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From the Publisher
"All the elements of Wasteland are all in the right places and doesn't disappoint at all."
"This reader can't go a month without Wasteland."
Ain't It Cool News:
"There's a lot here to love and now that there's a trade out there to get started with I think it's time a lot of you get off your keisters and delve into the world of WASTELAND because this book is going to be very interesting to watch unfold."
"It's the only comic I buy." --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Originally from the cow-dappled expanse of southern Wisconsin, Christopher Mitten now spends his time roaming the misty wilds of suburban Chicago, drawing little people in little boxes. In addition to Oni Press, he has contributed work for Dark Horse, DC, Vertigo, Image, Marvel, 44FLOOD, IDW, Black Mask, Titan Comics, and Simon & Schuster. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00GUP59EG
- Publisher : Oni Press (April 11, 2007)
- Publication date : April 11, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 203812 KB
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- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 161 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #855,886 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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One has to remember that this is just book one in a series. So far it looks like there will be decent character development and an interesting storyline. I look forward to seeing where this is all going to go. I also hope that we find out more about The Big Wet, the event that destroyed everything.
The art is greyscale and done well, though some characters start to look alike, and it's kind of low contrast where I personally tend to like higher contrast in my black/white graphic novels.
One element that stood out to me is the cultures of the people in the book - particularly their speech patterns. Its done well and isn't cheezy. Also nice to have a strong (so far a main character) female character.
The book is not a stand-alone read, no element is self-contained so it reads like a first chapter to a much larger story. I look forward to future releases.
EDIT TO ADD:
I have since read the second volume and want to confirm that the story does indeed flesh out and become more involved. The plot and characters really start to become more defined and the tale itself is beginning to elevate to a more epic level, but at a measured pace. I am pleased with the way the story is unfolding and look forward to future volumes.
Part of me liked the looseness of the art; part of me thought the artist was just being lazy. The latter part one out in the end. Flowing robes I get in the desert to keep the sun off and loose clothing, but man it certainly felt like a crutch. All the faces looked alike - Anime-esque, white dudes who all have the same lineage looks like. Kind of dull. Some of the action scenes were so hard to figure out what was going on that my eyes hurt and I just skipped a page. Color or solid inking would have been really helpful.
And don't get me started on the blurred focus cliche. Comics aren't film. I don't appreciate when artists try to give you that sensation. Especially when the blurr looks so digitized compared to a purposely rough pencil job, it seems too intentional. Again, my eyes automatically skipped those panels. I hope there wasn't anything important in them...
I am surprised at how well this was reviewed. I ordered it blindly, going for an indy adventure, post-apocalyptic thing. Not sure I'll do that again. Reflective, I think, of the dearth of real criticism among comics readers - maybe we're all fanboys at heart and look past weaknesses because we like the escape comics give. But man, this was really mediocre, derivative stuff.
Other reviewers say this book picks up as you go along. Good luck to you. Limited time + limited budget=spend time on other books that start off better.
Top reviews from other countries
In all, not great, but it is vaguely entertaining on its own terms as a sort of amateur pseudo-manga as might be published by Tokyopop whose only real problem is that the decompressed storytelling makes it come off as slight and inconsequential.
What we have here is a rather interesting world being established. The Earth seems to be nothing more than a barren wasteland after an apocalyptic event called 'the big wet' (I'm looking forward to learning why this event was so named, and why it left the planet barren) which has left whatever remains of humanity to claw out whatever existence they can from the unforgiving world, and an art style that lends itself well to this setting.
The central protagonist seems to be a cliché 'mysterious traveller' with the ability to understand some long forgotten language thus far, but he is well written and I'm looking forward to learning his story.
If you're on the fence about this book/series I urge you to take a gamble. What's the worst that could happen?
The black and white art only adds to the desolate feel of the 'wasteland' and the plight of it's inhabitants.
If you like the post apocalyptic theme then I would recommend this book.