The Death-Ray

The Death-Ray

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ON TIME, NPR AND USA TODAY'S BEST-OF 2011 LISTS! WINNER OF THE EISNER, HARVEY AND IGNATZ AWARDS Teen outcast Andy is an orphaned nobody with only one friend, the obnoxious--but loyal--Louie. They roam school halls and city streets, invisible to everyone but bullies and tormentors, until the glorious day when Andy takes his first puff on a cigarette. That night he wakes, heart pounding, soaked in sweat, and finds himself suddenly overcome with the peculiar notion that he can do anything. Indeed, he can, and as he learns the extent of his new powers, he discovers a terrible and seductive gadget--a hideous compliment to his seething rage--that forever changes everything. "The Death-Ray "utilizes the classic staples of the superhero genre--origin, costume, ray gun, sidekick, fight scene--and reconfigures them in a story that is anything but morally simplistic. With subtle comedy, deft mastery, and an obvious affection for the bold pop-art exuberance of comic book design, Daniel Clowes delivers a contemporary meditation on the darkness of the human psyche.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 231.14 x 307.34 x 10.16mm | 657.71g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 1770460519
  • 9781770460515
  • 59,488

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"Daniel Clowes continues to plot a lofty, lonely course through the subconscious of popular culture with this hilariously bleak graphic novel."""--"TIME" Best of 2011"" "48 pages densely packed with art, dialogue and ideas, "The Death-Ray" [is] supersaturated, a story delivered directly into your imagination..."--"NPR ""Clowes once again shows he is a master of current-day absurdity -- with heart."--"USA Today """The Death-Ray "reads as a cautionary parable and an acidic rumination on the travails of adolescence . . . Clowes demonstrates what the comic book can do and literary fiction can't." "--The Observer "

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About Daniel Clowes

DANIEL CLOWES is the cartoonist of the iconic comic book series "Eightball "and of the graphic novels "Wilson," "Ghost World," "David Boring," and "Ice Haven"; the screenwriter of "Ghost World "and "Art School Confidential"; and an illustrator for "The New Yorker." He is married and lives in Oakland, California.

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