Dan Clowes is definitely getting old. You can tell because he self-inserts in just about every comic he does. You can see him as a 20-something slacker in "Like a Velvet Glove", you see him as a 30-something detective in "Ice Haven", and you see him again as a 40-something misanthrope in "Death Ray". I mean, it's not totally linear, but his depictions of himself do age as time goes on. He gets wiser and less edgy as he ages in his comics, but what remains is his bitterness and resentment towards his fellow man. I'm glad he's still a misanthrope, because that is honestly the best thing about his writing.
No other comic book artist captures the quiet desperation of lost souls down on their luck like Dan Clowes. The frustration, the bitter resentment, and the angst his characters project is still somehow engaging. His books capture true emotion, and that can only be called art.
At first, it appears to just be a time travel quest-- for love and identity-- that unexpectedly recalls The Count of Monte Cristo in essence while adding lurid visuals. Beyond the basics, though, Clowes builds tragic, poignant characters while asking weighty philosophical and moral questions with no comfortable answers. There's a certain stark, cruel realism here that cuts through the absurdity of the time travel shenanigans and hits the reader on a deep level.
I was on the way to the library to return the book since it was due back. Thought I would just stop in the park and read the first few pages to get an idea about the story before returning it. Read the whole book on an uncomfortable bench.
I wasn't expecting Daniel Clowes to deliver a heartfelt love story. Inked with a vaguely psychedelic 1960's colour palette, this full-colour science-fiction time-traveling love story hits all the right spots.
Hard cover teenage comic book with sci fi fantasy theme. Worthless.
Mad points for imagination! This is a crazy time travel, mystery, revenge, love story and at the same time, it's totally different from all of those things. Familiar and strange all at once. Typical for Daniel Clowes.
I don't want to say much else about it since I went in nothing but if you're familiar with this author you'll enjoy this too. Otherwise if what I said above sounds interesting, if you like a very in depth story that crosses a couple of genres, and bright colourful and sometimes weird artwork, this is worth a shot too.
I'm a huge fan of Clowes' work and went to see his exhibit in Chicago AND waited forever for a copy of this book only to be disappointed. Maybe it's bad timing, or I've outgrown Clowes' strange worlds and characters...but I couldn't finish this. While the artwork is great, Patience-the-story is messy, disjointed, and just plain dumb. The trippy time travel angle a huge distraction, it doesn't add to the story or help support Clowes' favourite themes of anguish, rage and isolation. I'll try to re-read it some day.
This is my first Clowes graphic novel. I love his style, and find that it perfectly fit the story. I would describe this as a combination of Blade Runner, Back to the Future, and Terminator. There's time travel, futuristic devices, violence, revenge, and love. This is a fun and visually appealing read.
This would make a great movie, somebody call the Ghost World cast.
It's not my favourite work by Daniel Clowes, but I loved it once I got into the story. Time travel romance murder mystery, anyone?
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