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King of the Flies: Hallorave (Vol. 1) (King of the Flies) Hardcover – April 6, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: King of the Flies (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606993208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606993200
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,448,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“This hardcover features a series of short stories which at first seem completely unrelated but eventually begin to tie together to reveal a larger picture of depravity, lust, drug abuse and other sinister events taking place in a town that is utterly surreal and terrifyingly familiar.” (Chad Derdowski - Mania)

King of the Flies is a very surreal and unsettling tale. Prius does a wonderful job creating a horror-driven universe that could really happen in real life... [I]t’s definitely worth picking up if you enjoy dark tales of the human psyche.” (Freddie Young - Fangoria)

“[A] darkly compelling, twisted, beautifully illustrated account of the broken souls and self-absorbed nihilism… It’s a stunning piece of fiction, beautifully crafted in its prose, pacing, artistry and crushing understanding of humanity’s ugliness.” (Michael C. Lorah - Newsarama)

“I love the art, with great layouts, nice thick lines, and coloring that's somehow both rich and muted. ... And the elliptical structure was a smart choice because it adds at least a little bit of mystery; instead of just reading to see what happens next you keep going to better understand what's already happened.” (Garrett Martin - Shazhmmm...)

“[G]ives us a glimpse of internal mayhem inside a controlled environment, executed with elegance and a touch of mystery. ... This is a weird tale that’s easy to get drawn into.” (Irina Ivanova - The Indypendent)

About the Author

Michel Pirus was born in Thionville, France, in 1962. He broke into comics (as a writer/artist) with his series “Champagne and Cookies” for Métal Hurlant in 1983. He was the co-writer on the Richard McGuire-designed segment of the French animated horror anthology Fear(s) of the Dark, released in 2008.

Pascal (Mezzo) Mesenburg (artist) was born in Drancy, France, in 1960. His French graphic novels (with Pirus) include Two Killers and Mickey Mickey. He is currently working on the third and final volume of King of the Flies.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on February 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This graphic novel, originally released in France six years ago and now being released in the states as the first part of a trilogy, is a bizarre look at suburban life. Another reviewer compared this work unfavorably with that of Charles Burns and Daniel Clowes and, while I agree that "King of the Flies" is a collection of variations on a theme that has been seen many times before, I applaud the singularly weird and subtext-laden first-person narratives that complement one another as they weave throughout the storyline. Unlike the reviewer I'm referring to, I actually read the whole book, so I may have a better idea of how well the story works. Anyway, it's fascinating to witness a cast of characters plant the seeds of their own despair while feeding off of the despair of others. This is a carefully wrought, thought-provoking volume that calls out from the emptiness threatening to engulf us all. I recommend it highly.
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Format: Hardcover
First of all, I almost didn't buy this because the scans Amazon used for the Look Inside thing look just absolutely god-awful. In reality, this book is gorgeous.

As other reviewers have mentioned, it basically is in every way just Clowes + Burns, but in my opinion, it's better than the sum of its parts. In any case, if you like those two guys, you'll probably enjoy this, too.

And I *like* that it's wordy; I tend to feel cheated by graphic "novels" that cost twenty dollars to buy and take twenty minutes to read, and this is definitely not one of those.

Sadly, three years later, we're still waiting for Fantagraphics to pull its thumb out and release the third volume. Hurry up already!
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3 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Landsman on January 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed in this book, especially since Fantagraphics usually publishes such quality work. King of the Flies is very derivative of Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, Adrian Tomine... which might be ok if it were well done, but it's not. It's all extremely inauthentic, like one long pose, and I wasn't drawn in or convinced by any of the "voices" or events. The narration in every story is WAY too wordy, and seems to lack a basic understanding of how words and pictures help each other. For example, in one panel the narrator says "I gave him the finger" and right below... there's an illustration of the character giving someone the finger! Come on now -- graphic novels aren't supposed to work like that, are they? And why didn't the editors at Fantagraphics whack that? Shame on them!

A third of the way through I found myself skimming, and two-thirds of the way through I gave up. Really feels like the product of a juvenile sensibility with nothing to say.
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