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Product Details

  • Series: The Massive (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Books (March 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616551321
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616551322
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 5.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Multiple Eisner Award-nominee Brian Wood released his first series, Channel Zero, to considerable critical acclaim in 1997 and has gone on to create hard-hitting original series such as DMZ, Northlanders, The Couriers, and The Massive. Adding to that body of work, he's also written some of the biggest titles in pop culture, with work on Star Wars, Conan The Barbarian, Lord Of The Rings and The X-Men.

Brian lives with his wife and two children in Brooklyn, NY.

Customer Reviews

I like the art, the subject matter and the characters.
Curtis
This volume collects issues 1 through 6 of The Massive, as well as three stories that appeared in Dark Horse Presents.
Alt
I am enjoying the story and I hope that you take the chance too.
John H. Wohlrab

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John H. Wohlrab on March 28, 2013
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I have been a fan of Brian Wood for some time now through his other works such as "D M Z" and "Northlanders". I am happy to say that Mr. Wood has not let me down in "The Massive" I have characters that I come to care about and a story that ends to quickly at the end of each issue.

The only complaint that I have about the trade paperback version is that it lacks the back story pages that are in the monthly issues. These pages added to the story with backgrounds and timelines on the characters and places in the story. The story more than holds up with out them but after reading the monthlies; well I miss them, and can only hope that Dark Horse Comics will include them in later volumes or dedicate a volume to the back stories.

I am enjoying the story and I hope that you take the chance too.
The Massive, Vol. 1: Black Pacific
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Babytoxie on April 9, 2013
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THE MASSIVE VOLUME 1: BLACK PACIFIC was a blind purchase for me, as I bought it solely for the fact that my local comic shop is acknowledged on the indicia page. As I haven't been too keen on the few Brian Wood titles I've read, I was really going out on a limb here, but what I found within was an engrossing post-apocalyptic story. What's more: it doesn't involve nuclear fallout or zombies. Instead, Wood presents a tale of an Earth in revolt; not the people, but the planet itself. Hundreds of years of unchecked exploitation of resources, as well as other stressors, have led to "The Crash" - the atmosphere is changing, the ice caps are melting, the poles are shifting, weather patterns are altering, and once-great cities are under water as coastlines are redefined. Humanity must struggle to adapt, assuming that it can even survive.

Prior to The Crash, the activist group Ninth Wave used its ships, the Kapital and the Massive, to further its environmental agenda. Now, the Kapital searches the oceans of this new world for its sister ship, which has disappeared. The crew encounter the remnants of society in bleak settings that make for very entertaining stories. Have no fear - this is not a reimagined Waterworld; in fact, it's more like Star Trek. Callum, Mag, Mary, and the other crewmembers are very well-characterized through the six issues, as well as the short backups at the end of the collection. I'm looking forward to learning more about these folks, and I'd especially like some more information on the Massive, considering that the series is named for it. For now, the titular ship only serves as a MacGuffin, but hopefully, that will change with future volumes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2013
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Some time in the not too distant future, a series of meteorological and geographic catastrophes throw Earth into chaos. Massive earthquakes, storms, sea levels, and more lead to a complete breakdown of modern society. Amidst this post-apocalyptic new world sails the Kapital, the smaller vessel of environmental activist group Ninth Wave's two-boat armada. Aboard are the five remaining members of the group: Callum and Mag are a pair of former Blackwater-type mercenaries who joined the activist group; Mary is a very driven woman with a mysterious past, Gregor appears to be an ex-Russian mafia hacker type, and there's a purple-haired American woman whose name I forget.

The rest of Ninth Wave was aboard the Massive, which was the group's much larger mothership -- but the two got separated in a storm, and now the Kapital roams the seas in search of the Massive. This collection of six issues jumps back and forth between that search and flashbacks to various eco-disasters and the aftermath. Along the way, we see the Kapital attacked by Siberian pirates, Callum dealmaking with a Somali warlord, Mary and the other woman captured by some other goons, and a strange encounter with a British ship hauling mysterious cargo.

It's all pretty captivating, even if it does feel mostly like setup for something much richer than what we get in its pages. Especially when you factor in a few short interstitials providing more character backstory that appeared in the Dark Horse Presents series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alt on April 6, 2013
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This volume collects issues 1 through 6 of The Massive, as well as three stories that appeared in Dark Horse Presents. Brian Wood impressed me with Channel Zero, but I appreciate the more sustained coherence he brings to The Massive.

A series of environmental disasters that (among other catastrophes) left Hong Kong underwater has prompted Ninth Wave (a more aggressive version of Greenpeace) to patrol the seas. Eventually the Kapital (captained by former mercenary and current pacifist Callum Israel) and the Massive (a really big ship) are left to fight the good fight, but then the Massive goes missing. The Kapital is trying to find it. At the same time, some nasty folk are trying to find the Kapital.

Callum is dedicated to nonviolence -- it's part of Ninth Wave's charter --but the world has changed. A woman named Mary and a former child soldier named Mag liven up the story by taking the fight to the bad guys. Mary and Mag clearly have connections to the ocean that go beyond the ordinary. Those will presumably be developed or explained in greater depth later in the series.

Strong characterization and a story that's smart without being preachy make this a fascinating read. The world in which the story takes place is a carefully constructed mess. I'm a little surprised that in six issues we know zilch about what's going on aboard the Massive, but I expect future issues to be more enlightening. The characters have interesting backstories and I look forward to learning more about them. The art is edgy and detailed, well suited to the story.
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