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Iron: Or, the War After Hardcover – January 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193639328X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393282
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #995,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shane-Michael Vidaurri received a BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and publications, including WIN magazine, The Indypendent, and Powerpop Comics. He currently lives and works in New Jersey. His apartment is filled with many animals.

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The art work is gorgeous and captures the mood of the story.
Kirsten H. Marino
I'm not sure if this is due to the fact that there is little dialogue or the characters are animals, or perhaps it is the sheer number of characters.
Maxine McLister
When characters aren't multifaceted, it's pretty clear that they'll follow the obvious path.
Alt

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 22, 2012
The book description above does this work a great disservice. I expected cutesy animal heads on human bodies, a pedestrian story, and mostly a gimmick sort of effect. Boy, was I wrong.

First off, the reference to "a world of constant winter". The delicate pastel drawings perfectly establish an atmosphere of cold, damp, wintry despair. There is a feeling of desolation - physical and emotional. Everything creates a sense of repression, failed revolution and hopelessness. I'm not quite sure how mere drawings establish such a grim and chilly feeling, but there it is.

Next, the characters are brilliantly realized. These aren't Beatrix Potter heads on carelessly drawn human bodies. Each character is a complete, although bipedal, animal form. There is one drawing in particular that encapsulates this. It's of the rabbit character. He is lying in his underwear on a cold cot talking to someone. Every detail of his form is expressive of his despair, but he is clearly an exhausted six foot tall rabbit who also looks like a person and who has a completely humanoid identity. The effect is stunning.

The plot is very "Spy Who Came in From the Cold", and that's fine. It doesn't exactly break any new ground in the world of cold war fiction, but of course that doesn't really seem to be the point of the project. The story is compelling enough, and the characters are finely realized enough to keep you engaged.

The upshot is that I found this to be a spare, chilly, evocative and admirable work, and wholly distinct from anything else I've encountered in the world of graphic novels. Of all of the books I've read and reviewed recently this is one of the ones that keeps slipping back in to my thoughts. I don't see how it gets much better than that.

Please note that I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a frank review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenan G. Swaim on April 5, 2013
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Ambitious concept that is well executed. It's one of those books that you re read as soon as your done with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alt on December 27, 2012
This is another graphic novel that imagines the characters as animals, but isn't a funny animal story. I guess that makes it a serious animal story.

A rabbit steals a document. A bird in a suit and a tiger (?) in a suit go after him. They quarrel about the wisdom of continuing to fight a war that has ended. A goat is supposed to blow up a train but he's kind of a drunken old goat so his trustworthiness is questionable. The rabbit's son picks up where the rabbit left off (a chip off the old hare?). The boy rabbit and his rabbit sister get sent to an orphanage, then the rabbit's son is threatened so he'll testify against the bird in the suit. The rabbit's son needs to search within himself for the courage to tell the truth about this father's fate. There's never much doubt about the outcome, in part because the characters are underdeveloped. When characters aren't multifaceted, it's pretty clear that they'll follow the obvious path.

The text-heavy story overshadows the subtle artwork. With all that text, the story should less confusing, and more compelling, than it turns out to be. A melodramatic courtroom scene doesn't work very well, in part because the conspirator-prosecutor is so obviously manipulating the witness that the judges would have to be blind not to see it. The frosty art is nice -- each panel looks like it belongs on a Norwegian Christmas plate -- but the point of populating this world with talking animals eludes me. Even if the story were about humans, I wouldn't believe it.
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If I was to review 'Iron: Or, the War After' based solely on S.M. Vidaurri's hauntingly beautiful visuals, I would give it 5 stars. Vidaurri's grey-scale watercolors and bleak winter landscapes set the tone for a story of a cold war that has left both sides exhausted and desperate for an end to the conflict. I loved the look and feel of the book, its classic gold-embossed binding and novel-sized formatting. However, it is in Vidaurri's writing and character development that 'Iron' falls short of greatness. The characters seem devoid of deep emotions on either end of the scale, apart from a few moments of rage from the main protagonist. The decision to portray the characters as animals does not really serve any purpose other than to make it more visually interesting. In fact, if the characters in 'Iron' were human, we would be left with a very dull, somewhat contrived narrative that only briefly touches on the emotional and philosophical cost of war. I would love to see Vidaurri team up with a more experienced writer at some point, so that his visual style can be utilized to its fullest extent.
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By bdg on January 30, 2014
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I would LOVE to give this book 5 stars... But while the illustrations are almost perfect, the story is not.

I mean, I don't want to reveal anything about it, but I just really didn't like the story. trying to evade the cliches, it transformed itself in a very big one.

The illustrations are very good, though although there are a few lines there that are supposed to be the wind that sometimes ruin it a little bit (you'll see it when you read it).

I don't regret buying this book because I am an illustrator and a collector, but I have a very hard time finishing the book.
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