- Tapa blanda: 152 páginas
- Editor: Dark Horse; Edición: 01 (18 de mayo de 2004)
- Colección: Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Graphic Novels)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 159307171X
- ISBN-13: 978-1593071714
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Michael Chabon Presents...The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist Volume 1: v. 1 (Amazing Adventures of the Escapist (Graphic Novels)) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 18 may 2004
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Leaping onto center stage from the wings of comics history comes that dazzling Master of Elusion, foe of tyranny, and champion of liberation - the Escapist. Operating from a secret headquarters under the boards of the Empire Theater, the Escapist and his crack team of associates roam the globe performing amazing feats of magic and coming to the aid of all those who languish in the chains of oppression. The history of the Escapist's creators Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay was recently chronicled in Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Now the best of the Escapist's adventures are collected into one volume for all to enjoy.
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Bill Sienkiewicz is a comic book creator, artist, penciller, and cover artist known for Kull, The Escapist, Lone Wolf and Cub, Savage Sword of Conan, The Shadow, Smoke/Ashes, and many more. Sienkiewicz was the winner of the 2004 Eisner Award for Best Anthology.
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Overall, an interesting addition to the original Chabon novel, but certainly not strong enough to stand on its own. Some of the stories are interesting, but lack the depth of good narrative. It does provide an escape for the reader back to the days of his/her youth, though, a brief respite from adult concerns.
The back cover is especially clever, made up to look like an ad for novelties from the original Empire Novelty company, who became the publishers of The Escapist in the original book. Carefully read, all of the ads refer to things in the comic compilation itself, though, including an Absentee Father, and a Deluded Sense of Efficacy related to a simplistic view of good and evil as perpetuated in comic books. Someone had a good time writing that page!
This is a fun read for those who like the original Chabon novel, but would probably be a disappointment to those who just want a "comic book" that stands on its own.
Well, for the first story in this collection, it is that cool. The first escapist comic, described detail by detail in the book, is here painted with modern graphic-novel style art- not at all like an early comic book, but who cares, right?
But as the story continues, you start to notice something. At first you avoid it, but it creeps up on you... it's not as great as you imagined it.
As the book goes on, this becomes clearer. The stories simply don't stand on their own. There is so much meta and just not enough good fiction. The art is great, but the plots are sloppy and poorly conceived. Only one or two stories are good enough to stand on their own, and too much time is spent playing with concepts surrounding the fictional "Escapist" timeline introduced at the beginning of the book. It's simply no fun to read.
The last story almost redeems the whole collection, though. The Escapist here movies beyond all the corny attempted recreations of authentic originals and into the genre of graphic novel, where it could stand on it's own. If the whole collection was like this, I'd recommend it for sure.
Couched in terms of "lost adventures" this book features a number of fantastic artists doing questionable work. The whole book is full of ego as Chabon waxes nostalgic about a character who did not exist. If this was limited to the text between the stories, that would probably be ok, but the ego spills over and all of the stories are told with a big nudge and obnoxious wink.
Additionally, this book is very short, very small, and worth nowhere near the cover price.