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Monocyte Hardcover – August 14, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Monocyte
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (August 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613772815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613772812
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 9.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alt on September 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There might be a good story buried in Monocyte, but a stilted writing style and a failed attempt at eloquence make it impossible to follow. Slave armies of Antedeluvians (which may or may not be a misspelling of antediluvian) are apparently at odds with the Olignostics (a race of immortals that managed to "harness absolute zero," whatever that means). Olignostics have subjugated humans and made the Earth barren while Antedeluvians, led by the Green Man, are a more well-established group of immortals, having been hanging around Earth since at least the time of Moses. Monocyte, in the comic, is not a white blood cell but another name for "the One Eyed," who is called forth to cause carnage. Carnage ensues.

I got the impression that the writers were trying to show off an impressive vocabulary without actually knowing the meanings of all the words they used. Their understanding of grammar is rudimentary. I mean, there are so many things wrong with the phrase "They took a modicum of humans with them from which to feed from and survive" that it pains my eyes to read it. The story plods along but, thankfully, many pages are mostly art, sparing the reader from the tedious gibberish in which it is told.

The elaborate artwork, on the other hand, is amazing. It reminds me of Frank Frazetta, although it's more like Frazetta on acid. It's freaky, edgy, a little insane, and wildly varied. Sometimes it's like a painting, sometimes like a montage of different visual media. If you let your eyes delight in the art and skip the words, you'll have a good time with Monocyte. I would give five 5 stars to the art and 1 star to the writing, making 3 stars my overall rating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 8, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book is a visual feast, with some stunning set pieces and an impressive variety of styles and approaches on display. If you want a comprehsive sampler of the work of a great array of modern artists this book will certainly fill the bill.

But I really do think of it as an art book rather than anything like a coherent story or tale. From what I could gather, two degenerate civilizations of immortals are opposed to each other; they feed off of the life energy of a few humans who are kept around as a sort of live-energy/food source. They are engaged in an eternal pointless war against each other. Sometimes humans get in the way. The main character, Monocyte, seems to wander back and forth between them. Sometimes he does things, and sometimes he has audiences with the two races' respective leaders. Dialogue is dense and I assume it is intentionally fake-profound and incomprehensible. Here's a sample: "Your tendrils never touched a buffering mass, twine spooled as fabric for suffocation.... To the shallowness of your gluttonous state is what I have witnessed best testified." Honest, that is a direct quote. A little bit of that goes a long way.

So, if you are a fan of the individual Monocyte issues and want an omnibus collection with lots of additional material, this is certainly the right choice. If you want an art sampler, again, this is a good choice. If you are new to the Monocyte world and want a story, this is probably not going to be satisfying at all.

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 Nicola Mansfield on September 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: The art looked compelling and while the summary was vague it piqued my paranormal interests. I enjoy stories which feature Death personified.

This comic is very, very strange. It really bares multiple readings to understand completely, something I would be up to if I owned the physical hardcopy; I read an ecopy provided by the publisher. Let's start with the good. The great actually. The graphics are absolutely stunning. If you are a fan of dark Gothic art, surreal scenarios, macabre and sensual creatures, you will be in awe. Since the book is printed in an oversized format, the art is going to be staggering (remember I am only seeing it in a digital format.)

The story itself is quite confounding and I'll just come out and admit it, way over my head, especially for a single reading. There are many Biblical allusions, quotes from scripture only slightly altered, direct references to Christ, allegory and the message that ultimately the way to everlasting life is through death. In all honesty, I'm not quite sure if the author's intentions are to mock or evangelize Christianity. There is one horrific scene, the killing of a baby, which I immediately related to abortion in our world. As a Christian myself, perhaps my worldview interpreted things the way they mean to me. Perhaps your reading experience, based on your worldview may be more occult, paranormal or fantasy. I'll sum it up again with one word. Strange!
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The art is beyond awesome and the story is the type that requires a couple of readings to piece things together. I understand that this latter might be a negative point for some, but i certainly didn't mind looking at these beautiful pages over and over again.

This graphic novel is a monument about the longing for an end between the discrepancy of flesh and spirit.

In this regard Monocyte is the western counterpart of Yoshitaka Amano's and Mamoru Oshii's Angel's Egg:

http://www.amazon.com/Tokuma-Anime-Collection-Angels-Egg/dp/B000K4WT50/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400403541&sr=8-1&keywords=angel%27s+egg

Despite what the other reviews tell you, the style of writing fits very well to the story that is told. I very much would like to see a western made animated movie based on this or something with a similar theme.

But monocyte is not for everyone. To be able to appreciate both the story and art in it's beauty, you have to be able to be honest with yourself to a certain degree. I'm thinking about buying a signed collectors edition version.
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