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The most famous actor on Broadway in the 1920s gets mugged, beaten up and left for dead. He loses his looks, his acting job, his money, his apartment, his girl - everything. But it's what he does next that gets interesting. The results are quite theatrical.

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ISBN-13: 9780995721906
Publisher: T Pub
Publication date: 12/12/2017
Pages: 134
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 16 Years

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Theatrics 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
The Eclectic Review More than 1 year ago
"You need to act like a killer, so people will treat you like one." It is New York, 1920, and Archibald "Archie" Brown aka Rudy Burns aka the Barbarian Count is a former leading Broadway actor who is attacked in an alley resulting in disfigurement, ending his career and his relationship with Stephanie. Archie's friend Sammy has an idea. "We need to give you a role that will entertain them. To make them want to see you.... you can play the villain." A boxer, The Barbarian Count, mystery man. Is Sammy taking advantage of Archie's fame? Will Archie lose himself in his new persona? I haven't read many graphic novels, but each one has been fantastic including this one. The chapters are in acts and the graphics, color and dialog are crisp and engaging. The story is unique and fast-paced, and ends with an air of mystery so this reader is anxious to continue the series. Well done!
stickerooniDM More than 1 year ago
I haven't read many graphic novels for a while now but when I saw this one, with an obvious theatre connection, and set in the Roaring 1920's (an era I enjoy reading about) I thought that this just might be the right book for me. Rudy Burns is living the high life. He's a sought-after Broadway actor. He has women adoring him, but he's happy with his wealthy, socialite girlfriend. And when he decides to stay out all night and party, no one is going to stop him as long as he keeps spreading the cash around. When he leaves a club well after closing hours one night, after having too many drinks, he is jumped by a group of thugs. Not in his right mind, thanks to the drinks, he thinks he can fight back and take them all one, which only brings more anger from the thugs, who take Rudy out with pipes and a crowbar, and they work him over. Even with a long rest period and as much cosmetic surgery as could be done in the 1920's, Rudy's good looks are now gone. In fact he now looks more like Frankenstein's monster - a patchwork of skin and bones - than the red-hot golden boy. He's always been the leading man, but no Broadway play will have him now. He can't even get parts as the villain in smaller theatres - his looks frighten people. To add insult to his injuries, his girlfriend, returning from France, tells him that she 's going back to France where she's met someone she wants to be with. He is about to give up and take his own life, when his best friend, Sam, has an idea that will still involve acting. Sam wants to make Rudy into a mysterious figure ... a Count who is seeking vengeance for his family ... and get him into some boxing matches. What I liked about this was the over-all concept, the fact that Rudy becomes a rather true character that we can actually get behind and root for, and the general art layouts and angles. What I didn't like, though, stood out a little more. The story is just a little bit lopsided and rushed. We don't really get to know Rudy except for superficially. There is a HUGE change in Rudy after he gets beaten up. Yes, we should expect some emotional change, and author Neil Gibson does a nice job of helping us understand the pain Rudy is going through. But there is a physical change beyond the startling, facial appearance. He appears to have grown about six inches and put on 100 pounds of muscle since getting the crap beaten out of him. And his now changeable demeanor - violent and brutish when acting the part of The Count, and brooding and kind when alone - is not at all what we first saw in the happy, carefree man. Also, 1920's New York had its own style and feel and verve and Gibson never writes to this, except to toss in a few choice words (such as "clams" for money), and certainly artist Leonardo Gonzalez does not capture this period at all. If you had told me this was the 1950's I could easily have believed it. The fact that we haven't captured the period doesn't change the story much, so why was it set in this period? I wanted to like this book, but it just unraveled on too many factors to be worth recommending. Looking for a good book? Theatrics is a graphic novel that doesn't take advantage of the period in which it is set and rushes through the story and the art. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
I liked reading this graphic historical novel. Rudy is an handsome Broadway Actor who loses his looks after being beaten up and left for dead. The story follows Rudy as he struggles to find his away again. The story was engaging and the artwork really suited the story. Enjoy
Isa Cornelissen More than 1 year ago
Rudy Burns is living it up in 1920s New York. He has good looks, a rich girlfriend and a thriving Broadway career. One night stumbling out of a speakeasy he gets attacked and loses everything. But it's what Rudy chooses to do next that makes the story. The results are quite theatrical... This is a gorgeous comic which fits right into my alley :)