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The Green Woman Hardcover – October 12, 2010

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First the good news: Bolton's painted artwork for veteran horror novelist Straub's first (co-written) graphic novel is as uncanny as it's supposed to be--richly textured, vertiginous, built around creepily mottled flesh tones and images whose terrors always seem to be bubbling up from their darkest hues. In places, his characters are so obviously drawn from photographs the book might as well be fumetti, but Bolton's feverish super-realism gives it a hallucinatory tone. Unfortunately, the story (by Straub and Easton, who's best known as an actor) is a straight-to-video erotic thriller with supernatural elements, alternately banal and incomprehensible. An addendum to Straub's 1988–1993 Blue Rose trilogy of prose novels, it involves serial killer œFee Bandolier reflecting on his formative experiences as his final destiny intertwines with that of a weary but sexually irresistible detective named Bob Steele. There's a lot of gruesome Vietnam imagery, a number of central-casting stereotypes, a modicum of purple prose, and several pretty young women in various states of undress and intactness. The book's jumbled chronology and conflation of heavy symbolism with actual plot points do it no favors. (Oct.) (c)
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Product Details

  • Series: The Green Woman
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; First Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401211003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401211004
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The bravery of a hero. The savagery of a psychotic killer. This classic conflict between the hero and the heinous criminal has formed the basis of comic books and graphic novels since their beginnings. However, in The Green Woman graphic novel, written by Peter Straub and Michael Easton, illustrated by John Bolton, the line between hero and fiend is, at times, very tenuous. As Jules, one of the characters in the book, perceptively points out , "It's easier to destroy the good inside than it is to fight the bad that's all around you." The central conflict of this graphic novel, as with many classic works of literature, is between the good and evil aspects of the soul, represented here by the characters Fielding Bandolier, war hero turned serial killer, and Bob Steele, the brave alcoholic cop tormented by his inner phantoms, One confronts the darkness within and either becomes engulfed by it or manages to subdue it. But the darkness never completely goes away. It lurks in the foundations of the psyche, manifesting also as an evil presence haunting and possessing buildings, such as the Green Woman and the Black Galleon pubs featured in the story. It assumes the power of an obsession, a violent consuming hallucination which summons all the darkest regions of the subconscious. It becomes a devouring demon demanding obedience and carnage.
Fans of Peter Straub's horror works, such as Ghost Story, as well as those of Michael Easton's graphic novel Soul Stealer series should find The Green Woman equally engrossing. One does not need to be familiar with either author's writings, however, to be swept up in this compelling, macabre, witty yet disturbing work. John Bolton's illustrations brilliantly capture the grime, gore, and eerie, mesmerizing beauty of the Green Woman's realm of madness.
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I picked a copy of this graphic novel up in the used book store. It looked interesting and I was really drawn to the artwork. It was an okay read, but a bit hard to follow.

Fielding Bandolier, a villain in Straub's other books (which I have not read), wants to stop his killing spree. Apparently he feels like this one last murder will finally sate the Green Woman that drives him. Meanwhile Bob Steele is a not so noble New York detective that is trying to solve these murders and stop Fielding

This was an okay graphic novel. The artwork is pretty cool, I enjoyed the darkness to it and the blend of realistic and abstract montages. The only downside to it is I had a hard time following what was going on because sometimes it is hard to see which character is which in the dark drawings.

This is an incredibly violent and adult themed graphic novel. There are serial killings, violence towards women, scenes with naked people, abuse of alcohol and drugs, you name it it's in here. So, just a heads up.

I had a lot of trouble engaging with either of the characters. Fielding is an incredibly violent and disturbed man, we see some of his past and get some insight into where he learned some of his violence. Again this was a bit confusing because we jumped around in time as well as between two different characters. The graphic novel was fairly good about letting you know that you were going to a different time, it would have been nice to have a quick note about what character we were reading about as well.

Bob Steele is an all around jerk as well. He is an alcoholic, has a thing for whores, and all around pain in the butt to his colleagues. As I said between him and Fielding there really wasn't a character I was pulling for here.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the complete review as it appears <a href="http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-green-woman-by-peter-straub-and.html">at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV</a>. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's novels reviewed on the blog will generally have some images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a novel three-fifths worth reading! The only reason I've relented and started putting stars up there is to credit the good ones, which were being unfairly uncredited. So, all you'll ever see from me is a five-star or a one-star (since no stars isn't a rating, unfortunately).

I rated this novel WORTHY!

WARNING! MAY CONTAIN UNHIDDEN SPOILERS! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

Gorgeously illustrated by John Bolton - I recommend a visit to his website.

This is a story about a Vietnam vet (veteran, not veterinarian) who was so warped by his experiences that he became a serial killer. So, yeah, trite. He believes a voice talks to him from under the table in the bar he frequents. Or is it the carved ship's figurehead of a semi-naked woman who does the talking? Whatever it is, he gets his orders and he takes down his young, nubile victims - and others. This guy is definitely sick.

The improbable thing for me was that the killer looks just like the new Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi! I know the new doctor is older and darker, but really! I have to say I had an issue with this character having a Vietnam history.
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