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Dark Rain: A New Orleans Story

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In the days after Hurricane Katrina, two men who fell through society's cracks travel to evacuate New Orleans to pull off the bank heist of a lifetime. Up against the clock and eluding armed competitors, the men find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in American history. All around them, the institutions that form the pillars of our society are falling apart. Surrounded by death and misery, the men face a moral challenge greater than any other obstacle they've had to overcome....
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Overview

In the days after Hurricane Katrina, two men who fell through society's cracks travel to evacuate New Orleans to pull off the bank heist of a lifetime. Up against the clock and eluding armed competitors, the men find themselves in the middle of one of the greatest humanitarian disasters in American history. All around them, the institutions that form the pillars of our society are falling apart. Surrounded by death and misery, the men face a moral challenge greater than any other obstacle they've had to overcome. Is it possible to beat the system, even when it lies in ruins? Can they save even one person--or themselves? Or will those institutions come crashing down right on top of them?

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No natural event in recent decades has imprinted visual images in our memories as indelibly as did 2005's Hurricane Katrina and its crushing aftermath. That stark apocalyptic landscape serves as the backdrop in this graphic novel about two men attempting to fend off a merciless tide with a bank heist dream. An archetypal story in all-too-real situation.
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"Alternately funny and moving, but always focused on a very sharp but simple story... More than a couple of moments almost brought tears to my eyes. In the end the book is very optimistic, offering hope to those who choose to do the right thing."
— HUFFINGTON POST


"DARK RAIN manages to entertain and inform about the human condition -- it's a well-grounded look at the different ways humans react to situations. Simon Gane's art is a perfect accompaniment to Mat Johnson's tale."
 — Denver WESTWORD

Johnson's masterful tale of loss and redemption is a real treat. Read and savor it before some sharp Hollywood producer makes a movie out of this rich gumbo of characters whose humanity and dignity fuel their fight for survival. Gane's deceptively lithe art captures action and emotion with wit, grit and grace.
— MIAMI HERALD

"After reading DARK RAIN, I can honestly say that Mat Johnson has become one of my favorite comics writers. INCOGNEGRO wowed me a couple of years ago, and DARK RAIN is equally impressive. ...Johnson draws both the good and bad of the post-Katrina landscape in his characters, while Simon Gane's pen and ink artwork enhances the story without ever overpowering it."
— LARGEHEARTED BOY

“A pretty ripping heist/caper story. . . . A really well-crafted story. This is a movie waiting to happen. . . Simon Gane’s art captures both the majesty and little moments that a great director might.” –UNDER THE RADAR

“Mat Johnson’s unflinching, macabre sense of humor is perfectly in tune with New Orleans, and Simon Gane’s eye for character and detail brings the region — in all its glory and degradation — to vivid life. Together, Johnson and Gane dredge up nightmarish memories of the dark days following Hurricane Katrina.”

— Josh Neufeld, writer/artist of the New York Times Bestseller A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

 
“DARK RAIN has the twists of The Treasure Of the Sierra Madre, the political punch of When The Levees Broke and the character interplay of The Defiant Ones.  Mat Johnson’s unique voice holds the whole thing together and makes it fresh and new.”

— Reginald Hudlin writer of BLACK PANTHER, director of BOOMERANG 

“Dark Rain is a stiff cocktail that will knock you down and set you up. Mat Johnson’s ability to use the medium of the graphic novel... is second to none”
— Alice Randall,  New York Times bestselling author of author of The Wind Done Gone and Rebel Yell

“At once heart-stopping and heartbreaking, Dark Rain shows us what happens when good people avert their eyes as crimes are committed and then rationalize what they've done.  Mat Johnson as always displays his deft and savage touch in injecting humanity into history.”
  
— Mark Winegardner, New York Times best-selling author of The Godfather Returns.

"Captures images of Katrina more vividly than CNN dared at the time.... , DARK RAIN is a 21st century parable told in words and pictures." — CRIMESPREE MAGAZINE

From the Hardcover edition.

Publishers Weekly
Set in New Orleans in the first days after Hurricane Katrina, Dark Rain--much like Johnson's lauded 2008 graphic novel Incognegro--uses the trappings of gritty crime fiction to explore deeper issues of race in America. Dabny, a decorated soldier and former customs officer, languishes in a Houston halfway house after being convicted of taking a bribe. Desperate to raise child-support money, he agrees to ferry his bunkmate Emmit into New Orleans's submerged Lower 9th Ward, where Emmit plans to rob his former employer, the Banque de Congo Square. The pair soon runs afoul of (metaphor alert) Dark Rain, a corrupt private security firm led by Dabny's former commanding officer, and some pretty standard caper-movie action ensues. Johnson's dialogue is frequently witty and incisive, and the book's view of the utter failure of public services in the city's poor neighborhoods and at the New Orleans Convention Center cuts to the marrow. Unfortunately, the whole affair is dragged down by the familiarity of its somewhat tacked-on central plot. And while Gane's slightly cartoonish style enlivens the book's moments of wry humor, a neo-noir caper story with a healthy dose of social commentary demands a certain gravity that's missing. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401221614
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    Simple and bland

    This Vertigo crime book was more social commentary than crime fiction. While, yes, there were criminals, they were mostly stereotypes amped up to the nth degree. Mat Johnson wanted to tell a story of the government involving hurricane Katrina and he did just that. However, the fictional story with it wasn't engrossing. The art was fine but the coloring was a bit off at times. Overall, the book just wasn't that interesting and had way too many conveniences.

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