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Pop Gun War 1: Gift (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/5/17
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POP GUN WAR is about childhood, self-discovery, oppression, guilt, dreams, loneliness, whatever, and an inner city boy named Sinclair, who discovers a pair of discarded angel wings. With these wings, Sinclair flies around the city and gets into adventures.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - -the fun of Pop Gun War is in its vivid characters and details. It is a fine debut, reminiscent of DC Comics's Vertigo line, with which it should sit comfortably on bookstores' and adventurous readers' shelves.-
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - "the fun of Pop Gun War is in its vivid characters and details. It is a fine debut, reminiscent of DC Comics's Vertigo line, with which it should sit comfortably on bookstores' and adventurous readers' shelves."
LIBRARY JOURNAL -- One can open this five-chapter volume anywhere and find a unique mixture of surreal, harsh, and delicate elements, including both fish and young men who develop wings and fly, a corporate pied piper seeking to distract and capture children, and an irate disembodied head. In Pop Gun War, bizarre events unfold according to a dreamlike logic rather than a linear narrative, drawn in a distinctive monochrome style with occasional bursts into color. This is how writer/illustrator Dalrymple (acclaimed author Jonathan Lethem's collaborator on the minicomics series "Omega the Unknown") has chosen to depict the inevitable collision of youth and innocence with hard experience in the big city, with honorable forbears including filmmaker David Lynch and artist Jim Woodring. The trip on which Dalrymple takes readers here is demanding and not always rewarding, but it's possibly worthwhile for those who handle its blend of symbolism, non sequiturs, and abrupt twists of fate. With original cover artwork.
Verdict Guileless and imaginative, this Gift will nonetheless be an acquired taste for most readers. Optional but recommended to those who value how the medium can be used to tell personal and elliptical stories. Some violent and disturbing content.-J. Osicki, Saint John Free P.L., NB
Sinclair has wings, and can fly.
No one thinks Sinclair is much more peculiar than anyone else.
But while everyone goes about their business, Emily is approached by a strange man who says he works for a big corporation, and can make her rich.
The same man approaches Addison with the promise of making him a rich, successful artist.
And then someone starts luring the children away--the same man?--with the promise of a marvelous entertainment.
Who is Koole really, and what is he hiding under his robes? Who is the Doll King? What's really going on?
The art is attractive and engaging, and the story blends the fantastic and the mundane in a way that feels completely right. It's a pleasant escape from the news of the day, if you relax and go along for the ride.
I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher, and am reviewing it voluntarily.
The story is ... abstract? Symbolic? Impressionistic? Weird? I’m going with weird, but Pop Gun War can certainly be viewed as a commentary on urban life and the struggle to stay human in a dehumanizing environment. Or it can be viewed as an urban Wizard of Oz. Or as an allegory of control. Or of freedom. Or it can be appreciated as a weird story. Weird but interesting, in sort of a weird way. Make of it what you will. All I can say is that I enjoyed it. Pop Gun War is creative, imaginative, and very different.
In a very unusual city (called The City), there are a very different group of people. A young boy named Sinclair finds a pair of discarded wings and uses them to fly. His sister Emily is in a rock band. There's a down on his luck guy named Addison, and a floating goldfish with glasses named Percy. There are others and they come and go in the series of stories here.
It's hard to describe this comic. The stories take place in a city like we know, but there are fantastical elements also which remind me about things like Little Nemo and Oz. There is wonder and sadness, compassion and anger. There is a story about Emily's band being pursued by someone who wants to make them famous, and one about the children of the city being taken and mesmerized. The stories are strange and wonderful as is the art. There are characters in bow ties and top hats. The city is grimy and dirty and somehow magical.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Image Comics, Diamond Book Distributors, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.
Received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.