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Wasteland Vol. 1: The Apocalyptic Edition Hardcover – August 25, 2009
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Antony Johnston is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty graphic novels and comic series, including The Coldest City (now a film starring Charlize Theron), the epic series Wasteland, Marvel's superhero Daredevil, the modern Shakespeare Julius, and more. He also writes video games, such as the seminal Dead Space and ZombiU. He has adapted books by bestselling novelist Anthony Horowitz, collaborated with comics legend Alan Moore, and his titles have been translated throughout the world. He lives and works in England.
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While I have been a fan of Wastelands for a while now, I have never been drawn to a collection of these stories like I have been to this HC collection. The first thing about it was the fact that it caught my eye, but there is more to it than that. There is the fact that Wastelands is a collection of stories that are powered by the imagination of the writers, and the fact that the world is one blank tablet for anything they want to transpire. This makes it a place where anything can happen - and where anything does happen quite often - and I like that about the collection. I also like the fact that the HC collection has a lot to offer its viewers in the way of telling the beginning of what has transpired - when you are given the first 13 episodes in a script, there is a lot of tale that can be told. This means that the world is give a wide area for anyone that wants to read about it to actually start reading about it - and the things that the readership sees is a beautiful thing to behold. From the art to the dialog - where there are sometimes little pieces that explain quite a bit and where there are sometimes heavy endowments that tell even more about the cryptic puzzle that the world has become - the world is one big mess that needs to be sorted out. And, truth be told, I can say that I feel rewarded because I waited long enough to get this collection in my hands.
And what a collection it is.
I'm sure some people might not find the piece of mind that I did when they look into each story, but I have to say that I picked up this version of the tale and that I was truly happy with what I got. Not only did I receive something that I can honestly call beautiful, but I can say that it made me go back and take another look at the Wasteland saga. This meant that I was allowed another look behind the things that made everything tick, and it made me look at it all with more mature eyes. I'm glad I did this, too, because it showed me that this was not just another piece of fluff with a lot of window-dressing for the consumer. It was instead something that I could really sink my teeth into and not get tired of, something that had kick and that had calamity and that sometimes seemed ugly and unfair while being beautiful and puzzling as well, and I liked that. For people who want to look into this with no risk involved, you can do so by picking up the first volumes that were printed a while back. Still, for those who want to keep on going with the story, the HC are the way the go because they have quite a bit to offer potential readers. I recommend this collection highly.
In short, it's a road book, a western-style sci-fi (some of the people also have hidden abilities). Since its inception, the series has published over two dozen issues and been nominated for a prestigious Harvey Award. This special edition, which collects the first 13 issues of Wasteland, is simply beautiful, with a gorgeous red, velvety hardcover, a gallery of covers from artist Ben Templesmith, and prose shorts. (Alternatively, the individual issues of the series are available in much cheaper paperback editions, four of which are now out, collecting the first 24 issues).
Johnston's long-ranging story sprawls out epically in Wasteland. The series will eventually end, like Lost or Battlestar Galactica, and each issue brings us closer to the final resolutions. Johnston is an expert plotter, giving away just enough tidbits each time out to keep us enthralled with the story is going but still dangling enough carrots out in the distance to whet out appetites for more. Much more.
-- John Hogan
Also, the binding of this volume is very nice and is certainly collector quality.