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Product Details

  • Series: North 40
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm; First Edition edition (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401228496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401228491
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #316,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is a school of thought that argues that if you put two sets of clichés together, you can get something fun out of it. In the case of this graphic novel, one set belongs to "everybody's turning into Lovecraftian monsters" horror stories, and the other set belongs to "hayseeds are wacky" comedy; putting them together yields a story about a plague of hideous transformations that hits backwoodsy Conover County until a scrappy, skinny blond fellow and an irritable young woman with a big scythe dispatch it. Unfortunately, Williams' story is top-heavy with overwrought narration ("If'n a clan can be said t' be tied to a patch of ground, the Atterhulls' patch is th' one with double-wides an' beer cans") and far too many characters, and never quite finds its plot, pace or tone-is it Grand Guignol horror about the county's sins finding it out? Ghostbusters-style comedy about reluctant champions beating back the supernatural? An adventure story about a by-the-book heroic journey? Fortunately, Staples' artwork is consistently eye-catching; she steps up to the plate with some effectively grotesque zombies and tentacle-beasts, and keeps the story moving even when it doesn't make much sense.
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"Williams writes with an unbound passion, dipping into so many tasty sauces at once that it doesn't bother the reader so much that the overall story itself is crawling along. It's kind of like watching an episode of LOST" --Fangoria --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew T. Carpenter on March 14, 2011
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North 40 is a graphic novel compilation of a self contained series of the same name, published by Wildstorm Productions, an imprint of DC comics. I completely missed these on their original release in 2009-2010. The creative team was writer Aaron Williams, art Fiona Staples and letters Rob Leigh. List price is $17.99 for a 144 page book, but Amazon discounts to $12.99, eligible for free shipping if you order > $25 worth of stuff (may I suggest adding The Courtyard by Alan Moore and Only the End of the World Again by Neil Gaiman as a nice Lovecraftian combination package?). In all respects it is a handsome production.

Welcome to the incredibly tedious town of Lufton. Our story begins with Robert and Dyan, a couple of misfits, reading from a book from the restricted section of the library at Vidette U (of course, not too restricted or we could never kick start the plot, right?). Unfortunately for everyone concerned, even the simple act of reading the text allows a tentacled thing to manifest and spread its influence across the entire county. We then meet some other principle characters: Sherriff Morgan, Wyatt, Amanda, Luanne. Suddenly everyone is overwhelmed by some sort of noxious miasma and about this time absolute mayhem grips the community as everyone awakens from unsettling dreams at 6:33 AM the next morning. Some residents of Conover County have transformed into horrible hybrids of humanity and monstrous things, and busy themselves devouring or dismembering anyone they encounter. Of course any semblance of a plot is just that; what follows is a series of very loosely linked vignettes, where horror piles on top of horror. We more or less follow the adventures of our protagonists.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Balrog7 on March 29, 2012
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Do you like that squid guy, Cthulu or something like that?
I happen to think Lovecraft was a hack, but North 40 is so well written and paced I couldn't put it down.
Don't expect to be frighted, comics don't achieve that very well. What you can expect is good art, dialogue, and pacing.
I'm just sorry there is yet to be a sequel.
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By P.M. on July 30, 2013
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This was recommended to me by amazon. So I wasn't really looking for it specifically, but I'm glad I found it. It made for an odd read - I kinda tilted my head sideways while reading it, as if looking at it from a different angle would make it make more sense. To no avail. It's a weird story for sure - you're just thrown right into the deep end. But for some reason I love it. I dig the art, and the story somehow got its claws into me. Good read.
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