Life With Mr. Dangerous
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Life With Mr. Dangerous

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  592 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Somewhere in the Midwest, Amy Breis is going nowhere.

Amy has a job she hates, a creep boyfriend she’s just dumped, and a best friend she can’t reach on the phone. But at least her (often painfully passive-aggressive) mother bought her a pink unicorn sweatshirt for her birthday. Pink. Unicorn. For her twenty-seventh birthday.

Gliding through the daydreams and realities of a...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Villard (first published 2011)
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karen
another sad book from paul hornschemeier.

not nearly as sad as Mother, Come Home, the book that makes most people cry, but more of the gentle sorrow that just permeates all existence. no?? just me, then? kay.

this one is about a girl in her late twenties, drifting. unsuitable men, awkward relationship with her mother, which spans the spectrum of love to embarrassment, crappy job, and a faraway friend who owns her heart.

he does the small internal terrors so well: the judgmental "this guy doesn't li...more
Mza
Aug 07, 2011 Mza rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mza by: Nobody
Shelves: 2011
Having enjoyed some of Mr Hornschemeier's previous comix, I was unpleasantly surprised by this timid show'n'tell concerning several weeks in the life of a depressed slacker. Amy, 26, lives with her cat in a one-bedroom apartment in an unnamed city (in the Midwest, says the book's back cover); works in a retail clothing shop in a mall; has broken up with a boyfriend who just wasn't that into her; spends Friday nights watching an Adult Swim-esque cartoon called Mr Dangerous; and is inconveniently...more
Russ
It's been awhile since I read any slice-of-life type comics and this reminded me how much I really love the genre. P-Horn's art is always pitch-perfect and is what really drives this story, which is super relatable. Spellcheck has just informed me that "relatable" isn't a word unless you hyphenate it, but eff that. I think this book is especially refreshing because of the over-representation of the same type of story from a male perspective where a character like Amy's is represented only by her...more
Marc Weidenbaum
Oct 13, 2011 Marc Weidenbaum added it
Shelves: comic
One of the things that distinguishes comics from text-only fiction is how much more clearly influence bleeds through. You can read Jonathan Lethem's As She Crawled Across the Table and not necessarily note the imprimatur of Don DeLillo. You would be hard put, though, in work even as solid as comics artist Paul Hornschemeier's not to see in his drawings and settings the presence of Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, James Kochalka, perhaps even John Pham, and others. That's fine, as those...more
Megan
I read this because I really enjoyed Mother Come Home and wanted to see if this author/artist's other works were just as good. Although I didn't like this one as much as the previously mentioned sobfest, I was quite impressed with how poignant and dead-on accurate this dude is about young women. This graphic novel reminded me of the HBO show Girls, and if you're a 20-something chick with premium cable channels, you've probably watched it and thought holy crap, Lena Dunham kinda gets me. Chances...more
Miguel Jiménez
RECOMENDACIÓN: Si deseas saber en sí lo que me pareció el libro y omitir la experiencia memorable que he pasado con él, puedes irte hasta el segundo párrafo.

—Esta es la primera novela gráfica que leo de manera física, en mis manos, dándole vuelta a la página, viendo cada viñeta. Puedo decir que me ha servido de mucho. He reconsiderado este medio de expresión apreciando un poco más lo que hacen estos artistas. Más viendo la obra como un objeto, el cual yo hice, una obra personal, con mis ideas y...more
Lisa W.
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Ademption
There's an emotional payoff, but it happens late in the book. The boredom of working retail and late night tv, of standing up for an underdog who doesn't want to be helped, and dealing with dickish customers-- it's all numbing and meant to be, in order to throw an emotional payoff into higher relief. Fine. But the blanket numbness goes on too long. The main character periodically watches a TV show, but unfortunately this too is soporific and senseless, instead of a parallel narrative. Life with...more
Lauren
Aug 18, 2012 Lauren added it
This is at once reassuring and with some reluctance, but I found too many similarities between myself and this young lady. That sad feeling you get when looking at an empty playground, or witnessing another person's quiet embarrassment. Turning 26 and realizing it doesn't mean anything because birthdays are superfluous at this point. Good friends who are too far away. Forgetting how to make art (it's as simple as sitting down and doing it, idiot). This is a less clever, less affecting take on th...more
Alex
Hornschemeier’s Life with Mr. Dangerous is such an accurate depiction of being 26 that I don’t have words for it: the sense of aimlessness and isolation, the desire to not be alone set against the pessimism of past failures, the desire to accomplish something more against the lethargy of daily meaninglessness. Every moment in the comic mattered, building towards something more without losing the sense of sadness and frustrating. I felt, reading this comic, as if I was reading about my life befor...more
lucy by the sea
How does Paul Hornschemeier (a guy) capture the heart of a 27 year old woman so well? This is suburban malaise at its best. Too much junk food and t.v and conversations with cats is making Amy sad, along with the fact her mum treats her like an 11 yr old and she can’t get in touch with her best friend on the phone. I love the way Hornschemeier draws and I wish this graphic novel came with a soundtrack cos it would be a good one.
Kokeshi
Unfortunately, this graphic novel did not impress me very much. The story is boring and the graphics dull. I am sure it will speak to some readers, but a story about a 27 year old woman who can't get her life going and who is constantly depressed is as DULL AS DISHWATER.
Nicky
Another novel about an insecure, aimless 20-something who jumps from guy to guy while working a meaningless job, only this time she’s also obsessed with a cartoon called Mr. Dangerous. I guess that’s what passes for character development these days.
Kelly
Amy's just turned 26 and she's just broken up with another boyfriend. After dinner with her mom, she feels worse about being a sales clerk, her best friend/crush having moved away from her, and she's worried she'll never get any further in life than where she is right now.

Woven into Amy's story is the plot of the television show "Life with Mr. Dangerous." In it, Farmer Greg is always after Mr. Dangerous, trying to defeat him. As readers, we're kind of on the outside of the show (as is one of th...more
Emilia P
Oh, I'M SORRY did I just read this book and was it called EMPIRE STATE. Ugh yo. Sorry -- look, twenty-somethings having trouble finding and holding on to love, I get it! I have been there, and sometimes in my head, I am still there, ok! Full of fear and dread about living and dying alone! But I guess I feel like the way in which it so defines what should be sweet and pleasant experiences, like say, going out for ice cream (oh no, I'm getting fat! no one will love meeee!), eh, no.

Looking back on...more
Andrew Shuping
Amy is a 20-something year old in a dead end job, without many friends, and is suffering from some form of depression. She's just broken up with her latest bad boyfriend and there's seemingly nothing positive on the horizon. And her best friend lives in San Francisco. What's a girl to do? She drowns herself in reruns of a cartoon called "Mr. Dangerous" and trudges through the day to day job, takes care of her cat, and talks with her depressed, divorced mother. But...new people enter her world an...more
Wireless
After the first four chapters I was not really into Life with Mr Dangerous. I was not sure what it was getting at, it felt a little too abstract and out of reach and I suspected that it was going to go nowhere. Initially I didn’t warm to the main character of Amy, finding her whiny and self sabotaging. However most people would probably come across like this if you were subject to their innermost dialogue and from chapter five onwards I warmed to Amy and her story. I found the presentation of th...more
Lori
Look at me..all reading graphic novels and stuff!

Okay I liked the tone of this one, I liked the way that Hornschemeier gets across the gloomy, depressed, slacker life of the main character Amy. To be honest I had to double check at the end that the author was in fact, not female. He hit so dead on some of the self defeating traps in which women often find themselves.

Amy is a 20-something, slightly depressed, kind of aimless girl who lives alone with her cat, has a friend/love interest who moved...more
Ronald
While reading this graphic novel, the thought occurred to me that the main character, Amy, is clinically depressed. Her attitude could be described as 'meh'. She is in a dead end job in retail. She recently broke up with a guy. For her birthday, she gets a gift from her caring mother which Amy doesn't really like. She always watches a certain TV show, even reruns she's seen before.

Amy went on a date with two different guys, and it is as if she deliberately sabotages the possiblity of a nice real...more
Rosa
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Kate Savage
Amy works in hateful retail, has a jerk for a boyfriend, a sad mother, and an addiction to a TV show in this graphic novel about being a bored 20-something.

Sigh. Amy is in love with a friend but can't seem to tell him. She has a nice cat. She watches a cartoon religiously to distract her from life. Her aging mother struggles to make ends meet. She makes poor choices when it comes to boyfriends, sex, and relationships in general.

Seriously, when I was reading this,"Go cry emo kid!" came on inside...more
Jesstme
With a similar clean cut to Clowes, Hornschemeier presents small slices of the life of Amy as she searches for purpose and happiness. Occasional lapses into dreamland highlight the clear lens the artist focuses on the hapless protagonist who endures the confusion, frustration, humiliation and occasional glorious moments of her later twenties.

The last section of the book are worth the read.

Suggested for fans of realistic fiction.
Jess
Jun 17, 2011 Jess rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: those interested
Recommended to Jess by: Browsing Graphic Novels at CHn
Shelves: z_11, graphic-novel
Amy's just kind of there right now, if you know what I mean.

Oh it's a downer. There I was, sitting there, reading this, eating soup, and damn if the book didn't bum me out. You've got to hand it to Hornschemeier. The man can make a girl think "what if this is it?" like nobody's business.

Oh this is getting personal and depressing in itself. Let's just say he did a good job showing apprehension, moping, and some longing, too.

The one thing I didn't buy was Amy having that many men wanting to hang...more
E DB
Nov 15, 2011 E DB rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to E by: koreanish.com
"Life with Mr. Dangerous" is full of keen observations of personal tics, and its careful characterization of the protagonist, Amy, are realistic and lovingly observed (Amy may loathe herself, but Hornscheimer writes her as lovable, not despicable). The story itself is a relatively simple and sweet story of frustration and uncertainty. I also appreciated the fact that Amy was a dimensional working class protagonist (for once!).

Although I don't usually enjoy slice of life stories or graphic novels...more
Dinny
This graphic novel is about a lonely mid-twenties lady and some of her situations can make you feel a little uncomfortable and sometimes sad but it's almost a refreshing experience to have while reading. Also, I was a little confused with the TV show that is often referenced. I gave it three stars because of the uniqueness of the writing style and plot.
Scott Kleinpeter
I don't know about you guys, but I hold strong reservations asserting that Amy is going to be any more happy with Michael than she was in her other crash&burn relationships.
Lauren
Amy is having a rough time: she has a dead-end job, a loving but awkward relationship with her mother, and her best friend / love interest just moved away. She watches a lot of TV, specifically a cartoon called "Mr. Dangerous". The book is about her days - often depressing, a bit paranoid, and obsessive rants about her favorite TV show. I probably would have enjoyed this book a bit more at a different time in my life, but it was just a little too depressing for me now.

That being said, I really...more
Gabrielle
Incredible. The first graphic novel I have actually enjoyed. It looks beautiful. And the story is sad and lovely and relatable.
Curtis
Amy Breis is going nowhere fast. She just broke up with yet another loser boyfriend, and is feeling disconnected from all humanity. Between her passive-aggressive mother and dead end retail job, Amy seeks solace in reruns of her favorite cartoon (Mr. Dangerous) and phone conversations with her friend Michael.

I was drawn to this graphic novel because of the beautiful illustrations, and the sad-but-true theme of loneliness and singledom. Yet, the story feels a little flat and the best moments are...more
David Stewart
I could appreciate a few things in Life With Mr. Dangerous. I like the quirky, titular tv show. I thought Amy's interactions with people were interesting, despite the odd choices she continually makes. I think the book is well written, in a simple style, but simple in a good way.

Unfortunately the character of Amy is in no way someone that I could be sympathetic to. She struck me as pathetic and small and her unwillingness to take even the smallest risk annoyed me the entire time. There's some he...more
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Paul Hornschemeier was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1977 and raised in nearby rural Georgetown, Ohio. As a child he liked to draw, dreaming that he might publish his own comic books one day. While majoring in philosophy and psychology at The Ohio State University, Hornschemeier was introduced to the graphic novel Ghost World by Daniel Clowes and began exploring underground and literary comics. He s...more
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