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Return of the Dapper Men Hardcover – November 30, 2010
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The story is great as well. I'm a fan of Jim McCann's work at Marvel, but I didn't know what to expect from an all ages book. This work is a bit of a steampunk fairytale. I loved the characters and the world. I will definitely be rereading this.
This is definitely a book for kids of all ages. Whether it's comics you love. Or art. Or getting lost in a world that makes no sense. I happen to love all of these things, which caused a real dilemma. I'd read a panel but ooh now I have to exam the art closely and maybe re-read the panel after really looking at the art so closely. Yeah, it's that kind of a book. There are enough recaps of the story itself available, that I'll spare you that in my review.
I will say that it's also beautifully bound (hardcover is all that is available as I write this), reminiscent of an older style of book, and for a price I often see much lesser paperbacks sell for.
Definitely a must have if you love this medium or if you need that one comic to prove to someone that yes, there's even one for THEM, like my mom....
The first thing you'll notice about the book are its awe-inspiring illustrations, which practically seem to jump off the page. The colors too are the star. They're wild and fierce, creating a 3D tone throughout. Or maybe it seems as though you're reading a wonderful animated movie that has magically come to life on the printed page. Either way, you know you're in for a stunning visual treat.
Jim McCann (author of Hawkeye and Mockingbird) imbues his tale with a lot of wonder. There are a multitude of nods to the imaginative world of a child's mind. But from there, he builds and expands in a host of unexpected ways. When a human boy and a robot girl team up to impart change to this bizarre world and to show how growing, aging, and more can be positive things, they bring about the return of 314 very well dressed men. And once the title of the book makes its appearance in the story, you've been hooked. You'll eagerly await the unfolding of the rest of this unique, utterly creative story.
-- John Hogan
Return of the Dapper Men is ostensibly a children's book, but as with all classic children's literature its appeal knows no age boundaries. Adults will enjoy the subtext, literary allusions, and amazing artwork, while children will enjoy a colorful, quirky story filled with wonderful characters. Neither adults nor children will understand the complete package, but all will have a fun ride. No less than fashion guru Tim Gunn provides the introduction, so you know this is a book that will appeal to a mainstream audience.
In Anorev (Verona spelled backwards, the first of many literate references) time has stopped and all that remain are children under eleven years old. A boy named Ayden and his mute, female robot friend Zoe wander and wonder about the aboveground world, while the rest of the children play forever underground among the machine gears which work without rest. Then, the dapper men with their umbrellas and bowler hats literally descend upon Anorev, and life begins to change. One particular dapper man, speaking in riddles, helps guide Ayden and Zoe to their destinies.
Be prepared to become lost in a world that doesn't always make sense, but be reassured that the journey will ultimately be successful. With nods to Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and other classic fables, this is a completely original tale of exploration, diversity, and philosophy.Read more ›
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Very cool, very strange book. I hope they do more with this down the road.Published 5 months ago by Josh
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Truly lovely art. I was, however, tremendously bored by the story and I was impatient with the, I don't know, self-consciousness of the writing style. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Susan (Arizona)
The art work is delicious and the story pulls you in! I didn't know what to expect when I first picked it up in the library, but, once I read it, I knew it was a keeper!Published on July 21, 2013 by Scott M. Vrooman
I got this due to all the super ratings and gushings. I guess there's no accounting for taste. I felt this book was too much enigma wrapped in a mystery. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by S. kennedy
After doing extensive research on reviews of graphic novels, I ordered this as a Christmas present for my son-in-law. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Sensible buyer
This is a really beautiful book, full of meaningful witticisms and quirky characters. I don't usually read graphic novels, so perhaps that's why I found this one a little hard to... Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Reader Christensen
Tick... tock... tick... tock... Click. Time has stopped on the world of Anorev and the inhabitants, caught in a day with no sunset, have forgotten their purpose. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by DoubtingOThomas
I have a few hundred graphic novels and thought this one looked lovely. The premise is great, and the art is beautiful and expressive. But the story just...lacks. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Ethan Decker