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Creating a cinematic spectacle of a graphic novel, artist Miranda and colorist de la Cruz combine for impressive wide-screen vistas in this story of an apocalyptic future where mankind has been condemned to live no longer than 21 years. The story follows Sundog, a member of the Sky Shadow tribe located in the ruins of what was once the Pacific Northwest. After an artificially engineered virus drastically reduced human lifespan centuries ago, the world of Sundog and the rest of his tribe has been reduced to hunting and gathering and fighting off savage competitors. When an aged man appears from the sky with the promise of a cure, Sundog is convinced by Fallingstar, a girl he cares deeply for, to go off on a quest to recover it, and an adventure to find the way to grow old commences. Writers Geszel and Spinetta have put great thought into constructing a believable world that has been run by teenagers for generations, although the story dawdles at times. Miranda's artwork and layouts are the standout; from its sweeping landscapes to its hectic action sequences, it continually conveys a sense of epic adventure.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing; De Luxe edition edition (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613779666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613779668
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,645,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If I had to describe Tribes in one phrase it would be Lord of the Flies meets Mad Max. In tribes a nanotech virus has caused the human life span to shorten to 21...fast forward 300 years later where tribes of kids have formed for survival. The story while not completely original is brilliant. Since I do not want to spoil anything for readers you will have to take my word for it. In fact the greatest downfall of the book is it's greatest strength in that it leaves you wanting more.
While the story is exceptional the art is even better. I have never heard of Inaki Miranda before Tribes (and I read a lot of comics and graphic novels) that will probably change, this artist's cinematic style will win you over immediately. Also Miranda's clean line-work and great backgrounds really pop with the coloring of Eva de la Cruz.
While Tribes is great it is not without flaws, the dialogue can be stiff at times and there are some corny bits. However overall Tribes is fantastic.

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They aren't kidding when they say you "pay for the art" when you buy a graphic novel! Sadly, my book budget can't afford too many of them. But alas, my post-apocalyptic craze couldn't keep me away from this gem, and I am glad I couldn't resist it! Tribes: The Dog Years is the start to a brilliant series set hundreds of years after a nanovirus reduces the human lifespan to 21 years. Now the world is run by tribes of teenagers... scary isn't it?!

Sundog belongs to a tribe, the Sky Shadows, who believe the humans were punished for their wicked ways. They live beyond the tumbling ruins and keep to themselves, when they aren't being tormented by a headhunter tribe, of course. When Fallingstar, the girl Sundog loves but can never have, is promised to the new chief, Sundog accepts his fate and continues his duties. On watch one night, he sees a marvel he can't understand- a helicopter is flying directly at him! Helicopters haven't flown in centuries! When Sundog finds the crash site, he sees an ancient- a man clearly in his fifth or sixth decade who can't be real.

When they take him back to the tribe, the shaman of the tribe wants him killed, so Sundog and Fallingstar break out the old man and run away with him. They travel to the lab the old man claims has the only cure to the nanovirus that has run the world for 300 years. On their way, they are captured by the headhunter tribe. In a holding cage they meet two other kids from two different tribes: one from a tribe that specializes in gadgets and tinkering and another who lost her entire tribe to the headhunters. Together, they escape and continue to the lab, but the headhunters follow them. Now they must find a way to escape and get the cure to the old man's people in the city beneath the sea.
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Vibrant, action-packed and truly unique, I thoroughly enjoyed every brilliantly illustrated page of this raw, apocalyptic, survivalist tale. Even though in this hypothetical future lifespan is short and danger lurks around every ruin or tree, it looks kinda fun - I don't think I'd mind hanging out with these guys! Imagine - a world with no people over age 21 - what would it look like? How would we live?

Things I specifically liked:

- The unique wide-screen book format (perfect for creating that sense of being enveloped by the lush scenery)

- Central character, Sundog, and his quest (I can relate to his "journey" to find his destiny - although his is really to create a path for a new generation of humanity, this path is symbolic)

- The details and intricacies in both the story and art (This book literally created an entire new world, along with Sky Shadow tribe symbols, verbage, culture, social mores, etc.)

- The art - period. Inaki Miranda is on his way to being a big-timer.

It's great to see something INDIE, FRESH, NEW and NOT DONE BEFORE to shine among all those unimpressive, unoriginal new titles being churned out. A gem - definitely pick this one up at your next shop-visit...or, duh, order it right here.
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This is the first graphic novel I have ever been able to finish. I find most of them incomprehensible. Sloppy stories and jumbled visuals. This one is a delight. The visuals are gorgeous, accessible, filmic, and original, and the story is wonderful. A world of kids where everyone dies of a virus at 21. If that sounds like a nightmare, it is, especially for our heroes who are trying to cure the virus and liberate the world into adulthood. The story is a perfect blend of big action and small, personal drama. There is romance, adventure, and terror -- all told in wonderful futuristic terms -- including virus-age vernacular. At the end, you will be left licking your chops for the sequel. This will make a wonderful movie.
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This graphic novel sports a very catchy plot-- a virus has shortened the average human life span to 21 years.

Chaos.

Panels, featuring in depth wide-screen art, offer sweeping views of a future-world boasting human origins, sans the humanity that goes with adult-thinking, and maturity.

I recommend this, particularly for a demographic of graphic novel readers who have grown weary of the realistically tiring, "hip" novellas that have begun to sprout up-- "Tribes: The Dog Years" is fantastical, first and foremost, and is a fresh-faced Ferris Wheel to contend with all the emotional Roller-Coaster novellas-- and has the visually-stimulating action panels to prove it.
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