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An outstanding feature of any Bernie Wrightson graphic novel is his painstaking attention to detail, especially when his subjects include corpses and bloodthirsty monsters. Collaborating with veteran scripter Niles, Wrightson puts his anatomical expertise to grisly good use in this exquisitely illustrated story about a remorseless hired assassin. Stosh Bludowski’s taste for killing keeps him gainfully employed until his career hits a sudden roadblock in the form of two targets who simply refuse to die. Following the maps tattooed on his victims’ severed arms, Bludowski stumbles into a haven of vampires facing a murderous ambush of zombies. To survive the onslaught, Bludowski’s only recourse is to side with the vampires and become one of the undead himself. A dangling side plot focusing on the zombies’ mastermind promises further episodes in Bludowski’s quest to track down that unsavory nemesis. While Bludowski’s own brutal demeanor may not exactly endear him to many readers, Wrightson’s superbly arranged panels and vividly rendered action sequences should keep this new antihero’s adventures interesting. --Carl Hays

About the Author

Steve Niles is a film producer and writer of screenplays including the classic 30 Days of Night which is being made into a film produced by the legendary Sam Raimi for release in October 2007. Named by Fangoria magazine as one of the "13 rising talents who promise to terrify us for the next 25 years" is also penning the upcoming films Bigfoot (which he co-created with rocker Rob Zombie) and The Lurkers. He lives in Los Angeles.

Steve Niles is a film producer and writer of screenplays including the classic 30 Days of Night which is being made into a film produced by the legendary Sam Raimi for release in October 2007. Named by Fangoria magazine as one of the "13 rising talents who promise to terrify us for the next 25 years" is also penning the upcoming films Bigfoot (which he co-created with rocker Rob Zombie) and The Lurkers. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593078935
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593078935
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,231,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Tim Lasiuta on March 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
When Bernie Wrightson touches a title, something special happens. When Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson create a title, the simple becomes a feast of literary and visual gems.

The "City of Others" is Wrightsons' return to a medium that his artistic skills fit perfectly. When you are 'immortal' and don't want to be found, even travelling in a the womb of a pregnant woman becomes acceptable. Enter Chunx into the United States. Stosh Bludowski is a killer. Since the age of seven, he has killed family for revenge, killed orphans, and now Blud encounters the recently dead who won't stay dead. An undead 'convention' leads to an unlikely conclusion to his adventure. His savior offers a way out with no options but to continue the curse that frees yet traps him.

Few writers and artists can create horror that pulls you along twisting and screaming the way Niles and Wrightson can in "Others". The story, while a steadily paced quest for redemption at almost any cost is rife with subtle classic horror characteristics. There are Frankenstein, Dracula, and Night of the Living Dead themes that resonate in the collection. A particularly magical touch is the art styles that change as the subthemes change. The Frankenstein pages are rendered in a softer, more gentle touch a la the classic film. The Dracula pages are more vibrant and colorful. Only a master like Wrightson could consciously imbue a book with such a deliberate shift in atmosphere.

On the surface, the book is merely a Vampyre gone mad book, but beneath the bloodshed, it is the quest for a killer and his companion gaining immortality while empowering each other. It is also the simultaneous quest for immortality by Chunx. Exactly what the future holds for Blud and Chunx should prove to be very interesting an 'more than your average monster story'!

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I'm not new to the writings of Steve Niles, having read his 30 Days of Night Collector's Set series and his Cal MacDonald Criminal Macabre Omnibus Volume 1 book, but Bernie Wrightson I am only familiar with by name, having never read anything with his art attached.

I liked this story because it was not like any horror story I have read being a new take on the vampire and zombie themes. It abruptly ended leaving the story open for a sequel and that is why I gave it 4 stars, because there seem to be no resolution to the conflict and I don't know if there will be a sequel. If there is a sequel, I hope Mr. Wrightson would team back up with Mr. Niles, because I feel they are the only 2 who could tell this story.
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I actually won all 4 issues from a Dark Horse Halloween give away. (Thanks Dark Horse!)

Wrightson can draw anything and draw it well, especially a horror book like this one. The story is decent, however you can tell it's a 4 issue mini written to set up a series. The main issue I had were the terribly cliched names. I mean Blud, really? Outside of that, Blud is a bit of a sociopath and he's kind of hard to route for. There is plenty of action and potential in the book.

Basically if you want to check out a decent horror comic with good art, that sets up a series that doesn't exist, then pick this up.
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what a disappointment, what a rip off!
the bloody story about vampires is pretty good but the book feels like one part (or prequel) of a big story. it ends without warning just when the plot start building. as much is i could find there is no sequel... it makes this book just a fracture of a bigger (and non existent) story. it feeels like watching 10 minutes of an interesting movie you like.
buy it only if you want to be angry (like me).
too bad there is not a no star option.

and btw... there is even no city (of others).
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I ordered this on a recommendation from Amazon. I have no idea why they suggested it to me. I had never heard of the author and have never read, looked at, a graphic novel. Actually I used to read comic books when I was a kid. The illustrations were dark and discusting. I returned the book.
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