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3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,477 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
All five issues of the groundbreaking sci-fi miniseries from writer/artist Paul Pope are collected is here one stunning package. This "graphic movie" tells three separate but interconnected stories in pop's trademark dynamic style, shifting viewpoints and characters across the urban maze of 2038 Manhattan. Filled with wit, charm, sex and menace, 100% brings a surprisingly ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Vertigo (first published 2005)
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Sam Quixote
Paul Pope’s 100% is made up of three love stories, interweaving with one another, against an ominous backdrop of a futuristic New York.

Daisy/Dollar Bill is a gastro dancer where she dances in clubs that project her insides as giant 3D holograms for punters to get off on with busboy John as her star-crossed lover. Strel and her estranged gastro-boxing husband Haitous slowly rekindle their relationship while Strel’s friend Kim falls for Eloy, a performance artist, whose work consists of collectin
Jun 07, 2013 Joe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This review was originally published on IdentityTheory.Com on July 1st, 2009

100% is a love story, after a fashion. Or, more accurately, three loosely connected love stories, all told without so much as a drop of sentimental syrup. Make no mistake, it’s still science fiction, but it’s a very near future–2038–in a still-very-recognizable New York City. The indie sensibility is more immediate than any far-fetched futurology, and while the setting is very present in the story, it never quite overtak
Apr 01, 2008 Trebro rated it it was ok
Had to get this through ILL, glad I didn't just buy it. Paul Pope did a very good Batman elseworlds story called Batman Year 100 so I figured I'd see what else he'd done.

This story, set in the future for no discernible reason, features a cast of characters who aren't happy with their lives. One is an academic turned drifter, one fears for her safety in a world without guns, another runs a strip club but dreams of pouring her life savings into a coffee shop. They're joined by a cutting edge artis
Dmitry Yakovenko
Nov 20, 2012 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Действие комикса происходит в Нью-Йорке будущего, однако, в данном случае это абсолютно не важно, ведь это история о людях, а не о будущем. Тут упор именно на на людей, а не на фантастические приспособления удивительного мира будущего. Вы даже не заметите что действие происходит в будущем, разве что пару раз вас ткнут лицом в этот факт, но через страницу этот факт уже вылетает из головы, да и опять же, это не имеет абсолютно никакого значения.

100% - это сборник новелл, если три короткие истории
Mariah Drakoulis

I know a lot of people were disappointed by the story in 100%, but I think that is because there was no grandeur, no meta-narrative, no world claiming story that affected things on a large scale and had some larger meaning. Paul pope instead chooses to narrate the things that generally tend to complicate our lives, the smaller things that occur in our more intimate relationships with other people and work places etc. and don't concern the rest of the global population. In this, I feel he was ex
Sep 04, 2011 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
To refer to Paul Pope as the rockstar of comic book artists is something of an understatement since he actually is a DJ and multimedia artist on the side, lives in NY, collaborates with fashion houses, and dates burlesque dancers. I’m not ashamed, even at my age, to admit I wish I was Paul Pope. His style is a wonderful combination of European and Japanese influences—equal parts manga, Moebius and punk brush splatter. Pope has managed to create a unique marriage of ligne claire refinement and ma ...more
Nov 21, 2010 Mon rated it really liked it
Paul Pope....there really isn't that much to be said about this guy. He got nominated for Eisner, worked for big guys like DC and indies like Dark Horse, grew up in America, his landscapes are typically American and his characters reek of Tarantino. Pope's drawings, on the other hand, is unconventional for mainstream comics. There's a heavy, beastly quality to the inkling and the lines are so messy it's similar to lino prints. Most of the time it feels like I'm reading individual art panels rath ...more
May 16, 2011 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Impressively different from Paul Pope's other works. The artwork is dangerously similar--however, in my opinion, this is the opposite of a complaint. Very intriguing storylines about humans, philosophy and psychology. I greatly enjoyed this book, although I couldn't be trusted to give Paul Pope anything less than 5 stars.
My only complaint is that it isn't in color, because Pope uses color like no one else... But I suppose it works for this book!
Dec 15, 2008 Juliana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
A comic you can make into a movie. It's really not that hard to see what comics are movie material and what ones should be left alone. One of my favorites. Although I kinda jock Pope me bias?
Michael Liggett
Dec 11, 2015 Michael Liggett rated it really liked it
Touching story of searching for personal connections in a world where objectification has reached a whole new level. Paul Pope is one of my top 5 favorite artists so the story could have sucked and I'd be fine with it! But it didn't so this is a great book!
Mar 22, 2013 Keith rated it really liked it
Okay, so after this (and his cool-as-heeeell Adam Strange story in Wednesday Comics), I think I finally get Paul Pope. What's more, I want to make work like Paul Pope (me and everyone else ever.) Not that I want to make his books, or clones of his books (although I couldn't say I'd mind if that came out of my pen one day) -- simply that there's an energy, a fluidity to his work that's rare in comics. I feel like he drew this book faster than it took me to read it. It feels like it just...happene ...more
Jul 28, 2013 David rated it really liked it
I don't feel science fiction is really a genre unto it's own. I think it is a milieu for other genre to mess around in. Case in point is 100% by Paul Pope where he pulls us into the romances of 3 couples in future New York City. The environment is gritty, post-apocolyptic and risque but the romantic struggles are as real as they get. Reading Pope's book brought back the pain of youth and finding love. A story of boy-meets-girlboy-loses-girl is repeated her in a pretty familiar refrain in my yout ...more
Sep 11, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Subtly deep, intertwining stories in an intriguing sci-fi setting that feels like an understated Transmetropolitan or Futurama-esque world. I enjoyed the focus on the characters and the narrative very much - this can often have more impact than big action set pieces, and it is very well done here.
Felipe Chiaramonte
Feb 17, 2011 Felipe Chiaramonte rated it it was ok
Algumas histórias cruzadas de nova-iorquinos sem direção, que encontram no amor um sentido para as ralações da vida. A trama é ambientada num futuro "gástrico" sci-fi, mas por puro efeito em algumas passagens (como uma imersão em um ambiente de realidade virtual, secretárias robôs etc), pois no geral tudo é bem contemporâneo, o que faz com que o contexto fique de pano de fundo.

A arte é bem estilizada e interessante, mas em termos de linguagem, não há nada de muito criativo (fora uma cena silenci
Andrew Bishop
May 10, 2012 Andrew Bishop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I was intrigued that Pope rendered this one in gray and white. Surely the man who'd proved so adept at color was short-changing himself? I was wrong. Like the benefits of black and white for many actors past, Pope's approach here brings the drama to the fore. An ensemble cast of misfits and hard luckers in NY, each is an important piece of Pope's mosaic. The story is much better than Heavy Liquid, but the artwork conveys more than the dialogue. Pope challenged himself here to convey more through ...more
Aug 27, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Junot Diaz was talking about how telenovelas inspired his genre work, saying "In a telenovela,the chasing of a girl or a boy will allow people to put up with anything—genocide, slavery. So you can talk about an alien invasion or genocide as long as you have some girl-chasing." Paul Pope has done an amazing reboot of the romance comic by putting the whole thing in a near-future and brilliantly intercutting between the intertwined storylines of half a dozen characters. But leaving aside the framin ...more
Aug 21, 2007 Matt rated it really liked it
"100%" does a really wonderful job of tracing the development of the relationships of a few confused 20-somethings. The semi-sci-fi setting is almost an irrelevant backdrop - the point being, I think, that there's a universailty to the struggles of this period in life (balancing career and artistic aspriations, navigating romance, etc), no matter what the time period. That the characters sometimes read as slightly one-dimensional is more the limitations of the medium - there's only so much nuanc ...more
Sara Gray
May 09, 2012 Sara Gray rated it liked it
Three and a half stars. While I personally don't care for Pope's drawing style, his talent is undeniable. I was engaged with most of his characters, and I really liked how he set them in a futuristic, sci-fi world, and yet focused on their personal, mundane, everyday issues (love, money, work, etc). Though familiar and unexpected everyday details, from red wine at dinner to technology that lets the audience of a boxing match see a fighter's insides as they get smashed, he built a world that seem ...more
Nov 15, 2012 Ryan rated it really liked it
Simplistic stories that make the personal universal. I was just reading a english literary text that explains that this was what a movement of poets were trying to accomplish during the romantic period. Bronte and the like. Relatable, entertaining and weirdly erotic at times. An interesting vision of the not to distant future;
"years ago it was disgraceful for women to show their knees and we all laugh at that today. And I think that some day nudity will stop being interesting...and when that hap
Artur Coelho
Jan 31, 2012 Artur Coelho rated it really liked it
Um jovem universitário em crise criativa vive de limpar mesas num bar e apaixona-se por uma elusiva dançarina. Um boxeur procura redimir-se de abandonar a mulher que ama para enriquecer com a carreira, dando-lhe o dinheiro para criar o negócio com que ela sonha. Um artista iconoclasta debate-se com a necessidade de reconhecimento académico e o impulso de criar arte independente. Estas três narrativas cruzam-se em 100%, ode futurista de Paul Pope passada num futuro próximo distópico onde a pornog ...more
Heath Mac
Jan 04, 2016 Heath Mac rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Paul Pope
Enjoyable, simple story. There is not much going on here, just three love stories with varying degrees of success. The art can be some what confusing, especially at the beginning of the work, but still is that signature Paul Pope-style. Pope does a wonderful job at including a diverse cast and portraying their personalities in the short collection he has made here. Pope has done better work, but this is still a quick, easy read. I suggest it for people who are already a fan of his, this is not t ...more
Derek Parker
Oct 12, 2013 Derek Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps not as solid (or heavy) as Heavy Liquid, but in some ways it is more ambitious. It interweaves various stories together in a thematic way. This is made all the more impressive by the fact that, according to Pope, this book's genesis was primarily a series of shorter pieces that he had planned on publishing separately, but then DC asked him to string them together into a larger narrative. The theme of going for life or your ideas, 100%, runs throughout.
Aug 31, 2014 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Pope's comic work takes a little getting used to - especially after his Heavy Liquid opus. In 100%, Pope spins a yarn about 6 people interconnected in a future that seems all too familiar. As usual, the style is what garners the attention instead of the overall storytelling; not a bad collection though.
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]A very well done story of six people, forming and unforming as couples, in New York in the year 2038; the background is fairly incidental, and it reminded me a bit of Jason Lutes' Berlin, though with less politics.
João Souza
Apr 12, 2016 João Souza rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Paul Pope has really interesting ideas and his art is not obvious what makes it really cool. However, this doesn't mean the story is any good. Boring characters and boring stories in what looks a nice world to tell and develop something. Maybe I am not romantic guy, but this comic is just not what I was expecting.
Sep 25, 2014 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix-novel
Paul Pope's 100% is a work of great beauty, a classic tale of Love In The Big City in a harsh world of insensitive technology. Although the book is being touted as a science fiction it's more of a noir with slight nods to Sin City. All in all this is Pope's show all the way and his writing is every bit as breathtaking as his exciting, vibrant artwork.
Sridhar Reddy
Apr 03, 2009 Sridhar Reddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Paul Pope's art simultaneously soothes my throat and scorches my retina, and that's a good thing. New York breathes and writhes on these cold pages. Blessed also with a simplistic and brutally honest writing style, Pope's "100%" is the closest work of sequential storytelling that resembles a Wong Kari-Wai love sonnet. A meditation on art, love, and everything between. Highly recommended.
Mars Dorian
May 22, 2016 Mars Dorian rated it liked it
Mmm. Black and white love stories set in the future for some reason beyond my memorycell.

Think Blade Runner meets emo-hipster NYC.

Weird and good dialogue, gorgeous art with energetic inking, but stories that have no beginning, middle or end.

I read it in one go, which should tell you something. What, I don't know.
Viktor Davion
Aug 01, 2014 Viktor Davion rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia, romance
I can't say that this graphic novel is bad or poorly written, it is just not up my alley I guess. I enjoyed it a bit though. The whole setting is pretty dark and I like that. Graphics work was too really good. The story itself was well-written but as I said I just don't like this kind of stories.
Jun 28, 2008 Sam rated it it was amazing
Only complaint? This one didn't keep going and going and going. 100%'s world, in spite of mining every scowl-eyed look at the future of sci-fi, is a complete, fascinating place. And Pope's art is something else. Blah blah blah. Love this thing.
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PAUL POPE is an American cartoonist living and working in New York City. Pope has made a name for himself internationally as an artist and designer. He has been working primarily in comics since the early '90s, but has also done a number of projects with Italian fashion label Diesel Industries and, in the US, with DKNY. His media clients include LucasArts, Paramount Pictures, Cartoon Network, Marv ...more
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“I used to be in school, like a good boy. Medieval Literature. Von Eschenbach, Chaucer, Milton... Yes, sir, no, sir. Then I had that... Crisis. You know it? Wake up one morning and everything's all wrong? Wake up one morning and it occurs to you the milk's spoiled and the bread is getting moldy. Wake up and it just hits you. Someday you're gonna die. Maybe like that girl last night died. Face down in an alley with a caved in head. Such a terrible thing and what for? Why life? Why This life? Why This soap? Why these hands? What's it all mean? Deep down you fear nothing. But you still hope something. Either way, you're not really sure. That's my crisis. I don't wanna die. But if I'm gonna die, first I'm gonna live. I'm gonna peel life like fruit, and use it up. I'm gonna light up an' burn. I'll burn and burn until I'm snuffed out. Then I'll just fade away. But until then I'm gonna live! I'm ready. I'm gonna do it. Come what may, one hundred percent.” 4 likes
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