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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Starlin ( The Death of Captain Marvel ) and first-novelist Graziunas's cardboard characters, insidious ideas and overwhelming violence belong in the rubbish heap. During an epidemic of madness, Vietnam vet and chief constable Tom Laker protects his rural town from ``berserkers,'' who murder until they are destroyed. On a typical day, Laker and his friend Josh follow a trail of hacked-up bodies that lead to an ax-swinging psycho: Josh ``blew away most of the berserker's chest. Laker pumped another load into him, just to make sure.'' The death toll climbs when Laker's men use guerrilla tactics to defeat the New York City ``scum'' who raid their Catskills town for supplies. Meanwhile, a townsman turned berserker single-handedly murders 30 raiders before he and Laker meet in one-to-one combat for the perverse, predictably bloody finale. The attitudes underlying the gore are this book's most appalling aspect: anyone who is different is to be feared and hated; the only justice to respect is that wielded by a gunslinger; a stranger's life is worthless, so taking it means nothing. Line drawings . (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451450036
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/3/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

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    REVIEWED: Among Madmen WRITTEN BY: Jim Starlin and illustrated b

    REVIEWED: Among Madmen
    WRITTEN BY: Jim Starlin and illustrated by Daina Graziunas
    PUBLISHED: April, 1990

    Easy read, fast-paced, violent, and gripping = highly recommended for fans of pulp action stories. Consider this similar to a zombie plague, only instead of fighting off the undead, the protagonists must battle “Berserkers” which are people who have contracted an incurable mental condition that drives them to sadistically murder anyone they can (consider a similarity in this to the movie, “28 Days Later”). Another level to this story, which makes the plot successful, is that anyone may contract the illness at anytime. So survivors are constantly suspicious of their friends, wondering if they’re about to turn berserker. The main character, Tom Laker, is an ex-vet and sheriff of a town of survivors. He’s a well-rounded hero with flaws and tragic circumstances. Most of the other characters are rather flat, however, and represent bland stereotypes. The author forces a great deal of emotion into the book, some of which is advantageous and some which is not. He cares for a wounded dog, which then runs away, leaving the audience to wonder at its purpose, or if it was an analogous device for Tom himself. Overall, if you’re not expecting too much, this is a great “read-something-fun” book. Also illustrated by the author’s wife, Daina, although I question the placement of the images, as they always came before a plot point, thus giving away what was going to happen.

    Four-and-a-half out of Five stars

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