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Product Details

  • Series: Demo (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; First Edition edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401229956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401229955
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cloonan and Wood return to their anthology series, telling more tales of young mutants who are clearly not superheroes. Instead, their abilities are metaphors, dead weight anchors and the basis for life-changing transitions. These six stories aren't about powerful people but very troubled ones, including a cannibal; a compulsive but charming young woman who lives via instructions on Post-its; a boy who can breathe underwater; and a time traveler who tries to reassure her younger self. Wood writes to explain the characters' outwardly confusing decisions, as they often disappoint themselves but come to terms with living on. Cloonan's art is outstanding, able to evoke worlds instantly and in depth, with structure that supports and underpins the needs of each story, gorgeously stark black and white that isn't afraid of detail. The chapters swing in mood, repulsion alternating with hope (sometimes in the same story). This is the perfect transition book for readers who know superheroes but are looking for a comic more relevant to their lives. (Mar.)
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"what the X-Men would be if they were created today" (CBR)" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Multiple Eisner Award-nominee Brian Wood released his first series, Channel Zero, to considerable critical acclaim in 1997 and has gone on to create hard-hitting original series such as DMZ, Northlanders, The Couriers, and The Massive. Adding to that body of work, he's also written some of the biggest titles in pop culture, with work on Star Wars, Conan The Barbarian, Lord Of The Rings and The X-Men.

Brian lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, NY.

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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Hipple on May 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Demo vol. 1 was excellent. Demo vol. 2 is, if possible, even better. The art really comes into its own. I appreciate what Becky Cloonan was doing in vol. 1, but her game steps WAY up this time around. And Brian Wood? What more needs to be said about this guy? He's in fine form here, as would be expected. When it comes down to it, this is a fantastic book that I'd wholeheartedly recommend. Issue #3 is quite possibly my all time favorite single issue. The one qualifier I'd give for new fans who haven't read this series before: Don't come in expecting flash and bang. These stories are all about quieter character driven moments. All that said, this is one of Vertigo's best books and as anyone who's ever followed that imprint can attest: That's saying something.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexander P. on September 28, 2011
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"Awesome," I thought. "Brian Wood is my favorite author, and Demo was one of my favorite books! Can't wait for volume two!"

And, I was wrong. And it's just not me. I share my library with friends and family. Everyone I know absolutely loves the first collection of Demo stories. And they all hate this new collection. It's rushed, it's lacking in emotional depth, it doesn't captivate or intrigue... It's sophomoric at its worst, and tried&true cliche at its best.

The artwork is a lot more detailed than the first volume, but you're buying this for the stories. And they're all lackluster. Which sucks, because some of them have some read potential, especially Daughter/Father story.

In the end, Demo Vol 2 is half as long as its predecessor, and its half as good.
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