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Dead@17: Ultimate Edition

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  163 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
When 17-year-old Nara Kilday is murdered at the hands of a demonic cult, the quiet suburb of Darlington Hills is turned upside down. But when Nara inexplicably returns form the dead, what seems like a miracle at first may in fact spell the end for mankind! This volume collects the entire DEAD@17 saga: DEAD@17, DEAD@17: Blood of Saints, DEAD@17: Revolution, and DEAD@17: The ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Image Comics (first published May 27th 2009)
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Scott
Mar 10, 2010 Scott rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics-and-manga
I thumbed through this book, thinking that it showed promise. The set-up is very Buffy-like, but stops at the super-powered teenage slayer. It seems as though the author/artist was more preoccupied with showing the girls in their underwear than weaving a coherent story. People appear and disappear with no explanation whatsoever; time passes and you're not even told what happened in the meantime.

Worst of all (at least to me), he appropriates a symbol - long utilized by the Church of Satan - as a
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Pedro
Aug 31, 2015 Pedro rated it liked it
Shelves: tpb
Having read the last arc released in comics, Blasphemy Throne, I was hooked. Not because the plot was superb but because it was enticing and compelling.
Therefore I wanted to know the beginnings, thus buying the 1st 4 Arc in this ultimate edition.

Keeping the story short, teen girl sets to save the world from the forces of evil. It has been done and re-done, and again written and told, but it still brings something new and enjoyable, while not overly creative.

It did not disappoint. Again, the plot
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Vince Osorio
Mar 03, 2016 Vince Osorio rated it did not like it
Every single thing I hate about the comic book industry is present in Dead @ 17. Incomprehensible plotting. Poorly written expository dialogue. Characters that have less depth than cardboard. Gross, demeaning art design that sexualizes female characters all under the age of 18. The collection started poorly & somehow got worse as it went along, though there was slight redemption at the final volume by virtue of the point of view shifting to previously unseen characters who weren't the irrita ...more
Rosa
So I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book right now. I bought it at Barnes and Nobles many years ago and then didn't read it right away b/c I suddenly realized it had a religious connotation to it wasn't in fact just a zombie story. I finally started reading it the other day and while it is a little religious it's not trying to push an agenda so I was able to kind of get into it, but then all of a sudden it stomped following it's main characters (Hazy, Nara and Elijah) and started foll ...more
Raina Madison
Jun 27, 2011 Raina Madison rated it did not like it
I'm quite the horror buff so with no prior knowledge of this series I picked it up at a comic book store that was having a huge moving sale. The premise seemed interesting enough and the description promised rich characters, a fast paced, thought provoking story and lots of blood. I thought it might be a quick, fun read - all it did was frustrate me.

I don't think I've ever had such distaste for a book so quickly. First of all, saying the characters are one dimensional would be diplomatic. Sure,
...more
Sunil
Jan 15, 2012 Sunil rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2011
Nara Kilday is a seventeen-year-old girl. Spoiler warning: she dies. Spoiler warning: she comes back to life. Turns out she's caught in the battle between good and evil, heaven and hell, muffins and Armageddon. The first couple books are fun but clichéd, hitting most of the usual story points for apocalyptic tales about Chosen Ones. Secret societies, demons, the usual. Each new book, however, expanded the scope of the story and added new elements until Howard had built a fairly complex, decently ...more
Keya
Aug 27, 2012 Keya rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, owned
This was an agonizing two day read. Dead@17 lures in fans of Hack/Slash, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the like only to seriously disappoint them. Unless you're blind or like paper thin characterization that is. Howard's art isn't completely unbearable. I can appreciate all the fan service but I do like my scantily clad ladies to actually be distinguishable beyond different hair styles/colors and eye colors, which Howard's ladies aren't. His male characters are the same but Howard seems to focus ...more
Ming Siu
Jul 19, 2015 Ming Siu rated it did not like it
The biggest crime for an action/horror series is that it's DULL. The artwork style makes every male and every female look the same. Splash pages are utilised for no apparent reason, and pages upon pages are filled with nothing but clunkily-written dialogue and big facial close ups that all look the same. The plot is nonsensical and fails to Show anything, preferring to Tell it all. I'm not touching it ever again.
Francine
Jul 27, 2015 Francine rated it it was ok
The writing was riddled with mistakes, especially in the beginning. And the text balloons are so sloppily applied that it is often hard to know which balloon should be read first. (You'd think that they'd fix that for a compilation book, but no such luck.)
As another reviewer wrote: "It seems as though the author/artist was more preoccupied with showing the girls in their underwear than weaving a coherent story."

On the other hand the art work was enjoyable, if you're into American cartoons for ki
...more
Ketsugami
Oct 01, 2011 Ketsugami rated it it was ok
Pretty meh. The art is good if you can dig the style, stylized and simple but relatively clear with decent action. The characters and plot are paper-thin, though, with really broad depictions and lots of tedious expository dialogue. The plot itself is a by-the-numbers good-vs-evil straight out of Revelations.

In the third and fourth books, this starts to become more of a problem, as it becomes clear that it is *literally* right out of Revelations. The Christian stuff goes from subtle symbolism to
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Ashley Ayash
Feb 28, 2012 Ashley Ayash rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-reads
As a fan of Buffy and Charmed, I felt like this book fit very well in their company. The story arcs have episodic feels to them, and the characters are all relatable and heroic. The pop-art/animation style of art really fit the subject matter and characters. The mythology is a little muddled and confusing at times, but this is a book that doesn't really take itself seriously, so inconsistencies aren't as henious as in other graphic novels. Overall, light and action-packed, I enjoyed it. The Ulti ...more
Rachael
Not a great story, art that clearly goes too far in the direction of fan service and an ending that doesn't actually end. Not recommended.
aaron
Sep 08, 2009 aaron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
just finished dead@17 and loved it! this collects the four current miniseries by josh howard that are for the most part centered on nara, a 17-year-old who is killed for mysterious reasons...and then is resurrected shortly after. she is imbued with powers that she doesn't understand and a language that appears to be the language of angels. what follows is a shadowy organization facing off with another organization known as the protectorate in order to use her for their own purposes. nara must fa ...more
Peapod
May 02, 2015 Peapod added it
complete shit.
manga porn for the straight guy.
shit writing.
anti-feminist, sexist, trash.
Julia
Apr 29, 2010 Julia rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
This was just okay. Not great.

A lot of the characters looked alike (male and female) so I got confused a few times. I feel like the heaven vs. hell is overdone. Honestly, I got bored with it at the end and couldn't wait to finish so I could start something else. Maybe it's because I read the ultimate edition. Maybe I should have taken a break between the issues.

Whatever the case, I wasn't too impressed.

Mike
Aug 01, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok
Ok, sorry to say, I'm having a hard time finishing this one, and for all the schlocky comics I've read, that tells me the story and/or art just isn't that good. In fact, I'd say while the ideas are interesting, the execution should've been left up to more inspired people (kinda like a lot of Kirkman's latest stuff - Wolfman, anyone?). I think I'll just return this and forget I ever wasted a few hours.
Sarah
Enjoyable comic series about an undead teen girl and the various demons out to end the world While it has shades of Buffy, it really doesn't belong in the same class of storytelling. The strongest story is the first one, by the last one the reader is underwhelmed by the paper thin plot, however there is a lot to enjoy here if you like sassy comics about hot chicks with weapons.
Sonic
Jan 13, 2010 Sonic rated it liked it
A guilty pleasure for me to be sure. I could not help but think about how I would have done this differently almost during the entire read, and the Christian slant seemed a little bit trite and unnecessary. So while I would not consider this a "good" book I admit I did enjoy it. Maybe it was the cute young girls fighting zombies... hehehe!
Jason
Apr 20, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
The first three of the four collected stories are pretty great. A nice cohesive narrative. The fourth story goes off the rails a bit and doesn't make much sense until you get toward the end, and even then it feels out of place. If you buy this collection, I recommend just reading the first three (12 chapters) and then stopping.
Kerry
Jan 13, 2010 Kerry rated it really liked it
I loved this! Yes, it reminds me of Buffy, but that's okay. It was fun and had some good zombie action. I could only give it 4 stars, however because the last third of the book had some amazing gramatical and spelling errors. It's almost as if it was decided an editor was no longer needed.
Scott
Jul 18, 2013 Scott rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book. The art is cute. The title is enticing. But it's downhill from there. The story is just ... dull. The artwork is repetitive. Don't waste too much time on this one.
Beth
May 11, 2012 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: gn
It was good...more religious than it sounded in the description. Also, way more questionable content than expected. Very scantily-clad girls at points. Who is the audience for this book???
Jason
I really liked the first book, and even the second. But then it got needlessly "epic" (read: complicated) and just a little derivative. Great art and color, though.
Brea Grant
Jul 31, 2009 Brea Grant rated it it was amazing
in spite of the christian nature of this comic, it was actually pretty good. mix buffy with hack/slash and a lot of short shorts and you get dead at 17.
Mathew
Sep 03, 2009 Mathew rated it did not like it
Buffy rip off, but boring. Also, not a fan of 'fantasy girl' drawings (short skirts, underage girls wearing not but underwear, the like).
Larry
Sep 21, 2012 Larry rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
The art grabbed me but the story lost me. Then I started noticing how flat and repetitive the art was. Pretty disappointing.
Brian
Jun 27, 2009 Brian rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel, horror
Was OK...but I kept thinking about Buffy while reading this. I am giving up after 'book 1'....too soon?? Oh well.
Jarlos
Aug 07, 2011 Jarlos added it
heaven against hell. hot chicks vs. demons and zombies. fun artwork. what's not to love?
Corinne bell
Jun 29, 2009 Corinne bell rated it liked it
kinda religious 4 my taste but it was good.
Ashley
Ashley marked it as to-read
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