing NCSoft, the makers of the game, for copyright infringement).Overall, though, if you enjoy the City of Heroes game as much as I do, then having a copy of Astro City nearby is required reading to fully immerse yourself in this realistic set of stories that outline what life would be like if the superheroic walked/flew/bound/teleported across the earth.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Allow me to repeat what everyone else has said
    Look, this book is GOOD. The people who make comics, read comics, and just know their stuff - they all agree. This book is about as highly recommended as they come. I bought it based soley on recommendations, and a one-line summary. I was in no way disapointed.
    Long and short of it: This is the original miniseries, collected in one volume. Each issue is pretty much a self-contained story set within the same universe. These stories do a fantastic job of approaching the superhero genre with a fresh breath of innovation. One chapter is from the point of view of a hero, the other of an average citizen, etc. Each gives a different view of what it's like to actually live in the world that superhero comics create. Is it annoying to live a double life? What's the daily routine of someone living in a city where superheroes are commonplace? This is as close as we can come to really knowing.
    This is the first volume that was published, but any of the Astro City series are a good bet. A light read, but engaging and satisfying. Lovely cover art by the talented Alex Ross, fitting and consistent interior art, well paced and thought-out stories. Bottom line: Astro City contains a lot of what is at the heart of all comics.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Look, just try it.
    I haven't enjoyed a Graphic Novel series so much since Sandman. Astro City is an unsung great of the superhero genre, a pure and distilled rendering of the archetypes immediately familiar to anyone who has ever read a superhero comic book. But the real magic of Astro City is this - fine writing combined with fine visual quality.

    Astro City is what superhero fiction is all about. You really need to simply read it to understand what I'm getting at, the closest I can get to a universal explanation is this... "Astro City is Just Plain Good Art!" ... Read more

    Isbn: 156389551X
    Sales Rank: 53155
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Fantasy    3. Graphic Novels - General    4. Graphic Novels - Superheroes    5. Fiction / Graphic Novels   


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    Grasscutter (Usagi Yojimbo, Book 12)
    by Stan Sakai
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (18 August, 1999)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Usagi Yojimbo at his best
    I only just recently discovered the adventures of Usagi Yojimbo, and being a swashbuckler/samurai fan I started thumbing through issue number one at my local library. It looked interesting enough to pick up. The first couple of books were fun, you can see where artist Stan Sakai borrowed from Japanese mythology and other sources, and look a few homages to some of Kurosawa's greatest films. Light entertainment. And then I picked up Grasscutter. What a story!!! Starting of with the legend of the sacred sword Grasscutter, Sakai spins an amazing quest saga. All the elements are there, love, betrayal, friendship, loyalty, honor, magic, monsters, plots, ninjas .... A fast moving tale with surprises on almost every other page. To add even more depth to the story, Sakai cleverly weaves in characters and plot points from past adventures. You don't need to read previous Usagi Yojimbo novels to enjoy this tale, but trust me, it's well worth it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Stan Sakai best work by far
    Stan Sakai's long running series hits an all time high with this ambitious story mixing history, mythology, and his own unique universe of anthropomorphic characters.

    The book begins delving in Japan's mythological past to tell story of the origin of "Grasscutter," one of the three sacred treasures given to the Emperor of Japan, and how it was lost in a battle that decided the fate of who should rule the nation.This trade paperback contains copious notes on Japanese history and mythology so it is much more than just reading a comic book.

    This story includes other storylines that have appeared as loose threads in previous books and they all tie neatly together in a well thought out epic confrontation, including a climatic showdown between Usagi and long time nemisis, the demonic Jei.

    I would recommend this series to more than just fans of comic books and graphic novels.It's just an excellent story.Period.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Ronin rabbit`s greatest adventure
    In this story , the future of Japan swirls on "Grasscutter" the losted Japan Emperor Sword in the bottom of the sea, wich was the gift of the sun goddess Amaterasu to the first Japan Emperor and the most important simbol of the emperor authority. With 4 prologue-shortstories that tells the old history of the sword, you can inmerse yourself in this tale without problems in this "1999 Will Eisner awarded Graphic Novel".

    Basically, at this time the shogun is who have the power, but a conspirancy of 8 Lords, pretend to find the lost sword and use it in a plot to reinstaurated the full power of the emperor. Once again the journeys of Usagi Yogambi take him to the middle of the action and put the destiny of Japan in his hands.

    Good story telling where the costumes, and historical facts will be mixed with magic and misterious forces in a fight between good and evil, among a good and detailed art, fullfill the expectations of the fans. You will find here a lot of the usual protagonists, but if you are not common to this serie this can be a good startpoint because is a self contained story, anyway, apparently there will be a "Grasscutter 2" for the beginning of the 2002. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1569714134
    Sales Rank: 118869
    Subjects:  1. Action & Adventure    2. Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy    3. Children: Grades 4-6    4. Comics & Graphic Novels - General    5. Juvenile Fiction    6. People & Places - Asia   


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    Concrete : Think Like a Mountain
    by Paul Chadwick
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1996)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Enthocentrism in comic form
    This book is great. the images are great. but most importantly the story's great and very thoughtful.

    It's really challenges you and pushes for a change in our enviromental policy.We need to see many more graphic novels incorporating events from modern times and issues.

    Read it for my enviromental class at the local college. Give it a try

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's Not Easy Being Green
    Comic book character Ron Lithgow was hiking in the mountains one day when he was abducted by extraterrestrials who, before he escaped their clutches, forcibly removed his brain and deposited it in the incredibly strong and nigh invulnerable stone body of a 1,200 pound manlike monolith.Now transformed into the gentle giant called Concrete, he has essentially been exiled from the animal kingdom.In his ongoing series of periodic projects from Dark Horse Comics, such as "Concrete Celebrates Earth Day 1990," creator Paul Chadwick has often used this unique being to promote a "green" lifestyle.

    A soft-spoken travelogue writer rather than a superhero, in "Think Like a Mountain" (originally released in 1996 as a six-issue mini-series), Concrete goes where no mineral man has gone before.He accompanies a group of Earth First! activists to Washington state so he can record their attempt to save an old growth forest from the mechanized blades of a huge lumber company.Beautifully, even lovingly rendered in words and pictures by Paul (and colored by his wife), this story follows Concrete's evolution from a reluctant supporter of environmental extremism to an uncompromising eco-warrior.The story's engaging, character driven plot delivers fascinating facts about nature, valuable instruction on the ethics and tactics of civil disobedience, and frightening encounters with such "villains" as industrial waste and global human overpopulation (and yes, both the original series and the trade paperback were printed on recycled paper).

    This story's synthesis of drawings, colors and words demonstrates that the unique medium of graphic literature can convey important messages with an eloquence that pictures or prose alone could not achieve.Some of the scenes that left the most profound impressions on me were the verbal and visual view of Washington's ravaged landscape seen from 20,000 feet above; Concrete's envisioning of a gargantuan composite human monstrosity devouring and defiling the planet; and the "last stand" of a felled old growth giant rising to the defense of an Earth First!er as he runs from authorities across a clear cut wasteland.The climax, which relied on the immediacy of images for its impact-both on the reader and the world in which Concrete lives-brought about a resolution that was as optimistic as it could be without totally losing its grounding in reality (forgetting, for the moment, that story revolves around a living rock man).Finally, it was extremely gratifying to see that this bittersweet outcome only strengthened Concrete's resolve to defend Mother Earth.Overall, I cannot think of any other work that better exemplifies the legitimacy and power of graphic literature as an art form.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comic book storytelling in its top form.
    A thought-provoking look at life, and the value of nature's preservation, that makes you stop and think about the world around us. Think Like a Mountain asks an important question: is stepping over the line of the lawworth it if the cause is good? This, among other things, is a problem thatConcrete must come face to face with over the course of the story. The artcomplements the writing perfectly; both are exceptional throughout.Concrete has come to be a symbol of comics at their best, raising the barwith each installment. I cannot give a higher reccomendation for thiswonderful book, it's star (Concrete), and its creator- the one and onlyPaul Chadwick. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1569711763
    Sales Rank: 432639
    Subjects:  1. Children: Young Adult (Gr. 7-9)    2. Comic books, strips, etc    3. Comics & Graphic Novels - General    4. Fiction - Fantasy    5. General    6. Juvenile Fiction    7. Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic   


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    Transmetropolitan Vol. 2: Lust for Life
    by Warren Ellis, Darick Robertson
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 1999)
    list price: $14.95 -- our price: $10.17
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Totally and completely amazing
    You should read Volume 1 before you read this.And, as soon as you read Volume 1, then you'll get this, because Transmetropolitan is extremely cool and very amazing.

    I really like how Transmetropolitan is set in the future, but it just jumps into the story.There isn't any reference to "...300 years from now, when the government is more corrupt and etc...etc."It just jumps in and tells the story.This book extremely well written and is all about a good story.

    I just finished Volume 2 last night, and I ordered the next two volumes today.It comprises issues 4 - 12 of the 60-issue series, so you get a whopping 9 comic books in this graphic novel.I really liked how it seems to do a lot of setup and characterization for the story to come.

    And, I thought a cool part of it was where in the future, they've invented cancer suppressants for smokers so that you can smoke all that you want to without getting sick.Not that smoking's cool.I just think it's cool that there are options.

    Anyway, please start reading this series if you haven't.I recommend it to everyone! (In the mature audiences demographic, of course.)

    4-0 out of 5 stars one half of a two sided coin
    TRANSMETROPOLITAN is, at it's whollest core, future shock. it is how ellis and robertson illustrate future shock that make TRANS great. being an aspiring comics artist / writer, i make an attempt to look past the surface and steryotypes of a comic to what it is, how well the art can bring life to story, and how the writing can tip off to an artists quirks and style. TRANS sadly, shines through only writing. while the art is impressive, it does nothing more than illustrate words. simply, put, TRANS is great without the art. evry character brings their own personality to the playing board, and bounce off of one another, the only untrue reflection of this would have to be ziang, spider's assistant's lover/ boyfriend. while he play's a role in the changing of a character, his personality is mostly one sided ie he wants sex, all of it that he can get(provided it isn't with jerusalem's two headed cat). coming back to the art, the writer rarely gives robertson his own space, where there is no writing, and where the art can shine, and if he does, robertson takes little to no adavantage to it. despite it's faults, transmetropolitan is a masterpiece of the future we love to read, but hate to live in. reccommended for every one with the 5th element in the shelves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant set from Warren Ellis.
    "I Hate it Here."Perhaps this best sums up the personality of Spider Jerusalem,renegade reporter and cynic of the first degree.Disgusted by the world around him,he leaves the city and lives as a hermit.

    Years after his escape,his publisher drags him back into the city,wanting the books he was promised five years back.Needing money to live in the city,he whores himself out to The Word,a newspaper run by an old friend.These are his "adventures."

    Spider is brilliant,witty,and cynical.Through his eyes,Ellis gives an outlook of a bizarre future in which Aliens have landed,corporate America manages to advertise in your dreams,and reporters can write off their drug habits as a journalistic expense.

    This is the second collection of Transmetropolitan,following back on the streets.Reprinted are issues 4-12.Spider is both hostage and witness as events unfold.Fortunately,it's ammunition which he fires right back at the world.

    Spider can turn anything into an article,from the consequences of cryogenic freezing and restoration to simple Television.He visits reservations from the sensible to the logical extreme,and provides political commentary (And even rearranges their bowels).He encounters death threats and tangles with religion.

    Let's not beat around the bushes here.This is a comic book.Fancy words aside,it's packages exactly as Spider-Man or Batman would be. That's where the similarities end.This is not aimed at children,and probably shouldn't be read by children.There is blood,gore,nudity,and thought-provoking material

    What we do have is Warren Ellis' own use of the medium--A twisted,often dark,and humorous look at a futuristic world.his portrayal is brilliant,steps ahead of almost every other writer in the field of comics.

    Brilliance in such a simplistic medium.Such a refreshing and innovative series. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1563894815
    Sales Rank: 135041
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - Science Fiction    3. Graphic Novels - Science Fiction    4. Science Fiction    5. Science Fiction - General    6. Fiction / Graphic Novels   


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    Cotton Woods: The Comic Strip Adventures of a Baseball Natural
    by Ray, Gotto
    Paperback (01 May, 1991)
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    Isbn: 0878161457
    Sales Rank: 2080807
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    Akiko Volume One (The Menance of Alia Rellapor Book One)
    by Mark Crilley
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (25 September, 2001)
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Surprise, a "G" rated comic
    This is a well written comic with flat, but appealing artwork. However, be aware that this comic plays to the younger set (as more comics should). So if you are into Transmetropolian or Sandman, don't expect this book to stimulate your jaded senses.

    The stories have a magical, adventure quality, much like the C.S. Lewis "Narnia" series. Your grade-school child can do far worse than to read this book, and you may find yourself liking it too... ... Read more

    Isbn: 1579890423
    Sales Rank: 93001
    Subjects:  1. Adventure and adventurers    2. Children: Grades 4-6    3. Comics & Graphic Novels - General    4. Fiction    5. Fiction - General    6. General    7. Graphic Novels - General    8. Juvenile Fiction    9. Life on other planets    10. Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic    11. Science fiction   


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    Strangers In Paradise: I Dream of You (Strangers in Paradise)
    by Terry Moore
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 February, 1996)
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
    The plot is frankly absurd and romance-ish - I thought Terry Moore must be a woman, writing primarily for women.Despite this the females are somewhat samey, ie confusable - a serious shortcoming in this medium; the drawing only really takes off in the dream sequences.Newcomers to the medium should NOT start here but with Love & Rockets, Maus, Persepolis and Palestine.Oh, and Doonesbury!Just because it's daily don't mean it's not art...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Learn more about Francine, Katchoo, and David.
    While the jacket blurb does a decent job of describing the general gist of Strangers in Paradise: Volume 2, I don't know that it covers a lot of the tone of the book. There is a lot of material covered in this book, which makes sense, since it compiles nine comics into a single volume: Volume 2, Issue 1: I Dream of You; Volume 2, Issue 2: Someone to Watch Over Me; Volume 2, Issue 3: Echoes of Home; Volume 2, Issue 4: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?; Volume 2, Issue 5: Something I Can't Hear; Volume 2, Issue 6: Tic Toc; Volume 2, Issue 7: I Talk to the Wind; Volume 2, Issue 8: Do You Remember Yesterdays?; and Volume 2, Issue 9: A Good Night's Sleep.

    (For those who have not read Strangers in Paradise, Volume 1, I recommend that you do so before reading this.)

    The book starts with Katchoo returning from a mysterious prolonged trip about which she will not speak to find that Francine has been coping with the rather explosive breakup with her ex-boyfriend Freddie by eating. And eating. And eating some more. And it seems that, as far as David is concerned, absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder, and his unrequited love for Katchoo has not abated.

    But Francine's ballooning weight and David's infatuation are the least of Katchoo's problems. The world seems to be conspiring to make sure she never forgets her past, and that she - and her friends - will pay for her sins. First, the mysterious trip to Canada. Then, she appears to have acquired a follower, one who doesn't have her best interests in mind. But even more frightening than Katchoo's follower is the mysterious dark woman for whom he works: Mrs. Darcy Parker and her minions, Bambi and Samantha. They will stop at nothing to bring Katchoo back into the fold, including using her friends as bait.

    But before that, a whole slew of other problems pop up. For instance, if you think Francine is neurotic, you should meet her mother! And running into Freddie and his new fiancee doesn't help her state of mind much, either. And who says that Katchoo can be the only one with secrets? There may be more to David than meets the eye. And do you remember our friend Detective Walsh from Volume 1? Well, if you're a fan, never fear! You get to see more of the moustachioed investigator as he tries to track down the trackers. And what's with Emma and this house in Hana, anyway?

    All in all, this volume is much more action- and emotion-packed than Volume 1, and also has a much higher allocation of violence. You get to know the primary characters in this tale (Francine, Katchoo, and David) much better this time around, and begin to feel their pains. If you enjoyed the first volume (you did read the first volume first, right?), I suspect you'll be completely hooked by the time you're done with Volume 2.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for all Serious Comic Fans
    I have been collecting comics for as long as I can remember, and sometime around the time I hit high school, I lost my interest in comics, believing that they were pretty much all the same.I got tired of the same repeating storylines and lame plots.For some reason, I can't remember, I picked up an issue of Strangers In Paradise, trying to waste some time in a book store, probably.What I had come to discover was a wonderful, touching and suspenseful story that went above and beyond what any other comic besides The Sandman was doing at that time.It made you love, and care for the characters in ways that made them seem real (or made you love them so much that you wish they were real).If you are like I was, tired and put up with the comic book industry, you should pick up this book and fall in love with the people in it the way that everyone who reads it does. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1892597012
    Sales Rank: 329290
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. Graphic Novels - General   


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