- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment; First Edition edition (November 9, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1606901680
- ISBN-13: 978-1606901687
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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Dean Koontz' Fear Nothing Volume 1 Paperback – November 9, 2010
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This graphic novel, adapted by Grant Alter and Derek Ruiz, is a very fine rendering of the first half of the "Fear Nothing" novel. If you have read the novel, you will feel comfortable and knowing in this retelling of the story. If you have not read the novel, it should elicit genuine interest in reading it. This reader finds the two Christopher Snow novels to be a near perfect blending of Koontz' talents and recurring themes. Great characters, hyper intelligent animals, a loyal enigmatic dog (Orson), great characters you quickly come to care about, and a deepening mystery that slowly strangles you with suspense.
Christopher Snow is a 28 year old living in fictional Moonlight Bay, California who suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a genetic affliction which forces him to live in the shadows by day and outside only at night as he must avoid light and sunlight or risk terminal skin cancer. His support group consists of his dog, Orson, his surf buddy, Bobby Halloway, and his deejay girlfiend, Sasha Goodall. When his father dies two years after his mother with mystery surrounding their passing and aftermath, Christopher suddenly finds himself hunted by unknown forces for unknown reasons--besides his persistent investigation into the aftermath of his father's death. Who is after him? What were his parents into that might have contributed to their deaths? What is behind the strange Rhesus monkeys that appear? Why are old friends who know something about his past suddenly dying? Who can Christopher trust among the people he has known all his life?
"Fear Nothing" is a great mix of endearing characters, scarey conspiracies, a mystery that can be traced back to a closed military installation, and, of course, as in most Koontz novels, intelligent animals--some lovingly loyal and some seemingly straight out of a nightmare. This graphic adaptation will serve to rekindle the excitement of all those who previously read the Christopher Snow novels and should prompt a run on back editions for those who are new to Christopher Snow. My only quibble with the adaptation is the quality of the artwork--acceptable, to be sure, but not equal to the writing or the story. For me, my desire to read the forthcoming third novel, and subsequent graphic adaptations of the first two, has been ratcheted up many notches by this fine effort.
The pencilist seems to have trouble drawing faces as half the time the hero's face looks deformed, lumpy fat or out of proportion. This is rather disappointing since facial expression and drawing decent faces should be within every comic artist's basic skill set. The panels themselves lack detail and animals are clearly not Mr. Gill's strong suit as the dog is particularly looks strange and goofy.
After viewing the art, I decided the book quite simply wasn't worth my time. I loved the book by Koontz, but forcing myself to read his prose paired with sub-standard art which makes every character`s head look like a boiled egg is just not worth my time. A few more semesters of basic figure drawing and portraiture class would improve this artist immensely.