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"A fast and entertaining read." – Fear Net --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Antony Johnston is a British author and comic book writer. A frequent collaborator with Alan Moore, he has adapted numerous Moore prose works into graphic novels (including THE COURTYARD, ANOTHER SUBURBAN ROMANCE, and HYPOTHETICAL LIZARD, among others) and expanded upon ideas originally conceived by Moore with the horror series YUGGOTH CREATURES and NIGHTJAR. Johnston is also the creator of the apocalyptic comic book series WASTELAND and has written DAREDEVIL for Marvel Comics.

Fantasy and Science Fiction artist, Christopher Shy,is known for his book cover work, computer game design and graphic novel illustration. In 2010, Christopher and his studio, Studio Ronin, completed the eagerly-anticipated graphic novel, Dead Space: Salvage. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600108156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600108150
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,456,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I don't know where to start because this book has so much positive worth to it. The story is great; it has a great continuing of the Dead Space game, preparing you for what to expect in Dead Space 2. The characters are unique. You don't know who will survive till the end of this book, if anyone at all. The story has many twist I didn't see coming. The visual art in this book is great, setting a great feel of dread, darkness and terror. For Dead Space fans who want to expand their knowledge of the Dead Space universe, those new to the series will not want to pass this up and those who just enjoy a great horror read - this is the book to buy.
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I'm a huge Dead Space fanboy, so I picked this up from my local comic shop yesterday for 50% off. I really wanted to like it, and there's a few things that really drag it down.

The art is pretty polarizing. On the one hand it's very interesting stylistically and I think it conveys the dark atmosphere of the Dead Space franchise very well. The tone is right and the monsters look sufficiently horrific and disturbing. On its own, independent of all other factors, the art is really cool and consistently interesting to look at.
However, the art really doesn't do the storytelling any favors. Even with the "cast of characters" on the first page I could barely tell which characters were which, or what was going on half the time. I couldn't always tell if characters were getting killed, or what they were supposed to be doing, and sometimes the art transitions were really abrupt to the point that it killed some of the impact of what was supposed to be happening. To use an analogy, it would be like showing a character being confronted by a bad guy with a gun, and then the immediately next panel is the character dead on the ground of an apparent gunshot wound but with no panel showing that the gun went off. It's a little awkward and breaks up the flow of the story.

Speaking of the story, the other major problem with Salvage is that the plot is largely inconsequential. By the end of the story you realize that nothing actually happened and no new revelations were made. The initial setup is compelling enough, but by the end all that's actually happened is that most of the characters are dead.
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Note: This is for the first printing of the paperback, not the Kindle.

Dead Space Salvage is a graphic novel that I was very excited about. I've been following the Dead Space story since the Templesmith comics leading up to the release of the first game. I knew this book would be artistically different, but I REALLY loved the cover and it's Dead Space.

First let's go over the artwork. This is what makes this review difficult. I absolutely love Christopher Shy's artwork. Each panel is fantastically rendered and I really appreciate his style of implied form and realism through a slightly blurred lens. Each panel stands out on its own as a work of art. However, while Shy is incredibly talented, his artwork does not translate well to sequential art. Realism through a blurred lens is fantastic if it's a 24x24 print I'm hanging on my wall that I can spend all the time in the world examining the details, appreciating the composition and noticing the little touches hidden here and there. When you're using it to tell me a story, it tends to break up the experience too much. I will list issues to support my point below.

-Characters are not easily differentiated. Because of Sky's mostly monochromatic color palette and aversion to hard edges, key members of the story are easily confused. Generally it's good practice in sequential art to give each character a unique visual trait to allow the reader to easily identify them because each bit of the dialogue isn't prefaced with John said,. The only characters that stood out were the two females because one had flaming red hair and the other did not.

-Shy's style works when you know what real life creatures and objects his paintings represent.
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This was a nice short artistic read mostly aimed at fans looking for just a little more Dead Space in their lives. Some would complain that it does not add any great depth to the Dead Space lore but it's solid on its own.
One of the only negatives I could mention here would be that it's difficult at times to tell between characters. Side effect of the art style
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This graphic novel takes place right after Isaac Clarke has left the Ishimura, and put the Marker back on Aegis VII. There's a salvage crew that spots the Ishimura, and they decide to go aboard and see what can be found and sold. If one is familiar with the Dead Space franchise, S/he knows that things go really bad in a hurry.

I liked the artwork because it reminded me of watercolor paintings. Plus, for me, it was a lot creepier to see the indistinct forms of the necromorphs.
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Dead Space: Salvage is a graphic novel about a group of salvage pirates that encounter the USG Ishimura while scrapping for minerals to take back home. The ship crashes into one of their ships and they decide to board it in order to scrap it for more money. Meanwhile, EarthGov sends Defense Secretary David Chang out to find the red marker along with two Oracles, who take control of the operation themselves. The crew sets foot on the Ishimura and discovers pieces of the Unitologist religion's sacred red marker, and the Oracles set out to find it as well. The Oracles come across crew member Julia Copland and question her and, after gaining the information they need, kill her using a form of telepathy. Both the crew and Oracles discover the Necromorph outbreak and even a Hivemind still aboard the ship, as the crew is dwindling, Stefan Schneider must confront the Oracles and find a way off the ship to escape before certain death befalls him like the others!

So, this little graphic novel takes place after the Dead Space game (and even includes a few teaser pictures for Dead Space 2!) and the story revolves around some space pirates and the super-secret organization called the Oracles. I found the inclusion of the Oracles a really neat part of the story as they are a "ghost" organization and they have special, unknown powers that allow them to kill humans with mere thought and they utilize special beam weapons that obliterate the necromorphs in a single shot. Also, their ship is a stealth ship with technology Stefan has never seen before. It's a conspirator-type thing that goes well with the Dead Space story. The space pirate characters are a varied bunch but I could care less about them by the end of the story. The art is very dark and blurry but adds to the feel of the horror graphic novel.
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