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Rage of Poseidon Hardcover – October 29, 2013

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In both literary form and artistic style, Nilsen may be the most protean talent in comics. He’s done existentialist fables in spare yet detailed comics realism (Dogs and Water, 2004; Big Questions, 2011); Beckettian dramatic musings in a scribbly sketchbook manner (Monologues for the Coming Plague, 2006); and poignant memoirs in mixed media (Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow, 2012). In his latest collection—six variations on Greek, Roman, and Hebrew myths and a single-panel serious joke mixing Greek and Christian deities—he ventures into yet another manner: black-and-white silhouette. Each panel on the more than 40-foot accordion-fold page contains a single image over text. Sometimes the figures are black and the background white; sometimes vice versa. The figures are as crisp as shadows cast by very bright light—altogether, quite urbane and polished work. Nilsen takes indulgent liberties when contemporizing stories of aftermaths (Poseidon after being shown up by Odysseus, Prometheus as he suffers eternally) and previously untold complications (Leda postcoitus, God during the Flood), but the comic overtones mask a profound undercurrent of frustration and powerlessness. --Ray Olson

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"["Big Questions "is] a sprawling, uncanny work about fate and death whose stakes spiral upward while its scope remains confined to a few small creatures' territory." --"The New York Times
""Nilsen offers an expansive, imaginative anthropomorphic tour de force . . . in this beautiful, elegiac saga." --"The Miami Herald"
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770461280
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770461284
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #342,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Hated the accordion layout of this book, but the content was beautiful. Dreamlike rumination on the fate of the gods, reminded me of the best of Gaiman's work. (Nilsen is better.) Interesting shadow cut art style mixed with casual conversational text about major themes. Wanted to know more about everyone.
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Interesting book. Accordian-style pages with relatively simple contrast drawings and simple yet compelling writing. The theme of this book is the mixing of ancient Greek and Biblical mythos with modern culture. Great cover. A pretty quick read but a unique artistic and literary experience.
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Anders Nilsen is a genius--like several of his other works, this is a formally singular approach to a difficult conceptual terrain that is a delight to read (sort of a dark delight in this case).
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very very good. the layout a little tricky but totally ok and innovative. the comic book itself is very good
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