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The Nightly News Paperback – September 25, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582407665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582407661
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I want to hand it over and say, "See someone else is thinking like we do."
Nicholas Zinn
That said, it is even more unsettling when given such outrage, one realizes how subtly and often such manipulation continues to occur.
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It's an amazing comic, with an engrossing story bolstered by incredible graphic design.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Zinn on September 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am still in shock about what this story did for me. I heard some good things about Nightly News, but nothing prepared me for the unsettling hold it had for the duration of the experience.

To boil it down, it's about a group/cult of people dedicated to change the news by destroying their reporters by any means necessary. If this was all it entailed then I would've just thought it was ok and moved on. He goes for the jugular and exposes why journalism is tainted and shouldn't be trusted anymore. The visual style Mr. Hickman brings to each page makes my graphic designer/creative mind drool with envy. Comics are not done this way for more than a few pages, but he throws the traditional out the door and moves with a palate that is overwhelming and mezmerizing on every page.

I had to slow down and read each chapter to take in all the details wrapped in it. He throws statistics that are great ammunition toward convincing me that tv is no good (not that I didn't know that already, but it reenforces it). I don't want to give too much away, but just flipping through the book demand that I read it. This is a rare breed of work that moves me like Fight Club, Donnie Dark and anything by Daniel Quinn. It makes us look at the world around us and want to change it, while providing an entertaining story. This is a book that I want to buy copies for friends and give out. I want to hand it over and say, "See someone else is thinking like we do."

I cannot give it anymore higher praise and hope others will latch on and love this series like I do.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Uthor on September 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Nightly News is a condemnation of the corporate news media in the US which favors profits and ratings over facts, thus leaving lives ruined in the pursuit of stories.

The story follows a terroristic cult as it kills and executes dozens of news people in an effort to force the rest to stick to factual news reporting and not sensationalistic story reporting.

The main drive of the story, however, is a mystery as to who The Voice really is and what his goals are.

Obviously, the author doesn't believe in going out and killing dozens of people is a solution to the problem (and makes it very clear throughout the story), but the story is peppered with facts and figures that make the reader question everything from control of the media, to globalization, to public schools. It is a dense story with a lot of information to take in on every page.

Not enough can be said about the artwork. It is very far from traditional comic art, ignoring traditional panel layouts for a style best described as "graphic design." The pages are laid out as infographics, with even charts and graphs popping up from time to time. There are lots of straight lines (including rectangular word balloons) and solid shapes. Everything is neat and orderly, which makes a huge impression when chaotic violence breaks out. Within these stylized graphics and layouts are realistic figures. This is all topped off with a monochromatic color scheme. It is like nothing else seen in comic books.

The only complaint is that the figures of the very large cast tend to blend together. It is hard to tell the dozen or so characters apart with the heavy inking and limited color pallet. You are reduced to trying to figure out which spiky-haired or glasses-wearing person you are looking at. Part of this is intentional, especially among the interchangeable TV news personalities, but it makes reading difficult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam Quixote TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
A sniper begins shooting journalists and anyone connected to the media, journalists, cameramen, sound guys, all in the name of an obscure cult leader called The Voice. John is recruited to join this mysterious and deadly organisation after a news story destroyed his life where he meets similar people who've had a rough deal from the news companies, wrongful accusations, etc. They begin the fight back against the information monopoly the media corporations hold and the way these corporations abuse this power to mould our reality.

I've enjoyed Jonathan Hickman's work a lot - his FF series with Marvel, his books with Image - they're great, so it made sense to me to pick up his critically acclaimed debut comic book which writers like Andy Diggle and Brian Michael Bendis positively gush about in the blurb and Brad Meltzer even says "This is what the future looks like". Well, if this is the future of comics then I can only imagine that in the future we've all become significantly stupider.

You know how some kids go to college for their first term and return completely changed, believing that having heard a lecturer talk of big ideas and treat them like adults for the first time, they now know everything? This is the impression Hickman gives in this book. Reading "The Nightly News" is like reading someone who has just read Noam Chomsky for the first time and is clumsily fashioning a story around his barely-digested teachings.

Here's Hickman's take on news reporting: journalists and everyone in the media are evil. So evil they deserve to be shot in the head with a high-powered sniper rifle. And to make sure the reader is on the side of the lunatic with the gun, he makes every single journalist evil too.
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