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The Death-Ray Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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“Daniel Clowes continues to plot a lofty, lonely course through the subconscious of popular culture with this hilariously bleak graphic novel.” ―TIME Best of 2011
“48 pages densely packed with art, dialogue and ideas, The Death-Ray [is] supersaturated, a story delivered directly into your imagination...” ―NPR
“Clowes once again shows he is a master of current-day absurdity -- with heart.” ―USA Today
“The Death-Ray reads as a cautionary parable and an acidic rumination on the travails of adolescence . . . Clowes demonstrates what the comic book can do and literary fiction can't. ” ―The Observer
Top Customer Reviews
Many more people liked "Watchmen" because they felt it was what superheroes would be if they existed, aged, died as in real life. I enjoyed "Watchmen" but I think "Death-Ray" comes much closer to what they'd really be like - self-obsessed heroes of their own narratives - just like the rest of us.
Like several of Clowes' other works, 'The Death-Ray' introduces its audience to a middle-aged White man--here named Andy--who is nondescript in both appearance and personality.
'The Origin of Andy' reveals that, circa 1977, teenage Andy is a skinny high school student who passes his life without being noticed at all; most of his fellow students can't say whether he's still attending their school or not. His mother has died of a brain clot, his father, of cancer, and his grandmother has passed on too. So Andy lives quietly with his grandfather ("Pappy"), and has made what he feels is one good friend in Louie, a rather aggressive Italian youth who has a wise mouth and likes to instigate minor fracases.
Andy also enjoys something of a long-distance romance going with pretty blond Dusty, who used to live nearby, but now lives far away. It seems that Andy's romantic relationship with Dusty may exist only in his own mind, since Dusty rarely responds to Andy's letters, except for a Christmas card during the holidays.
Louie convinces Andy to try smoking cigarettes, but the experience makes Andy vomit. But that night, Andy wakes with a feeling that he might "explode," of "absolute confidence that I could do anything, that I was in every way superior!"
Running outside to test his muscles, Andy, though still physically scrawny, discovers he can lift the back of a car off the street.Read more ›
I guess what I'm trying to say is that every so often a comic book comes along that is so freaking cool that it reminds me of what it felt like to sit on my living room floor and revel in the sheer awesomeness of outlandish costumes and word balloons. The Death-Ray is one of these books. The oversize edition lets you really pour over the artwork, the story quality has the right amount of depth, and the premise has a pitch perfect blend of whimsy without seeming overly silly. Check it out if you need your faith in the graphic medium restored.
The powers are killer indeed: He develops the titular Death Ray, which allows him to eliminate anyone without a trace, because of his bodily interaction with cigarettes. He can get away clean with wiping out anyone, which he knows is an awesome power--and responsibility. But what he does with that power is something else entirely.
Like much of Clowes' work, The Death Ray speaks to (and about) the sluggishness and disaffectedness of Generation X. It harks back to a simpler time, and even the artwork is evocative of 1970s comics greats (although it is certainly all distinctively Clowes).
The Death Ray was originally published in Eightball #23 in 2004 and it's been reprinted by Drawn & Quarterly in this handsome hardcover edition. The entire story is relatively short, but it's certainly packed with gravitas. The plot is straightforward, but things get complex and complicated as Andy gets older. Dealing with that angst and seeming powerlessness is Clowes' utmost strength, demonstrated in so many of his brilliant works, and well executed here as well.
Reviewed by John Hogan
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really loved this book. The artwork was sooooo so amazing. I find myself picking this one back up from time to time just to look at some of the art. The story was great too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sam Reads
Andy inherits the raygun/nuclear bomb from his ancestor. Andy can also summon up supernatural strength when he smokes, which represents in an army like physical force within... Read morePublished 19 months ago by grafdog
Despite the fact that you could subject this book to a lengthy literary analysis, it's just not interesting as a story. Everything feels rushed. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Simon
This work is the epitome of self-indulgent nonsensical puffery. Out of some forty pages maybe ten are worth someone’s time. Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by Sverre Svendsen
I've read all of the other collected works of Daniel Clowes, and although The Death-Ray isn't my all-time favorite, it's really good. Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Jenny
Before I bought this book, I hadn't realized that I had already read this story in Eightball #23 back in 2004. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Johnny Heering
This gobbledygook that is passed off as literature amazes me. This book lacks any semblance of depth. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by EducationMan