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Girls: The Complete Collection [Hardcover]

Jonathan Luna , Joshua Luna
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27 Nov 2007
In the lush, rural backdrop of Pennystown, Ethan and his neighbors lived a peaceful kind of life. Now, things have changed... drastically. Clones, spawned from a beautiful and mysterious woman, are preying on the townspeople and paranormal activity is escalating into a full-blown catastrophe. In order to find a way out of this nightmare, the town must stand as one. But when temptation beckons, can the men be trusted? As the questions pile on, only one thing remains certain - this town will never look at girls the same way again.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics; Slp Deluxe edition (27 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582408262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582408262
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 22 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 784,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Good. Worth the Money 29 Dec 2007
I came to this book having read some reviews online. "It reads like a movie" was the general consensus. They're right. It really does. It's scary, it's funny, you get really frustrated by the characters actions (to the point where you're gripping the page wanting to strangle them yourself - which shows how good the characterisation is in my opinion) and it's entertaining right through. Just what a good movie should be! The artwork is of a superb quality throughout and the general presentation of the book itself, from the binding to the slip off cover, is gorgeous.

Buy it. And buy it online. It's easily £20 cheaper on here than it is on the shelf of any comic book store that I saw.

my only quibble would be the ending. it's a little fast. but...i'm still proud to have this book on my shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls 28 Jan 2009
By 12345!
This is clearly an outstanding book. The effort that has been put into this work is quite unbelievable, it's ability to take the viewer on the ride is awesome. The pace is perfect, the artwork jaw dropping the characterization strong and the plot builds in a worrying and quite unnerving manner. In bare, a small minded American town is isolated and violently manipulated and invaded almost effortlessly as a result of a one night stand! As bonds between town members are laid bare in tatters the community spirit turns in on itself with some horrific consequences. So far the best graphic novel I have ever read/seen (it really is like being witness to a great cinematic achievement in the form of a perfect storyboard). Don't be put off by the price, it's very much worth every penny as the binding and printing is quite something. Buy and watch it! It's amazing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion of the Sperm Snatchers 19 Jun 2008
I love this book, and this Complete collection is the way to experience it. People say it reads like you're watching a movie, and it does. Thats why I recommend reading the whole story from start to finish in one go. Even though the book is divided into chapters, the story really flows non-stop like a movie.

It's a brilliant take on the 'alien invasion of a backwater town' scenario. If only TV shows like 'Invasion' were executed half as good as this. The previous review said it all, this is all about characters, their relationships, and their more often than not questionable actions.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Monster. 6 Feb 2008
By J. Giermann - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Oh how prepared I was to hate the comic that always had a naked woman on its cover. Nothing but gratuitous sex exploited like everything else in society. Crowds drawn to the mention of t**s like moths to a flame. & then one day I stumbled upon the first issue posted on-line for free. I read it, ready to cringe yet curious of what it was really about. It began to a poem; about life's chaos, beauty, & ugliness to the scenes of sperm searching for an egg & a young man masturbating. `Oh boy, yet another erotica desperately pretending to be something deep,' I thought. But then I read the rest of the 22 pages & it was... amazing. Beautiful. Genuinely deep. An over-coming celestial sort of awe. All of my harsh prejudges were crumpled.
Its enigmatic unsettling tone matches to that of The Birds rather than that of Girls Gone Wild. That atmosphere alone reaches out & grabs you by your throat. I cannot praise it enough. It's one of those stories where if you say anything, almost anything at all, it will spoil so many of the twists that the series is famous for. But here's a hint. In the words that inspired the Luna Brothers themselves; beautiful monster. & it all begins with Ethan--the masturbating man, a 20-something nobody who has no luck when it comes to the opposite sex. To top it all off he's still in love with his ex-girlfriend. One ominous was-rainy night he has an emotional breakdown at a bar & is thrown out, but while driving home in a frustrated daze he almost hits someone: it's a frightened, naked, bleeding, breathtaking woman. & she's about to change more than just his world.
The deeper into the series you go, the more surreal & almost dreamlike it becomes. The story never dies down for a second, each & every page is fascinating & drenched in dark hearted drama or bizarre mystery. The art is beautiful, with blurred surroundings & smooth colors. & the ending, those very last 3 pages, is dazzlingly reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The finale itself does collapse under its own weight a bit, but the ride is such a grand trip that this can be forgiven. Ultimately, in my opinion, it's a science-fiction masterpiece that explores the depths of stereotypes & holds a statement on the differences between genders; played out by very human characters whose humanity & hope slowly erode away in a situation they can't comprehend. & only one thing is certain; no one will ever look at the opposite sex the same way again. As well as exploring the very nature of beauty itself. Yes there is nudity & sexuality, but it's more of a commentary on humans' slavery to sex & never feels pornographic at all. This is a rare breed of story, one in which everything that can be explored is, & thoroughly so. But don't be mistaken, this is a very mature read, a very strange read, & not for everyone.
If you are someone who prefers conclusive endings, energetic pacing, & is interested in the meeting of an alien race over the arguing of humans, this is a series you will either find sub-par or simply average.
Girls is a character study above all else.

Oversized, hardcover, & $[...]--a bit steep.
The book is heavy & acts as more of something for show, but the comic certainly looks amazing in its large format. The slip it comes with is attractive & looks more penciled than its counterparts. Mine was lightly dented on one edge, & the top's image was loose around the edges--I glued it down more securely.
Ultimately this is a book for the die-hard fans, & for casual readers I recommend the trades.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly awesome comic! 19 May 2008
By H - Published on
Girls is the comic that got me back into comics after a long hiatus. I'd place it up there with Y: The Last Man (and a few others) in the category of recent comics that really exemplify why this art form should be viewed on par with movies and novels. The artwork and layout are terrific - the Luna Brothers have a real touch when it comes to visuals and this book really stands out. The setup of the story, the underlying mystery, and the conflicts (both personal and global) that develop are outstanding. I still think about some of the story twist moments in this book even though I finished reading it more than a year ago.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read 25 April 2008
By H. A. Johnson - Published on
Excellent book. The Lune brothers do an excellent job crafting the story and the art work is top notch. This edition is amazing and has the entire series run. Worth the investment.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining for surprising reasons 2 April 2009
By Bryce Miller - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I first set eyes on the Luna brothers' artwork in the Spider-Woman: Origin book, I was motivated to hunt for more of their work. I tend to gravitate towards hardcover collections when it comes to graphic novels, so I was very pleased to discover the deluxe hardcover edition of Girls. The cost was rather off-putting, so I checked out the first issue for free on the Image Comics Web site. After reading that first issue, I was assured that the nudity wasn't just a ploy for fanboys. I really wanted to know where the authors were going to take the story.

The book was a really compelling read, although not for the reasons I had expected. I was expecting the science-fiction story line to be the main event. What made the book such a pleasure to read, though, was the well-rounded characters that adapted and changed as the story unfolded around them. The sci-fi story would be incredibly hard to swallow if that were all that the Luna brothers explored. But as a springboard for complex character studies, it works surprisingly well. The characters are dropped in an endless number of thought-provoking scenarios, and I found myself constantly asking what I would do in each character's position. It's quite an insane social experiment.

Unfortunately, while the character interactions are intriguing, the actual sci-fi string does feel a bit flat. Perhaps this is due to the Luna brothers decision to not explain what's happening in explicit detail. But the characters really wouldn't experience a monologuing mastermind in this world, so to some degree the reader experiences the events just like the characters would.

As for the deluxe treatment, I love the artwork in these pages and can't imagine not having the oversized pages. I don't really remember much for bonus features, but I believe there are some cover variations. The story is one very cohesive thread, so I appreciate having all 24 issues collected in one hardcover volume. The cost is prohibitive for many, but this isn't a mass market DC or Marvel publication, so I'm just happy to have the story available in this format. After poring over the Girls deluxe hardcover, I hope the Luna brothers latest project (The Sword) will eventually receive a similar treatment.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read but a bit gimmicky 11 April 2011
By Kane Cheung - Published on
Girls was a fun read, the kind that you can't put down because it was designed to end in cliff hangers and new story branches with every chapter (so get all 4 volumes or get this complete series). That being said, it is very good at keeping you interested in what's going to happen next. The problem is that by the time you get your questions answered in every chapter, you feel a bit let down. I can't say that it is predictable, but the resulting feeling definitely seems that way. I can forgive the dangling a carrot approach, after all, Girls is a character focused plot. But I had higher expectations for character development and really digging down into their flaws/dilemmas. Well, this is where it gets really stereotypical and predictable. You have a cast of characters, each one playing to a specific stereotype, blatantly type casted and neatly packaged to fit their roles. This was what really kept me from enjoying Girls as much as I thought I should have. It was like an after school special with multi ethnic actors, making sure to have enough to cover the diversity basis. You have the village slut, the village idiot, the village wise man, the village chief, the love interest, the chinese lady with the bad english... I am being a bit harsh here, I think the Luna Bros did do a fairly good job of playing these stereotypes out. The signature snappy dialogue is here, the Ultra-esque artwork is still good and a thrilling storyline to keep things moving along. The character analysis could be deeper, but since I can't come up with better ideas in this review, I have to accept the fact that this is just the nature of the genre. I guess you just can't go into this expecting to be blown away by something new or with depth. The Luna Bros have become a guilty pleasure of mine, their work is a bit shallow but very entertaining (sexy, shiny new, kaboom pow stuff). It's like watching a hit TV series, it's quick, predictable but addicting, and mainstream. And you just can't go wrong with mainstream, right?

Recommend to check it out for its entertainment value but don't spend too much on it for lack of much to gain from a re-read and very likely that it has been better done elsewhere.
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