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First, I'll just say this book is *not* for children because of what I guess the industry would say "disturbing images": the first page has a guy being shot in the head execution style, later someone's neck is bloodily sliced, and so on. This is a hard book to review, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. I guess I'll work it out as I write about it. I really liked it but ... it is pretty weird. The day after I read it, I felt better about it than when I had just completed it, though the endin...more
Jul 30, 2007 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in Doug TenNapel's work.
Gear is an interesting work in a number of ways. The story and art, taken for themselves, are entertaining, however they do not hold up to the standard of quality that Doug TenNapel has set for himself with his subsequent works. What really make Gear a valuable read is that it is his first book, and as such you can see a truly masterful storyteller learning the craft and developing his style. This work also became the source material for the animated cartoon show Catscratch, which adds to the im...more
Oct 16, 2009 Brenton Nichol rated it 5 of 5 stars
This short graphic novel, TenNapel's first, was fantastic! The art is messy but very fun and expressive, having been Doug's first work done with an ink brush, and the story retains the freshness and cartoony-ness of his zany imagination that seems to have been diluted (or perhaps retread) in his more recent work. The story introduces the reader to all of Doug's trademark elements - sentient mantis-like bugs, huge animal-like robots, wild alien landscapes, and a wicked sense of humor.
I love this guy he has written so many great book/graphic novels and I each and everyone. Pickup anyone of his book for a great treat, no can't go wrong with any of then. The illustration are also out of this world...still trying to get two of his older graphic novels guess I am going to have to settle for used, but like new, this is going to costs more then new already. So if you are luck enough to find one do pass it by.
You know what? I was totally transported. There's a lucid AND otherworldly/dream-like qualities to the narrative. I love every character. I love TenNaple's brushwork, which is perfectly suited to his story. I spent a lot of time studying his panels and page layouts: they're fabulous. There's bunches of energy here. It's one of my all-time favorites.