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"Beautiful and powerful." —Neil Gaiman
"For me, Johnny is the Jimi Hendrix of British comics." —Pat Mills
"[A] haunting and powerful legacy." –Publishers Weekly
"Absolutely gorgeous...a masterpiece of dying-light rage." —Austin American-Statesman
Posted August 15, 2011
Now, first thing that can be said about 100 Months is that the artwork within can be quite shocking. Personally, I believe that this is a good thing, since John Hicklenton was a true master of horror, but was too often unable to bring his full talent to bear. This though is filled with pages covered in fantastic artwork from cover to cover, showing just how dedicated an artist Hicklenton was, striving to show the message of the novel on every page. The work is beautifully illustrated and coloured, and some pieces, be they black and white or full colour, cannot be ignored for the level of detail put into them. Even if you do find the artwork to be too graphic and visceral, and even I will admit that certain pages are quite brutal, you simply cannot deny what a powerful effect they have on you when you see them.
The artwork is only part of the majesty of this novel though - the story and implications behind it are almost as compelling, and undoubtedly more thought-provoking. It is filled with references to the decadence and corruption within modern culture, how their excesses lead to the death of more pure, earthly values, and an abiding theme is how we destroy and desecrate the planet we live on, and this is shown in the title, 100 Months, which is taken from a quote from Prince Charles about us only having 100 months before a climate disaster.
Anyone who loves graphic novels, especially ones with stirring artwork, or horror and fantasy will instantly love this book. If you're not, I strongly suggest you get it anyway
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