- 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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Fluorescent Black Paperback – August 30, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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..?)!
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My favorite graphic novel of all bloody time. Just read it.Published 23 months ago by Bonny C. Moore
A masterpiece of near future dystopian fiction. Wilson expertly imagines the long term effects of genetic manipulation as the creation of a permanent underclass, with Fox's... Read morePublished on July 30, 2012 by Justin Robinson-Prickett
Nathan Fox is an awesome artist. The bio punk story was cool. The publication was good. I'm proud to own this. I had to show it off as soon as i got it. Check this out!Published on December 7, 2011 by anonymous