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on 24 April 1999
This book of conspiracies had me seriously thinking before I was done. Some are, of course, ridiculous, such as "Moongate" or the whole "aliens created the human race" one near the end. But some are pretty convincing.
One thing the other reviewers forgot to mention was the guy in the hat, sunglasses, and trenchcoat who explained everything. I found myself referring to him either as the Narrator (definitely capitalized) or the Phantom Stranger (a comic book character who looks like him). The Phantom Narrator's sense of deadpan humor, along with his sense of impartiality, makes him perfect for this book. As far as I can tell, he loses his temper with the conspirators only twice: in the "Lone Nut Family Tree," and "The Casolaro Conspiracy Maze," both of which are incredibly tangled up.
All in all, a good (if scary) book.
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on 28 October 1998
This is by far the best book in Paradox Press' Big Book series. Doug Moench, known to comics fans for numerous works including Batman, deftly utilizes his expertise with the medium to give this graphic novel the perfect tone it needs: a combination of offbeat, tongue-in-cheek black humor, and a creeping sense of building dread. The artists (some of the best in comics) are well-suited to the particular vignettes they illustrate in the BBOC, and the constant shift in artistic styles helps reinforce the book's aforementioned mood. Comics fans, conspiracy fans, alien abductees, and political manipulators take note: The Big Book of Conspiracies is among the best ever done on the subject.
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on 14 October 1995
The latest in "The Big Book of" series is a brief but comprehensive
overview of the big conspiracies - from JFK/MLK/RFK to UFOs to
to more the more modern Whitewater and Casolaro cases. Are they
all related? You be the judge. Even as a conspiracy layperson, I
could see the stories stretch the facts a bit to make a point (or is
that what the Illuminati want me to think?) The number of people
murdered/suicided in this book is enough to make one think twice
about nosing around. Makes you think if someone may be monitoring
your trail around the net. The graphics are great, the web tangled,
and now I find myself keywording CIA and UFO on Amazon.
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on 24 September 1998
I don't believe every conspiracy theory that comes down the pike ... but some of the theories in this book are pretty damned convincing. For example, there's the PROMIS/Inslaw scandal -- some 40 witnesses have died in suspicious accidents or dubious suicides.
If _one_ person dies (for example, Vince Foster), it's probably an honest-to-gosh suicide. But when FORTY die, it's starting to look like conspiracy.
All I can say is that this book scared the bejeezus out of me. I'll never look at Masons the same way again -- cute little old guys in fezzes, or evil monsters bent on world domination? You be the judge.
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on 23 July 1999
Moench is one of my favorite comic book writers and themes of conspiracy and the occult turn up in many of his other works, going back to his classic Marvel Comics series "Master of Kung Fu" and "Moon Knight." So I was excited to see him turn his talents to the source -- history's most famous real conspiracy theories. He doesn't disappoint. This is like a graphic novel version of the conspiracy bible "70 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time." Conspiracy buffs will drool over them both.
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on 11 November 1997
This book has an entertaining format ie,comics. It puts conspiracy claims in a grand unified theory. I completely enjoyed this book. If you don't want to read dozens of books on political dirty tricks,then this book does a tidy job of summarizing conspiracy theory. I highly recommend it.
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