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Return of the Dapper Men Hardcover – November 30, 2010
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This is definitely a book for kids of all ages. Whether it's comics you love. Or art. Or getting lost in a world that makes no sense. I happen to love all of these things, which caused a real dilemma. I'd read a panel but ooh now I have to exam the art closely and maybe re-read the panel after really looking at the art so closely. Yeah, it's that kind of a book. There are enough recaps of the story itself available, that I'll spare you that in my review.
I will say that it's also beautifully bound (hardcover is all that is available as I write this), reminiscent of an older style of book, and for a price I often see much lesser paperbacks sell for.
Definitely a must have if you love this medium or if you need that one comic to prove to someone that yes, there's even one for THEM, like my mom....
The story is great as well. I'm a fan of Jim McCann's work at Marvel, but I didn't know what to expect from an all ages book. This work is a bit of a steampunk fairytale. I loved the characters and the world. I will definitely be rereading this.
Actually, come to think of it, they have something else in common: both have a lesson about destiny and the things you can, and cannot, control in life.
While Dapper Men's art looks a bit odd at first glance, as you begin to read the story, the doughy look of the people works better in context than at a glance. Over all, the artwork, which seems to be a mix of paint and pen and ink is as lovely as the story and characters are interesting and engaging.
After I read the book, I bought one for a teenage niece of mine. Even a stubborn teenager enjoyed the story and the beauty of the art.
Plus, it's a beautiful cloth HC piece of work with a ribbon bookmark -- something you don't see much of these days.
The first thing you'll notice about the book are its awe-inspiring illustrations, which practically seem to jump off the page. The colors too are the star. They're wild and fierce, creating a 3D tone throughout. Or maybe it seems as though you're reading a wonderful animated movie that has magically come to life on the printed page. Either way, you know you're in for a stunning visual treat.
Jim McCann (author of Hawkeye and Mockingbird) imbues his tale with a lot of wonder. There are a multitude of nods to the imaginative world of a child's mind. But from there, he builds and expands in a host of unexpected ways. When a human boy and a robot girl team up to impart change to this bizarre world and to show how growing, aging, and more can be positive things, they bring about the return of 314 very well dressed men. And once the title of the book makes its appearance in the story, you've been hooked. You'll eagerly await the unfolding of the rest of this unique, utterly creative story.
-- John Hogan
As always, let's start with the illustrations. Wow. That is pretty much as accurate as I can describe them. They are stunning. Multiple colors pop off of every page, and the attention to minute details makes it so that you can't bear to look away from a single page, for fear you might miss something important. I'll honestly admit that I reread this three times. Once to pour over the stunning illustrations, once to read the story, and again to fully appreciate both together. It was definitely worth it. Janet Lee has created a world that evokes thoughts fairy tales long lost. I don't like to compare books, but the illustrations greatly reminded me of the original Alice in Wonderland illustrations. Gorgeous, completely perfect on every page for the story that they were telling. Although the story is amazing, it is the illustrations that really bring it to life.
As for the story, Return of The Dapper Men is fantasy and magic blended together and penned upon a page. In the world of Anorev (Verona spelled backwards for you anagram buffs out there), time has literally stopped. Somehow all that is left are children and robots. Each has no idea of their past, or their future, and they separate themselves into separate parts of the world. Zoe and Ayden are the only two characters who understand that the divide doesn't make sense.Read more ›
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Very cool, very strange book. I hope they do more with this down the road.Published 11 months ago by Josh
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Truly lovely art. I was, however, tremendously bored by the story and I was impatient with the, I don't know, self-consciousness of the writing style. Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Susan (Arizona)
The art work is delicious and the story pulls you in! I didn't know what to expect when I first picked it up in the library, but, once I read it, I knew it was a keeper!Published on July 21, 2013 by Scott M. Vrooman
I got this due to all the super ratings and gushings. I guess there's no accounting for taste. I felt this book was too much enigma wrapped in a mystery. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by S. kennedy
After doing extensive research on reviews of graphic novels, I ordered this as a Christmas present for my son-in-law. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by Sensible buyer
This is a really beautiful book, full of meaningful witticisms and quirky characters. I don't usually read graphic novels, so perhaps that's why I found this one a little hard to... Read morePublished on May 8, 2012 by Reader Christensen
Tick... tock... tick... tock... Click. Time has stopped on the world of Anorev and the inhabitants, caught in a day with no sunset, have forgotten their purpose. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by DoubtingOThomas
I have a few hundred graphic novels and thought this one looked lovely. The premise is great, and the art is beautiful and expressive. But the story just...lacks. Read morePublished on April 29, 2012 by Ethan Decker