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The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-first Century (Second Edition) Paperback – June 20, 2017
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The story of Martha Washington is based on a very dystopian future version of the United States of America, none of which actually came to be. Almost all of the predictions about future technology were wrong--not just slightly wrong, but vastly so. The writer should've tried to play things a bit safer and not been so bold in what amounted to outright guessing about what might happen in the next 30-40 years. The fact that so much in the comic turned out to be obtusely incorrect just made the entire story look far more out of date and out of touch than it already was by the time I read it (September, 2019).
The artwork was not that impressive. At times, it looked more like the inker had trouble figuring out which lines in the artist's sketches were meant to be retained and which ones should be ignored. The colors were okay, but the palate used was too obvious and somewhat bland. Was this a time period where everyone was trying out pastels?
The lettering was fine, but as mentioned earlier, the dialogue was far too heavy with narration and huge speech bubbles that covered almost everything in the frame. The dialogue itself wasn't even that clever or interesting. It almost read like misquotations from polemics being argued at the time, often getting the facts wrong in the process, but still asserting that the author had thoroughly investigated everything beforehand. In spite of such implied claims, it still came across ham-fisted preaching and pulled-out-of-one's-seat-of-the-pants wrong.
This was an ideal chance to allow a unique character to really shine, but instead, we were given nothing but a two-dimensional caricature of a person who had had a very difficult childhood. Instead of empathizing with her, I often felt repelled by her following far too many tropes and not being allowed to break free from them.
This story might've been profound and interesting when it first came out, but it hasn't aged well at all. It reads like the writer was far too out of touch with reality even at the time it was first published, relying heavily on overly descriptive narration and massive paragraphs of dialogue in almost every frame. The science fiction elements quickly became obsolete and anachronistic, not even close to the developments already in progress at the time the comic was first published.
It's very poor science fiction and the main character deserved much better treatment of her story than she got.
However, the presentation of this Kindle comic is not the same "guided view" the Amazon's ComiXology subsidiary uses, and that's disappointing. Panels can be emphasized with a slight zoom, but they do not fill the screen, which I find more immersive. Also, where other Kindle comics I've bought can be read in the ComiXology reader, this one cannot, making this a 600-page exception for reasons that are unclear.
Martha's epic life story is touching and brutal, filled with Miller's trademark blend of dark action and dry humor, and typically stunning, detailed art from Dave Gibbons. But as a digital comic, I simply wanted to get even closer to it -- this presentation stops short of full immersion.
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Basicamente, a história é dividida em três arcos, sendo o primeiro excelente, com momentos que beiram a genialidade, e os outros dois variando entre bons e razoáveis momentos, razão de eu ter tirado uma estrela de minha pontuação.
A edição da Dark Horse é muito boa e serve para mostrar às editoras tupiniquins que não é preciso capa-dura (preço inflacionado) para se fazer um encadernado de qualidade. Esta edição tem 600 páginas, capa cartonada com orelhas, encadernação em brochura e papel couché, e ficou excelente. As orelhas protegem a capa de amassados, a lombada é resistente e a encadernação não é apertada, permitindo uma boa visualização das páginas duplas.
Anexei algumas fotos do produto, para ilustrar a qualidade da edição.
Very dissapointed... At least, change the description.
A Graphic tem enredo interessante e mescla as sequencias de ação de Miller com o traço de Gibbons.