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J. Michael Straczynski's Midnight Nation, Vol. 1 Paperback – December 28, 2004
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The premise requires a bit of acceptance on the reader's part, but if you give yourself over to some of the far-fetched aspects (even for sci-fi), the reward in the conclusion is well worth it. I didn't think I had connected with the characters to any large degree as the story progressed, but the payoff at the end revealed that these characters really do have an unexpected depth.
The only thing I wish they'd done differently in assembling this collection was if they'd presented the cover images for each issue/chapter in their original location, rather than gathering them at the back of the book. On the one hand, I see why they wanted to keep the story flowing as one continuous story. On the other hand, it felt like reading a novel with the chapter titles deleted. A brief pause to admire the cover art at each break would have been a little better. Nevertheless, this is a great story, well told, with adult themes, intelligence, and wit. It's a great use of the graphic novel format, and I highly recommend it for fans of the genre.
The story is immediately relatable (one can immediately relate to the story?) and the artwork was impressive in a non-distracting way. It is thought provoking, and the main character is, I feel, an excellent place holder for the reader, allowing the themes in the story to become more important and relevant on a personal level.
Even though I'm very late to the game in regards to how long Midnight Nation has been available, I'll confidently say any time is a good time to pick these volumes up and give them a read.
If I had a complaint, and this is more of an observation, it would be that often times I felt that the story moved along in a jarring manner. This might be intentional, or I could have been reading through it so rapidly that I made it feel that way, but that did stand out to me.
It's honestly really hard to write about something so great without wanting to spill all the contents of its pages onto the screen. That's how good with it, I want to share it. When I was done reading it, I didn't really feel like I was OK with it being over... At all. Other customer reviews gave me an impression that this was going to be something I wanted, all wrapped up in one pretty package. I'll just try to keep the context simple.
If you like dense storylines that do not leave you with asking more questions than the ones answered, this is for you. If you have a soft spot for human compassion, and seeing the benefits of enforcing hope, this is for you. If you like to see protagonists overcome extreme adversity, not just externally but internally as well, this is for you. If you like it when your antagonist actually is someone that knows what they are talking about and makes you question the morals, methods, and ethics of the world around you, this is for you. If you like it when character stories aren't stagnant with literary decay, this is for you. If you like philosophical premises with a bit more than a tinge of religious context that isn't offensive, this is for you.
To sum it all up though. Straczynki has unveiled a marvel in this book, and has bought my attention from this day forward. This book is not for those that are interested only in the stereotypical protagonist that lives the simple life of putting the bad guy in jail, bad guy breaks out of jail, good guy puts bad guy back in jail, and then ponders over the implications of what has happened.
This book is thoroughly amazing, and I'm glad it's gotten the great ratings it deserves.
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