- Hardcover: 120 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing (November 18, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600102735
- ISBN-13: 978-1600102738
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,111,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fishtown Hardcover – November 18, 2008
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In the working-class Fishtown area of Philadelphia, four teens share a bleak existence. Abuse, drugs, and apathy constitute an ever-present backdrop, and this environment of despair eventually leads to murder. Justin, Keith, Adrian, and Angelica devise a crude plan to kill a mutual acquaintance, although it’s unclear if it’s for the money or the thrill. The story is told through disjointed flashbacks and narratives as the teens are interviewed by police, shedding little light on the motives behind their violent, impulsive actions. While this style can seem a bit disorderly, the feeling of unsettled anarchy it conjures suits the story well. The teens seem to have no more idea why they did what they did than do the faceless adults around them. Colden’s art, with its sharp, angular line work and color-wash of dirty yellows and blues with hints of muted red, gives the book the look of stylized, modern noir, which increases an aura of disconnection. Originally serialized on the Web, Colden’s Xeric Award winner was based on real events. --Tina Coleman
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This should be a movie.
We also learn that some of the accused had tough family lives, all were into drugs to one degree or another, and the girl was a "cutter." These details are in no way meant to explain what was essentially a thrill killing (the money that was the ostensible motive is fairly negligible), but nor to they add much of anything to our understanding of the events. As we hear the statements of the four accused and see what ostensibly happened via flashbacks, the central question becomes whose idea the murder was, and who bears moral responsibility.
Of course, ultimately, the question of the "truth" of the murder doesn't really matter, all that matters is that a boy was killed. The format of the book, the inking style, the narrative cuts, all contribute to a very discernible sense of the teens' collective alienation. Not alienation from society, but alienation from themselves. These kids are empty and unreflective, and while it might be tempting to blame society or their parents or their environment, the horror of this crime resists such simple analysis. In the end, I'm not really sure what the point of the book is, other than representing a terrible crime which serves as yet another illustration of Hannah Arendt's famous statement about the banality of evil.
A blended together tale, it touches on the cycle of abuse with a dose of Primal Fear. Sadly though the book does little more than a quick tour, something like learning about lions while seeing them on safari.
I don't think we get a clear picture of what the facts in the case are, or how much this veers from them. This is possible why I can't the taste out of my mouth that on some level this is simple exploitation.
In this story, we see an entire cast of unsympathetic characters, (including the boy who is murdered). It seems as if he makes an attempt to humanize the murderers as victims of bad homes, but they are still very unlikable and one dimensional. The story would have been better if the author would have been more responsible by doing a lot more research in the neighborhood that he bases his story. Or maybe he should have used a fictional name of the setting and not use likenesses of real people in his work.
It seems that some folks might pick up this book and compare what Colden did to Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood". They would be right in the sense that he is exploiting an awful tragedy for his own benefit. However, they would be wrong in the sense that this is a quality work of art or literature.
i have never read/watched anything like this.... no, just kidding, i watched dozens of movies with exactly the same plot.
it is an old story - totally uninspired and comics is maybe not the right medium here.
authors who cant bring anything new should not be published. it is a waste of money and paper.