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Duncan the Wonder Dog Paperback – November 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: AdHouse Books (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977030490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977030491
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Can this massive, brilliant graphic novel-supposedly the first of a nine-volume series-really be its creator's first published work? Apparently so, and Hines has instantly established himself as a cartoonist to be reckoned with. Duncan is set in a world almost exactly like ours, except that all animals can talk. Humans still have dominion over everything, and a lot of animals aren't too happy about it; they also see the world in very different ways from each other, and from people. The central plot of this volume is what happens after an animal-rights organization run by a deranged, bloodthirsty macaque detonates a bomb at a human college, but that's just a springboard for Hines to show off what he can do. Nearly every page has some kind of stunning visual set piece; Hines' range of black-and-white drawing styles incorporate clean-lined "bigfoot" cartooning, hyper-stylized abstract landscapes and near-photorealism, often on the same page. The book is an overwhelming assemblage of stories within stories, stories on top of stories (sometimes literally), and meticulously crafted anecdotes that aren't directly related to each other but add up to a portrait of a world whose desperate cruelties are more vivid when all its inhabitants can communicate with one another.

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The subject matter is heavy, and the masterful mixing of styles will keep you glued to the book.
skrank
I sat and read this book straight through last weekend after receiving it and plan to read it again this weekend.
SEA-S
I am going to make this short, because I am out of breath....because this book knocked it out of me!
Eric J. Nagurney

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By skrank on November 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
The book is gorgeous - a finely detailed look into a wholly unique world. The subject matter is heavy, and the masterful mixing of styles will keep you glued to the book. It's freakin huge btw... about 400 pages! Each page is extraordinary, not the kind of book you just blast through. Highly recommended.

BTW, the first reviewer's star rating seems more critical of Amazon's shipping methods than the quality of the book, which in turn screws over the author. Way to go!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SEA-S on November 20, 2010
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I sat and read this book straight through last weekend after receiving it and plan to read it again this weekend. The art is brilliant, each page is alive with exacting detail. The last book that I dove into with such complete abandon was GoGo Monster. Like that work, Duncan the Wonder Dog is simply told but amazingly complex. Subtle themes weave their way through the art and story sequences, and rise to crescendos that are shocking in places, heart wrenching in others and quirky in others. There is an epic world unfolding within these pages.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trent Hansen on July 22, 2012
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Visually amazing, this whole thing works as a string of poignant vignettes woven into a larger story. The story isn't what matters, it's how the characters talk to each other, how someone's whole life situation can be communicated in 2 laconic pages. Buy it. Read it. Await the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Harvey on November 13, 2012
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I don't normally bother to even write reviews for things, but Duncan the Wonder Dog is absolutely amazing. The story is well done and complex, the art is dense and stunning, and all of it will leave you impatiently awaiting the next volume!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Clark on November 9, 2012
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Duncan the Wonder Dog reads like a wholely new idea in a voice that you have not heard before in comic books. Fans of indie comics, capes, and strips should all find a way to preview this book to see if it speaks to them. Odds are good that it will. Hines style is pitch perfect for the tale, and he does not get bogged down in trying to explain every nuance of the world he's created or how it got to its current state. The greatest compliment I can give this book is that upon finishing it I was elated and sad all at once, and chomping at the bit for Hines's next release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Manheimer on September 26, 2012
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Adam Hines' "Duncan" is bewildering and brilliant. It imagines a world in which animals can communicate with, and as do, humans, yet are still subservient in all ways. Hines has an amazing knack for writing dialogue, and his dark illustrations create a mood of mystery and wonder. I really loved it. It ends with a promise of a sequel. I hope that promise is kept.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Neumann on April 5, 2011
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I borrowed a copy from a friend and wanted my own copy, only to find the first run was completely sold out. The second print run should be hitting the selves within weeks, (AdHouse released that Diamond got the books in a week ago) so hold off buying the book at such inflated prices that don't go back to the artist anyway. If you really can't wait to read it, Hines does have it posted in its entirety on his website in the meanwhile. It's a sprawling world of talking animals and their relationship with humans. Poignant dialogue, luscious layered art, and great paneling, I'm just chomping at the bit to get a hold of a copy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bernardo A. Mendonca on February 6, 2013
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If i was to review the content alone of this book i would give, no doubt, 5 stars. Really intriguing and exciting main story, awsome side stories, great characters, beautiful drawings ... this book is a piece of art.

A shame that the book itself is so cheap made, after one read the thing is falling apart. A fine comic like this deserves a better editorial treatment. I really hope that the second volume gets a more sturdy manufacture.
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