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Clive Barker Omnibus

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  74 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Master storyteller Clive Barker is no stranger to graphic novel adaptations of his work, and this massive omnibus collects three of his IDW projects! This volume starts off with The Thief of Always, moves on to the epic twelve-part The Great and Secret Show, and ends with Seduth, all illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. With no shortage of sprawling high-concept, spine-chilli ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by IDW Publishing (first published January 1st 1999)
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Quentin Wallace
Jun 28, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it
This volume included three Clive Barker comic adaptations in one massive volume. I haven't read the original books they were based on, aso I can't compare the novels to the comic stories, but here's my take on them:


This was my favorite of the 3 stories. It reminded me of The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, and also of Neil Gaiman. Overall a really good story with great art.


This was by far the longest story in the volume. I liked i
Randolph Carter
Jan 18, 2013 Randolph Carter rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Barker completists only
This book is just so bad in so many ways. On to the not so secret show...

The Thief of Always is fine for what it is: a kiddie morality tale. Artwork good. It just won't interest anyone over about 12 years old. Three stars.

The Great and Secret Show. A stinker. Maybe two stars. The bulk of the contents of this book. Artwork is good. I have never read the novel but if it is anything like this it is bad, bad, bad. Its hard to know where to start. Two dimensional characters. You maybe care about Tesl
Tate Ryan
Jan 24, 2014 Tate Ryan rated it liked it
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Wow, what a long graphic novel. This is by far the longest most complicated graphic novel I have read thus far. I would of given 2.5 stars but had to round up to three.

The first story - is a bit mild that is probably more suited to a younger audience.

The second and massive story of - The Great and Secret Show is a way out there fantasy/ supernatural story. It is a complicated and a bit tiresome with too many things going on at once. I quickly got tired of the crazy dialogue and how it just kept
Jan 02, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Three stories in one.
1. The Thief of Always
Pretty short, loved it. The way the mood slipped from boredom to curiosity to... suspicion. The family controlling the house was delightfully disturbing. Altogether, a wonderful short story.

2. The Great and Secret Show
This is the bulk of the book. Apparently it is the first book of the Art. The "Art" was like this mystical power that let a few people travel at will to this peaceful paradise called Quiddity. It starts off with the Jaff, but he's not call
Phil Zimmerman
Mar 18, 2012 Phil Zimmerman rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This omnibus contains three unrelated stories written by Clive Barker. The first two are based on novels and the third is an original story.

Thief of Always 1-3, 2005
The Great and Secret Show 1-12, 2006-2007
Seduth One-Shot, 2009

Thief of Always - This was my favorite adaptation in the collection. The story is well told in comic book form and the whimsical painting style of the art work is amazing. Clive Barker's first foray into the childrens tale is not to be missed.

The Great and Secret Show - I
J. Christopher
Nov 29, 2014 J. Christopher rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
It started out good and then seemed to never end! The artwork is fantastic! That 's the only thing that kept me going towards to end.
Jun 12, 2013 Mscout rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic, horror
Meh, too much left out, much better in the original written form. Pretty, though...
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