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Michael Chabon Presents. . .The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, Volume 1 Paperback – May 11, 2004
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The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist is the comic book spin off of the novel. Chabon, together with a team of well known graphic artists (including Kyle Baker, Gene Colan, and Jae Lee) and writers (including Glen David Gold, author of Carter Beats the Devil)has created a series of comics that trace the history of The Escapist. The comics begin with the 'premiere' episode in the late 1930s and move chronologically through the late 1970s. As with real comics, some stories are better than others. I particularly enjoyed the opening story, The Passing of the Key, which serves as the premiere epdisode that explains the origin of the Escapist. Prison Break, and Divine Wind (a Japanese version of the Escapist authorized by Kavalier & Clay) were also particularly good. Although I liked Are You Now or Have You Ever Been (Chabon's comic book look at the McCarthy era) I am not at all certain that any comic published in the 1950s would advance the views contained in it but I enjoyed it nevertheless.
Each section is introduced by brief overviews written by Chabon and his collaborators.Read more ›
Well, for the first story in this collection, it is that cool. The first escapist comic, described detail by detail in the book, is here painted with modern graphic-novel style art- not at all like an early comic book, but who cares, right?
But as the story continues, you start to notice something. At first you avoid it, but it creeps up on you... it's not as great as you imagined it.
As the book goes on, this becomes clearer. The stories simply don't stand on their own. There is so much meta and just not enough good fiction. The art is great, but the plots are sloppy and poorly conceived. Only one or two stories are good enough to stand on their own, and too much time is spent playing with concepts surrounding the fictional "Escapist" timeline introduced at the beginning of the book. It's simply no fun to read.
The last story almost redeems the whole collection, though. The Escapist here movies beyond all the corny attempted recreations of authentic originals and into the genre of graphic novel, where it could stand on it's own. If the whole collection was like this, I'd recommend it for sure.
Overall, an interesting addition to the original Chabon novel, but certainly not strong enough to stand on its own. Some of the stories are interesting, but lack the depth of good narrative. It does provide an escape for the reader back to the days of his/her youth, though, a brief respite from adult concerns.
The back cover is especially clever, made up to look like an ad for novelties from the original Empire Novelty company, who became the publishers of The Escapist in the original book.Read more ›
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So beautifully written, incisive, witty, gripping, completely original, and imaginative. Chabon has a the perfect story-teller's heart, I couldn't put the book down.Published 1 month ago by Pamela
To be honest, I read The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist out of a sense of obligation. I read Kavalier and Clay and even though I hated that book, I felt that I needed to give... Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Triton
What fun to have real comic artists take a stab at creating the comics imagined in "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay". Read morePublished on November 7, 2009 by Amazon Customer
I love this writer and his books and being able to see his characters in action was a real treat.Published on December 22, 2007 by Ethyl
I found this product to be a great value for the money. I shopped and compared at various sites.Published on September 19, 2005 by E. Delaney
For those people who are expecting a comics masterpiece from the author who brought you The Amazing Adventures of Kavlier & Clay, save your time and money. Read morePublished on March 4, 2005 by M. Howell
A few years ago, Chabon wrote a well-received novel, _The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,_ about two comic book impresarios in the 1930s, `40s, and `50s. Read morePublished on March 1, 2005 by Michael K. Smith
After reading Michael Chabon's "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," I was disheartened to realize that comic described in the book might never be actualized, and that the... Read morePublished on January 6, 2005 by Taylor Stevens
I have just finished "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" and am experiencing the grief and regret one feels after closing the cover on a truly fantastic... Read morePublished on October 28, 2004 by Percy Faith