The Hive

The Hive


By (author) Charles Burns

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  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Format: Hardback | 56 pages
  • Dimensions: 232mm x 298mm x 14mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0307907880
  • ISBN 13: 9780307907882
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: FULL-COLOR ILLS THROUGHOUT
  • Sales rank: 116,435

Product description

From the creator of" Black Hole" ("The best graphic novel of the year." --"Time"; "Burns's masterwork." --"The New York Times Book Review"), the second part of a new epic masterpiece of graphic horror in brilliant, vivid color. Much has happened since we last saw Doug, the Tintin-like hero from "X'ed Out." Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered, an incident that may have involved his disturbed and now-absent girlfriend, Sarah, and her menacing ex-boyfriend. Doug warily seeks answers in a nightmarish alternate world that is a distorted mirror of our own, where he is a lowly employee that carts supplies around the Hive. The second part of Charles Burns's riveting trilogy, this graphic narrative will delight and surpass the expectations of his fans.

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Author information

CHARLES BURNS grew up in Seattle in the 1970s. His work rose to prominence in Art Spiegelman's "Raw" magazine in the mid-1980s and took off from there, in an extraordinary range of comics and projects, from Iggy Pop album covers to the latest ad campaign for Altoids. In 1992 he designed the sets for Mark Morris's restaging of "The Nutcracker" (renamed "The Hard Nut") at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He illustrated covers for "Time, The New Yorker, " and "The New York Times Magazine." He was also tapped as the official cover artist for" The Believer" magazine at its inception in 2003. "Black Hole" received Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz awards in 2005. Burns lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters.

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Praise for "The Hive" "Burns's oeuvre is frequently cited as 'strange, ' but that's perhaps oversimplifying a world more thought-provokingly described as recognizably like our own, except for when it's "not"--and it's the difference between the two where Burns's power to shine a light on the darker side of human nature lies...the result will stick with readers long after being absorbed." -"Publishers Weekly, "starred review ""The Hive" is a tour-de-force of psychedelic storytelling, an astonishing piece of graphic literature that combines strange characters, even stranger situations and locales, and multi-leveled narratives in a way you have never seen before on the page. Burns' work is utterly unique, and he has no fear about experimenting and trying to engage the reader in new ways. Perhaps his greatest gift is finding a way to make you find empathy for people and things that you would normally find off-putting or disgusting. Burns is one of the few talents who stands above the medium, and deservedly so. Easily one of the finest works you'll see this year." -Comics Waiting Room "As if the introduction to this series wasn't hallucinatory enough, this second installment will leave initiates feeling significantly disoriented. And perhaps that's part of the point, as Burns blurs the distinctions within this anti-narrative among comic books, reality, drugs, masks, nightmare and identity...A very creative artist lets his imagination loose in the middle of somewhere, where only the most adventurous lovers of graphic narrative might dare to tread." -"Kirkus " "Burns' clean, highly refined style contributes to an unnerving reading experience when reconciled with the slippery, seething and roiling quality of a story as it's taking place--on multiple levels of consciousness, timeframes and planes of existence...Burns is making us slow down and savor this morsel of brilliance in a timeframe that starts to even out the ratio of writing time to rea

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