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Goldfish Paperback – July 15, 2001
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More About the Author
Brian is currently helming a renaissance for Marvel's popular AVENGERS franchise by writing every issue of the NEW AVENGERS plus debuting the hit books MIGHTY AVENGERS and DARK AVENGERS along with the wildly successful 'event' projects HOUSE OF M, SECRET WAR, SECRET INVASION, and SIEGE.
This summer will see the blockbuster new line-ups for AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS.
Other recent projects include the groundbreaking SPIDER-WOMAN MOTION COMIC, that debuted number one on iTunes TV sales chart and the New York Times best selling HALO graphic novel.
Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel comic's Ultimate line of comics. A line of comics specifically created for the new generation of comics reader. He has written every issue of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN since it's best selling launch in 1999, and has also written ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR, X-MEN, MARVEL TEAM UP, ORIGIN, SIX and the ENEMY trilogy.
He is creator of the JINX line of crime comics published by image comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels GOLDFISH, FIRE, JINX, TORSO (w/ Marc Andreyko) and TOTAL SELL OUT.
Brian's other projects include the Eisner award winning "POWERS" (w/Mike Oeming) from Marvel's creator owned imprint ICON, and the Hollywood tell all "FORTUNE AND GLORY'. Entertainment Weekly gave both projects an "A." SONY and FX networks are currently developing POWERS for series with Brian as exec producer.
Brian is currently adapting his spy graphic novel FIRE for Universal Pictures as a starring vehicle for Zac Efron.
Brian is a member of Marvel studios creative committee, which consults on their numerous ongoing film projects. He has consulted on IRON-MAN and IRON MAN 2 and is currently consulting on THE FIRST AVENGERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and THE AVENGERS
Brian has won five prestigious EISNER awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row. He has also won over two dozen Wizard comic awards. Brian is the recipient of the Cleveland Press 'Excellence in Journalism' Award and was named "Best Writer of the Year." by Wizard Magazine and Comic Buyer's Guide for three consecutive years.
He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Alisa, his gorgeous daughters Olivia and Sabrina and his dogs Lucky, Max and Buster.
Top Customer Reviews
Lauren is now a bigshot crime-boss, while Goldfish is still pulling small-time cons. To give away anything else would be to do potential readers a great injustice.
Writer/Artist Brian Michael Bendis keeps the twists and turns coming, and the book is HUGE- a great value.
The drawbacks are the same ones I've had with most of Bendis' collections, including Jinx, Fire, & Torso: Poor production values. The climax of Goldfish has a few pages printed out of order, and the book is FILLED with misspelled words. (That kind of stuff drives me nuts!) Bendis' art is too murky also, and at times it was very difficult to tell who was doing what to whom.
But readers who are looking for a well-told, twisty crime drama will probably enjoy Goldfish.
Now you might say that it's almost overdone. The author devised a rigid formal structure that is very densely packed with points and counterpoints, comic relief, dramatic confessions, flash-backs, flash-forwards, action, anticipation, etc. His technique is a little bit too obvious, and the female characters end up a tad shrill. But that's just a tiny gripe for purists, and I'm glad to report, Bendis is completely over that now (look at Jinx, it's a true classic). Besides, many layered themes are woven into this story just as carefully as its plot twists and turns, and its final offbeat perspective makes up for whatever feels formulaic before that. So, don't pass up on Goldfish. It's a great read, it has real feeling and makes more than one good point. It definitely deserves a spot in your collection.
Goldfish himself was only somewhat interesting. He is a crook who is pretty much just a run of the mill crook who never redeems or elevates or changes himself in any way. I sometimes had trouble knowing which one he was because Bendis' art was so rough. A lot of stuff happens to him in this book that you feel is going to add up to some firecracker ending, but then the ending, also, is just kind of lame.
I am sincerely surprised that this made the Wizard top 100 list, as I would not even count it among the best of Bendis' work. An interesting debut, yes, but not a book I would recommend to anyone else.
Goldfish is a great crime story. It has a SIN CITY feel to it. The art is incredible. Bendis uses sooo many different form of media to tell a story in every frame. Incredible! Image and Marvel has gained a great person to tell and draw out the stroy. I do recommend this book...even if the plot of story doesn't fit your interest...the artwork in this book will.
He is a very good writer who consistently delivers good and believable dialogue for his characters.
I do have a complaint though. I am not the biggest fan of the art. It seems murky and somewhat disjointed. Sometimes during some of the longer dialogue scenes I had trouble distinguishing which of the characters was actually speaking.
That being said, I still would advise that you buy this one. It is a large book with good characters and a surprising twist. Give it a try.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really great book with really likable characters, and although the plot is already really well tread, Bendis makes it a really fun read.Published on January 11, 2007 by Adam Shelp
I first noticed Bendis from his run on Daredevil. I really loved the noir-feel to plots, how Murdoch finds himself becoming his own arch-nemisis, all that good stuff. Read morePublished on January 8, 2007 by George Varghese
Goldfish is an easier read than its companion, Jinx, but still fell short of "groundbreaking" to me. Read morePublished on November 7, 2006 by M. Kennison