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This fun story, set in the Stillwater cave systems beneath Marion, Ky., sets a high-action plot amidst the tensions between business and environmental concerns. A pair of park rangers, female caving expert, Wes, and her love interest, Seth, are pitted against town businessman, Winston Barefoot. While Barefoot wants to turn the cave system into a tourist destination for personal profit, Wes wants to protect the caves. When some of Barefoot's minions blow up a section of the cave, it sets off a chase between the roughnecks and Wes and Seth. As the title suggests, the chase takes place entirely underground, with Wes leading the way with intrepid spelunking. Full-color pages alternate with dark-toned images portraying what happens inside the cave, and in both cases Lieber tells the visual story in sharp, action-oriented drawings that highlight the suspense with tight close-ups and the shading that depicts menace. A simple story is made interesting by the unusual setting, the characters' specialized knowledge, and a gratifying ending. Extras include an illustration of how a page of the book is created and the original B&W short story that inspired the graphic novel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (May 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607062666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607062660
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I had heard good things of this comic while it was being released in the monthly issues and decided to give it a try once it came out collected in trade paperback. I am very glad I did. The comic book is great. The comic is about a cave in Kentucky. A rich man in the region wants the cave to be open to the public, something that would help the economy in the region by creating jobs and bringing tourists. Some people (very few) are against it because it would hurt the cave. Some formations in the cave are millions of years old and too many tourists would be very bad for the cave. The rich man has a plan to convince the state and this plan consists of blasting off an opening to make it easy to see that it would be easy to make it into a tourist attraction. Things don't go well and two rangers end up in the cave thinking people want to kill them. This is the set up and the writer and artist make a great job of using this set up and giving us the best possible story. Let me mention the things I love about this comic:

I love that there aren't any clear villains. While one side does some wrong things, they don't have bad intentions. A lot of the danger comes from misunderstanding. No one is truly evil.

The art throughout is excellent. The artist does a great job of creating the feeling of claustrophobia that some parts of the cave would create. He also excels at showing the wonder in the cave, such as in his beautiful 2-page spread of the "ballroom" in the cave. The comic needed a very good handle of space and dark colors and the artist and colorist did as good a job as one could imagine.

The book also has plenty of action scenes and all of them seem plausible. I love that the heroes aren't sure of themselves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Curtis C. Chen on June 25, 2010
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This one may be hard to find in your neck of the woods, but it's worth the effort. Calling it "Die Hard in a cave" is mostly accurate but entirely untrue to the spirit of the thing.

In his afterword, Parker lays out some of their goals for this story, beyond simply writing a thriller set inside a cave. I won't recount those goals here, as some may be considered spoilers, but they were both admirable to begin with and achieved well in the finished book. Ask for it by name at your local comic shop.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Washais on February 24, 2011
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Not all comic books are about super powers and dressing in long underwear. Some of them don't even have fantastic or magical premises. If you look hard you can even find ones with strong characters of both sexes.

This comic breaks most of those stereotypes and it does it without trying to be different. This is just simply an exciting tale told in a comic medium.

Enjoy.
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