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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401203493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401203498
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,478,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in a gritty near-future, 100% juggles three separate but interconnected stories that revolve around a downtown Manhattan nightclub catering to demimonde habitues including artists, erotic dancers (whose internal organs are projected onto viewscreens for the ultimate voyeuristic kick), prizefighters, barmaids, and busboys. The meandering story line isn't particularly plot-heavy, but Pope more than makes up for any narrative slackness by skillfully using the comics medium to convince, rather than simply tell, us about this slightly futuristic, highly recognizable world. In the end, 100% is like a William Gibson novel filmed by Wong Kar-wai to a punk-rock soundtrack. Pope's gray-toned drawings, aided by his expressive brushwork, are highly detailed but remarkably clear; visual complexity never gets in the way of impressive storytelling. Pope is one of the few American artists--if not the only one--to have drawn manga for Japanese publishers and show the strong influence of Eurocomics, too. His globalized approach and emphasis on style over substance, which mirrors trends in other media, perhaps point to the future of the comics medium. Gordon Flagg
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"* "An exciting new visual experience that you have to scramble to keep up with." - Time Magazin" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Paul Pope is one of the greatest.
Jose Ovalles
There is a scene in this story regarding a character named Kettlehead that meets that description.
tgw
Paul Pope has a wonderful and beautiful imagination.
Catherine Theresa Sanders

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 5 color cowboy on April 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
In a world where the public has taken the literal ,"It`s what`s inside that counts". Comic`s own Destoyer,Paul Pope, has taken us deep inside the bowels of the Catshack.A place where a skin show was just tapping the surface,the Gastro allows us to see what a girl is really made of.

A boxer,a vagabond,a hopeless romantic,are just a few of the characters that inhabit a not so far off story of the human condition.Sinous brushlines paint a beautiful Bladerunneresque tale worthy of the title,100%
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tim Donderevo on July 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
For all of us who can't scour the comic shops for the originals, this hardcover collection is a boon - but with a few downsides.

'100%' is classic Paul Pope (in his more narrative style) along the lines of The 'One-Trick Rip-Off' or 'The Ballad Of Doctor Richardson'. This book is also a great example of Pope's unique and understated sci-fi (see THB) - this time the plot is totally character-driven and rather romantic (!)

This book only loses 1 star for the rather thin magazine-type paper its printed on (mine arrived creased!) - and the beautiful but unwieldy jacket. The hardcover itself is also an issue; Pope comics are (typically) printed right up to the edge of the page and the spine, which is fine in a stapled comic that can be spread open, but with a hardcover the inside frames and text bubbles disappear into the binding. If you're really into Pope, you should consider tracking down the 100% comics.

Note: The thumbnail here is not the cover that I recieved from Amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 10, 2014
Format: Paperback
Paul Pope’s 100% is made up of three love stories, interweaving with one another, against an ominous backdrop of a futuristic New York.

Daisy/Dollar Bill is a gastro dancer where she dances in clubs that project her insides as giant 3D holograms for punters to get off on with busboy John as her star-crossed lover. Strel and her estranged gastro-boxing husband Haitous slowly rekindle their relationship while Strel’s friend Kim falls for Eloy, a performance artist, whose work consists of collecting 100 kettles all tuned in C going off at once to create 100% harmony.

As peculiar as Pope’s vision of 2038 America is, love and tragedy are still one and the same.

I really liked Paul Pope’s previous book, Battling Boy, and, to a lesser extent, Batman: Year 100, so I went into 100% hoping for the best; but, while his artwork is still stunning, the stories were a bit of a let-down.

The book starts out with the death of a stripper in an alley dumpster, and you’d think this would be meaningful in some way - but it isn’t. It’s basically a MacGuffin. About halfway through the book it’s resolved without any of the characters having done anything and with a simple, throwaway sentence.

Then we get the three stories, of which I’d say only one was kind of interesting and well developed - the other two were barely more than an outline. Daisy and John’s story was by far the only interesting one. Young, star-crossed lovers, living paycheck to paycheck, working crap jobs, finding snippets of romance amidst the chaos and turmoil of their lives - it was cool, I suppose.

Strel and Haitous’ story was really underwritten with Strel’s character changing at a crucial moment for no reason besides the fact that there’d be no story if she turned away.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HesedBooks on July 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Paul Pope's graphic novel "100%" takes place in a futuristic world where anything goes. Extremes have become the norm, and people are constantly pushing the envelope to get their next taste of satisfaction. But amidst all the superficiality comes longing. With so many different ways to find and give pleasure, Pope chronicles the lives of 3 couples as they struggle to find what's real, what's not real, and what's really worth fighting for.

While some of the artwork in "100%" can be considered graphic, Pope's illustrations are surprising clean--considering the subject matter. The drawing style itself is very dark, very gritty, setting the tone for the depravity of the world that Pope is trying to describe. What he cannot describe through the artwork he describes through the dialogue of his characters. While the dialogue can be a little unclear at times, Pope makes the most of his characters dialogue to narrate the world they're alternately trying to succeed in and escape from.

Even though "100%" covers only two weeks in the lives of its characters, the ending is fairly fulfilling. While it's bittersweet, the loose ends are minimal, and readers are left with a sense of hope. While it's not a graphic novel for everyone due to the subject matter and gritty art style, it is a book that most graphic novel fans will enjoy.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
too few times there comes a story that stops you heart with dialogue that hits you and says PAY ATTENTION! There is a scene in this story regarding a character named Kettlehead that meets that description. The story is great, paul pope draws his characters with such care that you can tell that they were born within him before they were put on the page. I put this up there with Brian Wood's Local as far as incredible stories that make you wish you were living a more important life. Read it, its worth it.
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