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Harlan Ellison's 7 Against Chaos Hardcover – July 16, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
Praise for Harlan Ellison:
"[Ellison has] the spellbinding quality of a great nonstop talker, with a cultural warehouse for a mind."—The New York Times Book Review
"It's long past time for Harlan Ellison to be awarded the title: 20th century Lewis Carroll."—Los Angeles Times
"One of the great living American short story writers."—Washington Post Book World
"One thing's for sure: the man can write."—Booklist
- Item Weight : 1.34 pounds
- Hardcover : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401239102
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401239107
- Product Dimensions : 6.89 x 0.59 x 10.47 inches
- Publisher : DC Comics (July 16, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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This is a bit flawed though. The pacing is a mess. Many pages are spent gathering the crew, and then suddenly the crew is on their mission. The beginning lingers too long. The end moves too fast. There's really no middle. Paul Chadwick is a brilliant illustrator, and he has some great work in these pages, but there are also a surprising number of sloppy panels. Despite these flaws, this book is definitely worth checking out for fans of Ellison, Chadwick and just science fiction adventure comics in general.
The second half, in which they actually go on the mission, feels simultaneously very padded and very rushed. For example, There are several times (in a row) where the characters get attacked by something. the threat is introduced and dealt with in only two or three pages so there isn't enough time to build tension. At the same time, these treats have very little effect on the overall plot to the point where I could have skipped those ten pages and missed next to nothing. Another example was how, immediately after that, the heroes break into the villain's stronghold only to be chased out five pages later without learning a thing and then almost immediately finding another way in. What was the point of that?
The character development was also really bad in this part of the book. There were several character deaths, but only one really seemed worthwhile while the rest felt cheap and pointless. We are told that two characters "loved [each other] in a special way", but they only really have one and a half conversations in the entire book, in neither of which do they discuss their "love". There are two or three times where characters gain/develop powers out of nowhere because the plot demands it. "By the way, this character is telepathic and that's how he knows about the bad guy. No, there is no possible way we could have mentioned this when we introduced the character fifty pages ago."
Honestly, I think this whole thing may have worked better in a different format. A conventional novel would probably have been able to give everyone and everything enough room to properly develop.
To the book's credit, I really liked the ending.
Top reviews from other countries
If the book has faults, they are that the story is too familiar sometimes and the pacing is slightly uneven. The former can't be helped, though, and the latter derives from the project having been written and created as a mini-series before the decision was made to release it as an original graphic novel.