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Black Tide: Awakening of the Key Paperback – January 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Left Field,Angel Gate (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932431004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932431001
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,996,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 6-10. This collects the first eight issues of an ongoing comics series that follows Justin Braddock as he learns deep secrets about his past self. In a distant past, Justin lived as a traitor to the great civilization of Atlantis, which continues as a secret city under the sea floor. When he reencounters Kaila, an ally from his past who is still involved with Atlantis, he is drawn into her life and the ongoing political intrigue in a sunken metropolis. This is a perfect fit for teens who are new to comics. The adventure is smooth, and Bishop's use of quick dossier-style character overviews will remind teens of the way video games present their backstories. The crisply colored art is competent, and even sometimes inspired, and there are a few intriguing extras that feature information about some of the theoretical technology used in the book. Tina Coleman
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Debbie Bishop first came to the public's attention with her science-fiction comic book series, Black Tide, which was originally published by Image comics.

Books by Bishop include the Award-winning, Fairies of Bladderwhack Pond; Shadow Boys; Enter The Game and the graphic novel, Awakening of the Key, from Black Tide, which is a fictional series set in a foundation of real earth history and the legend of Atlantis. Bishop co-authored, Martha's Got Nothin' On Me, a cookbook that she also did most of the illustrations for, proving, in her words, 'why I am a writer.'

Partnered with visual effects icon Ray Harryhausen and producer Arnold Kunert in a co-venture for the Ray Harryhausen Presents brand, Bishop developed Merian C. Cooper's War Eagles from Cooper's original concept with co-writer Carl Macek into a novel and screenplay that she is producing and created a fantasy-adventure series inspired by Ray's work and concepts.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Black Tide has had a publishing history as complex as the plot of its story. Starting with Image, then moving on to Avatar before finding its home at Angel Gate press. It's not easy trying to categorize Black Tide. There are characters with super powers who wear costumes but it's not a super hero title really. Part Sci-fi, part fantasy, with elements of covert intrigue and superhero action, Black Tide is one of the more multifaceted stories I've read in quite a long time. Trying to summarize the story in a short review would not really do the multi-layered plotline justice, but let me give you a bit of a synopsis.

Nearly 13,000 years ago the legendary lost city of Atlantis was destroyed and sunk beneath the ocean, yet its people endured. Using far advanced technology the people regenerated themselves, building a new home, far below the surface, cloaked from modern man. It is in this modern world we meet Justin Braddock, leader of a special ops team known as "The Deceivers." All his life he has been haunted by strange nightmares and he's finally about to find out why. While on a mission he encounters Kaila, an Atlantean and helps her rescue an Atlantean Prince named Theros. They return to Atlantis where Justin comes face-to-face with the revelation that he had once been Atlantis' greatest enemy, Villonious, responsible for much bloodshed and death. Villonious had been placed in stasis and was regenerated as a human who should not have had these memories of his previous life. Queen Celestia decrees that Justin be put to death for his past crimes but Theros intercedes on his behalf since he is the rightful ruler. He frees Justin, and to Celestia's consternation, Justin, Theros, and Kaila leave Atlantis for the surface world.
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I saw an article on Newsarama about this book and decided to check it out. So far so good, the art is above average reminding me of Crossgen's Scion.
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