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VINE VOICEon 12 January 2009
Dead Space the graphic novel is all part of the Dead Space phenomenon which includes the DVD Dead Space: Downfall and the Dead Space video game. The basic storyline is of the discovery of a mysterious artefact on a distant mining colony which begins to send the inhabitants mad and then brings forth the most hellish of creatures which leads, naturally, to a decent little bloodbath.

I've been playing the game for a long while now and, being a lover of graphic novels, was intrigued enough to find out more about the overall story arc. The order of the story goes as thus: graphic novel followed by DVD followed by game.

I was very pleased that the graphic novel itself is a fairly wonderful little slice of illustrated SF horror. The last 20% or so is the expected gore-fest that such an SF horror story is meant to offer (like a cross between the films Alien and The Thing), and it's enjoyable enough, but the first 80% or so is treated quite delicately and events build up with a depth of characterisation and plot that is intriguing and engrossing and, on the whole, most enjoyable to read.

I must admit, though, that the most pleasing aspect of this graphic novel for me is Ben Templesmith's artwork, which is kind of like a bowl of caviare, I suppose, in the sense that you either love it or hate it as it is incredibly stylised and not as obviously and clinically drawn as most comic fair. I was first introduced to Mr Templesmith's work in the excellent Fell: Feral City, and what I tend to love about his work is two definite things. Firstly, he is excellent at displaying a quite powerful atmosphere in his art, and, secondly, he uses colour to powerful effect.

Some people feel his artwork is a little 'scrappy', and I can see why they feel that way as my initial reaction was one of surprise and uncertainty, but I have been seduced by his artwork and find it refreshing, invigorating and quite affecting. He is also the artist on the incredibly successful 30 Days Of Night series of horror graphic novels, and that's going to be my next foray into the dark, disturbing and enveloping world of Mr Templesmith.

As for Dead Space itself, though, one doesn't necessarily need to either watch the DVD or play the game to enjoy it as it stands on its own merit, and if you are a lover of a good SF Horror yarn then you may well enjoy this immensely.

Oh, and as for the quality of the book itself...well, it's simply a lovely thing to hold. The pages are of a fine and moderately thick glossy paper and the hardback cover itself holds all imagery - as opposed to being the usual bland thing that sits beneath a slip-cover - and I think it is a most pleasing book to sit upon one's shelf.
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on 27 July 2009
This is an outstanding book filled with Dead Space art work and the back story or prequel to the game Dead Space on ps3 and xbox 360.

The artwork is amazing, such detail and care have gone into every aspect of it. Attention to detail is also fa nominal as it does a good job explaining the back story while also keeping true to the game.

Would recommend this book to any Dead Space fans out there.

10/10
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on 20 February 2013
I missed this when it was first published, and when I came to try to buy it later it was as rare as a truthful politician, and as expensive as a corrupt one.

Thankfully, it has now been reprinted by Titan, so I snapped it up.

I love all things Dead Space pretty much, having played all the games, watched the movies and even read some of the offerings. Couple that with the artwork of Ben Templesmith, of 30 Days of Night fame, and you have something special.

Templesmith was born to work on the horror of Dead Space and it's beautifully, chaotically rendered. Anthony Johnston's story is excellent and really builds in suspense and claustrophobia, as things go from bad to worse, and then some!

All, in all, first rate graphic novel, based on a top franchise. Brilliant.
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on 26 March 2016
If you like the dead space games. then you will really enjoy this book
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on 12 June 2015
Great item, in perfect condition, thank you :)
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on 12 October 2014
Couldn't put it down!
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