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Five Fists Of Science Paperback – June 13, 2006
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Bad news for them is J.P. Morgan, Thomas Edison, Marconi (he plays the mamba), and Andrew Carnegie are in a Lovecraftian cabal who are building a tower to give evil a central action point for taking over the planet. Peace is bad for business.
If it all sounds a little crazy, well, that's because it's written by Matt Fraction, and despite his moniker, he doesn't do anything by halves, quarter, or thirds. Fraction is a go-for-it kind of guy. The thing is, when that kind of attitude finds the right outlet, it makes for a whole lotta fun for the audience. THE FIVE FISTS OF SCIENCE is a whole lotta fun.
I wasn't sure about Steven Sanders' art from the preview pages I had seen, but seeing it printed in gorgeous color on glossy paper, all doubts were removed. My favorite thing about his work is the sense of color. Particularly in the big battles, when the big guys are tossing electricity around like silly string, I was really digging it.Read more ›
The story line is hard to pin down because it goes into some unexpected places and uses a very large map. And to say it's all over the map is not a criticism, but an observation as the story takes us to New York, Europe, Nepal and the mysterious land of...New Jersey. Most of the characters are well known from history; visionary OCD scientist, Nikola Tesla and perhaps America's finest humorist and author, Mark Twain team up to create a 19th Century Cold War using what might be described as Victorian-age, Reaganesque Star Wars technology. In a sense, it's all a sham (much like the Reagan's Missile Shield) or as Twain puts it, "showmanship!"
This improbable scenario is bested when the likes of Tommy Edison, J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and for comic effect, Guglielmo Marconi, (who is suffering either from an eating disorder or a food hoarding compulsion) are portrayed as shape-shifting, evil wizards conjuring Cthulhu and his babies. Oh yeah, let's not forget to mention the Tesla coil pistols, the Abominable Snowman, giant remote control robots, a syringe shooting gattling gun and an early version of a hologram projector. There is a lot going on and while the basic story can be enjoyed in one sitting, it takes a few readings to get it all in. Fortunately, Fraction found the right artist to visualize this detail in Steven Sanders.Read more ›
The comic is funny at times, specially with Tesla's quirks. However, the story is not very interesting and overall I was underwhelmed with this tale.
I did like the art and there are many cool panels in this book. It is just not a book I would recommend.
The idea of Tesla and Twain teaming up to bring peace to the world sounded awesome, and while Tesla and Twain are both written pitch-perfectly - and some of the supporting characters feel pretty solid too - the story as a whole feels nearly incoherent. I get the overall arc of it, but it just feels like it was a story that wanted to be much larger than a single trade paperback comic volume; in the end, there's a lot that's sort of crammed into the story edgewise without a lot of explanation, and the end of the comic just left me feeling unsatisfied.
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I so wanted to like this. His work on Sex Criminals and Hawkeye is so fantastic. But, this is nothing more than a fetid turd that refuses to flush. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Enrique C. Acosta
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Five fist of science is more than a handful (pun). Buy it now.
I enjoyed this book, wished it was a bit longer as the story I think could have been extended. It's a bit over the top on the villans, but good overall and the other characters... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Brian Thomas
This was definitely created by, and most likely for, fanboys and fangirls of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla who view these two men in a glamorized and god-like light; with a Steam... Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by Amazon Customer
but this (and Freakangels) are notable exceptions. The artwork is fantastic, the story is wonderful, the humor is spot-on -- nerd or comic book collector, this belongs in your... Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by JJ
It was a really interesting story. My only dislike is that the novel was too short. I would have loved to see the story continue.Published on February 7, 2013 by czerwonymaciek
This is a fun steampunkish comic that casts historical characters as creators of gladiatorial super-sciencey robots. Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by Spencer in Seattle