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Die Etablierung der unterschiedlichen Charaktere und einer sicher noch mit mehr Überraschungen gespukten Welt ist gut gelungen, jedoch noch nicht vorbei. Ich hoffe die nächste gesammelte Comicbookversion von nowhere man kommt bald. Großartig fand ich übrigens die zwischendurch eingestreuten seitenweisen Magazin-Interviews, printwerbungen usw. Zu den Hauptpersonen, Erfindungen/Firmen. Dies hätte man als Comic nur schlecht komprimiert erzählen können.
Tolle graphic novel mit spannender Geschichte, exzellentem Zeichenstil und gutem Rhythmus. Bin auf die Fortsetzungen gespannt und wie sich die Storyfäden, die anfangs schon recht eng beieinander sind weiter verweben oder auseinander driften. Einiges ist schon angelegt und vieles liegt offen da. Da kann eine sehr kluge Geschichte draus werden.
Überkomplex erzählte, letztlich aber ziemlich banale Story um zu Superhelden mutierende Wissenschaftler. Hatte die ganze Zeit das Gefühl, dass die Story an den eigentlich spannenden Fragen unserer Zeit (z.B. im Bereich Genetik, Klima, Umwelt) vorbeigeht. Die Figuren labern ohne Ende, leider oft ohne wirklich was zu sagen zu haben. Ist halt nicht jeder ein Alan Moore. Was für die teils redundant langsam erzählte Story entschädigt ist das stylishe Design und Konzept des Ganzen. Werde mir trotz der Schwächen auch den Folgeband holen.
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Now This Is Why Graphic Novels Are An Art Form!8. Dezember 2013
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Nowhere Men is an intelligently written, nuanced, and very intriguing book that perfectly makes use of the graphic novel format. I was enthralled from the first few pages and consider it one of the best graphic novels I have read.
The story starts in a very 1960s feeling America (but clearly an alternate universe) where four men, hailed as the hope of the future as brilliant young scientists, start a corporation with a ludicrously simple goal born of idealistic youth: to make life better for everyone. But as the book progresses, dissent, conflicting goals, and the changes wrought by the onset of maturity, hubris, and even greed causes the group to fracture into separate fiefdoms. Separate, they will fight each other, to the point that one will set into motion a devastating event horizon that will forever change the world they sought to make better.
Right from the beginning, the intriguing notion of what the world would be like if scientists, rather than rock stars, became the media obsession. The four young scientists dressed in 1960s floppy haired splendor at the beginning, are compared to the Beatles. And like the Beatles in the 1970s, each goes very separate ways in an era of drugs and pleasure. Two stay good friends, one drops out altogether in a haze of drugs and psychoanalysis, and the last becomes a megalomaniac.
The story alternates through time periods though the main arc throughout is what is happening in current time. Additional characters, affected by the Machiavellian machinations of the scientists, bring context to the larger story through their own personal struggles. Yes, as with any story focusing on scientists, it does veer very much into 'science gone wrong' dead end alley. But when you start a story with brilliant, idealistic, scientists who gather together to make the world a better place, you know it will probably go very wrong. Fortunately, there are no evil moustachioed twirlers to cheapen the plot. And the actions of each of the four scientists truly baffles the others as they subconsciously battle to outdo achievements or even stop potentially dangerous actions.
Along with the layered story is a graphical presentation that is a marvel - as a reader, I can see how much work went into this book. It's not just a story with some pictures. Serious design work went into different types of presentations to help disseminate the world building and character growth. Unlike similar efforts by well known comic artists such as Alan Moore (and the mess that is the Black Dossier), the factoids, newspaper clippings, profiles, business documents, blue prints, magazine covers, book excerpts, etc. are well integrated, have great writing and illustrations, and are set up to look very real. Fonts, design, even interviews really look the part. Paper with foxing on the sides from book pages, friendly adverts of the products the scientists created, even fashion spreads of scientists dressed up as supermodels - it all works spectacularly. And the back stories presented further shape the story and understanding of the characters and world.
The illustrations for the panels of the graphic novel are well done - clean and clinical as befitting a book about science. There are no glitzy rainbow explosions of colors or hyperactive lens flares off metal rim glasses. The illustrations are in color and further the story perfectly, with emotion and gravitas intact.
I also appreciated the interesting references in the book. From Donald Fagan's album Kamakiriad (an album about driving into the future) to a very 1960s type of interview with a presenter greatly resembling Dick Cavett. Even the X-Men, a fundamental aspect of the story, are casually thrown out there. As well, the writing for the magazines/books/etc. are amazingly well done and representative of the medium. I really have to give kudos to the authors who wrote the supplementary material for meticulously researching those mediums and then creating the style of writing so perfectly.
It is interesting for me that I had just read Avi's graphic novel "City of Light, City of Dark" and mourned the complete waste of the graphic novel format for that story. And here, in Nowhere Men, I have such an excellent example of what happens when creative minds get together to tell an interesting story in a very visual format.
Received as an ARC from the publisher.
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"I can see the webs that make up life, but the spiders scare me"24. November 2013
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This has become my favorite comic series right now. Having read a sneak preview with the creators I decided to give it a try and now I'm hooked.
The premise: Four geniuses come together to form their Worldcorp, devoted to making inventions to improve the world. Years later the quarter is mostly broken up, Worldcorp's reputation is tarnished, and the remaining members are at each other's throats. What happens next is anyone's guess.
The story and cast expand quickly after that; with the new characters becoming slightly hard to remember. Imagine The Walking Dead's cast, or Sons of Anarachy or Game of Thrones and how each of those shows use large casts to build stories. Eventually the characters gain defining and interesting traits and become much easier to distinguish from each other.
The pace can be slow but I like to think seeds are being planted for some big pay-off later and the art is just incredible; vibrant, photogenic, and inventive. The writing and art compliment each other very well.
The first reviewer already said everything you would need to know about this series but I want to add some things. One, this is the best Science Fiction comic you could buy outside of Johnathan Hickman's superb work. Two, it doesn't always meet it's monthly deadlines so the next volume may take awhile to come out just like the regular issues.
This series is all about how far we take scientic exploration and what is too far to achieve that. It's rated T for Teen but 16 may be the youngest I could recommend for it. It's $10, and for that you could buy maybe 3 Marvel books but do yourself a favor and get in early to what is sure to become one of the most inventive and exciting comic book series in recent memory.
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Science is the New Rock 'N' Roll and Understanding is the New Science.21. November 2013
Anarchy in the US
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When it comes to picking up what I read, I usually get a general idea what I’m reading before hand. When it comes to Nowhere Men, there is very little on it in terms of general story. The Amazon description is pretty much the same in most summaries for the series, added that I’m not familiar with the writer Eric Stephenson (though I do know he is publisher of Image comics), and some critical acclaim from various sites for the series, I was interested but going into this series blind. So aside from the rebellious cover, the “Science is the new rock ‘n’ roll!” slogan, and the references to The Beatles, Nowhere Men is a vastly dense and character driven, semi-mystery series…and it has science.
NOWHERE MEN collects issues #1 – 6. Sometime in the 1960’s, four young men named Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange, and Thomas Walker were the smartest men on the known planet and came together to form the research group known as World Corp., which ushered in a new age of technological advancement and recognition that has even lasted into modern times. But over the years, things have changed. Thomas Walker has disappeared from public view to the point of him being legally declared dead, Simon Grimshaw has started his own company; Dade Ellis has gone into sabbatical, and Emerson Strange has become the sole figurehead of World Corp., and he’s getting old. And within World Corp., Emerson’s greatest and last projects has fallen into disarray as the people who are working on said project have contracted an unknown virus and are under quarantine until further notice. What happened during those long years no one knows about? Where did things started going wrong? What’s become of the four founding members of World Corp.? What does this secret project of people with the virus have to do with World Corp.? And what is this mysterious virus?
All those questions will come to mind when you start reading Nowhere Men. And believe me, it can and will get confusing throughout the first half of the book, but for good reason. This is a very condensed and character building series with the actual plot moving purposely slow. The book has two main themes: the first is the research team with the virus, seeing them slowly developing their “plagues” and we start liking these characters over time. The other theme, and one that takes up most of the book, is the original four World Corp. founders and their in-depth group insights. The group jumps around from flashbacks of when the four men started out the company, a middle time period that’s sometime in the 1970s/80s, and modern times. We get to see the inner workings of each member to which, makes for a thought provoking look at these men. Comparing the group to the Beatles themselves, not only in looks and some attitudes, but writer Eric Stephenson writes numerous amounts of details of the group through various fake publications, books, letters, marketing, advertisements, and interviews to make the characters and information look and feel real; almost as if the characters do exist. Heck, there’s even a reader’s poll of inventors that include “10 creepiest people of the year” award categories. All these little pieces of details make Nowhere Men feel incredibly rich and further the characters and world, something so familiar to Alan Moore’s own Watchmen. Everything about this book is meant to be taken slowly and take in everything. You won’t appreciate it until you do that.
And just when you get halfway through the book where you don’t know the connections as to why things are happening with the two groups and the time jumps, you’ll start connecting the dots slowly and slowly until the very end where everything (mostly) makes sense and the two groups start converging for a decent payoff. I felt like the first half of the book was intriguing but left little to no connection if the series was going anywhere, so after I got to the halfway point and to the very end, my brain finally took it all in and I floored at the effect. It will make you go smack your head and laugh like you finally figured out a question you couldn’t answer for weeks. That’s how I felt about Nowhere Men and if you get that same feeling, you’ll want to re-read it again to which you’ll understand it way better.
Art duties are handled by Nate Bellegarde who accomplishes the mood of characters expressions. Most of the beauty lies in the eyes and actions of the characters, though Bellegarde does some exceptional splash pages for detail and effect. Even further credit goes to Bellegarde and colorist Jordie Bellaire on the fake memorabilia of advertisements, interviews, written work, and letters that are little details you do not find too often. Much praise is given.
Is there is a problem, it’s the obvious. This is a very, very condensed and somewhat confusing book. There is a huge amount of reading the memorabilia pieces that might overload some people, as well as the first half of the book informing very little to what and why things are happening. Some readers might feeling their slogging through nothing but narration work for a plot (yes, there is a plot) that could have been summed up in one to three issues. It’s a very wordy and character driven series with extremely little action or humor (though there is some still there). And although the book is rated Teen Plus, the book is for mature readers. There is some violence and the F-word is said numerous times.
So NOWHERE MEN VOL.1 is something very different than most comics out there. It's a incredibly dense character piece on 4 geniuses and an infected crew, a look at publicity and commercialism (for science!), great art, and just is one long thought producing series that should be taken in slowly, a much akin to Watchmen. But this is a very dense read that might bore and confuse many. It's a tough series to judge as it is not for everyone, but It caught me by surprise, seeing as I was somewhat bored at the beginning myself, then everything came together near the end, I liked what I read. If you are into these types of subjects away from the explosions and typical superhero archtypes, then give Nowhere Men a read. Can't go wrong with a $10 book.
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I'm in the minority, but it didn't grab me18. März 2014
S. K. Petersen
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If you're a comics fan, you've certainly read more than your fair share of "group abducted and exposed accidentally or intentionally to Substance X and they all gain weird powers" stories. This is another in that genre but I didn't find anything particularly interesting or compelling about it. The 60s Rock N Roll scientist angle was a fresh take, but I thought the momentum from the set up stalled out pretty quickly. There are some nice character bits here and there, but I was disappointed that the originality in the set-up didn't carry through into the rest of the story. Despite the hype, it just didn't grab me enough to inspire me to buy the next volume.
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Prepare to concentrate30. Dezember 2013
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This is a hard book to read. And I mean that in a good way. Nowhere Men gives you the jigsaw pieces and expects you to assemble them for yourself. It's a challenge that I was barely up to the task for. The story follows four geniuses who, like the Beatles, become a pop sensation -- but in the realm of science rather than music. Something inevitably fractures their relationship, and the consequences reach even as far as earth orbit, where the survivors of a strange plague on a space station must find a way back to Earth. It looks like the book is a self-contained read -- don't know if any future volumes are planned -- so if you're the kind of person who likes "Lost"-styled series where various plots intertwine and long-running schemes come to fruition, this book is a must-have. Just be prepared to be reading it for a while, because in spite of its brevity, it is so densely information-packed that you won't want to read it in one sitting.