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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (February 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582409226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582409221
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.4 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pistol Pete on March 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
'Transhuman' is a science fiction paperback written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Jim Ringuet.

The story plays out in a faux-documentary style. (think 60 minutes) A reporter interviews important characters who belong to two rival corporations (Chimera and Humonics) developing human body improvement through genetic manipulation. Each chapter covers a significant part of the history of the competition, marked with corrupted experiments, greed, nihilistic competition, and many negative aspects in big business.

Similar to Hickman's previous effort, The Nightly News, Transhuman is ripe with social commentary. The obvious target is the pharmaceutical industry, however Hickman also covers the business aspect of scientific development, big business corruption in general, and of course, overall human insecurity/stupidity. Although Transhuman does have some graphic nature, it has a more humorous/satirical tone than 'Nightly News,' which Ringuet's artwork compliments quite well. The story is extremely original, both from its material and the perspective shown. Hickman manages to balance a very interesting plot and clever writing to keep the reader glued to the pages, and take each panel one-by-one rather than try to guess the end Lost-style.

Transhuman's paperback marks an impressive job done by both Ringuet and Hickman. A reviewer of Nightly News stated that Hickman's work "is what comics will look like 10 years from now." If you thought Nightly News was just 100 Bullets attached with a political message, than Transhuman will convince you that Hickman is without-a-doubt evolving into a comic book powerhouse. Marvel was very smart to pick him up...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By purerockfury on September 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
When you enter the world of Johnathan Hickman, you can expect something that at the very least attempts to be different. "Transhuman" is in the pipeline of what I'm accustomed to from Mr. Hickman, and yet it's fresh and unique. For starters, the first page instantly breaks the fourth wall and pulls you into a documentary on paper. From the first panel, the narrator looks you in the eye and tells you the story direct. It has been done before in comics in a panel here and there, but never as the main premise. This alone creates a neat experience.

This is yet another oddball science-fiction story that is far from the norm. The concept of genetic modification of the human species seems very grounded and possible. Could a pharmaceutical company create a series of treatments to make us smarter, faster, stronger and better? If one allows their mind to go down that rabbit hole, one can conceive of how it might work. From there, the author delves into how human test subject might approach the treatments, assemble their motivations and deal with the consequences. He also explores the people behind the scenes of said treatments, their motivations and goals. This portion alone creates a world of greed, corruption and excess that sadly mirrors our own in various ways. Add in crazed animal test subjects with a host of strange new abilities and now it gets wacky.

For a series that last a mere 4 issues, a lot of story gets packed inside yet, it feels like there was more that was left uncharted. For want of comparison, it feels like a mash-up of Watchmen, The Boys and Planet Of The Apes filtered through a PBS documentary series. It offers up some scary scenarios that manage to also be wildly funny at times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dad on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
I picked this up just on the Title and Hickman's name. I expected something special. The Fake Documentary narrative device is weak. the story is thin. The characters are not really all there. The art is OK.

I think Hickman is great I would suggest the Manhattan Projects, East of West, or Avengers or FF instead.
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Whether or not you like this book will depend on whether you like the idea of a comic done in TV documentary style. There is a narrator who handles all the necessary exposition, and all the characters tend to speak directly into the camera. There are only a few panels in which action is portrayed. There are very few dramatic scenes overall; there is almost no dialogue outside the narrator interviewing other characters.

I found it difficult to get into the groove with this form of storytelling, but other people may have different reactions.
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