Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero Complete Comics Vol. 1: The Newmatic Man....
|Title||:||Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero The Newmatic Man: The Complete Comics, Volume One|
|Number of Pages||:||232 Pages|
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Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero The Newmatic Man: The Complete Comics, Volume One Reviews
There is a very big difference between something being 'Neil Gaiman's...' and being by Neil Gaiman. The latter gives you things like Sandman, The Books of Magic, and Mr. Punch. The former gets you... a steam-powered robot with two switchable heads. Iconic it is not.It is also definitely of its time - part of the mid 90's Comics boom and bust, this typifies a few aspects of the time - the overly buff men, the over-saturated colors, the painful dialogue. It eschews a number of tropes, though; the female lead spends most of her time fully dressed, and the action is cartoony rather than grim and gritty. The concept behind the series is at least somewhat novel; dinosaur-like Teknophage created the steam-man and now wants to recapture him, using a bureaucracy of odd intermediaries while he makes cracks about eating cro-magnons. Heroine Jennifer is a spunky 20-something with no real goals in life who just sort of breezes through everything that happens. Mr. Hero is a 19th century pugilist with one head and an obnoxious know-it-all with the other head. The stories are pretty slight overall, with a bevy of increasingly bizarre characters randomly accosting the protagonists, while other villains are making bigger amorphous plans. The dialogue is occasionally painful, and the overall story is meandering, but it's not quite actively obnoxious. Just not remarkable in any way. If you want to read Neil Gaiman, this should be way down on your list (not least of which because it's not actually by him - he just provided the concept).
Overall a pretty weird graphic novel/comic series, but I give it points for originality. "Weird" is to be expected with any book that Neil Gaiman writes, and when it gets transformed into a graphic novel, it can only get even more odd. But I like the fact that Mr. Hero is centered around a steampunk-type robot from the past on a journey to find his missing hand and getting help from a modern-day slacker girl in Los Angeles. I wouldn't mind continuing on with the series of comics and diving even deeper into the meaning of the characters and the story line. This can also serve as a good introduction to Gaiman for younger readers who may not be ready to go fully into his novels. The story was very fun and strangely lighthearted in some ways, yet very dark in others. The fact that you have events going on in two completely differing worlds only adds to the intrigue. I'm not sure I would recommend it to the average graphic novel fan, but I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to find out more about Gaiman, his stories and his style. It's a very good jumping off point for anyone who is hesitant about starting the journey of reading more Gaiman and wants to make that journey a little bit easier.
Bland villains but the heroes sort of grow on you. Actually the best character was Jenny.
This was a very interesting read. The characters were different from what you normally find in a comic book. The main character (despite the title) was a young lady, a strong willed and independent lady to be sure. The robot character was interesting and the villain was very different. But in the end the storytelling was disjointed and choppy. There was a lot of back story missing that after 200+ pages still needs to be fleshed out. There were new minor villains and side stories introduced almost at random that added nothing. Maybe it is a cultural thing of America vs London but it just feels like there is something missing.Oh well it is worth the read because it is a different kind of comic. I would say more a 3.5 than a full 4 stars.
For all its pulpy melodrama, it's hard for me to criticize this book too much, because it has such a solid (and intriguing) basis. We are taken back into acquaintance with teh Teknophage (readers may or may not be familiar with his own series of comics, but it matters little to this particular story), but the story centres on a wondrous automaton which seemingly has the capacity for independent thought. Much of the action consists of the automaton and his chosen companions running about attempting to stay out of trouble and to find out more about his true origins, without much success, but the groundwork for some long term storyarcs are well-laid to continue the series in the best pulp sci-fi traditions.
This one is pretty obscure. I'd never heard of it until I saw it on a friend's bookshelf. I thought it was strange I hadn't heard of it since Neil Gaiman's name was on it and I'm pretty familiar with his work. The reason is, while Gaiman developed the concept for some of the characters, he didn't write the comics himself. It's a little campy, but there's some good relationship development and some good humor, the artwork is solid, and I was never bored.
Just good fun.
¿Futuro primer integral de Mr. Hero?