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The Private Eye Hardcover – December 2, 2015
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It's a long framed book, made up of 300+ pages, a strong cover and sturdy spine. The pages are high quality and the coloring shines off of them. Physically, it is very nicely put together.
It's a very good story (my biggest complaint is that the murder that sets off the plot of the story doesn't make much sense). It is set about 50-60 years into the future in Los Angeles. Global warming has raised the ocean levels, marijuana is sold in Marlboro-like packages, the media has been nationalized and most significantly, the internet is gone.
My favorite character is the protagonist's grandfather - a miillenial-turned-senior-citizen who still shows the side effects of the prescription drugs that he was jacked up on at the start of the 21st century, has sagging tattoos (the current adults and teenagers don't), and so dearly misses the joys of the iphone and internet gaming. Vaughan uses him to comment on America in 2015. It's wonderful, funny and interesting.
Overall, I cannot recommend this highly enough.
The writer playfully inverts retro-futurism so our current tech is outdated while some tech we consider outdated now is paired with speculative tech not yet available. The characters are not particularly notable other than the protagonist and the villains motivations, while clearly stated, seem unsatisfactory to support his extreme actions. The ending gets credit for a brave choice but an eye-roll for the unlikely epilogue. If you're a huge fan of Saga, you'll probably enjoy this although I think it pales when compared to Y: The Last Man which I still consider his strongest work to date.
I greatly enjoyed the Deluxe Edition as it felt really good in my hands. Everything to the paper to the extras. I only wish it was a hardback but that is a minor gripe.
Martin's artwork is again wonderful. His work can seem minimal at times, with stark single color backgrounds but he tells the story fantastically and all the required detail is there. The plot takes a loot at what's going on in the world today with things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. People are basically broadcasting their entire lives, but what if something happened that truly revealed everything. Every search you ever did, every email, text, or photo you ever uploaded, out there for anyone to see. That's what happened in this world and now no one leaves the house without some kind of mask or disguise on, the internet is no more, people get their information from books and libraries, and journalists are among the most important and respected people around.
Our main character works on the fringe of this society, he is a paparazzi. For a nominal fee he will do some digging to find out things would like to keep private and eventually one case goes a bit off the rails.
This edition also gives you some sketches as well as a series of emails between Vaughn and Martin as they discuss the book and what it eventually becomes.