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Snake Lake. Melody Nine. No Phase. A short, weird book that reads like a drug-addled nightmare deconstruction of The Adventures of Tintin. Depressing and dense, and just a bit too pretentious for my tastes.
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Nov 29, Pauline rated it liked it Shelves: project To judge Charles Burns' X'ed Out immediately would be unfair; being the first of a series, it's kinda hard to tell where this one is going. Sure, the first installment always sets the tone, always, for what will be one's lingering, nagging initial impression of it all, the one opinion that, no matter how long and dragging or short and succinct the entire series is, you will never be rid of.
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And, this being my first view of Charles Burns' work I just got around to reading Black Hole , I don't wan To judge Charles Burns' X'ed Out immediately would be unfair; being the first of a series, it's kinda hard to tell where this one is going. And, this being my first view of Charles Burns' work I just got around to reading Black Hole , I don't want to pretend that I know what I'm talking about. Let me try to share what I've so poorly grasped from it: Doug wakes up in a room where he sees a black cat and subsequently follows it out a gaping hole on the wall.
What follows is a mishmash of present-tensed, out-of-this-world story that involves a hive of sorts, and of flashbacks of somethings and Doug's relationship troubles. Oh, and I must mention the eggs. Definitely the eggs. I don't want to sound like a phony and use the world 'tantalizing' to describe Burns' artwork just so-so, but then that's just me. The only X'ed Out residue that's managed to stick to my brain is my curiosity as to what the deal is with the eggs.
For lack of anything substantial to say, I'm actually just talking gibberish.
Considering that this might just be another coming-of-age series with real creepy stuff thrown in, I'm still waiting for the next part of X'ed Out before actually making a judgement. That, and the fact that I still have more Charles Burns to read. So, Chapter Two, I'll be on the lookout for you. Then we'll see. Originally posted here. Oct 20, Jordan rated it really liked it. Not to mention, the appearance of our protagonist, Dougy --or, Doug, as he likes to be called now--changes or, evolves?
And to think, it all started because his damn dead cat, Inky, came back to life and led him through some hole in a wall, in some place where Doug has no idea, is. Very surreal, very demented, and very cool. I look forward to reading the second episode, The Hive , to see where this strange-adventure-down-the-rabbit-hole leads me. Burns, you have my attention. And to quote another famous Mr. View 1 comment. Apr 23, Halik rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction , graphic-novels. Reading X'ed out is like staring at a Salvador Dali painting.
The familiar mixed in with the morbid. The real mixed in with the surreal. There are no linear plot lines here. On no sir. X'ed out is almost manically multi layered. Starting with the cover, the callbacks to Herge's Tintin stand out. The protagonist is an artist named Doug whose alter ego 'Nitnit' spits out William Burroughs influenced hipster poetry to the accompaniment of recordings of traffic and TV noises. The title seems to descr Reading X'ed out is like staring at a Salvador Dali painting. The title seems to describe the narrative's major characteristic. Disconnection, dream sequences and flashbacks.
Everything is more or less x'ed out, or x'ed out and put in somewhere else. The book is the first in a projected series of 3. And does largely nothing in terms of telling us what it is about really, but one can tell its not about anything insignificant. The protagonist, confined to bed, goes through a strange set of drug induced dreams and flashbacks of his recent life. He is trying to forget.
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And often repeats "and this is the last thing i'll remember, waking up and not knowing where i am" effectively trying to X out a few things of his own. The fetus is a repeating motif. Add to that Doug's obsession with seeking out female understanding, the strange state of his family which is not quite fully explained when things end screams out something Freudian.
There is also an obsession with birth and fertility. Crazy aliens, kindly dwarfs and frightened edible worms permeate his dreams. Along with a long dead pet 'inky' the cat. The artwork is amazing. The colors are vivid and stained glass-like. And the panel sequences are used to covey the surreal feel in a way that is just right. Not too subtle, yet not too trying-too-hard ish. And the pace, very fast and movie-like. The ending is cliff hanger which sneaks up on you with all the stealth of a insert clever reference to something very stealthy that also draws a sneaky parallel to what i've been talking about above.
I am floored. Sep 04, Tyler Hill rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in I'm not quite sure what to make of this Charles Burn's "Black Hole" is one of those comics that I always direct friends to who want something that's both visually striking and intellectually or emotionally compelling. It's strange blend of nightmare imagery and adolescent awkwardness somehow manages to be both alien and intimate. And, in those regards, X-ed Out seems like a companion piece This book, which is apparently the I'm not quite sure what to make of this This book, which is apparently the first in a series, is brief and bold and, unlike Black Hole, brightly colored.
The story, such as it is so far, revolves around slacker teen, Doug, and both his real life world, but also a nightmare reality which reads like Tintin gone wrong. I'm still not sure where its all leading, but its compelling enough that I look forward to the next volume.
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I want to briefly address the word "nightmare" since I've used it a couple times in this review. Generally speaking, I think that dream imagery is overused in stories, and that very few people know how to use it correctly. Burns is definitely on that small list of people who wield it well. There's a Lynchian "ickiness" to it that feels authentic.