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Book Title: Demo|
Date of issue: July 8th 2008
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The author of the book: Brian Wood
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 597 KB
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Did you like DMZ or Northlanders? This ain't either one of those, and you should put this book down and walk away.
This should be called Slit your Wrists: A Teenage Guide to how cool it is to kill yourself.
These collection of 12 stories are mostly depressing, very downer, and if this was the first Brian Wood stuff I'd read, I'd never read another word.
I understand some of it is supposed to be about defining moments from adolescence, and how moments shape people, but honestly? Every one of these stories is about some depressed fucking person who thinks they're Holden Caulfield.
The art is interesting from Becky Cloonan, and it covers a wide range, and the B&W adds to the downer tone.
Don't read this if you're having a bad day, or if you have a teenager and you worry about their mental state.
I don't think a single story had anyone who lived an average existence or had a decent family. There are actually kids like that. Shocking, it may be. I don't know who Brian Wood thought he was, but he's pretty fucking pretentious here.
Everyone in these books are miserable, and yes, people can relate to the teen angst or early adulthood angst, but most of these characters are immature and on the road to even worse depression and substance abuse (those that aren't dead already). The biggest rays of sunshine are for the couple that breaks up "amicably" after being super shitty to each other in flashbacks, or the kids who run away to NYC together, or the Asian kid who gets married to a great girl in spite of his Carrie-like rage as a child.
I don't know what I was expecting, but this wasn't it. However, if I were 17 or super angsty, I'm sure this would be right up my alley and lead me to enjoy the beautiful nature of sadness. However, I'm a grown up, and I don't think living life depressed or miserable is some badge of honour anymore; it's fucking pathetic. I'm not saying depression isn't a major deal, I'm saying it IS a major deal, and this book is about the least helpful thing someone could read if they were.
This is Brian Wood on par with his X-Woman work, except worse.
Read information about the authorBrian Wood's history of published work includes nearly thirty volumes of genre-spanning original material.
From the 1500-page future war epic DMZ, the ecological disaster series The Massive, the American crime drama Briggs Land, the blistering youth culture action trilogy The Couriers, and the groundbreaking lo-fi dystopia Channel Zero, Wood has a proven track record of marrying socially-conscious world-building and political commentary with compelling and diverse characters.
His indie YA novels - Demo, Local, The New York Four, and Mara - have made YALSA and New York Public Library best-of lists. His historical fiction, the Viking series Northlanders and the American Revolution-centered Rebels, are benchmarks in the comic book industry.
He co-wrote the award-winning video game 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, and is currently adapting his Briggs Land graphic novel series for television at AMC.
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