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Midnight Nation Paperback – February 4, 2003
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David Grey is an LAPD officer who is investigating what seems to be a gang murder when he is attacked and his soul is stolen. He awakens in the hospital and finds that no one can see or hear him except for a mysterious woman known only as Laurel. Realizing his soul is New York City, trapped in a world where the forgotten and abandoned people, buildings, tech, etc and chased by demons the duo has one year to get to NYC find and get Grey soul back or become a demon himself. So begins a cross country jouney with an ending that one has read to believe.
Published in 2000 as a 12 issue maxi-series this series has haunted me since then as frightening as the book is it's also a very hopeful tale.
The artwork by Gary Frank is amazing. Frank draws the characters in a realistic way but still makes them looks cool. The images of this book from it's creepy opening to a major reveal about some campers our heroes meet in the desert, to the ending itself are powerful and unforgettable.
I bought the oversized deluxe edition. It comes in a beautiful slipcase and has a good size poster. The book contains all 12 issues, a special #1/2 issue, an afterword by the author, cover gallery, behind the scenes look at the making of #5, and a cool looking dustjacket.
The larger size makes Frank's artwork even more awesome. This is one of those graphic novels that shows the power of what comics/graphic novels can do. If you haven't read it you are missing out on an unforgettable story and some beautiful artwork. If you have read it then buy again so you experince anytime you want. Also out in a less costly trade paper back.
One reviewer compared this to Neil Gaiman's "Neverwhere" because of the "slipping between the cracks" lost people imagery. It's not a stolen idea, or if it was it was stolen from someone else a long, long time ago. It's a recurring theme in societies with large populations. There have always been and probably always will be people who just get lost. It's a frightening thing to us.
My opinion: I really liked this one. It's dark, but not obscure. The darkness in this comic is not gratuitous or unnecessarily violent or just there to get some emotions stirred up in people. It's crafted and placed and worked into something that's like wrought iron. And the themes in it; the things that people in despair think, the hopelessness; those are real things. The fear, the stories about going nowhere, those are real.
It's like holding two strong magnets with their oposite poles together. You see nothing but you can really feel it, like a shape made by that unseen force that has a texture. You expect your fingers to be able to touch it but there's nothing there; you can only feel how it's making the things you hold react. This story doens't put all the ideas in but you can feel them, taste them, see them by their lack. They are as clear as the patch of paper left unbleached when you take a picture off old wallpaper.
There's temptation and despair and anger, and a little humor. There's the dregs of your soul and what keeps you going even when you've got nothing left. Duty, but it's never named. It really touched some feelings in me. It's real art.
But like art, different people will see differnt things in it and some will see nothing at all; the art that will touch them is not the same as the art that touches me. I could say that some people will get it and others won't, but that sounds patronizing. And people throughout their lives change; someone might get it at one point and then not get it later... You see what I mean, and that's more a rant about art than about this comic in particular.
My favorite part is that for all the social themes there's not a hint of patronization or holier-than-thou attitude in the tone of this book, and I can smell that bull a mile off.
Straczynski is a brilliant storyteller and Frank was the perfect choice to illustrate this graphic novel. It shifts from scary to hauntingly beautiful without missing a beat, and the climax is nothing short of remarkable. It's truly a masterpiece of the form.
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I'm SO IMPRESSED with the packaging.
1. Comes with a deluxe, super slick 18"x36" poster