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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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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.
This is a must for all comic readers. If you loved Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns, this should be next on the pile. Totally underrated story. Never see it on any lists. And considering the comics industry is finally catching up with the diversity issue in the world, the fact that this book was written nearly 30 years ago shows how ahead of its time.
It is also a standout of Frank Miller's work and this book can also be used to smack those people in the face who say Frank Miller sucks or is sexist, etc. Considering he has created some of the longer standing female characters ever (Elektra, Carrie Kelley) no more need be said. Yet people seem to take his characters in Sin City at face value. EVERY character in that is a terrible person pretty much. Their depictions are heightened and exaggerated for the noir world. He's writing in a style that is VERY outdated and thats the point, to capture that style. But then you look at a book like this, a slightly sci-fi/dystopian future heroin in the line of Ripley from Alien. Poor to working class, coming up from nothing. Not exactly beautiful or ugly, just a normal person who fights through adversity for her whole life. And how rarely do you get to read a comic written over the span of 10 years spanning the life of a character. DC and Marvel characters don't age. Most independent series don''t go further than the lifespan of the character within the story taking place. You get to see Martha be born into this world, live, suffer, be happy, sad, grow old and so on. Truly a masterpiece of fiction, not just comics. Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons created something incredible here and I am SO glad it is back in print for this cynical and negative comic book world to read and see there was a time when writers were trying to do what is being done today. And if you ask me, this holds up 100 times more than any independent book on the shelves today.
My review is reflective of the fact that when I pre-ordered in April, the description says HARDCOVER (pictured). I received the product today ad was extremely excited to finally have it. When I pulled it our of the packaging I immediately noticed 2 things.
1) Product was a softcover book
2) Product was significantly damaged
I'm confused. Is this a hardcover release or was the description wrong from the time it was posted? Photos to account for both misrepresentation of product and poor condition. I've come to expect greatness from Amazon, however this is the worst experience I've had purchasing directly from Amazon. Barely deserves the star.