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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This compilation of the "Enigma" mini-series is one of my favourite comicbook works.
It was one of the first releases by the Vertigo line, created by DC Comics to publish comics focusing on more mature themes.
The story follows Michael Smith, a boring man with a boring life that has his world changed after encountering the misterious Enigma. An internal...
Published on 20 Sep 2002 by Ubik

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3.0 out of 5 stars A mini series collected
Michael Smith's life is nothing out of the ordinary. On tuesdays he wears his blue socks and grey underwear, he counts his bath towels and has sex with his girlfriend Sandra. One tuesday however, his life changes forever when supervillian "The Head" appears and starts sucking peoples brains out of their nose. To further astonishment, his childhood comic book superhero...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, 20 Sep 2002
This review is from: Enigma (Vertigo) (Paperback)
This compilation of the "Enigma" mini-series is one of my favourite comicbook works.
It was one of the first releases by the Vertigo line, created by DC Comics to publish comics focusing on more mature themes.
The story follows Michael Smith, a boring man with a boring life that has his world changed after encountering the misterious Enigma. An internal revolution will make Michael re-evaluate his principles: from the point of human life to his own sexuality.
Brilliantly imagined by Peter Milligan ("Shade: the Changing Man", "Human Target", "X-Statix") "Enigma" is a fantasy story, but one that never loses its human focus. The art by Duncan Fegredo ("Kid Eternity", "Girl", "Millenium Fever"), is also excelent. Very interesting is the evolution on Fegredo's style, that changes throughout the different chapters.
All in all, a classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A mini series collected, 30 Nov 2007
This review is from: Enigma (Vertigo) (Paperback)
Michael Smith's life is nothing out of the ordinary. On tuesdays he wears his blue socks and grey underwear, he counts his bath towels and has sex with his girlfriend Sandra. One tuesday however, his life changes forever when supervillian "The Head" appears and starts sucking peoples brains out of their nose. To further astonishment, his childhood comic book superhero Enigma appears to track down The Head and stop the killings. Things don't stop after The Head as supervillian The Truth appears to cause even more chaos and provide an even bigger challenge to Enigma.

An extremely surreal adventure where Michael tries to figure out his connection with Enigma. He ends up enlisting the help of the comic book writer who originally created Enigma, Titus Bird. Enigma only ran for 3 issues and Enigma soon starts to follow new paths seperate from the original comic and new supervillians appear. Titus also has to fend off the "Enigmatics" who treat him like a prophet and belive his comics to be complete truth with hidden messages.

It was a very sexual graphic novel without being explicit (I am guessing the author is gay?). I did enjoy it, but ultimately found it a little too pretentious playing up to comic book cliches. It was also a little overly confusing although I did like the twists it took for the most part. I am usually very good at guessing who and what is going on, but this time I was dead wrong which made for a nice change.
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