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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (25 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582407665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582407661
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Longweight on 5 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
Just a quick review! The artwork, writing style and plot are like nothing else. I really enjoyed this comic and its dark yet relevant story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Atkins on 16 July 2012
Format: Paperback
Having read only Hickman's Secret Warriors for Marvel and really enjoyed the take on the darker side of the Marvel Universe I found this in Forbidden Planet Birmingham and asked 'What is it'? and no one knew so For future reference.
Is it worth buying yes, This is a very well researched and presented book.
The art style is very different unique almost.
The book is a look at the idea of TV news and how as our main medium for finding out about the world outside.
The book is very much an anti political agenda within the news book.
In conclusion for a book that makes you think Pick this up. On a side note check out Hickmans other work
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The best book I've read this year! 21 Sep 2007
By Nicholas Zinn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am still in shock about what this story did for me. I heard some good things about Nightly News, but nothing prepared me for the unsettling hold it had for the duration of the experience.

To boil it down, it's about a group/cult of people dedicated to change the news by destroying their reporters by any means necessary. If this was all it entailed then I would've just thought it was ok and moved on. He goes for the jugular and exposes why journalism is tainted and shouldn't be trusted anymore. The visual style Mr. Hickman brings to each page makes my graphic designer/creative mind drool with envy. Comics are not done this way for more than a few pages, but he throws the traditional out the door and moves with a palate that is overwhelming and mezmerizing on every page.

I had to slow down and read each chapter to take in all the details wrapped in it. He throws statistics that are great ammunition toward convincing me that tv is no good (not that I didn't know that already, but it reenforces it). I don't want to give too much away, but just flipping through the book demand that I read it. This is a rare breed of work that moves me like Fight Club, Donnie Dark and anything by Daniel Quinn. It makes us look at the world around us and want to change it, while providing an entertaining story. This is a book that I want to buy copies for friends and give out. I want to hand it over and say, "See someone else is thinking like we do."

I cannot give it anymore higher praise and hope others will latch on and love this series like I do.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Terroristic Cults 28 Sep 2008
By Uthor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Nightly News is a condemnation of the corporate news media in the US which favors profits and ratings over facts, thus leaving lives ruined in the pursuit of stories.

The story follows a terroristic cult as it kills and executes dozens of news people in an effort to force the rest to stick to factual news reporting and not sensationalistic story reporting.

The main drive of the story, however, is a mystery as to who The Voice really is and what his goals are.

Obviously, the author doesn't believe in going out and killing dozens of people is a solution to the problem (and makes it very clear throughout the story), but the story is peppered with facts and figures that make the reader question everything from control of the media, to globalization, to public schools. It is a dense story with a lot of information to take in on every page.

Not enough can be said about the artwork. It is very far from traditional comic art, ignoring traditional panel layouts for a style best described as "graphic design." The pages are laid out as infographics, with even charts and graphs popping up from time to time. There are lots of straight lines (including rectangular word balloons) and solid shapes. Everything is neat and orderly, which makes a huge impression when chaotic violence breaks out. Within these stylized graphics and layouts are realistic figures. This is all topped off with a monochromatic color scheme. It is like nothing else seen in comic books.

The only complaint is that the figures of the very large cast tend to blend together. It is hard to tell the dozen or so characters apart with the heavy inking and limited color pallet. You are reduced to trying to figure out which spiky-haired or glasses-wearing person you are looking at. Part of this is intentional, especially among the interchangeable TV news personalities, but it makes reading difficult.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Shenanigans 4 Oct 2012
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A sniper begins shooting journalists and anyone connected to the media, journalists, cameramen, sound guys, all in the name of an obscure cult leader called The Voice. John is recruited to join this mysterious and deadly organisation after a news story destroyed his life where he meets similar people who've had a rough deal from the news companies, wrongful accusations, etc. They begin the fight back against the information monopoly the media corporations hold and the way these corporations abuse this power to mould our reality.

I've enjoyed Jonathan Hickman's work a lot - his FF series with Marvel, his books with Image - they're great, so it made sense to me to pick up his critically acclaimed debut comic book which writers like Andy Diggle and Brian Michael Bendis positively gush about in the blurb and Brad Meltzer even says "This is what the future looks like". Well, if this is the future of comics then I can only imagine that in the future we've all become significantly stupider.

You know how some kids go to college for their first term and return completely changed, believing that having heard a lecturer talk of big ideas and treat them like adults for the first time, they now know everything? This is the impression Hickman gives in this book. Reading "The Nightly News" is like reading someone who has just read Noam Chomsky for the first time and is clumsily fashioning a story around his barely-digested teachings.

Here's Hickman's take on news reporting: journalists and everyone in the media are evil. So evil they deserve to be shot in the head with a high-powered sniper rifle. And to make sure the reader is on the side of the lunatic with the gun, he makes every single journalist evil too. He makes them say things like "I tell people who to pick as the next president, what stocks to buy, what to think about foreign affairs. The Japanese have a saying `The press leads the public'. They're goddamn right." So they're all amoral and deluded with god-complexes: they deserve to get shot right? Especially when they're in collusion with the politicians who are even more evil and scary.

Like cartoon Bond villains the politicians make toasts such as "To the violence that makes peace possible. To the true power that makes market economies stable" and say even nuttier things like "We destroy people without fear of retribution or litigation. It's what we do." And when the evil media types and the even more evil politicians get together Hickman has them literally quoting Goebbels and Hitler along with exposition like "our revenues are tied to our dominance on the front line of ideas". Yeah that's convincing dialogue, Jonathan, they would really be saying that to one another.

But we're clear so far, class? Media and political types are just bad. They deserve all the bullets and bombs the cultists throw at them. Because the cultists know what's really going on, they're the smart ones. They're so smart they say things like "We call them programming facilities. You call them public schools. 99 of 100 students are automata. They are careful to follow prescribed paths and customs, not by accident but by the result of ample education." Riiight. We're all "automata". Thanks guys, for lifting the veil of deceit and showing me the truth - now I see the world for what it really is.

Hickman sprinkles info dumps in each chapter showing charts, figures, and stats in the midst of the story with a snarky and smug disclaimer along the lines of "To find out more about poverty/hunger/rape/genocide read below, however if all you're concerned about is entertainment, skip this and continue reading the next page." He also includes smarmy comments throughout like an un-asked-for commentary along the lines of "here's why I made this artistic choice because you wouldn't be able to handle anything more challenging". It's so unbelievably patronising.

On the one hand you have more-evil-than-Darth-Vader politicos and rich media types vying for some kind of Orwellian future and on the other you have brain-dead anarchists represented here as heroes looking to create a utopia through nihilism. And then between the two you have an author sneering at the reader with an array of facts lecturing you that you're a bad person because you bought this comic book for entertainment and that unless you're fighting the system and the corporations, you're an "automata". I don't know which I disliked more, the authorial voice, the characters in the book, or the story - I just know I hated them all.

I get that 6 giant corporations owning all of the media outlets in the west is a bad thing, but Hickman's solution in the book is "shoot them all". For a book posing (and boy is it posing) as intellectual and knowing, that's a pretty trite answer. Why put so much effort into making yourself look educated and smart when your only conclusion is chaos - surely it undermines the entire point of the book? If you want to address serious problems and talk down to people who ignore them, you can't then turn around and claim the solution is out and out violence, some brainless bang bang boom. It betrays the central premise that this is an adult book with adult issues if you supply childish answers. How about saying something intelligent and/or original? Hickman subtitles this book "A lie told in 6 parts" to cover himself from critiques about his actual political stance and the fiction he's writing. He can make a political statement and then back away from it claiming "hey, it's fiction, it's all a lie!" - in other words he can have his cake and eat it. It's a cowardly approach.

And a hypocritical approach too. Hey Jonathan, if corporations are so bad, why do you work for one? Marvel is owned by Disney who are owned by Buena Vista, one of the Evil 6 you singled out. Writing "The Nightly News" and then going to Marvel to write "Fantastic Four" is like if Tyler Durden made his "you are not a beautiful or unique snowflake" speech and then put on a suit and went to work for Goldman Sachs.

But political posturing aside, how's the story? Well, tedious to be honest. The - and I say this very loosely - "heroes" of the book kill journalists and media types and then the book ends. They're not "characters" as Hickman doesn't really give them character, they're just ciphers at best. There are other plot-holes in the book which I won't go into but are glaringly obvious if you choose to read this.

There are a couple of good points. I liked Hickman's art. I didn't even know he was an artist but he draws pretty well and sets out the pages like graphic design rather than comics layouts and it's quite effective. At times I felt the pages were a bit overstuffed with boxes of information but I suppose that's Hickman educating a robotic schlub like me to think than just read a comic for entertainment. Thank you sir, may I have another?

Overall, this book is astonishingly crap. Bad story and even worse characters aside, being condescended to on every page became very tiresome very quickly and I struggled to make it through the end. This is political thought as written by an immature, thoughtless half-wit who is parroting back ideas bigger than he conceive in a convoluted and messy way. Hickman's response to 21st century media saturation is to throw his toys out of the pram while mumbling banalities about how everyone's an idiot. I cannot believe writers I respect are in cahoots on this book, that a good writer like Hickman wrote this and that Bendis and Diggle praised it. "The Nightly News" is one of the dumbest debuts I've ever read and the kind of book a 15 year old would think is cool and righteous because they're 15 years old. Jonathan Hickman, if this is you trying to prove your intellectual veracity, shut the hell up and get back to writing about the Thing and Spiderman, ok? You're embarrassing yourself, mate.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"How Did You Think This Was Going To End For Me?" 2 Aug 2010
By darklordzden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
America, The Present: The first ominous shots ring out and the pedestrians fall to their knees; the news crews arrive with their usual ghoulish precision...and then find themselves targeted. The opening battle in a war prosecuted against a corrupt self-serving media has just been declared by the ominous "Brotherhood Of The Voice": a cult made up of a psychopathically dedicated group of people who have all, in some way or another, had their lives destroyed by a media more concerned with sensationalism and the pursuit of ratings than truth. But who commands the brotherhood? What are their aims? And just far are they prepared to go in their quest?

"The Nightly News" was the world's introduction to the breath-taking talents of Jonathan Hickman, a writer and artist who, with this debut, almost single-handedly redefined the term "graphic novel" itself with his ingenious use of classical graphic design techniques. When I first read this book at the time of its original publication, I felt a frisson of amazement run up my spine as I realized that I was witnessing the arrival of a talent to rival the likes of Will Eisner and Alan Moore.

In terms of the story itself, Hickman's tale manages to combine a relentlessly compulsive thriller (peopled with frighteningly believable, flawed characters) with an astonishingly prescient expose of the corruption and hypocrisy endemic to modern media and governance. As other reviewers have observed, "Network" and "Fight Club" are thematic touchstones - as is Alan J. Pakula's massively underrated seventies conspiracy thriller, "The Parallax View".

"The Nightly News" heralded the arrival of a major talent whose commitment to redefining a medium that had been trapped in evolutionary entropy since the mid-nineties was apparent for all to see; this book, along with Hickman's other creator produced works, Transhuman (a terrifying satire of corporate venture capitalism) and Pax Romana (a time travel tale with a decidedly theological bent) represents some of the finest work ever to grace the comic book medium.

Beg, borrow or buy a copy today if you have any interest in comics.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the most original comic books I’ve read, however it wasn’t my favorite thing by Hickman 28 May 2014
By Matt Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Collects The Nightly News issues #1-6

Some people consider this a classic, but while I think it is one of the most original comic books I’ve read, it wasn’t my favorite thing by Hickman. Right after reading this book, I found out that it was Hickman's debut work. The art, a mixture of graphic design and traditional comic book art, was outstanding. I’ve never seen anything quite like it in comic books. The violence was a little much for me, but it fit perfectly well with the story being told.

Hickman confesses that creating a large, intentionally ambiguous cast was part of his master plan when developing this story, and from my perspective, the story suffers for it. It may be that I’m more drawn in by characters, rather than a particular type of story, but either way I was hoping for a connection with some of the protagonists (which unfortunately never happened).

I was also disappointed that there were no heroes. The only characters that the readers were given a chance to connect with were the characters that were doing morally reprehensible things.

I’ll stick with my 3-star rating, but the more I think back on the work, the more I want to lower my rating.
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