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From Inside Paperback – October 1, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0878162390 ISBN-10: 0878162399 Edition: F First Edition / Limited / Numbered

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Kitchen Sink Pr (Nrt); F First Edition / Limited / Numbered edition (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878162399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878162390
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this strange, post-apocalyptic birth story, a pregnant woman sees her husband fry during the nuclear flash before she manages to escape on a train with other survivors. The group travels through the wreckage of a bleak world looking for food, shelter and a suitable place to stop the train. Along the way, the passengers overcome a host of chilling obstacles, the least of which is the woman's complicated childbirth. Understandably depressed, the woman is ambivalent about her baby, unable to reconcile the new life of her child with the fast approaching death of the world. Any symbolic connection between the train traveling through the refuse of a planet and a child leaving the womb is lost in too many scenes of fire, destruction and mounting series of wicked dreams. Bergin's dark artwork aptly illustrates the desperation at the end of the world, with appropriately apocalyptic red and brown overtones evoking blood and fire. With a suggested soundtrack for readers, this rarely breaks out of it's pretentious vision, but it is a valiant try.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a landmark achievement for both fiction and art. John Bergin gone above and beyond what the graphic novel has accomplished as to date. Bergin has created a horrible, nightmarish vision that you will not be able to take your eyes off of. Moving. Touching. Horrible. Beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By deaddoll@hotmail.com on June 14, 1998
Format: Paperback
John Bergin uses short phrases and concrete words to narrate his lurid illustrations. From Inside describes an apocolyptic world, with little or no hope. This graphic novel is superbly done. It made me cry.
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By E. Sletner on October 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book rather coincidentally, mostly because it had pictures of a hopelessly lost world, just the kind I needed for my RPG game at the time. When I sat down to read the story, I found that I liked it as well. The story takes on the form of a trainride through a barren landscape, vast and mostly lifeless. Maybe I put to much into it, but I felt as though it also took me on a journey through various aspects of human life, and human history, with a pesimistic outlook on the future. The focus of the story is a pregnant woman who has lost her husband. She is on the train and thinking a lot on her pregnancy and situation in general. The train is run by an engineer crew, but all the passengers help out from time to time. It is hard for me not to see the crew as a symbol of modern science, and the passengers as the ugly, frightened, opportunistic mass following their lead, which in the end proves to be very shortsighted indeed. The woman is for me a picture of the individual, the self, with all its uncertainties, problems, paradoxes and ambiguities, on its way through life. Q-word: NO LEAD. The book is very graphic, newborn-children-on-a-pitchfork kind of graphic, so be warned.
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