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Angelman: Fallen Angel

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Easily the funniest super-hero comic to come down the pike since Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood's Superduperman, Angelman is Austrian cartoonist Nicolas Mahler's sardonic take on super-heroes, their fans, the businessmen behind them, the current media obsession with them, not to mention fancy-ass Ultimate collections of dopey super-hero comics.

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Hardcover, 96 pages
Published June 11th 2012 by Fantagraphics (first published April 2010)
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Seth T.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Everyone pretty much knows that superhero publishing is a joke, right? That storylines and characters and art choices are market-driven rather than a natural growth from organic narrative processes? That Big Corporate books (i.e. those from Marvel and DC) are mired in stunts that hope hopelessly to keep the interest of current readers while simultaneously attracting new blood? That comics sales dwindle from stagnation, a direct market, and an inability to do anything that feels real with charact ...more
Mark
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
ANGELMAN is a funny, clever, sarcastic, and still at times oddly moving and sentimental story about possibly the world's least impressive superhero: a corporate invention called "Angelman" whose superpowers include empathy and the ability to listen well. From endless reboots and "grim and gritty" attempts at relevance to continuity and price guides, Austrian cartoonist Nicolas Mahler skewers all aspects of superhero comics and their fans--less with loving parody and more with a genuine sense of ...more
Sam Quixote
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nicolas Mahler satirises superhero comics and the industry behind them in "Angelman", a superhero whose superpowers are sensitivity, open-mindedness and being a good listener. The only thing that can destroy him is intolerance, his superhero identity is concealed by working as a female editor of a women's magazine and his nemesis is a gender reassignment surgeon called Gender Bender.

Mahler mixes fact with fiction, having Angelman exist in the real world as his employers at Korporate Periodicals
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Peter Landau
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Finally, a superhero comic where not every muscle is painfully articulated and the characters aren't stiff and unrealistic caricatures of good and evil. Thank you, Nicolas Mahler, even though I sense you're not a fanboy. You seem even sarcastic about the medium. Well, I'm willing to give you the benefit of the doubt because Angelman is such a well-drawn and dynamic character. Yes, I chuckled, too, at your punchlines that land at the expense of an industry that has given up the paper ghost for th ...more
Bart
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
This review first appeared on my blog Bart's Bookshelf.

Angelman is a pretty amusing (and more than a little scathing) satirisation of the superhero publishing industry. It does make some nice points at times, and I think the more you are a fan of superhero comics and are aware of industries faults, you’ll even more about of it.

I did enjoy the read, especially some of the points Mahler makes, but I think it’s one to pick up from the library, rather than splash out on. Although I did manage to pic
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Bri
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This was very different from all of the other comics I've read as it sort of makes fun of the comic industry. I enjoyed the extent to which the author went to bring his premise to life, with the references to specific issues and covers for those issues. But I didn't love the artwork. I think I like the idea better than the story as it appears.
Robin
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant graphic novel that plays on stereotypes about gender roles, super heroes, publishing, and more. The dry wit in this book is perfect, and the characters never cease to amuse! Very meta. My favorite book of the year.
Dru
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-graphic-novel
Fantastic satire of, among other things, the comics industry, the treatment of comics creators, character reboots, film adaptations of comics, gender, and violence in schools. Fun and charming.
Kate
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I got some good chuckles out of this one. A nice little offbeat critique of superhero publishing.
Sophie
Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Brilliante Parodie auf Superhelden-Comics und das Comic-Business. Großartig, zum Kaputtlachen!
Stewart Tame
Jun 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Decidedly odd, even by Eurocomic standards. Mahler has an incredibly minimalist style going. There are numerous metatextual goings on. Wonderfully absurd stuff!
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Austrian author and illustrator Nicolas Mahler has illustrated numerous school books and worked on several animated films, shown at festivals throughout Europe. Known for his striking minimalist drawing style and sardonic deadpan wit, Mahler's graphic novels have been published in France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Canada, and the United States as well as his native Austria. He has publish ...more
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