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Whiteout, Vol. 1, Definitive Edition Paperback – August 14, 2007

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"Carrie Stetko. . . is a believable character with compelling flaws, understandable motivations, and is given a clear voice by Rucka. . .the look and feel of this book is dead on. . .a must read." --The Comics Journal

"Carrie's Dirty Harry and we... are on the edge of our seats. . .And if the last three pages don't break your heart even as they make you smile, then your soul is made of ice. Bravo, Mr.'s Lieber and Rucka. Now please go make more." --Artbomb

"A stark, gripping little graphic novel, with wonderful art by Steve Lieber (one of my favorite artists ever since his run on Hawkman, back when the Winged Avenger was written by John Ostrander). The Antarctic setting is used as nicely here as in John Carpenter's The Thing, creating a sense of bleakness and hopelessness that pervades the rest of the tale. The sequel, Whiteout: Melt, is even more intense, although not really a whodunit; it's basically a spy story with Carrie stuck in the middle of things (Lilly is long gone). It's all but impossible to put down." --Chud (Cinematic Happenings Under Development)

". . .works wonderfully well. Rucka creates some real three-dimensional characters. . . The murder plot unfolds at a nice pace, details all come together in the end, and there's still room for character development." --Comic Book Resources

"Wonderful characterisation and dense plotting with plenty of twists in the tale are complemented by an impressive range of artwork by Steve Lieber." --Sequential Tart

"Greg Rucka's knows crime so well, I'd be afraid to spend time alone with him. He has to have a record as long as my arm to tell stories with such realism at such ease. . . Steve Lieber may not be familiar to a lot of readers, but his work on this title is nothing short of absolute greatness. When you deal with a location which is nothing but snow and ice, save for the base and the people inhabiting it, there's a lot of pressure to make it visually appealing and Lieber does than and then some. He is able to show the claustrophobic atmosphere and desolate landscape in equal measure. Aside from having a great story and a not often seen setting, the duo add unique element by making the two main protagonists female. Marshall Carrie Stetko and special agent Lily Sharpe (who is currently seen in Rucka's ongoing Queen and Country series through Oni Press) are more than great female leads. They're two of the most completely realized and believable characters that you'll find in any! comic book story. This is as unique a comic story as you can find and one that certainly belongs in any fans `required reading' list. Whiteout, and the equally intelligent and entertaining sequel, Whiteout Melt, are both available in Trade Paperback format." -Ain't it Cool News


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Product Details

  • Series: Whiteout (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: ONI PRESS INC.; Revised edition (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193266470X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932664706
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Excellent graphic novel. Easy to read, compelling plot, artwork was fantastic. I'm a big fan of murder mysteries and serial killer plots, so this book was perfect. Look forward to reading more of Rucka's work.
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What a great book! My only complaint is that it was all over so quickly, I wanted more, which made me glad there was a second volume.

What would be great is to see a movie version of this book. It could easily hold up with the right strong actress playing the lead. Especially since reading it felt like watching a movie. A really well-done, tense thriller.

Because of its cinematic quality, this is also a good entry book for adults that don't read comics or realize what the medium is capable of.

I highly recommend it.
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Whiteout Vol 1 by Greg Rucka is a stark, black and white graphic novel that at its heart, is a Sam Spade murder mystery of lost fortune, bloody bodies and law enforced prior to the Miranda rights were ever uttered. All in the cold frozen wasteland at the bottom of the world; Antarctica.

US Marshal, Carrie Stetko, has come to make the barren ice world of US Base McMurdo in Antarctica her home. Leaving her past and her career stateside behind her, she has found a peace here in the cold. There is rarely any crime, besides the occasional missing possession and drunken revelers. Its pretty tame to what she left behind. Except for the faceless dead body out in the snow. Except for murder and she is the only law around.

The killer has to be one of five men. But they can be anywhere on the continent and as Carrie begins to hunt them down, the dead bodies begin to pile up. It soon becomes clear to Carrie that this is much more than a murder. What of the ice samples missing from around the first body? And who is Lily Sharpe and why does she want to help?

It soon becomes obvious that there is more to Lily than what meets the eye. More to the dead body than what meets the eye and with McMurdo about to be evacuated by its seasonal run, Carrie has to find the killer before he boards a flight and is gone forever.

Whiteout is Greg Rucka's first foray into the comic book world and with the stark and atmospheric artwork by Steve Lieber, its a terrific one. Whiteout is another one of those small indie comic series that gained critical acclaimed and then was made into a movie (starring the incredibly gorgeous and made less so for the movie; Kate Beckinsale)that did not do quite so great. But don't let that fool you. The movie is good and the graphic novel is great.
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This is the tale of a female U.S. Marshall (Carrie Stetko) banished to Antarctica. It's business as usual until a body is found and after a bit of investigation it seems to be murder. What follows is an investigation into a string of murders blended in with the extremely harsh weather of the continent. People get about in the storms on metal wires because you can barely see six inches ahead. In fact, some people have died a few feet away from shelter simply because they couldn't find the door. Don't come out into the storm in wet clothes. A very bad idea. Frostbite is commonplace if you are not extra careful. The center of the continent is so bad that even the wildlife cannot live there. Guess where some of the bases are located? Lots of tidbits about the history of Antarctica included.

Strong female characters are prevalent. The panels play on the black and white shades quite nicely and some of the action scenes "run" almost like an old movie reel. At first I was a bit confused as I hadn't seen something like that done so much in graphic novels but after I got used to it I enjoyed the presentation. The "aha" moments and close ups are nicely done as well.

This was DC writer Greg Rucka's breakout graphic novel which got him enough acclaim to be noticed by the higher ups like DC Comics. I first noticed him from the "Gotham Central" series and "Superman: Sacrifice" and a recommendation prompted me to check this one out. Artist Steve Lieber is someone to watch as well.

For those who must have color be warned that it's black and white. Maybe because it was on limited budget? Based on a novel by Greg Rucka. Also made into a movie with Kate Beckinsdale which I will now move up to the top of my list. There's a volume two that follows.
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There’s been a murder in Antarctica, and U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko has to find out what happened, who did it, and why before 90% of the base personnel ship out for the winter. In Whiteout, acclaimed writer Greg Rucka has set up a unique mystery situation with gripping characters while artist Steve Lieber does an amazing job of capturing the personalities, the setting, and especially the weather (a character in itself). The sense of movement in the drifting snow is incredible, so much so that I forgot I was looking at static pictures. A number of outdoor shots are beautifully empty, appropriate for such a desolate waste.

The black-and-white art perfectly suits the harsh environment and story content. If the series were done in color, it could seem too gory at times. Lieber can draw anything well, but he especially excels in his character work. Additionally, the art style varies based on what the scene requires — dream sequence, deep conversation, or life-threatening action.

Whiteout illustrates the potential of the comics medium. The exoticism and foreboding of this bizarre environment is conveyed in a way that feels utterly real … yet puts no one in danger. I can’t imagine understanding so well the experience of living on the ice, in a setting where you face death daily, through any other medium.

Crime isn’t my favorite comics genre — this isn’t really a mystery, more a how-dunnit — but the sheer quality of the work transcends the story. The art and the character development are incredibly strong. It all seems so real; at the same time, I’m almost overwhelmed by the strangeness of the setting. The weather and culture of Antarctica is one of the last real-world frontiers. (Review originally posted at ComicsWorthReading.com.)
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