REVOLVER is a tale of two worlds, and how the both test a man to his limits...
Almost thirty and living in Seattle, Sam shuffles to his bed after a night out at the bars. The next morning he wakes up and catches the bus into the city, starting another day of his dead end life. But today on the radio he hears that the stock market has crashed, news of a bird-flu epidemic erupting in Asia pushes past a report of "radioactive-material-gone-missing-in-Russia." Did Sam really wake up this morning? The world has gone crazyturned on its head. Sam thinks about riding the bus full loop, going home and pretending that the day hadn't started.
This terrible day is capped with the destruction of Seattle...
But when Sam wakes up in his small studio apartment the next morning he's confused. On the bus ride to work he listens to the radio. The world is fine...
Realities begin to bleed into one another as Sam jumps between his dull-drum, everyday life and a dark apocalyptic society...but which is the real one and which one will he have to live with forever? And the most important question: does he have a choice?
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Sam finds himself straddling two parallel worlds--one devastated by multiple terrorist attacks, the other, normal world, devoid of any real meaning. Can tragedy can inspire ordinary people to great actions?
Reason for Reading: Pure Plot. I love post-apocalyptic stories.This is a dark, oppressive story from every angle and will not be for everyone. The art is done with stark, spidery sketches done in blue, black & tan which at first glance were quite different to what I'm used to but as the story progressed I felt they really added to the atmosphere of the plot and contributed to the stark, oppressiveness.Sam is a lazy guy stuck in a dead end job, who is belittled by his domineering boss and is plagued by his materialistic girlfriend. One morning, on his way to work there is a 9/11 type attack on his office building in Chicago, in fact, airplanes are crashing into major cities all over the US. Later reports of 'dirty bombs' are reported and the US goes into a state of post-apocalyptic survival. Sam is busy that day helping others get out of the building and making himself useful ending up with his boss who is in a state of shock. Sam has also found himself capable of viciously standing up for his survival ... no matter what. The next day he wakes up back in his regular life where the attack hasn't happened. And so Sam continues to live opposing days (and whenever he has a nap) one in which he must fight for his life everyday but he feels he has purpose to his life and one in which the world is safe and his life is boring as dirt. He must eventually choose which world to stay in.I quite enjoyed the story, there is a lot of deep thinking involved, philosophizing and reading between the lines but I enjoyed the brain stretch. The ending is surprising and comes with unsaid but understood conclusions. All 3 characters are cliched, and one could pick on the author for his representation of female characters but when 2 out of 3 characters are female it is unfair to say he chose to especially stereotype the women. However, these stereotypes may have been used on purpose as Sam is not a likable character and the cliched women types bring out his unlikable characteristics purposefully. I think the story is worth reading and quite clever in its eventual climax and ending. One is left with a lot to think about.
This graphic novel tells the story of a man who consistently goes to sleep in one world (where he is a miserable failure editing party photos at a newspaper) and wakes up in another world (an apocalyptic nightmare world where he borders on action hero). At first he is confused and disoriented but eventually he learns to control his understanding of the shifts back and forth and to use the knowledge/skills/attitude he gains in the apocalyptic world to drive events back in his ordinary world.The comic is drawn sparsely with only a few colors -- and the color scheme shifts between the two worlds as does the "chron" running at the bottom of the page with news updates.Overall I enjoyed it and found it compelling and memorable. With the caveat that having read only three other graphic novels in my adult life, I don't have a super-strong basis for comparison.