When there is no longer any reliable source of "news," there is nothing to trust . . . and "The Terror" descends. For decades, The Rulers have been at work, using prisoner/slave labor to construct Underground, believing that all those who flee there will trade their freedom for security. Now, "truth" is what the Rulers say it is, and The Rulers rule all. But even within this antiseptically evil world, a revolution is brewing. A new breed of journalists--known as "The Book Boys"--risk everything to graffiti the truth on Underground's pristine walls.
|Publisher:||Dark Horse Comics|
|Product dimensions:||6.70(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Andrew Vachss has been a federal investigator in sexually transmitted diseases, a social-services caseworker, a labor organizer, and has directed a maximum-security prison for "aggressive-violent" youth. Now a lawyer in private practice, he represents children and youth exclusively. He is the author of numerous novels, including the Burke series, three collections of short stories, and a wide variety of other material including song lyrics, graphic novels, essays, and a "children's book for adults." His books have been translated into twenty languages, and his work has appeared in Parade, Antaeus, Esquire, Playboy, The New York Times, and many other forums. His books have been awarded the Grand Prix de Littérature Policiére (France), The Falcon Award (Japan), the Deutschen Krimi Preis (Germany), and the Raymond Chandler Award (Italy). Andrew Vachss' latest works are Urban Renewal (Vintage: January, 2014) and Shockwave (Pantheon: June, 2014). The dedicated Web site for Vachss and his work is www.vachss.com (a.k.a. The Zero), which has both a Facebook analog and a Twitter account.
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Vachss: Underground based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The Rulers built Underground. The Rulers set down “the rules” to keep everyone safe. Everyone has their place. Except … what was surrendered to achieve this status? And is it as comfortable as the Rulers allege – assuming that the Rulers actually still exist? Andrew Vachss sets forth a series of 8 stories, read from some sort of Canon by assorted narrators, that tell of various characters and situations in The Tunnels. The stories – are they being told as “factual” situations within this fictional setting or are they a second level of fiction on top of the setting created by Vachss and team? = provide a lesson as to truth, human nature, and other aspects of life within the Tunnels. On the surface, the 8 tales that make up Vachss: Underground are pretty good in their own right. However, each allows the reader the opportunity to dig deeper into the point which the creators are trying to impart – and some, in fact, almost BEG the reader to stop and ponder further. There are so many aspects of human nature and society that are covered in this book that it almost BEGS to be the subject of book club discussion. (There is an essay at the end with one interpretation as to what Vachss is trying to say. I believe that this opinion piece might – MIGHT – have captured the authors' intent. BUT – I am not totally convinced of that, AND I suspect that the writer did not peel back any of the other layers of Vachss' work.) One of the most thought-provoking comics or graphic novels I have ever read. RATING: 5 stars. It's well done, it stays with me, and it makes me think. DISCLOSURE: This book was provided free of charge by the publisher without obligation. I'm sure they will appreciate an unbiased posted review, and will be grateful that it turned out to be favorable.