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The Broadcast

3.22  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
On the day of the historic broadcast of The War of the Worlds by Orson Welles which triggered panic in many places it sounded so real, a family in the countryside fears for its life and also has to deal with strangers and neighbors coming in for help. The tension brings to the surface long suppressed emotions and conflicts and a violent reckoning in a dark stormy night.
Paperback, 180 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by NBM Publishing (first published January 1st 2010)
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Fears of an alien invasion, sparked by Orson Welles' "War of the World" broadcast, bring old grudges in a rural Indiana community to the surface in this graphic novel.
Aaron Brame
Jan 19, 2014 Aaron Brame rated it it was ok
The graphic novel tells the story of a small Indiana community on the night of the titular broadcast. In this town, a storm knocks out the power just as Wells's story is getting going, and the townsfolk are left to fend for themselves in the face of what they perceive to be an alien invasion.

It's got a little bit of Night of the Living Dead in it, as well as some of the hysteria of that Twilight Zone episode, "The Shelter." But in the end, this story doesn't have much to do with The War of the W
Jan 19, 2014 Ryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Despite the description and the title, this isn't a graphic novel about War of the Worlds. That radio drama broadcast is a Macguffin that lurks in the background, but this is really more about the monsters within the human heart - paranoia, distrust, and hatred. The creators really want to focus on those things, and how stressful situations can reveal those monsters, but pairing it with that legendary broadcast creates a cool context for fans of OTR drama.

Another thing I really liked about this
Glen Farrelly
Jun 03, 2016 Glen Farrelly rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-books
Interesting story with some good characters, but the art really didn't work for me. I love what the feeling that the artist was trying to convey, but it was at the expense of being able to tell clearly what was happen and to be able to clearly distinguish characters. I've seen ugly graphic art before, but never have I seen any that prevented from conveying the story or message except this one.
Oct 30, 2013 Judy rated it it was amazing
Read it to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the "War of the Word's" broadcast (October 30, 1938). This is the first graphic novel I ever read. I did not realize that a graphic novel could convey as much substance and character development and plot line as a traditional novel, but this one surely did. I'm very glad I read this. I'll likely read more graphic novels because of this one.
Jun 23, 2011 Mike rated it liked it
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I liked how the author carried the story beyond the "War of the World" broadcast and the "alien invasion" to show the conflicts of some of the inhabitants of an Indiana town. The story demonstrates how under stress and fear our emotions reveal so much more than just a concern for the immediate crisis.
Jan 15, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
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Good story about a small group of families who hear Oroson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast and are swept up in paranoia. Solid storytelling in both language and images. My only quibble is that the looseness of the drawings tended to be distracting. I would have appreciated a little more crispness and I think that would have complemented the story. I like the style, just not the pairing.
Rosa Hope Hobbs
May 28, 2011 Rosa Hope Hobbs rated it it was amazing
Set in Rural Indiana during the War Of The Worlds broadcast... The story was fast paced and realistic to the time frame. As the reader, one can't help but feel sucked into the story. Enjoyed this graphic novel and have actually re-read this one.
Jul 21, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
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This is an extremely well-written little story. The pacing is wonderful. My only complaint is that the art is a bit too muddled at times. I enjoyed the style, but if certain panels had been cleaner it would have come together a lot more for me.
Mar 12, 2013 Alex added it
i really though it was an interesting book i finished it peretty quickly because it was an awesome book i found marvins character the most interesing i give it 4 out of 5 stars i recommend reading it
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A bit tough to chew on. Good though.
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