A Once Crowded Sky

A Once Crowded Sky


By (author) Tom King, Illustrated by Tom Fowler


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  • Publisher: Touchstone Books
  • Format: Hardback | 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 234mm x 32mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 10 July 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1451652003
  • ISBN 13: 9781451652000
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 890,232

Product description

A tour de force debut novel from a former CIA counter-terrorism officer, "A Once Crowded Sky" fuses the sensibility of bombastic, comic-book-style storytelling with modern literary fiction to bring to life a universe of super men stripped of their powers, newly mortal men forced to confront danger in a world without heroes. The superheroes of Arcadia City fight a wonderful war and play a wonderful game, forever saving yet another day. However, after sacrificing both their powers and Ultimate, the greatest hero of them all, to defeat the latest apocalypse, these comic book characters are transformed from the marvelous into the mundane. After too many battles won and too many friends lost, The Soldier of Freedom was fine letting all that glory go. But when a new threat blasts through his city, Soldier, as ever, accepts his duty and reenlists in this next war. Without his once amazing abilities, he's forced to seek the help of the one man who walked away, the sole hero who refused to make the sacrifice--PenUltimate, the sidekick of Ultimate, who through his own rejection of the game has become the most powerful man in the world, the only one left who might still, once again, save the day.

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Author information

Tom King worked for the counterterrorism unit at the Central Intelligence Agency, following the events of 9/11. Before the CIA, he worked for DC Comics and Marvel. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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In a summer swimming in comic book inspired blockbusters, perhaps the most visionary tale in a generation won t be found in either a multiplex or the local comic book shop but rather nestled in the shelves of your local book retailer."--Fandompost.com