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Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier Hardcover – 1 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia Entertainment (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193238698X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932386981
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.8 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,214,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Mangun was born in Chicago. He graduated with a degree in Education from SUIC in 2001. He now specializes in interactive design for pharmaceutical companies, which he declared his career of choice in elementary school.

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By Cornelis12 on 22 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is simply amazing. Flying under the radar undeservedly because it comes from a small publisher. This is an outstanding comic that totally blew away a very critical reader. Not only is it very well drawn, but much more importantly it backs the beautiful art up with a even better story, with a crisp script. Set in the future, at a time when earths ressources are used up, the oceans almost void of life with only six dolphins flocks left in the world, it made me think of Dan Simmons, Hyperion and The Consul's Tale "Remembering Siri", a beautiful dying world, and of George R.R. Martins short story of Haviland Tuf, "Loaves and Fished" of a wastly overpopulated world. Other readers will probably think of something else, but no matter what, this is really worth your time in a time when no one has a minute to spare.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Amzing on All Levels 25 April 2012
By Daniel R. Royer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Dying Breath: 5.0 out of 5
Who would have thought a horror nut like me would fall in love with a Sci-Fi book like you? Critical Millennium is easily in this reviewer's top 5 OGN's/Trades of 2011. The artwork is nothing short of GORE-Geous on every single page. I talked about the panels in previous reviews, but being able to get so much art on a page that is covered in so much story is beyond me. The coloring has this colored pencil or charcoal look to it that makes it easily stand out in a crowd. I would honestly stare at these pages for hours, that way I could burn them into my retinas and stare at them all night long in my sleep. I do have on small issue though. With how great the artwork is, the dust jacket does not do this book any favors. The actual cover under the jacket is so much more appealing (but get the dust jacket for 2 awesome pull quotes anyways.) The story itself is just as on point as the artwork. For those who don't know Drew Gaska also wrote Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, so he knows how to write long well written stories. That being said, you get one hell of a long story here. The amount of story goes back to me trying to figure out how they got all of this into 176 pages. It would take me 45 minutes to an hour to read one of the single issues! This book has more material than a quarter of the dictionary. I was hooked on this from page one and was so sad to see it end. While I do admit Space stories are not my cup of tea, a story like this has me easily second guessing myself. I can not recommend this book enough. It has everything I could have wanted in a story and soooooooooooo much more!

Artwork: 5.0 out of 5 * Story: 5.0 out of 5
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An extremely pleasant surprise 27 Oct. 2011
By Neon Chicken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I saw this on the 'New Release' section of my local comic shop's shelve and I was intrigued by the title. So I went home and tried to do little research without much luck. I try to pick up one trade I've never heard of a month and never have I been more glad with na impulsive trade purchase. This book while a little wordy is one of the best pieces of Sci-Fi I've seen in comics. The art is fantastic, but there is so much going on that its hard to really appreciate at first but is 100% worth a second trip through for the attention to detail in design is amazing. While set in a distant future, where earth's resources are on the brink of being diminished; The author sets up an engaging and completely believable world (well solar system really.) Thomm Coney, the protagonist; is a rogue billionaire that you can't help but like. The book is very busy at times, but it never gets boring (a bit wordy though) and at no point did I feel like I wanted to put it down. My only regret is that I bought this book so early, and now I have to wait for the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great piece of sci-fi with amazingly flawed characters that are so terrible you can't help but love them. 5 Jan. 2014
By Catarina Ferreira - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I went through a free comics binge on comixology which has a lot of first issues of books for free. One of these was Critical Millennium, after that first issue I needed to know more about this Earth of the distant future! I wanted to consume every detail I could about its technology, politics and people, all of which are so complex they could have their own wiki for it!

The only way this book has disjointed me is in not having a sequel I can sub-sequentially devour.

In summary AMAZING!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Depressing and Disappointing, which makes it even more Depressing 26 Mar. 2015
By Jamie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm very torn about my rating of this book. The premise, story and art all captured me in the first 10 pages and then spent the next 170 trying their best to shake me off. I really wanted to give this 2 stars but various factors made me bump it up to 3.

First, I read it on my cell phone. I do not think all graphic novels and comics are capable (or are meant) to scale down to 4.5", even with guided view, and this one certainly isn't. For a "graphic" novel, it is very text heavy, and slogging through all that text in guided view was a pain and a chore. Also, while the art at times is fantastic and incredibly detailed, at others it's so extremely congested that you really can't tell what the artist was trying to convey, but I attribute a lot of that to the small screen I read it on.

Second, you can tell this was a labor of love and a lot of time and effort was spent on it. Those factors deserved another star in my opinion, but keep them in mind if you decide to pick this up anyway.

As far as the story goes, like I said the first 10 pages really grabbed me (which is what you see in the preview before you decide to purchase this), but the rest of the book is nothing like that. At all. In those opening pages you're lead to believe that you will be discovering the wonders and horrors of deep space at the edges of the galaxy with a hopeful, yet eventually, decimated crew. You're not. This is the story of how they got to space, what lead them there and what they are leaving behind. Whites are now a persecuted minority, internet memes have taken over the entertainment scene, an orgy is considered a must see "pay-per-view event", society is incredibly narcissistic which has lead to a dictator rising to power without the world even realizing it's happening, and the "heroes" are so flawed that you are pretty sure the writers don't want you to think of any of them as heroes until you get to the end of the book and everybody's all "hey, what a good guy (when he's not being a childish, self-righteous, pompous, narcissistic, adulterous, womanizing, dirt bag)!" Suffice it to say, there are no "good guys" in this book. Only "bad guys" and "worse guys", with a few supporting characters that are "not so bad". I may not have a lot of faith in humanity, but even my worldview isn't this jaded.

There is also a lot of jumping around in time. The first page alone jumps ahead months at a time per panel. Then progressively throughout the book you'll be jumping forward and backward in time all leading to a semi-central "future" point at the books end. It can be very confusing and difficult to keep track of. It probably wasn't so bad in print form because you just turn back a few pages and ask "when were we?" But in digital form, "turning" back a few pages equals an awful lot of taps (especially in guided view) which usually resulted in me saying "whatever, I'll just keep going".

Ultimately, as you may have figured out by now, I did not enjoy this book. It started out showing promise but failed to deliver on that promise which made an already depressing story that much more depressing to read all the way to the end. If you still think this is a book you would enjoy, I highly encourage you to go with the print version instead.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Lovely, smart, and all-around worth it. 20 May 2014
By Matthew Warner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I picked this book up at San Diego Comic-Con 2012. I had the good fortune of getting to speak with creator Drew Gaska about it. It was all kind of a whim, but he seemed like a smart guy with cool sci-fi ideas, and it wasn't until I got back to my hotel and actually read the book that I realized how good it was.

The tl;dr version is: This is a great graphic novel and you should get it. The art's lovely, the ideas are sound, it's well-written, and you'll be entertained past what you pay for it.

The long version: This book is set in the far future. North America's long since been bombed off the map, and is now mostly a submerged, irradiated, ozone-depleted water wasteland. India is the current world power with a few other still-intact Asian nations nipping at their heels, and white people are an oppressed minority. (If it sounds kind of hokey, perhaps the most surprising part is that it isn't, somehow. No small feat.)

A young Mr. Coney has just inherited a few trillion dollars, making him incredibly wealthy while also being incredibly headstrong. He's approached by a group of scientists who point out that, given how used-up the planet is at this stage in human development, Humanity as a whole has maybe 200 years to go before they simply run out everything and the entire race is screwed; maybe, with this young man's virtually-limitless capital, they could develop a Faster-Than-Light drive worth a damn, to the point where the species could be moved off-world via one method or another and humanity can continue to exist?

That's the overarching goal. The reality swirls around fun ideas like what happens when you entrust a 17 year old both with an incredible fortune and with ensuring the survival of the human species. Without getting into spoilers, interesting things happen and it's a fun ride seeing where the story goes from the initial setup.

There's a lot of fun sci-fi ideas at play in this book, and they're all given a lot of room to breathe. Some jokes hit harder than others, but they all fit and it all flows together very well. It's more of a human drama with a hard sci-fi topping than a book that focuses in on the science, but the concepts presented are at least as sound as your average fan-vetted page of a Star Trek wiki. It won't hold up to HARD hard science but there's at least an attempt made at realism which is appreciable. FTL travel is achieved through gravitational slingshotting via artificial black holes as opposed to "press magic button, go fast", for example.

All in all, this is top shelf stuff, I loved it, and I can't wait for more.

Unfortunately, we're probably waiting until 2015 until more exists. I bought this in 2012, it's 2014 now, and there's only vague hints that the planned future volumes may materialize somewhere down the line. This shouldn't discourage you from picking up this volume -- if anything, it should ENcourage you on the off chance that means this series gets completed faster/at all -- but just be aware that if you're like me and make it to the end of this book craving more, you're going to be waiting a bit.
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