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Fluorescent Black Paperback – August 30, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Heavy Metal Magazine (August 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935351303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935351306
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9.8 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Daniel R. Royer on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Artwork: 5.0 out of 5
Ladies and Germs, it is my pleasure to present onto you, Fluorescent Black. Now why do I say that? Because visually this books is beyond stunning. How so DD? Well glad you asked, I am a huge fan of Nathan Fox's artwork, so it may come as no shock that I love this anyways. But let me dive a little deeper into it, because that alone only warrants a rating of 4. To get a 5 here this book had to not only be GORE-Geous from start to finish but it also had to fit every single thing that the story was trying to tell to a T, and guess what, it did. Nathan's style fit this story so well, with its gritty futuristic, bio-punk nature that I doubt few others could have pulled it off. He was meant to draw this. Now of course we also have to take into account colors and letters here. So lets start with colors, Jeromy Cox you killed it. You knew what to do and just destroyed it. If you want an example click on this. So now a quick jump over to Sean Konot's letters, which again worked to perfection. The bubbles fit into the style perfectly as well as the font choices. This is 192 pages of sheer visual bliss.

Story: 4.75 out of 5
Oh Mr. Wilson how can you live up to the artwork? Easily if you ask me, because you did it. This story is compelling, intriguing, action packed, entertaining and last but not least one of the best I have ever read. Now why a not a 5 on this one. Well I don't want to get to far off track here, but when reading this in the pages of Heavy Metal, there were certain words that you had to decipher, since this is not set in America. So for just a slim bit of confusion I docked ya a little. However when I got the trade in my hands it had a dictionary so... YOU ARE SAVED! The story here is fresh and it just delivered everything I could want in a book.
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Format: Paperback
Fluorescent Black is a fantastic bio-punk graphic novel, describing an Utopic/Distopic future of biotechnology and gene-enhancing, degenerate hyper-capitalism and chaotic third world bio-punk scenario. The graphic novel's setting is the late 21st century Singapore, a strange and interesting choice that adds originality to the history.

This is a fast paced action story, inter-spaced with digressions and harrowing visions of a biopunk future of illegal gene splicing and a nightmarish vision of a world where gene technology got completely out of control. The graphic novel is also curiously written in Singapore's strange English, which spices up the story.

I found some similarities with the also biopunk novel Windup Girl of Paolo Bacigalupi, which is also in a futuristic asian setting, if you like Fluorescent Black you will also like Windup Girl.
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The story of Fluorescent Black can be likened to any story involving repo men & genetic slipicing but to incorporate new cultures & use their own dialect (like Clockwork Orange's narration) in the dialogue makes it a gem!

Not only that, I really LOVE that the whole story was encapsulated within this one book, even though I would have easily bought an entire series of this the length of Fables (I was actually sad it was so short because the ending wouldn't have felt so rushed..?).

It's also a plus that this was illustrated by Nathan Fox.

So a definitely buy & read (may be explict content for those under 17..?)!
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I thought this was just going to be a standard A5 sort of size comic, but it was actually a lot bigger.
the corner came a little rumpled, but i think i bought my copy second-hand so that's alright.
Still definitely worth the read though!
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A fantastic graphic Bio Punk story that deserves more appreciation as integral sci-fi reading, I first came across this comic while it was serialized in Heavy Metal magazine, and upon reading the particular segment published in that issue, which was close to the end of the story, I knew one thing: I had to track this down in its entirety. Not only was the art chaotic, detailed, and some of the must alluring work I've seen in awhile, but the story and characters grabbed hold right away and refused to let go. I picked up the over sized trade edition at NY Comic Con 2010 and have re-read it twice since then. The large size is perfect for taking in all the detail of the art. I couldn't imagine this published any other way.
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