Adamtine Paperback – 7 Jun 2012
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"A compulsively readable modern whodunit" (Stylist)
"Easily the best graphic novel I’ve read this year… Both the story and the art are just brilliant and I’ve never felt the fear of a story communicated better…each twist and turn is utterly captivating and the ending is both shocking and inventive" (Dog Ear Discs)
"Much of Adamtine's pleasure lies in how disconcerting it all is. The tricky narrative, however, is nicely counterbalanced by Berry’s clear and carefully detailed illustrations, and a deceptively simple visual style that keeps the storytelling on solid ground, even when things take an alarming turn for the weirder" (The List)
For every action, there is always an equal and opposite reaction. A haunting new tale from the author of the mysterious Britten & Brulightly.See all Product Description
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A few people are on the last night train out of London. The carriage(s) they are in suddenly and without explanation stop moving and it gradually dawns upon the passengers that this is not the result an obstruction on the track or BR incompetence but of something altogether different. Their journey has become one into high strangeness.
Glimpses of back-stories of these passengers are offered, and with them hints of the reason that this might be happening to these particular people. And really I don't think I can say much else about the plot without revealing what a reader would better find for himself, or without giving my own interpretation of the book's ambiguities. I re-read the book immediately after finishing it partly because I'd been so tense (rather frightened, actually) on first reading that I'd gallopped through without giving the art the attention it deserves, and when I did so I found that many things that seemed out-of-place or utterly confusing the first time had been explained later in the story.
And the art is very fetching and very effective. The second time around I studied each panel, and many of them are gems. (As well, the free approach to panel boundaries, like the changes in viewpoint and in focus are well-considered.) I'm especially taken with Berry's feeling for light and darkness: a wash, I think, that tells us that a kitchen is on the north side of a house, the treatment of a mobile's screen shining through a layer of paper, the depiction of a carriage's lighted interior seen from outside on a starless night.Read more ›
It was so compelling, I read it within about a half-hour non-stop. There's something about Berry's style, graphically and literally, that hearkens back to some of my favourite British indie comic talents of the 90s, so maybe that makes this more a winner for me personally. However, the story is a quiet, faintly chilling one reminiscent of the original Twilight Zone at its creepiest, but with a very modern edge. Even the ending, though unsatisfying from a what-the-hell-is-going-on-here standpoint, fits perfectly to the tone of the story. Dark and disturbing and utterly involving.
I don't often give books 5 stars, and it's been a long time since I read a totally new-to-me comic that just blew me away, but this one did. I've read it three times already, and I'll probably read it again tomorrow.
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