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Whiteout (Whiteout #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  2,380 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
You can't get any further down than the bottom of the world - Antarctica. Cold, desolate, nothing but ice and snow for miles and miles. Carrie Stetko is a U.S. Marshal, and she's made The Ice her home. In its vastness, she has found a place where she can forget her troubled past and feel at peace... Until someone commits a murder in her jurisdiction and that peace is shatt ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 7th 2001 by Oni Press (first published 1998)
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This is the tale of a female U.S. Marshall (Carrie Stetko) banished to Antarctica. It's business as usual until a body is found and after a bit of investigation it seems to be murder. What follows is an investigation into a string of murders blended in with the extremely harsh weather of the continent. People get about in the storms on metal wires because you can barely see six inches ahead. In fact, some people have died a few feet away from shelter simply because they couldn't find the door. D ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Albert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whiteout Vol 1 by Greg Rucka is a stark, black and white graphic novel that at its heart, is a Sam Spade murder mystery of lost fortune, bloody bodies and law enforced prior to the Miranda rights were ever uttered. All in the cold frozen wasteland at the bottom of the world; Antarctica.

US Marshal, Carrie Stetko, has come to make the barren ice world of US Base McMurdo in Antarctica her home. Leaving her past and her career stateside behind her, she has found a peace here in the cold. There is ra
Sam Quixote
Someone in Antarctica is murdering people – enter disgraced US Marshal Carrie Stetko, hot on the cold, cold trail. That’s pretty much it really. The plot is your standard cops’n’robbers template story given a new slant by setting it in the coldest place on the planet. Stetko wanders about asking questions, being overly tough because she’s a woman in a place where they’re outnumbered 10/1 and because she’s supposed to be the law. And as you would expect from a tough woman she knees some guys in t ...more
Dec 28, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, comics
A fairly standard mystery, enlivened by the setting: Antarctica. Rucka certainly seems to have done h is research, as Whiteout has a general ring of authenticity about it, and the setting is used as more than a pretty backdrop. That said, the actual mystery itself isn't really terribly interesting. It's executed well enough, but it just isn't that absorbing. Bonus points for strong, realistic, and realistically drawn female characters, though.
I wasn't as impressed with Whiteout as everyone else seems to be, but I think it's just because this isn't my cuppa. Oh well. It wasn't bad. If you're looking for a mystery/thriller in graphic novel format, then you should check this out.
'kris Pung
Oct 07, 2013 'kris Pung rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5

The pieces fall together a little to neatly for me but it's still an enjoyable murder mystery.
Sep 20, 2011 Martin rated it liked it
Notable for being Greg Rucka's first foray into comics, this whodunit's plot is pretty straightforward: greed, murder, cover-up. You know, the usual. What sets Whiteout apart from the pack is its (dare I say exotic?) locale: Antarctica. Right there, you know this isn't your run-of-the-mill mystery, as the environment directly affects the story.

A lot of research went into this, yet it never feels like that research is just being *dumped* on you. The whole thing's believable and intelligent, grou
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
I am going to openly state that I think you should see the movie. First Kate Beckinsale is pretty cute and she does a great job of playing this role.
The book is all done in black and white pages. It helps enhance the the feeling of the complete cold and desolate continent that Antarctica is. The storyline is pretty intense, Carrie Stetko is a strong female character that gets put through a lot of scary shit as the story progresses and with the added danger of being one of the only females in a
Aug 07, 2008 Patrick rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A solid "who dun it" story set in the south pole. Some good art in the book that really pushes across the point of low visability with a simple story. No big twists or turns and most of the plot is handed to the reader without much investigation or difficulty but I liked it enough to plan on reading the second book in the series.
Yes, I pulled this out because I had seen the preview for the Kate Bekinsale movie. I haven't seen the movie, but I'm amazed at 2 items from the preview.

1. Kate Beckinsale? What? Carrie Stetko is no Kate Beckinsale (and this is a good thing in my opinion).

2. Lilly has been replaced by a male UN inspector. Again, why? Rucka was involved in the filming so I can't see why he allowed these two changes.

Whiteout is a tight little noir murder-mystery. Like most noir, the setting is a major character, w
Jan 31, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, crime
Crime stories, noir ones at least, tend to have a love/hate relationship with their setting. Their plots are almost always dependent on them being in large cities, yet they often seem disdainful of cities - the city is seen as a hive of scum and villainy, one that corrupts those living in it. Whiteout reverses the expectations of noir, both on a visual and a story level.

The art in the book relies heavily on the use of white for negative space, which makes a lot of sense given the setting (Antarc
This is an excellent piece of detective fiction. Greg Rucka hails from the style of detective writing that's not exactly hard-boiled or noir, but still very fast-paced and action oriented, without a lot of introspection or flowery prose. Steve Leiber succeeds in making Antarctica look lonely, dangerous, and beautiful with his sparse black and white illustrations. Short and sweet, it's an excellent if simple murder mystery tale with well-paced story telling, and a compelling lead character. And I ...more
Jul 15, 2009 Tiffany rated it liked it
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Jan 18, 2009 Katie rated it liked it
I didn't like this graphic novel as much as I enjoyed Rucka's "Queen & Country" novel, but only because it was shorter. The plot was very fast-paced, but Carrie's character was developed very well. I am interested enough to follow Carrie's adventures in the follow-up edition, however. Rucka is quickly becoming my favorite graphic novel author.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Schöner Stil und vielversprechender Anfang aber die Story taugt leider nichts. Schade...
Al Keller
Jul 07, 2012 Al Keller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, other-comics

Forgot to log this one as I sped through it
Joe Sergi
Feb 26, 2012 Joe Sergi rated it really liked it
A whiteout is a condition that occurs in polar regions, when all visual clues to direction and distance are lost, leading to a dangerous state of disorientation It is also the name of a comic book limited series from Oni press written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Steve Lieber. The story has been adapted into a motion picture starring Kate Beckinsale.

There are two Whiteouts (not counting the correction fluid, the Japanese film or the hockey tradition): the book and the movie. And while both have t
Lucy  Green
Jun 19, 2017 Lucy Green rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
While the blood and guts level didn't come anywhere near that of Tales from the Crypt, the black and white palette and the sinister overtones of this graphic novel certainly reminded me of the older comics. Interesting characters, and a well-crafted mystery. Kudos for well rounded and developed female characters.
Ian Wood
Jun 20, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a novel is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate a nove
Nov 02, 2014 Fizzgig76 rated it really liked it
Reprints Whiteout #1-4 (July 1998-November 1998). A series of murders are occurring on Antarctica, and U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko finds her job on the line unless she is able to find the murderer. With every step literally potentially deadly in the bitter cold world, Carrie finds herself teamed with a British agent named Lily Sharpe who has motives of her own. The winter is coming, and the killer must be caught before he escapes back to civilization.

Written by Greg Rucka with art by Steve Lieber
Noah Soudrette
Nov 21, 2007 Noah Soudrette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rucka fans, lesbian lit. fans, graphic novel lovers everywhere
Shelves: graphic-novels
I have been a long time fan of Greg Rucka’s work in comics, ever since he started writing Gotham Central, DC’s NYPD Blue meets Batman series. As a younger lad, I was a huge fan of the Batman animated series. In that series, one of the original characters introduced was the character of Renee Montoya. Montoya was a Hispanic police officer who regularly crossed the path of Batman. Years later, when Gotham Central started, Rucka introduced Montoya into the DC universe as one of GCPD’s best detecti ...more
Moira Fogarty
Feb 07, 2012 Moira Fogarty rated it really liked it
Maybe you're thinking: it's winter, it's cold, I'm miserable.

Maybe you want to read a comic book set in a place where the weather is even WORSE than where you are, to make yourself feel better. Good idea.

You could truck across the futuristic Siberia of Enrico Marini & Thierry Smolderen's 'Gipsy'. You could fight off Alaskan vampires in Steve Niles & Ben Templesmith's '30 Days of Night'. You could explore shipwrecks in the icy Arctic waters of Jacques Tardi's 'The Arctic Marauder'. Or...
Mar 26, 2012 Antoine rated it really liked it
Un flic (une dans le cas présent), un crime et une poignée de suspects. Whiteout ne serait qu’un polar classique de plus, si ce n’était de sa localisation géographique : la base américaine de McMurdo en Antarctique !

Pour son premier scénario de bandes dessinées, Greg Rucka réalise un coup de maître. Tout en respectant les règles du genre, son intrigue recèle d’une richesse narrative aussi impressionnante qu’originale. Les personnages d’abord, Carrie Stetko, cette marshal placardisée au fin fond
I've been looking for this graphic novel since I first got hooked on Greg Rucka's writing and realized that the so-so Kate Beckinsale movie had its origin in a comic BY GREG RUCKA. I was so excited. But I'm also cheap. I hate to buy graphic novels, and my local library didn't have a copy. I couldn't even hunt down a loanable copy through interlibrary loan. I even tried driving up to Baltimore for the day, to check out the big graphic novel section in the Enoch Pratt Library. It wasn't in. I was ...more
Tiffany Kramer
Feb 17, 2017 Tiffany Kramer rated it liked it
As far as mystery/ thrillers go Whiteout's plot isn't anything new. A disgraced/ broken member of law enforcement is tasked with solving a series of gruesome murders while fighting their own demons. What does make Whiteout stand out from the pack is its lead, a female marshal and its setting, the unforgiving Artic. Both proved to be nice additions to what is otherwise a by the numbers story.
I might not have been blown away by this volume but I plan on checking out the second to see where thin
“Steve and I did a graphic novel, and the goal was to tell a really good story in that format. Somebody comes along and said ‘We will pay you to make this movie.’ We were like, ‘Thank you! Okay!’… they had my blessing.” - Greg Rucka on having Whiteout adapted for the screen

While the story and the storytelling don’t break any new narrative ground, it is in the relationships with and the details of the environment that the graphic novel really takes hold. Relationships and details are not of any p
Apr 22, 2010 Abraham rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Whiteout is a fun, nothing-special thriller -- that just so happens to be set at the bottom of the motha-f****** Earth! Antarctica, as this books never forgets to mention, is a harsh mistress (Well, maybe not a "mistress"... what's the word for a woman who does you brutally up the behind, then tosses you in the gutter to die?) She's bad news for the few hundred researchers, military personnel and service staff who spend months at a time down there, huddled around a handful of settlements.

The artists mentions (Greg Ruckaand Steve Lieber) are critical here because the story wouldn't make it without the amazing use of negative space to depict Antartica as it's own character. (Actually, it went through a different artist for each edition for awhile and they were each amazing - Lieber was just the final one & the one who continued on Whiteout 2 which is also great). Once feels notes of familiarity with the recently popular Scandinavian mysteries that are flooding the English mark ...more
David Schaafsma
Jul 14, 2013 David Schaafsma rated it liked it
Shelves: gn-crime
Fairly unsurprising crime story with a couple differences, I guess: main character Carrie, tough woman Marshall, set in Antarctica, part of it taking place in a whiteout... and the black and white drawings with plenty of white/snow/whiteout and the flow of the images are well done, that is the challenge artistically, in some ways, to give that sense of space and yet make it a people focused crime drama, like: in a place with very few people, what would it be like if a few folks suddenly were mur ...more
Apr 13, 2009 AmirCat rated it really liked it
With the movie coming out this year starring Kate Beckinsale, I wanted to make sure I read it first. Before I tell you my short review, I will say that Beckinsale is a terrible choice for the lead and from reading the cast list, the movie is sure to omit some of my favorite aspects of the book.

So, onto the book. I enjoyed it. I couldn't help but be reminded of the movie "Insomnia" when reading this graphic novel. I love the art and the writing. One of my favorite parts is when a character's "bu
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Greg Rucka, is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for his work on such comics as Action Comics, Batwoman: Detective Comics, and the miniseries Superman: World of New Krypton for DC Comics, and for novels such as his Queen & Country series.
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