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The Long Man by Steve Englehart
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Mar 16, 10

it was ok
bookshelves: gr-giveaway-wins, scifi-fantasy
Read from March 07 to 16, 2010

The Long Man is a graphic novel without the graphics. Certain passages remind me of reading Spider-Man and The Fantastic Four as a kid, which is not a surprise as the comic genre is Englehart's home. He does a great job with action scenes but also hammered in long expositional passages of philisophical babbling between characters. I don't know why he felt the need to explain the protagonists powers. It's like reading a Superman comic and dealing with pages of scientific description on the molecular differences between Krypton and Earth. It just isn't necessary. Action speaks louder than words.

Another aspect adding to the disjointed feel of the story is the insertion of pop culture phrases and references. Suspending belief is a must for this type of story. Tossing in familiar asides jostles the reader between milieus and makes for a bumpy ride.

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