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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  668 ratings  ·  93 reviews
REVOLVER is a tale of two worlds, and how the both test a man to his limits...

Almost thirty and living in Seattle, Sam shuffles to his bed after a night out at the bars. The next morning he wakes up and catches the bus into the city, starting another day of his dead end life. But today on the radio he hears that the stock market has crashed, news of a bird-flu epidemic e
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 20th 2010 by Vertigo
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Jessica
I don’t understand the appeal some writers/readers find in completely unlikable douchebag protagonists. This is not a rant against the “antihero” (Johannes Cabal is a perfect example), characters who I usually love, but rather the “everyday hero” dude character who is lazy, boring, rude, unappreciative, and shallow. We’re supposed to like, relate to him or something. Excuse me, I mean guys are supposed to relate to him. Us poor females, I guess we’re all supposed to see in him that ~mysterious~ ...more
Roz Morris
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Tim
The Catch of the book is fantastic, and I loved where the author took it. Very creative.

On the other hand, the author chose a lazy, privileged, 20/30-something white guy who squanders the great things that fall into his lap (without any effort or merit on his part) as the "hero" of the story, who grows through adversity (kind of) (well, arguably) (well, maybe not really), and I am just a *little* bit tired of such characters as the protagonist. Seriously, it is ok to have your characters be lose
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Sam Quixote
Do you love reading books that are badly written, badly drawn, have no convincing dialogue or characters, and present everything in a half-baked fashion? Do you like wasting your free time reading trite and worthless books? Look no further because Matt "Can't Write, Can't Draw" Kindt has written just the book for you - "Revolver".

The book is about a guy who lives in two different worlds, one which is much like ours and the other where the world has gone to hell. Every day at 11.11pm he makes the
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Vanessa
I want to take the room down a minute (I've always wanted to say that. Blammo!) and talk to the people who don't like to read graphic novels, but are curious enough to look at a review of one: I was just like you. I loved comics as a kid but I grew up and graphic novels became big and I just wasn't biting. To the point where normally if I liked a movie and heard it was based on a book, then I'd seek out the book. But if it was based on a graphic novel, I wouldn't be interested in reading further ...more
Colin McKay Miller
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but Matt Kindt’s Revolver still finds a way to make his post-apocalyptic world (and this graphic novel) feel incomplete.

Sam lives a day in the normal world, then the next (same) day in an alternate world that has been bombed out. The people he knows in each are different, and in time, he’ll have to choose between the two. It should be an obvious pick—you know, the not post-apocalyptic one—but a world of desperation makes Sam realize just how superficial
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Joe
This book reminded me a lot of the short lived TV show "Awake" which came after "Revolver" and clearly stole the same concept from it. Guy goes to sleep in one world and wakes up in another. In one world, he's an apathetic photo editor who's life is pretty good. He has a great girlfriend he doesn't deserve, an easy job he doesn't deserve and is too lazy to actually perform well, and is just drifting through life. Very "Fight Club." In the other world, there have been nuclear attacks on the U.S. ...more
Alison
I normally don't really read that many graphic novels but THIS ONE. DEAR LORD. My floormate loaned it to me... and I'm not exactly an expert on graphic art but I thought the illustrations were great, and the plot was really well developed and intricate for this book's 200-ish pages. The writing and drawings forced you to keep track of details that later become significant to the story, so I felt the whole time like I was solving a mystery for the characters. Plus, the juxtaposition between dysto ...more
Stephen
A solid, bare-bones Dickian alternate-universe story, with explicit Dickian references such as a charismatic multiversal antagonist who had the initials P.K. and even a mention of radio free Albemuth. If this had actually been written by Philip K. Dick, it probably would have had a goat who became telepathic after eating the protagonist's experimental LSD stash, but those hypothetical additions wouldn't have necessarily made it a better book.

I liked this story. I liked how the character had to
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Selwa
Revolver is the story of a dude, Sam, who is not satisfied with his life in any way (hates his meaningless job, has a bitchy boss, has a shallow girlfriend), and who wakes up one day in an alternate reality where chaos reigns supreme (Seattle no longer exists, as a nuke was dropped on it, everyone's dying from avian flu, etc.). Only now, his life has some meaning, I guess. Then, the next day, he wakes up in the reality he is accustomed to. And back and forth.

I really wanted to like Revolver, mos
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Jen
So it's Fight Club mixed with a Highly Postmodern Apocalypse. Maybe I was in the wrong space, but I just could not get into it.
Honestly, if your biggest problems are
a) you don't like your job, and
b) your girlfriend wants to pick out a dining set,
I have a hard time believing that those sorts of things could trigger a psychotic break.
(Also your problems are boring and I don't want to read about them).
Sonic
Very cool thriller with depth from Matt Kindt. Expressive brushwork is quick and helps propel the (excellent) story forward with a kinetic energy. Good plausible and interesting characters are to be expected from this original storyteller yet this story is more of a thriller. Subdued two tone color schemes give this story a dry "realistic" tone to it.
Darian
i like the way revolver is set up. The next is a series of shot histories catch of the witch is told from one point of view of a different book. The tone of the book is ironic, defintive most of the spies as limited with regard to their knowledge of the larger plot to whitch their own experience belong; in contrast, the reader has the advantage of seeing how one story or an object like a code from one story reappers in a lafter story suggestions conections amony characters who many never have ac ...more
Maddsurgeon
Like this one a lot. Kindt has a way of taking a trippy sci-fi premise and pushing it forward with a simple cohesive plot and gripping character development. The coloring does a lot of work separating the two different worlds while keeping it consistent. The story is a lot of fun, reminiscent of the old Phillip K. Dick stories where an everyman protagonist tries to redefine himself as the rules of reality crumble. A lot of the work done here seems to carry on into Mind MGMT, as well.

RIYL Ubik, M
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Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: Pure Plot. I love post-apocalyptic stories.

This is a dark, oppressive story from every angle and will not be for everyone. The art is done with stark, spidery sketches done in blue, black & tan which at first glance were quite different to what I'm used to but as the story progressed I felt they really added to the atmosphere of the plot and contributed to the stark, oppressiveness.

Sam is a lazy guy stuck in a dead end job, who is belittled by his domineering boss and is
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Michael
Graphic Novels come and go. Not very often do I think that was amazing. Revolver is a beautiful scripted story. Matt Kindt spinned a story that left me wondering what was going on and then what will happen.

Sam is just a normal guy at a job he hates. He's got a girlfriend, Maria, that he likes. His life is not important or special. That is until he wakes up from a night of drinking to much. The world is thrown into chaos. People are jumping off buildings. Bombs are going off every where. Sam has
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Coco
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Artur Coelho
Dois mundos em colisão. Duas realidades paralelas, uma banal e outra onde a normalidade foi interrompida por uma catástrofe de contornos obscuros. Dois personagens que descobrem que conseguem saltar através das realidades sempre que numa adormecem. As experiências e conhecimentos que adquirem numa das realidades podem alterar a outra. O tema é antigo - o mundo e o seu espelho, e personagens que atravessam o espelho com conhecimento dos dois mundos. Matt Kindt dá um outro fôlego a este tema refle ...more
Donovan
This has been a Challengers Choice read on the shelves for months and is the Chattingers selection for January. I liked it a lot. I read it over two evenings. The art style fits nicely with the concept and is well-handled to show the movement between Paul's two worlds. It was never confusing as to where he was, but I never felt like it was being "dumbed down" in any way. The BEST PART was the page numbers. As someone who constantly has the radio on, I extra appreciated the clever "news ticker" p ...more
Germancho
3 1/2 stars.

First, let me get the good things out of the way before I get to criticize this book. I loved the plot, the script and I loved the fact that it was not preachy nor wordy, even in crucial moments when lesser writers would be tempted to do just that. The plot manages to keep a steady tone, without trivializing the struggle of the protagonist or taking itself too seriously.

The bad: Terrible art. Granted, the use of color (or lack thereof) was very good. However, the panel composition an
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Jason
This graphic novel tells the story of a man who consistently goes to sleep in one world (where he is a miserable failure editing party photos at a newspaper) and wakes up in another world (an apocalyptic nightmare world where he borders on action hero). At first he is confused and disoriented but eventually he learns to control his understanding of the shifts back and forth and to use the knowledge/skills/attitude he gains in the apocalyptic world to drive events back in his ordinary world.

The c
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Elisabeth Chernichenko
The double life concept played out in a way that kept me interested because I wasn't sure where the writer was going to go with it. The headlines at the bottom of the graphics were a nice touch in lending context to the changing environments, but somewhat distracting.

If it resulted in an idealistic end, this book would have betrayed its main theme of disappointment. It's a short book meant to emphasize a longer version of itself called our own lives. The kind of lives where we have to make sens
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George Marshall
Kindt's great gift is his handling of time and plot lines- in this case an ingenious bi-part structure of two opposing realities. He is ingenious and always satisfies. I did think, though, that his art has taken a turn for the worst. It has always been a bit scratchy, but used to have more form and shape. Single colour graphics like this need a confident line and in this book his lines have become so loose that everything looks hairy. And the lettering by Steve Wands is absolutely unspeakable us ...more
Joey
The angsty protagonist is forgiven by an incredible story and brilliant execution. Even the page numbers are a great read.
Seriously.
Great parallel reality story a la The Matrix or Run, Lola, Run.
Josh
Mar 20, 2014 Josh rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
This is based on the goodreads system of 2 stars being "It was ok." Felt like the sketch of a good concept with fairly lifeless art/coloring and no strong characters to connect with. Worth a read.
David Schaafsma
Sci fi? Philosophical? Guy lives in two horrible worlds, one is boring with his materialistic girlfriend and a job he hates, then every other day he lives (is this a dream? is he going crazy?) in an apocalyptic societal free fall where his very survival is at stake.. Both horrible options.... I can't talk about it much without spoilers, but I liked this, enjoyed it... Yes, he and his girlfriend and boss are annoying, as some/many of the reviews complain, but that is kinda the point, seems to me, ...more
Tim
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Pauline
What would you do if you switch between two different realities when you go to sleep? In one you are trapped in a dead-end job, depress and miserable with how your life turned out, in the other you are surrounded by chaos and the world is devolving into madness. I really enjoyed this because it brings to light the pros and cons of each reality, in one you have security and safety but you are unhappy. The other is full of dangers but you are truly living. It makes you ponder what you hold as impo ...more
Tim
An interesting tale of a man who moves between two parallel worlds after going to sleep. When he wakes up he relives the same day in an alternate universe. One where things are pretty nice and he lives a pretty mundane American life. The other, the world has gone to shit due to terrorist attacks and natural disasters. Sadly, this ends up as just a mechanism for dealing with his personal problem. It's never explained why he's moving between the two worlds and it just ends up being an allegory for ...more
Jeff Raymond
Closer to a 3.5, I think.

This revolves around two competing parallel timelines - one where everything is normal, mundane, and typical, and the other where the United States is more or less falling apart from terrorism, martial law, dirty bombs, etc. Only one person is experiencing both worlds as far as he can tell, and before long, he's devising a way to fix it.

It's a very interesting way to go about it, and it works until it starts to resolve itself a bit, so the conclusion left me wanting some
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