- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (10 Jun. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0306816164
- ISBN-13: 978-0306816161
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean Paperback – 10 Jun 2008
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NPR.org "Wolk [is] such an engaging writer...If you're already a devotee of the form, you will find yourself nodding in furious agreement with his cleareyed take on precisely why good comics are good. If, on the other hand, you've ever publicly opined that comics are crude, juvenile and/or witless, be prepared: it's only a matter of time before someone presses this thoughtful, utterly convincing book into your hands."
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This review has been an attempt, like Wolk's admirable tome, to convey my enthusiasm for the medium
That being said, Wolk chooses some good, some bad, some interesting comics to talk about. I found his later chapters on individual authors interesting. Particularly on Starlin's Warlock, Ditko's Spider-Man and Mr. A, Sim's Cerebus, and finally Morrison's Invisibles.
You should look at the table of contents and see if Wolk writes about any comics (or creators) you have read and then pick up this book if there are enough of them. Note that Wolk will often spoil the endings of books so be careful.
Why I see Wolk failing to deliver on his promise to talk about metaphors in comics is that he spends way too much time telling us what the text in those comics mean (can't we figure a lot of this out for ourselves? -- exception: his take on Morrison's Invisibles is passionate and fairly coherent). I was hoping he'd be able to present a consistent view on the language of the comics medium (the art), and instead I got a lot of more of regurgitation of storylines (I already knew).
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