X'ed Out

X'ed Out

Book - 2010
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"Doug is in bad shape. All the drugs in the world won't shut out the images that haunt his fevered dreams-- fetal pigs, razor blades, black cats, open wounds-- and eggs. Let's not forget the eggs"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2010]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780307379139
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm


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Sep 21, 2015

This book is the first part of a trilogy that together forms one of the best graphic novels I've ever read. While surreal and kaleidoscopic, underneath the fanciful surface is a clear and flawlessly structured story wherein the motivations of each character are gradually revealed in elegant fashion. Recommended for fans of pop art, punk rock, and anyone who has ever been young.

This is certainly a book that I read. It's so strange that it's hard to really give it a fair review. It's very obviously a part of a larger story. I'm withholding judgment on the overall story until I read the next two because things are still pretty hazy at the end of this. However the images themselves and the elements of this story that we do get are incredibly captivating, and I will definitely be continuing the series. There are three stories running here, seemingly about the same character, Doug, but it's hard to tell exactly how they relate. For fans of the surreal.

Oct 22, 2013

The art is indeed wonderful. Other than the occasional gratuitous nudity, the story does read well. I however simply see no reason for four letter words throughout. It adds "absolutely nothin" to the plot - think Motown’s anthem 'WAR'. Obvious weak links to Hergé's classic Tintin are:1- the omelettes made from red-speckled eggs [based on the speckled 'mushroom' astrolith in l'Ile Mysterieuse -[The Shooting Star]; 2- the kid's hair tuff; and lastly 3- his 'punk Tintin' t-shirt. Ironically the green swearing #37 alien and similar cronies have a link to Hergé's past associate and eventual creator of the Blake et Mortimer stories, E.P. Jacobs – but that is for another time. I gave this book 3.5/5 for story and graphics but I “x’ed out” on the language – thereby lowering the overall score.

May 15, 2013

This is like Tintin meets Daniel Clowes (Deathray, Wilson). Disturbing and beautifully illustrated. Can't wait for 'The Hive'!

Protoloki Mar 15, 2013

Charles Burns is usually very good at delivering an amazing experience, but X'ed Out feels incomplete. I immediately read The Hive after finishing this one, and still found myself wanting for information. My recommendation, wait for the final book to be released then read them all in one sitting.

theorbys May 31, 2012

5/31/12 A very well realized fantastic and nightmarish world, but it is going to take a while to get the whole thing published as this is just a beginning. (That cover owes something to one of the original Tintins, I think) ------------- 1/28/13 Just reread this to refresh my memory prior to reading Vol 2. Liked it better this time. It is definitely using Tin Tin as a template, and it works very well.

Apr 26, 2011

A vague and surreal journey of an injured young man that is compelling. If you enjoy the haunted lonely spaces inside Daniel Clowes' graphic novels then this book is highly recommended.


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