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Snowpiercer, Vol. 1: The Escape Hardcover – January 28, 2014
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"The Boston Online Film Critics Assn. favored dark-horse indies on Saturday, naming “Snowpiercer” the year’s top film." - Variety
"It's a great science fiction read that will keep you thinking for days." - Examiner
"I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories, so this one's right up my alley." - Quint's SUMMER GEEK GUIDE (Aint It Cool News)
"Looks fantastic, with a design that's almost timeless." - Kotaku
"One of the most celebrated sociopolitical tales in comics." - IGN
"Snowpiercer is a great read and a great looking release. If nothing else it’ll look super classy sitting on your bookshelf" - Nerdophiles
"Rises above the clichés" - Miami Herald
"I was enthralled." - Geek Twins
"Paired with an incredibly skilled artist, this first installment, in what will be a trilogy of graphic novels, is one that should not be passed up." - Another Castle
"Lob’s script is fierce and sharply characterized." - Blogcritics
"Stunning black and white art, full of shades of grey, makes fantastic use of the setting." - Giant Freakin
"Snowpiercer was worth the wait." - Basement Rejects
"A triumph of the medium." - Silver Emulsion
"The artwork in the book is once again first rate." - Geek Hard
"After more than 30 years, it’s about time this thought-provoking story got an English language release." - Nerdcore Movement
"From its commentary on inequality, to the mysterious and intriguing characters, to the dystopian future it presents, Snowpiercer hits high marks across the board. Part noir, part gritty science fiction, this series takes a unique perspective on the end of the world." - Destroy The Cyborg
"From an artistic standpoint, the book is marvelous." - Comic Attack
"It’s cerebral, it’s entertaining, and it’s brutally honest, making it a powerful and damning message about our modern society when all hope is lost." - Leviathyn
"Hard To Put Down." - Destroy the Brain
"Rochette’s work is evocative of American classics of the eighties, such as Dave Gibbons’ work on Watchmen, David Lloyd’s work on V for Vendetta, and Frank Miller’s work on Sin City...Snowpiercer is a page turner that comic and science fiction fans alike will find to be an engrossing read." - SF Signal
"Four Out of Five Stars." - SciFi Mafia
"A modern classic." - Pop Culture Leftovers
"An extremely fantastic and timeless read." - Galactic News One
"Snowpiercer would be a welcome addition to any comic collection." - Comic Hype
"A good apocalyptic read and a well-executed translation." - Knowshi
"The story is solid, tightly paced, with layers that grow more nuanced and complex as you read deeper through to the end. Like the never-ending, seemingly futile journey of the train itself, the plot comes at you like a steamroller." - Girls Like Comics
"An unusually clever and simple tragedy of class warfare and the arrogance and resilience of humanity that manages to be relevant and fresh 30 years after its original publication." - Fanboy Comics
"Not the kind of book you want to miss out on. Jaqcues Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette craft a claustrophobic tale of social structures, violence, and sex, all in stunning detail." - IGN
"A science fiction tale that certainly stands the test of time." - Film Pulse
"Those of you who might want to skip these enthralling and thought provoking pages for the silver screen adaptation would be missing out on a remarkable read." - Forces of Geek
"An engaging and clever take on the usual tropes of the apocalypse/survivalist genre." - The Playlist
"Snowpiercer is unlike anything I’ve read. The premise alone is enough to attract readers and the themes and issues are still relevant. It’s a great, compelling look at humanity and its treatment of class difference." - Major Spoilers
"Powerful." - The Dissolve
"Titan went out on a limb to bring this great story to life for English readers." - Nerd Gasms
"Titan's volume is their usual gorgeous book, and it's well worth buying." - Uproxx
"It may have taken a decade for this creative French comic to get some of the spotlight, but great comics like this are often timeless." - Examiner
"An outstanding human tale about the struggles of class in a very unfortunate situation." - We The Nerdy
"This collection is presented in a beautiful hardcover edition which presents Jean-Marc Rochette’s clean, propulsive art to its best advantage." - Project Fandom
"An entertaining action thriller that’s much deeper than you’d expect. I absolutely recommend checking it out." - Graphic Policy
"Titan gives this first volume of “Snowpiercer” the respect it deserves. The translation is solid and the hardcover printing is beautiful. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s well worth the wait." - Bloody Disgusting
"Fantastic writing and gritty art, and though it debuted in 1982, it still feels fresh some 30 years later." - The Verge
"Essential reading for any fans of the sequential arts...and a book I can’t recommend highly enough. 5/5" - Big Comic Page
"If you’re into cool stories about futures that suck, this one is worth your time." - Geek Hard
"One of the best science fiction stories I’ve read in the comic/graphic novel medium." - Nerds Unchained
"Left me breathless...Jean-Marc Rochette’s illustrations are flawless. 5/5" - Den of Geek
"Highly recommended." - Twitch
"Dystopian scifi at its best...a marvellous entry into the genre, and one of Europe's finest comics works." - io9
"A great read and a very entertaining book." - 411 Mania
"A tightly presented, compelling story that considers the plight of one man caught inside a class struggle that has implications for the very survival of the human race. And don’t get me wrong, it may be a dark tale, but it is a well-crafted and exciting one. I’ll be the first one to buy a boarding pass when they release Snowpiercer Volume 2: Explorers." - Pop Mythology
"A wonderful graphic novel" - Nerd Span
"Packed with great storytelling (written and artistically), it is great to have this story finally translated into English. Moreover, this is a story that thirty years on, is still just as engaging and compelling as it was way back in 1984." - The MacGuffin
"Pretty much the definition of a page-turner, this comic book has not aged at all, and deserves to be on the shelf of any comic book fan. I honestly can’t say how impressed I am that Titan has managed to finally get this volume translated." - Population Go
"This is a thrilling post-apocalyptic tale that draws you in and never lets go. We highly recommend "SNOWPIERCER"!" - TM Stash
"Nothing short of awesome." - Horror Movies
"Lob’s tale is both frightening and very real...Rochette’s illustrations are equally as enthralling and superbly capture the essence of the script itself. While the book predominantly paints a dark picture, it does offer rare moments that masterfully encapsulate emotions such as joy, pain and anger, something that speaks volumes to the work’s ability to captivate." - The Nerd Machine
"Similar in tone and setting to Alan Moore's V for Vendetta." - Super Punch
"It’s easy to lose yourself in Snowpiercer because the world feels real." - Hyper Geeky
"Like WALKING DEAD, this is apocalypse
done right!" - Ain't It Cool
"One of the greatest sci-fi comics ever written!"
- Comics Beat
About the Author
Benjamin Legrand is the author of numerous thriller novels, screenplays, and comic scripts. As well as his own original works, he is well known as the French translator for the works of such authors as Tom Wolfe, Paul Cleave and Nelson DeMille. After Jacques Lob's death in 1990, Legrand continued the Snowpiercer series with a two-part sequel, collected by Titan in a single second volume.
Jacques Lob, winner of the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême award, was a Franco-Belgian comic book author, best known for his Superdupont series. He began his career as an editorial cartoonist, before an editor suggested he focused on his writing, which bore rich fruit across a number of genres. He passed away in 1990.
Jean-Marc Rochette is a painter, illustrator and cartoonist. He has worked across a variety of projects and genres, from science fiction comics to children's cartoons - including adaptations of Voltaire's Candide and Homer's Odyssey - but Snowpiercer remains the work by which he is most popularly known.
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SNOWPIERCER is a graphic novel that was first published over thirty years ago in France. It’s amazing how relevant many of the issues the book raises still are. In some ways the story is even more relevant today as society wrestles with climate change and our impact upon the environment. There are moments that the story drags, but not so much that it distracts from the overall story. Personally, I really enjoyed reading SNOWPIERCER, VOL. 1 THE ESCAPE and I look forward to reading the other three volumes in the trilogy.
The plot offers a potential that was better executed on-screen and failed to fully come to life within the pages of this first volume. The blurb is pretty definitive and there is no need to explore the concept in-depth. Perhaps the biggest barrier standing between myself and possible love for this post apocalyptic story would be dialog. It leaned heavily towards dry and flat. There seemed to be a lack of real depth within the story, yet so much was happening.
The artwork was the one element that actually carried me through to the end. Had it not been for the bold, grey-scale illustrations offering a simplistic yet fitting representation of this bleak and dismal situation, I may have shelved this one. I struggle to imagine this story unfolding in full colour. Even the film was visually drab in the best of ways.
The characters play their part but offer little in terms of interest. Again, I have to blame dialog. I found myself disappointed with the portrayal of women within this container like society, viewed more as sexual objects and contributing little of value. To be fair, that could be the result of the current societal structure in such confined spaces, but I could not get into or support the idea.
While this was certainly not a terrible read, it failed to be an impactful one. I do feel that the GN places more emphasis on the political aspect of the story and manages to convey this successfully which was appreciated. But there were a lot of lack luster moments that struggled to capture just how dire the situation has become. I have read that there are some translation issues that might be at fault, but I honestly cannot offer any insight into the truth of those comments.
The end result for myself was “okay”. I don’t believe I will pick up the second volume right now. This is a series that boasts a fascinating story-line but is moving at a very leisurely rate. If you don’t mind the pacing, perhaps test the waters. For now however, I recommend the film which happens to be a favorite of mine.
Most recent customer reviews
Art is OK, black and white can be endearing, but it doesn't really add...Read more
Content of the book itself is great; would have gotten soft cover if it were available.