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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393442
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Fabien Vehlmann is a French comics writer best known for GREEN MANOR and SEULS. Yvan Delporte dubbed him "The René Goscinny of the third millennium".

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alt on January 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Philosophy is at the heart of Last Days of an Immortal. The theme of immortality lends itself to thoughtful conjecture. What is the relationship of immortality to memory? Is it worth preserving the body if memories cannot also be preserved?

The book posits an immortality that is a product of the ability to clone a body's echoes, to make copies of one's self. Always having a few echoes in existence at the same time virtually assures one's continued existence. When echoes merge back into the primary body, however, their new memories overwrite the primary body's earliest memories. Is that sacrifice too great to justify the benefits of immortality?

Elijah is a philosopher who works for the Philosophical Police. His latest assignment is to resolve an impasse between two races on the planet Ganed that are headed to war. Getting to the bottom of the conflict between the two races will require some out-of-the-box thinking. It is a formidable task, given the other assignments Elijah is trying to address. He is reluctant to make more echoes for fear of losing more memories when they merge. Elijah is particularly worried about losing the memory of an old friend, and he's preoccupied with that friend's decision to end his life without inviting Elijah to the farewell ceremony.

Last Days of an Immortal addresses abstract philosophical issues in a variety of contexts. Alien cultures will necessarily have philosophies that differ starkly from our own. One of Elijah's echoes, for instance, is placed on trial because he witnessed a murder. In the alien culture, the witness to a crime shares responsibility for the crime because his mere presence might be sufficient to provoke the crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a marvelous and rewarding piece of work. I understand why the author and the illustrator have won numerous awards at comic festivals.

I have never encountered a better treatment of alien civilizations. There are several crimes and mysteries investigated during the course of the story, each of which requires our Philosophical Policeman to understand the motives and reasoning of an alien perpetrator or victim. Each alien character is fully realized and plausibly presented. The process of investigation and deduction is always believable. The result is truly remarkable.

On top of that, the lead character, Elijah, is engaging, thoughtful, meditative, self-aware, and even has a sense of humor. Secondary characters also have fully realized personalities, which is awesome when you think about the limited amount of dialogue and explication you can fit into a graphic novel of normal length.

Part of this is probably the result of the elegant and expressive drawing. The panels are in black and white, and convey information and heighten drama with just a few strokes. Some set pieces are reminiscent of Matisse, and some seem to be almost consciously modeled on Jules Feiffer, who could break your heart with a simple sketch.

So, whether you are a great fan of graphic novels or just dabbling, this volume is a terrific choice for something a little out of the ordinary, understated and elegant.

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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If you are a lover of the weird and the fantastique, then this book is a delightful treat. Drawn in the simple style of many adult comix the story explores immortality and its implications leading up to the final decision of the last immortal.
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By Blazer on March 28, 2014
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This comic may be hard to understand on the first reading, but it's so profound, I recommend it to everyone I know. The storyline makes you think of your own perception of the world and how it differs from others, how sexuality is changing and fluid, and how sometimes the craziest answer is the right one. If you like books that make you think, get this one.
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By Fran on November 24, 2013
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One of the loveliest philosophical stories I've read in a long time. The fact that it's in manga form is an added bonus.
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