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Whiteout, Vol. 1, Definitive Edition Paperback – August 14, 2007

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"Carrie Stetko. . . is a believable character with compelling flaws, understandable motivations, and is given a clear voice by Rucka. . .the look and feel of this book is dead on. . .a must read." --The Comics Journal

"Carrie's Dirty Harry and we... are on the edge of our seats. . .And if the last three pages don't break your heart even as they make you smile, then your soul is made of ice. Bravo, Mr.'s Lieber and Rucka. Now please go make more." --Artbomb

"A stark, gripping little graphic novel, with wonderful art by Steve Lieber (one of my favorite artists ever since his run on Hawkman, back when the Winged Avenger was written by John Ostrander). The Antarctic setting is used as nicely here as in John Carpenter's The Thing, creating a sense of bleakness and hopelessness that pervades the rest of the tale. The sequel, Whiteout: Melt, is even more intense, although not really a whodunit; it's basically a spy story with Carrie stuck in the middle of things (Lilly is long gone). It's all but impossible to put down." --Chud (Cinematic Happenings Under Development)

". . .works wonderfully well. Rucka creates some real three-dimensional characters. . . The murder plot unfolds at a nice pace, details all come together in the end, and there's still room for character development." --Comic Book Resources

"Wonderful characterisation and dense plotting with plenty of twists in the tale are complemented by an impressive range of artwork by Steve Lieber." --Sequential Tart

"Greg Rucka's knows crime so well, I'd be afraid to spend time alone with him. He has to have a record as long as my arm to tell stories with such realism at such ease. . . Steve Lieber may not be familiar to a lot of readers, but his work on this title is nothing short of absolute greatness. When you deal with a location which is nothing but snow and ice, save for the base and the people inhabiting it, there's a lot of pressure to make it visually appealing and Lieber does than and then some. He is able to show the claustrophobic atmosphere and desolate landscape in equal measure. Aside from having a great story and a not often seen setting, the duo add unique element by making the two main protagonists female. Marshall Carrie Stetko and special agent Lily Sharpe (who is currently seen in Rucka's ongoing Queen and Country series through Oni Press) are more than great female leads. They're two of the most completely realized and believable characters that you'll find in any! comic book story. This is as unique a comic story as you can find and one that certainly belongs in any fans `required reading' list. Whiteout, and the equally intelligent and entertaining sequel, Whiteout Melt, are both available in Trade Paperback format." -Ain't it Cool News

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Product Details

  • Series: Whiteout (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press; Revised edition (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193266470X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932664706
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #548,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Picked this up because of my comic book reading club, and the best element about it is how the land is treated like another character. This story wouldn't have worked in a different setting (like a city) because it revolves entirely around the stark, harsh climate and how it affects the people and situations. The mystery is a simple one and not too hard to figure out, but I enjoyed reading about an environment I hadn't given much thought to and what happens to the characters. I think the black and white really works to tell this story.
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Took forever (well obviously not) to get this volume; but when it finally arrived I was treated to a get read. And despite the art being black and white; the transposition of morally grey characters into the story was done to great effect.
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Don't know what I was expecting, but this was definitely not my cup of tea. It was difficult to follow, and I was very disappointed. For the first time ever, the movie was actually much better than the book.
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Whiteout Vol 1 by Greg Rucka is a stark, black and white graphic novel that at its heart, is a Sam Spade murder mystery of lost fortune, bloody bodies and law enforced prior to the Miranda rights were ever uttered. All in the cold frozen wasteland at the bottom of the world; Antarctica.

US Marshal, Carrie Stetko, has come to make the barren ice world of US Base McMurdo in Antarctica her home. Leaving her past and her career stateside behind her, she has found a peace here in the cold. There is rarely any crime, besides the occasional missing possession and drunken revelers. Its pretty tame to what she left behind. Except for the faceless dead body out in the snow. Except for murder and she is the only law around.

The killer has to be one of five men. But they can be anywhere on the continent and as Carrie begins to hunt them down, the dead bodies begin to pile up. It soon becomes clear to Carrie that this is much more than a murder. What of the ice samples missing from around the first body? And who is Lily Sharpe and why does she want to help?

It soon becomes obvious that there is more to Lily than what meets the eye. More to the dead body than what meets the eye and with McMurdo about to be evacuated by its seasonal run, Carrie has to find the killer before he boards a flight and is gone forever.

Whiteout is Greg Rucka's first foray into the comic book world and with the stark and atmospheric artwork by Steve Lieber, its a terrific one. Whiteout is another one of those small indie comic series that gained critical acclaimed and then was made into a movie (starring the incredibly gorgeous and made less so for the movie; Kate Beckinsale)that did not do quite so great. But don't let that fool you. The movie is good and the graphic novel is great.
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There’s been a murder in Antarctica, and U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko has to find out what happened, who did it, and why before 90% of the base personnel ship out for the winter. In Whiteout, acclaimed writer Greg Rucka has set up a unique mystery situation with gripping characters while artist Steve Lieber does an amazing job of capturing the personalities, the setting, and especially the weather (a character in itself). The sense of movement in the drifting snow is incredible, so much so that I forgot I was looking at static pictures. A number of outdoor shots are beautifully empty, appropriate for such a desolate waste.

The black-and-white art perfectly suits the harsh environment and story content. If the series were done in color, it could seem too gory at times. Lieber can draw anything well, but he especially excels in his character work. Additionally, the art style varies based on what the scene requires — dream sequence, deep conversation, or life-threatening action.

Whiteout illustrates the potential of the comics medium. The exoticism and foreboding of this bizarre environment is conveyed in a way that feels utterly real … yet puts no one in danger. I can’t imagine understanding so well the experience of living on the ice, in a setting where you face death daily, through any other medium.

Crime isn’t my favorite comics genre — this isn’t really a mystery, more a how-dunnit — but the sheer quality of the work transcends the story. The art and the character development are incredibly strong. It all seems so real; at the same time, I’m almost overwhelmed by the strangeness of the setting. The weather and culture of Antarctica is one of the last real-world frontiers. (Review originally posted at ComicsWorthReading.com.)
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Excellent graphic novel. Easy to read, compelling plot, artwork was fantastic. I'm a big fan of murder mysteries and serial killer plots, so this book was perfect. Look forward to reading more of Rucka's work.
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A murder mystery set in one of the strangest, loneliest and deadliest regions on Earth. Carrie Stetko is a U.S. Marshal who volunteered for the worst posting a Marshal can be given, as the sole law enforcement officer for the entire American population of Antarctica. She is punishing herself for what she perceives as a failure (although what I thinks he needs is a course of counseling to help her overcome PTSD) by putting herself in a place that is the closest you can get to being on another planet for under a billion dollars.
Carrie Stetko could eat the average "strong female protagonist" for breakfast, but she knows she is nowhere near as tough or as dangerous as the place she is living. In fact, Antarctica winds up taking a nasty bite out of Marshal Stetko, although she keeps right on going.
The mystery is a clever one, although the solution is a bit cliche'd (the thing about the character who is so loveable and harmless-seeming that he couldn't possibly be one of the bad guys is that you can't make him/her seem TOO loveable and harmless).
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