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Doctor 13: Architecture and Mortality Paperback – September 19, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (September 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401215521
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401215521
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,515,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An ink-dark crime series about consequence-free revenge." - New York Times Style Magazine "100 Bullets delivers a barrage of non-stop thrills." - counterculture.co.uk "Hits the target every time." - Garth Ennis, writer of Preacher "Imagine Quentin Tarantino doing The X-Files, and you've got some idea of the twisting, turning plots up for grabs here." - thrillingdetective.com" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brian Azzarello has become one of the biggest names in comics thanks to his outstanding work on 100 Bullets. Batman, Superman and Jonny Double have further projected him to the forefront of contemporary comics writers. He is currently writing Deathblow and Loveless. Cliff Chiang has worked on Batman, The Creeper, Green Arrow, Human Target, Swamp Thing and Wonder Woman. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Most importantly, it's fun.
Gene Ha
I definitely came into this book with little to no expectation, just hoping the story would be as good as the art (by the way, Chiang, the artist, is BRILLIANT).
J. Woodworth
It's a worthwhile buy for anyone who loves comic books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Woodworth on October 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
I honestly don't know what to think about Brian Azzarello. He does great gritty crimework on 100 Bullets. And then he has a lot of short, dark works. Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, Banner, Batman: City of Crime and Superman: for Tomorrow (the last two I'd consider REAL disappointments).

And then there's this...

I'd consider this an unofficial sequal to Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers of Victory maxiseries, as well as the two major DC Crises. If you don't have knowledge of those and aren't a fan of third and fourth string DC heroes, villains and gobbeldygook getting their time to shine in the spotlight, then this series isn't going to do much for you.

However, if you do like this sort of stuff, this book has it in spades; it's weird and it's great and it's grand. Also, if you crave more Seven Unknown Men of Slaughter Swamp/The DC Architects weirdness, give this book a flip.

I definitely came into this book with little to no expectation, just hoping the story would be as good as the art (by the way, Chiang, the artist, is BRILLIANT). And I was blown away.

But, don't take my word for it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Keith on October 3, 2007
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This here collect the Doctor 13 back up stories that appeared in the most recent Spectre mini series. This is a very fun collection with great artwork that tackles and gives new life to some old minor DC characters. It's a trippy adventure tale laced with bits of humor that I enjoyed very much. I'd love to see this creative team do another Doctor 13 series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By HJ Louw on April 26, 2010
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Brian Azzarello surprised me with this interesting story that is so unlike his hard-boiled crime fiction. I certainly did not expect this metafictional exploration of a small corner of the DC universe inhabited by a few D-list characters that I used to love, but that have admittedly become inconsequential in modern comics. Doctor 13 and his daughter are the main protagonists, and as they are drawn into the mystery of just who or what are the enigmatic Architects and why they plot the Doctor's death, they pick up friends along the way. I...Vampire, Anthro, Capt. Fear, Infectious Lass and A Nazi Gorilla are all part of the insane melee as the Architects try to wipe them out. Much to my delight, there is a fair bit of action along the way, and while reading I discovered that I actually came to care about many of the characters as they contemplate their lives and face extinction. The art by Cliff Chiang is simply amazing, and the ending will definitely make you think and possibly even marvel at the brilliance of it. This has been the most enjoyable example of Breaking the Fourth Wall since Deadpool or Ambush Bug did it, and I commend Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang on a job well done.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gene Ha on December 6, 2008
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First off, the art by Cliff Chiang is perfect. Dynamic, clear, and solidly drawn. Most importantly, it's fun.

That defines the whole book. It is fun. But despite the camp and the silliness (gay ghost pirates fighting the editorial gods to exist) Brian Azzarello creates deep and well drawn characters. One really comes to care about them and their tragedies by the end of the series. I dare guess that none of these characters has been this well written before. Specifically, Dr Thirteen has a long history with various brilliant Vertigo writers, and I never gave a damn about him (sorry, Neil Gaiman). Now I do.

Unique talents creating a uniquely brilliant book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Climek on July 6, 2008
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Let's be clear, I'm not recommending this book to everyone. I wish I could, as it's very funny, well written, and at many places even thoughtful and touching. However, your enjoyment may depend quite a bit on being intimately familiar with DCU current events and DCU writers.
However, if you are familiar with those things you will love this book. And I mean love it. It's a classic that I've re-read many times. At this years NYCC this was one of the few books to the convention to get signed (By Azzarello and Chiang.) I know that many of you out there are up-to-date on DCU writers and crisis'. If you are, do yourself a favor and pick this book up immediately. For those moderately familiar with the DCU this book has my absolute highest recommendation. Read it.
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