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Great Pacific Volume 1: Trashed! TP Paperback – May 14, 2013
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Harris is a Senior Network Engineer at AIM Management.
Top Customer Reviews
Billionaire heir steals fortune, builds new settlement, does weird experiments, meets adventure on his new island... It's all surreal but believable. Great read.
The premise is unique. Great Pacific tells the story of the spoiled heir to an energy company who fakes his own death and starts his own country on a floating landfill. The characters are very distinct from one another. The characters interact realistically and humorously.
The illustration is very detailed and works really well the coloring & design.
I anxiously await the publication of Volume 2.
The ecological message is clear but not bludgeoning. Meanwhile other issues (the military's co-opting of scientific technologies, the difficulties of colonialization in new lands, the struggle to do the right thing in the face of adversity) are expertly woven into the fabric of the story.
To be frank, this was a book that I was greatly anticipating, and I was not disappointed. This is not your average comic with dry, overused plots, unrealistic heroes and ne'er-do-wells, and continuous retcons borne on the whims of raging fanboys: this is a wonderfully crafted pictorial novel for the new millennium. Why don't you give it a try?
Great Pacific, nicely illustrated by Martin Morazzo, has just enough reality to make Joe Harris's story really engaging. I love the libertarian/environmentalist mashup that informs Chas's actions. He's representative of a generation that is sick of intrusive government, corporate welfare, and environmental neglect, and he's uniquely positioned to do something about all three.
Nation building on a floating garbage heap: I know, it's far-fetched, maybe even a little silly, but I enjoyed Great Pacific Volume 1 and will be eager to read Volume 2.
Interestingly enough, the idea of creating living space out of the floating garbage heap has been explored in real life. Check out this web site: [...] Maybe Harris's story isn't so far-fetched after all. . . .
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!
Basically, the action is sound, but the characters are weak. The main character, Chas Worthington, simply doesn't grab me. He isn't particularly greedy or altruistic; he has a devil-may-care attitude but little else. The best friend is okay, but we see very little of him in this volume. There's also a native girl and a female pirate. The board of directors at Worthington Oil are pretty cool, but no one else in the series so far really is. Like so many series these days, the saving grace is the artwork, particularly the coloring and backgrounds. ***
- Unique premise
- Not that expensive
- Unclean art style, I know it's about living on a garbage float but it just looks trashy
- Repetitive story elements (we get it, the protagonist is a billionaire rascal)
- Incredibly cliche characters: Nonchalantly Cool Protagonist, Goofy Loaf Best Friend, Mysterious Vixen
- Text is bolded randomly with no regard to actual speech emphasis
If you like this author, support by buying this as bookshelf filler. I don't think I'll ever read this again.
Otherwise, save up for something really good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting story with great art. Fell flat in a couple spots for me but still read it all in one sitting.Published 15 months ago by Shaun Carter
I wanted to read this and appreciate it more than some of these other 2 and 3 star reviewers, but wasn't amazed. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lazy Dave
I bought this because I saw it on a list of "Comics for people who don't love superhero comics." However, I DO like comics with likable characters and believable plot... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Julie K
First, the good. The art by Martin Morazzo is really good.
Now the bad. Terrible comic. One of the review blurbs on the back says "A terrifying,... Read more
Loved the art, and the original story is such a great concept. Brilliant can't wait to read the other volumes!Published on February 18, 2014 by Mohamed Sleem
The right mix of ridiculousness and possibility awaits the readers of this book. I am interested to see where the whole thing is going.Published on December 24, 2013 by Max Dorsey-Gordon
If you can handle archetypical characters (French people wear kercheifs, riding gloves and chain smoke for example) and that much of each chapter is dedicated to reminding you... Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Halftrak