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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: WildStorm (May 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140121701X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401217013
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 6.7 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Johnson is a producer for the TV series Supernatural and also a co-executive producer for Chuck. Matthew Dow Smith is a veteran comics artist whose work includes Day of Judgment, Deathlok, Generation X, Hellboy, The Keep, Nightcrawler, The Path, Sandman Mystery Theatre, Supreme and Uncanny X-Men. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Katie Mayo on September 24, 2008
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I was very disappointed in this prequel. I love Supernatural and was looking forward to John's story, but this just seemed incongruent with the series. John's characterization was especially off. I know that he didn't start out as a tough hunter- but he did start out as a tough ex-Marine. In the comic, they act like he's never been in a fight before, which is ridiculous and not in synch with the series. They also have inserts that jump years into the future and feature the boys. Not only do they disrupt the flow of John's story, but Dean's characterization is way off. They have a moment where he is going to run away, leaving Sam behind. I honestly don't think that Dean would ever even consider that. Plus, he was at an age where I thought that he already knew that his father was a hunter, but in the comic he's ignorant. It just didn't make sense and doesn't jive with my image of what their childhood was like. If I could, I'd unread it. My advice: Skip it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RXCSLC on June 5, 2008
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Just finished this TPB, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. I'm never thrilled by Mignola-esque artwork, but I am betting that it actually served a purpose: to avoid licensing the likenesses of the actors. That aside, the story is quite good with many different creepy monsters/tones/settings. I'm betting that hard core fans of the show will dig it, and I bet you could enjoy it even if you have never watched the show. With so few horror comics out there on a regular basis... it's a nice break from the spandex monotony. Overall, a welcome addition to the SUPERNATURAL canon! Also recommended: Supernatural: Nevermore (Supernatural) (I have yet to read Witches Canyon, but my wife enjoyed it.) Supernatural: Witch's Canyon (Supernatural)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Penrose on July 6, 2012
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As a fan of the television series, I was hoping this would be more fun. While I love the high stakes, dramatic action, and eerie elements of the show, the sense of humor between Sam and Dean helps keep the show fresh. Here is a tale of their father we get none of that. The plot was pretty by the book and made John, who we know to be intelligent, look ignorant. While I understand he grew into the character we knew this is a huge learning curve then. The art was decent but not fantastic. Overall this book doesn't really do anything new or that well. It's a book that can be skipped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clover Autrey on August 11, 2011
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*********SPOILERS********

I'm going to have to get used to the way John is drawn. They've really gone overboard with the square -ish contours and deep lines of his face to make him all gruff and haggard. He's kinda blond as well. I'm not much of a comic book reader so take that into consideration.

Begins with several cameos of John reminiscing about Mary dying and then him going to the fire marshal and police to try and figure out what happened. He isn't getting anywhere so he gets drunk and into a bar fight, where some chick intervenes.

Whoa, that's Missouri? Didn't expect her to be all dread-lockey and skinny, spouting off to whoever in a bar that she's a physic, but hey, guess we all went through our hair phases. Didn't think she lived in a RV either.

Um? What went down with Missouri is not what I expected, but it sets off some really great and gory scenes.

There's a funny picture with John buying big-time ammo while holding baby Sammy and patting young Dean's head.

Jacob, I think Mary's uncle--not sure, shows up at their hotel in California, worried and wanting to take the boys back home, but John talks Jacob into helping him.

A new player they call Uncle Hunter takes them to Harvelle's Roadhouse. Ellen is actually drawn fairly accurately. Cool, we get to meet Bill. Heh. Everyone tells them to stay away from Ratboy Jim. If that turns out to be Pastor Jim I'm gonna laugh. There are a lot of Hunters in there and they act more like a community at this point. One of the guys starts teaching Dean pool.

A hunter named Ichi asks for their help on a hunt for a Heeler (serial killer with superhuman leaping ability). Uncle Hunter wants to go along so rookie John can get some experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R on July 1, 2010
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This comic was very insightful to the Winchester's history. I recommend reading this along with John' journal. The two go well together.Supernatural: John Winchester's Journal
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy Erickson on October 5, 2009
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I really enjoy reading the first of these books, it's just like reading John's Journel with pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam Hasser on July 15, 2009
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This is a solid start to this Wildstorm series. Unlike other reviewers I enjoyed the artwork. I thought a lot of the panel layouts and use of shadow was really well done. The story is kind of a slow build but it pulls it out in the end. Obvisously the story takes a bit of a hit since it centers around John and you really don't get to see much of the other characters. This volume makes me curious to check out the next one since we get to see young Sam and Dean.

Basically if you like the show and comics it's worth checking out for $10.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Liter on August 15, 2008
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If you have any curiosity at all about John Winchester, this is a great read! This graphic novel has great illustrations and delves into a little of the enigma that is John Winchester. You also get a little look into the boys(Dean and Sam) upbringing, but this is about Papa John.
Highly recommended for the true Supernatural connaisseur!
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