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Product Details

  • Series: Whiteout (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; Revised edition (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193266470X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932664706
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"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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Overall, the only drawback for me seems to be some elements that were added that just seemed to muddy the waters, not propel the story.
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Don't know what I was expecting, but this was definitely not my cup of tea.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anastasia Beaverhausen VINE VOICE on February 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
"Whiteout" and its sequel stand out as classics of the independent comics scene from the late 1990s. U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko is on the trail of a murderer in Antarctica...and since it's a mystery, that's really all you need to know to start out. The original mini-series was Greg Rucka's breakout hit, leading to his great runs on "Batman: No Man's Land," "Gotham Central," and other notable DC comics.

The most notable change for this "Definitive Edition" is the new 6 x 9 inches digest size; the original series was printed at a slightly larger 10 x 7.5 inches. The artwork is also newly re-scanned and cleaned up. According to publisher Randy Oni, "We relied on a third party vendor to scan all the boards [originally]. As a result of not having a tight control over digital production, many of the pages scanned dirtier than we would have liked. Too many old pencil marks showed up... Some of the images were actually scanned at too low of a resolution. So, we rescanned the pages we could [for the Definitive Edition]. I then spent about 60 hours cleaning up every page, pixel by pixel in Photoshop... Also, Steve did some touch ups here and there." There's only one caveat here: this new edition does not include the Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons, et al. cover illustrations.

If you haven't read the "Whiteout" series, now is the time to hop on board before the movie (starring Kate Beckinsale) and the third mini-series ("Whiteout: Thaw") are released in 2008.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam C. Scott on March 13, 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark on September 5, 2008
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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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I finally got around to reading one of Greg Rucka's early works and I wished I wouldn't have waited so long. Whiteout is a very good piece of fiction that uses Antarctica, or "The Ice", as a character unto itself. With so many different elements going against the protagonist, it was a compelling journey to uncover the guilty and the hidden motives. Steve Lieber's art is exactly what you'd expect from at veteran like him. Classic, solid storytelling. Overall, the only drawback for me seems to be some elements that were added that just seemed to muddy the waters, not propel the story. Still, a very good book.
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By Darwin on January 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
For a graphic novel this was a interesting read. A detective story short and sweet with plenty of depth. I recommend it as a quick read. The plot is easy to figure out but it is still interesting
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Someone in Antarctica is murdering people - enter disgraced US Marshal Carrie Stetko, hot on the cold, cold trail. That's pretty much it really. The plot is your standard cops'n'robbers template story given a new slant by setting it in the coldest place on the planet. Stetko wanders about asking questions, being overly tough because she's a woman in a place where they're outnumbered 10/1 and because she's supposed to be the law. And as you would expect from a tough woman she knees some guys in the nads and generally goes through the book grimacing every step along the way. Charming.

As the book continues, the bodies pile up but it's so rote and arbitrary, I didn't care. I suppose Greg Rucka thinks this counts as "plot"? Then the reason for the murders is revealed which is laughable.

In the best crime stories, the reader is kept guessing as to who the murderer is until the final act but you basically know right from the get go. The ones you suspect - because you're shown them doing something odd or they're given an extra panel lingering on their suspicious-looking face - are the ones whodunit. Well, that sure is ...... zzzzz........

I think the setup is promising but Rucka doesn't do enough with it, nor create a compelling narrative to make this an interesting story. That and the poorly written characters, dull dialogue, and plodding pace of the book make "Whiteout" a very miss-able book. Maybe back in the `90s this stuff could pass as good, even great comics storytelling to people who didn't read many comics, but in 2012 this is looks and reads like very poor quality stuff.
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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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