Elephantmen, Volume 1: Wounded Animals

Elephantmen, Volume 1: Wounded Animals

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by Richard Starkings, Joe Kelly, Various Artists
     
 

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  • The sold-out first volume of Elephantmen is back in print — and now includes the sold-out ZERO issue with art by Ladron, as well as an all-new sketchbook section, and the English & Media Studies backmatter from the single issues.
  • Collects Elephantmen #0-7.

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  • The sold-out first volume of Elephantmen is back in print — and now includes the sold-out ZERO issue with art by Ladron, as well as an all-new sketchbook section, and the English & Media Studies backmatter from the single issues.
  • Collects Elephantmen #0-7.

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Publishers Weekly

The first seven issues of this superior dystopian sci-fi tale are collected in a deluxe volume. In the year 2162, a madman named Kazushi Nikken creates giant hybrids of humans and animals-elephants, rhinos, camels, giraffes-and brainwashes them into an army of fearless killers. But the United Nations liberates the "elephantmen" (they're all given that pejorative "e-word," no matter their species) and integrates them into society. That's the setting for plenty of metaphor about racism, xenophobia and globalism; against this backdrop we meet hippo Hip Flask, who works for a government agency and is trying to recover a certain African idol. But Obadiah Horn, the world's most successful and high-profile elephantman, wants it too. Brief stories do a great job fleshing out the world and the major players as the larger mystery of Hip and the Idol unfold. Visually, the various artists give a nod to great dystopias past-Blade Runnervia Neuromancervia Brazil-but the sepia-tinted color palette and soft, painterly shading set it apart. The character designs in particular are spectacular, and the whole is a lightning-fast but addictive read (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607063377
Publisher:
Image Comics
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Series:
Elephantmen Series , #1
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
539,824
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

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¿Wounded Animals¿ is the first collection of the ongoing comic book series, ¿Elephantmen¿¿a futuristic noir tale of a world populated by anthropomorphic animal-human hybrids originally bred for war, but now attempting to assimilate themselves into mainstream society. Unfolding in a non-linear fashion, ¿Wounded Animals¿ presents a character-focused mystery tale that seamlessly mixes conventions of science-fiction, mystery, existentialist philosophy, and standard comic book genres to form one of the most impressive and thought-provoking comics of the modern era. Writer Richard Starkings populates the world of ¿Elephantmen¿ with a wide range of characters from edgey, hard-boiled hippopotamus detective Hip Flask to the tragic and misunderstood elephant Ebony Hide to the megalomaniacal rhinoceros Obidiah Horn, as well as a cast of varied humans. Through a series of self-contained, but interconnected stories, Starkings deftly tackles issues ranging from discrimination to the horrors of war, but does so in a manner that it avoids being preachy or heavy-handed. Instead, it¿s a wildly entertaining and through provoking series that is one of the finest examples of what the comic book medium is capable of. Between the well-executed writing, the incredibly engaging characters, and the consistently beautiful art, Elephantmen is a can¿t miss comic book series and ¿Wounded Animals¿ is a great place to jump on board.