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Dead Space: Salvage Paperback – December 7, 2010
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Real interesting book about this game series. Depicts how it was discovered on Earth.Published 16 months ago by steven
The artwork throughout the whole comic is just ugly and it looks at times as if the background is trying to swallow the characters. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Ryan J. Himebaugh
Is not a bad read the text is some times in a difficult order to read but over all it was a good readPublished on June 9, 2014 by Christian Monarrez
I thought that this was going to be a novel, not a graphic (comic book) type novel. Oh well. Not a big deal.Published on April 7, 2014 by Rocky A. Rhodes
My son is very happy with this addition to his collection. Arrived on time which is also a plus when it is a gift.Published on March 29, 2014 by MKD
If you like comics then this is for you. After reading Martyr I was really excited about salvage which I thought would be another great read... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Ian
I gotta say if your a fan of The Dead Space series. And your curious as to what had happened immediately after the first game ended, then you need to read this graphic novel. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Chris Eginitis
This graphic novel gives you a better look at the dead space universe while providing an interesting story with crazy artwork, i recommend for anyone who cant get enough space... Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by Robert Tota