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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: IMAGE COMICS (February 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406800
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I remember reading this a while back, to the point where it was destroyed beyond repair. Then I went through some sort of maturity phase, I guess, and did that thing where many parts of your childhood disappear from everywhere except the darkest recesses of your mind. I've been doing some excavating, and found that many of my favorite things, albeit video games, comics, art and albums have an inexplicable link to one Doug TenNapel. I'm pretty sure it all started with this book.

While simpler and more straightforward than some of his other books, there still remains a complex and beautiful story, engaging characters, and some of the most unique artwork and vision I've seen. On many of the pages you can just FEEL the intensity and ferocity with which he drew, and the recklessness and broad stroke style that he shows in this book is one of many reasons that sets him apart artistically from others in my eye. I own them all now, and urge you to do the same, starting with this one.

If you remain interested, check out his other stuff, as he's left imprints everywhere, whether it be his video games (neverhood, skullmonkeys, earthworm jim), cartoons (catscratch, ewj), online videos (sockbaby), or album designs (Terry S. Taylor, Five Iron Frenzy.) It's nice finding an artist with this kind of vision and seemingly endless supply of stories who somehow seems to enjoy what he's doing more than I do.
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This review is from someone who mainly became a fan of Doug Tennapel only within the last couple years. Back when the Gear series first released, I only had a casual awareness of Doug, in the context of Earthworm Jim. A few video games and FIF covers later, I sought out his work and was an immediate fan of all his other graphic novels.

Despite being a huge fan, Gear eluded me due to its rarity. Finally reading it now, I can certainly see the evolution of Doug's ideas and style. The art is frenetic, loose, and dirty.

Catscratch is the most obvious offspring of Gear, but an observer can clearly see elements which would later be incorporated into Creature Tech, Earthboy Jacobus, Iron West, and even Robot B*stard.

Even if you already own the original comics, pick this one up. It's in vibrant, creator-approved full color and looks gorgeous. The story is sillier and less epic than Doug's later works, but has an immense energy to it. Also, it's got an interesting afterword from Doug, describing where life has taken him since Gear's original release.
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The black and white Gear TPB was the first comic of TenNapel's that I ever read. It was the book that convinced me to pick up the rest of his stuff as it was released. The art, the characters, the story -- all of it seemed explicitly designed to cater to my own personal artistic sensibilities. In short, it tickled my fancy.

Years later, he has seen fit to re-release this special book with a great lookin' new paint job. My appreciation for the art has waned a little (I still love a lot of it, but I noticed, having seen TenNapel's more recent work, that it isn't as strong), but I find myself still appreciating the story as much as I did back in 1998. I was surprised to find that there were still several moments of genuine poignancy in this book about cats in giant robots: Simon's words from Heaven during his funeral; Mr. Black's epilogue narration.

Of course, the other things I loved about Gear remain as well: the character designs, the dialogue (Gordon singing and thrusting while piloting the Gear must be seen), the unique humor, and established universe and the epic feel.

Regarding the color: it's good. While I'm always a fan of good black and white line-work sans color, the addition in Gear in no way harms it. In most cases, it actually enhances it for clarity of reading. There are a few pages that worked better in the original black and white (some of the art without contour lines, for example), but overall the color is welcome.

I'd recommend this book to fans of TenNapel's other work, as well as fans of goofy cartoon work in general. This stuff is great.
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Gear is easily one of the most entertaining Graphic novels Doug TenNapel has produced, especially now that it is in color. The story isn't as deep and meaningful as that of his other books, but it works well and there are deeper messages sprinkled throughout the book. Two things set Gear apart from Doug's other graphic novels. First, it is his only book to date set around funny animal characters. The second is that, now with this re-release, Gear is in full color. The color adds some new appeal and much-needed clarity to the book. One more thing worth noting is that, while Doug's show Catscratch on Nickelodeon is inspired by the main characters of Gear, the book is aimed at an older audience than Catscratch. So don't be surprised by some of the violent images that pop up throughout the book. Overall, Gear is one of my favorite of Doug TenNapel's works..... Oh yeah, and after I read it, I exploded.
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that's the best way to describe this book, initially. well, i mean, all throughout that's how you describe it, but that's what this book would put down on a dating survey that asks the book to describe itself in 3 words.

i think this book has become my favorite tennapel book. the thing flat rocks. i mean, we got giant robot fights, mantis warriors, espionage cats, cults, the mob, and talking guppies as a symbol for death. the book contained many "laugh out loud" moments, many requiring me to share them with someone else because they are just that good.

the book feels incredibly surreal and other worldly, with art that's reminiscent of 30's disney shorts, but violence is in no short supply. i was honestly a little (quite pleasantly) surprised. after having seen a few episodes of catscratch (gear being the source of inspiration for the cartoon), i had developed a completely different idea of what this book was going to be like. it has a smart symbol laden stories, as tennapel books do, but is approachable. buy it. buy 2 and send one to that friend of yours that lives on the other side of the country. y'know, the one you don't talk to a whole bunch? yeah. that one. they'll thank you for it.
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