Alan Moore's Hypothetical Lizard Paperback – 9 Aug 2007
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About the Author
Alan Moore is widely considered to be the greatest comic book writer of all time. With over thirty years dedicated to the medium, his body of work includes Watchmen (the best-selling graphic novel in history), From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Swamp Thing, Tom Strong, Promethea, V for Vendetta, and Lost Girls, just to name a few.He is the nine-time winner of the Eisner Award for Best Writer, and recipient of a Hugo Award. Avatar Press has published numerous Moore projects in recent years, including his seminal guide to graphic storytelling, WRITING FOR COMICS. His other Avatar projects include HYPOTHETICAL LIZARD, YUGGOTH CULTURES, and the highly anticipated Fall 2011 release, NEONOMICON.
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It IS a complete graphic story. Moore originally wrote this as a standard text-only story. In this volume it has been turned into a graphic novel. What you have is the complete story in graphics, which is too short for even a graphic novel, so it is follwed by the complete original text, so actually you get the same story twice.
I've read Moore (V, Promethea, Swamp Thing, League of EG, Watchemn), and i would ahve been disappointed if this had been longer.
In my opinion, for fans only, and even then, get it from the library.
Now I'm not afraid of text only books, in fact I have plenty and at one point that was all that I read, I only discovered the graphic novel recently and since then I have been collecting and reading as many as I can get my hands on! I have read watchmen, the swamp thing saga, tank girl, some 30 days of night, tekkonkinkreet, the league of gentlemen-moore, wildcats, silent hill, black hole, silverfish etc etc.
And whilst I find color more interesting to look at, I don't mind B&W if there is alot of shading, so that the predominant colors are blacks and greys rather than white with black outlines- I find that visually chaotic and it gives me a headache just trying to work it out! (halo jones for example, another disappointment due to the chaotic black and white scrawls everywhere) anyway this book is also in B&W but with shading, so the result is a pleasing array of blacks, greys, and whites, giving you nice clear image and the text is clearly definable from the image-(unlike halo jones in which the text and drawings are exactly the same so there is nothing interesting on the page just black and white everywhere- yuk!)
Anyway my review is about this book, which I HAVE NOT READ because after flicking through discovered that only half of it is a graphic novel and the other half is text only, this gives the impression that the artists could not be bothered to finish the work but it was published anyway, so it feels like a half-hearted attempt basically to make some cash! The first half that is a graphic novel doesn't flow like a typical GN does, ie: people talking to one another, action, etc, it's just a series of images with narrator type speech in boxes above the image, with some occasional dialogue, it's more reminiscent of the internet (now on DVD) flash based series "Broken Saints" which was basically a graphic novel/comic that was mildly animated with sound for the internet - after much success the creators were given a budget to do it again as a DVD...
anyway I give this novel 2 stars for the fact that it's Alan moore, has some nice artwork and an interesting premise, however I wouldn't really recommend it, buy his other stuff instead.
NOTES: This was a book before it was translated into an illustrated graphic novel, however that does not excuse the fact that is was not finished as a graphic novel.
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Som-Som is an uncharacter who performs unactions and speaks in undialogue. This is due to her having been sold to a brothel as a child and having had a surgery performed on her, dividing the right and left hemispheres of her brain, making her unable to form sentences relevent to what is going on around her. This was done so she would not divulge the secrets of her sorcerous clientele. Half her face is covered by a porcelein mask. The other half shows the scar of her brain surgery.
The title "Hypothetical Lizard" refers to a "philosophical toy": a metal sphere (with a seam around the middle) is said to contain a hibernating lizard. But does the sphere truly contain a lizard or not? We don't know. That's why it's hypothetical. The seam around the sphere may be intended to mimic the scar of Som-Som. Is there a "lizard" in her head, i.e. is she still a human being, capable of interacting with others, will she have any impact on the plot? I'll leave that for you to decide. In my opinion, this story seems incomplete, as though Moore was going to do something else with the character of Som-Som. She could have been an unnarrator for a series of stories. Or perhaps I just don't get it yet.
There is nothing very graphic here, yet the subject matter (brothels, homosexuality) puts it at older teen, ratings-wise. The black and white art is well done and does an excellent job at conveying the emotions (with the exception of Som-Som, naturally) of the characters.
An interesting idea, as this avatar production takes Moore's original novella, reprinting that in the latter half of the book, while the first is a black and white graphic novel adaptation of the same story, that is really quite similar.
A pretty cool idea, really, to combine the two, and the story seems quite similar in tone in either format.
3.5 out of 5
Brain split sorcerer sexual servant gender bending slave swap suicide.
3.5 out of 5
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