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(Deadenders #1-3)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  41 reviews
In this stylized book of mystery and science fiction, a drug-dealing car thief must discover the secret behind his visions in order to save the world. Twenty years after the devastating Cataclysm, society has been separated into sectors in which the rich are able to enjoy machine-generated weather and sunlight while the poor are forced to live an eternally dank and dark ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Vertigo (first published October 1st 2000)
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Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it
If not for the rush job at the end (because it was cancelled) and the odd mish-mash, back-and-forth with genres, this could have been truly great. The post-apocalyptic world was interesting and well developed. Some of the weird sci-fi concepts were neat. The art was an interesting throwback style to Jack Kirby golden age styles mixed with some Archie Comics pieces. But the characterizations were often one-note and flat, and the main character was a grade-A douchebag that I couldn't connect with ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital, x2019
This was a long journey. And it felt like some TV soap opera. The story started low, local and grow bigger one step at the time. The main characters are good, but with their flaws and quirks to make them more relatable. The "villains" are two dimensional and despicable to make them more threatening to the story and disperse the doubts about them. All other characters just play their roles to make the world look real and lively.
So there is Bartholomew "Beezer" and his friends, in the poor
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
20 years ago, a mysterious "Cataclysm" wrecked the world, leaving it shrouded in a dirty gray mist devoid of sun/moon/starlight. The survivors have congregated into a megalopolis, with the privileged, affluent inner districts thriving in artificially generated sunlight and weather, while the poor and disadvantaged occupy ghettos in the oppressive, strictly-policed outer districts.

Deadenders' hero is Beezer, an outer-district teen just trying to have some fun with his friends while staying off
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A dystopian coming of age story, kind of.

There's a lot to like here as Brubaker fully explores the depth of the relationships as the main character Beezer wanders around this dystopian world trying to discover the answer to the burning question of who he is, along the way Beezer experiences love, loss, drugs, and a variety of other troubles. Beyond the main character there is a fully fleshed out supporting cast (too many to name) and it explores the relationships between all of them, many of
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie-comics
Not too bad. At first I wasn't digging it too much, because the main character was such a jerk. but by the second arc or so he really mellowed, and the secondary characters became more compelling too. the setting really reminded me of In Time or Hunger Games, standard dystopia stuff. the main mystery of the story was interesting, but was definitely not explained fully enough in the end. the ending was definitely the books biggest problem, it really didn't hold together. it went for enigmatic and ...more
Terry Murphy
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Had Brubaker's name not appeared on the front of this collected volume, I may not have given this a chance.

Had I known how listless and lazy the story was, I may not have asked the cashier to ring it up.

Had I not paid convention prices for this, I may have scored it as one star.

This is nowhere near on par with his later working Marvel. Whether the flagging sales caused him to wrap up the story sooner than he had planned to, or he simply had no idea where this was going, this is no no good. Its
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'll never stop loving this book, and will never understand why it doesn't get more attention.
Kite Johnson
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thirteen years ago during the year 2000, Ed Brubaker and Warren Pleece put out a little book called Deadenders through Vertigo. It is a science fiction tale about a post-apocalyptic world where things went bad and during everyones daily life, things do not get much better than that. It lasted sixteen issues and told a complete over-arcing story with drama, action and paranoia.

The tale recounts the goings on of a guy named Beezer, who is a drug runner for the local dealer. He goes about his days
Javier Alaniz
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Written by Ed Brubaker
Drawn by Warren Pleece
Published by DC: Vertigo

You'd think the post apocalypse would be played out by now. But despite some retread themes, Brubakers' deft handling of character and uncanny ability to describe youth culture makes for a fantastic and original comics series.
In New Bethlehem, blue skies, white clouds, and sunshine are a privilege provided only to the wealthy citizens of the inner sectors. In the outer sectors, the world has become one smog skied
Alicia Evans
Beezer lives in a world after the cataclysm, an event that no one really knows about and no one is quick to explain. Beezer lives in a tough sector and he does what he needs to to survive. This sometimes has a way of getting him into trouble with a large range of people including drug dealers and the police. Beezer also has the ability to see back to the peaceful, happy world before the cataclysm and there are groups of people who want to know more about that ability and they're willing to do ...more
Danijel Jedriško
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
"Deadenders" by Ed Brubaker is ambitious post-apocalyptic novel in which we'll meet characters that are trying to cope with the "Cataclysm". As in most such plots, devices of storytelling are more or less predictable, but the most important thing are the characters. Brubaker is always on his turf when the characterization is involved, and in "Deadenders" it's also the case.

Beezer is small-time dealer who is obnoxious because he really don't know what to do with his life. Of course, as the novel
Bruce M
It took me months to get through this one trade. Nothing about this book engaged me at all. I did not enjoy the story, or the art. I'm normally a big sucker for any post-apocalypse storyline, but the world being created here didn't interest me in the least. I can not think of one redeeming quality. If it weren't simply a comic book, I can guarantee you I never would have finished it.

I feel like apologizing for reviewing it, I hate it so much. Normally I would want to clearly offer a critique of
Skye Kilaen
Deadenders takes place in a post-cataclysm future where most of the population lives without sunlight and poor teenagers have no future. When small-time criminal kid Beezer starts having visions of the world before the cataclysm, though, he draws far more attention from the authorities than his petty crimes warrant. Because... reasons. Which I can't discuss much because I don't want to spoil things, but it grows increasingly science fiction as it goes on. Let's just say that if you're a fan of ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
Pretty good. A strange archive of sorts between two Brubakers, as it really digs into the "unlikable protagonist with various healthy and unhealthy relationships" well that you find a lot of in his indie work, with some of the bigger, more concise ideas he would soon be known for.

The story starts rocketing near the conclusion, a necessity, considering it was cancelled, and the ideas, the bigs ones that he had, all come at once. There's some great ones in there, without the space to breathe, but
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
A good sci-fi coming-of-age. The ending is rushed by the series' premature cancellation and jarringly action-movie in comparison to the series' character-driven tone up to that point, but for the majority of Deadenders' run, Brubaker does a fine job developing the characters and circumstances. Ultimately, the book succeeds because Brubaker can develop losers like Beezer without making the characters so pathetic or angry that the reader turns against them. You can identify with his struggle to ...more
Kelly Lynn Thomas
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The thing that prevents DEADENDERS from being just another post-apocalyptic story about teenagers is, I think, the characters' feeling of helplessness and their willingness to continue on despite that. Brubaker doesn't pull any emotional punches, either. "Gritty" is a good word for this book. I also love that although the main character sets out on a journey to find out where he came from, his search leads him right back home, where the answers have been right under his nose all along. It's a ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the complete 16 issue post apocalyptic series collected in its entirety. DC Comics/Vertigo in the past had collected the first 4 issues. I bought this collection because I there were gaps of content I hadn't read between issues 5-9. I loved the Warren Pleece interior art along side the covers by Phillip Bond, I genuinely enjoyed this series, but I do think the ending was a tad bit disappointing. I bet editorial forced the ending due to the cancellation of the series rather than the ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
It was a pretty slow starter. It took about five issues before things really started to come together. It was an interesting enough tale of twisted realities and teenage drug dealing and gangs. There were even a few very poignant relationship moments. But overall it really never quite came together naturally. It was an interesting book. The counter-culture motif takes a back seat to more conventional sci-fi storytelling later in the book and cheapened the experience to me.
Jenni Frencham
I was not a fan of this story. I didn't like the characters and wasn't impressed by the matrix-like reveal of the machine that kept the Cataclysm alive. I'm glad, I guess, that they got everyone out in the end (although we don't see much of the rebuilt world afterward), but this isn't my type of story. I might have enjoyed it more as a print book instead of a graphic novel.
Ahimaaz R
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic-book readers, apocalypse fiction
So sad this little gem of a funny book title, that I got dirt cheap from a first-hand bookstore, never got rest of its arcs published in trade. Hence I'm positively mired with the option of downloading the rest of them digitally from a torrent that no one no longer seems to seed!

Doomsterism, angst with a few ideas thrown in...
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wish I could say that I liked this book because I'm a fan of Ed Brubaker's work, but the plot of "Deadenders" just never came together for me, it just seemed like a mish-mash of several dystopias with a side order of pop-culture / teens angst (what was the deal with the scooters, for example?) What a shame... especially because I quite liked the artwork.
Brooke Stephenson
May 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
having picked this comic up on a whim, I was pleasantly surprised and there were moments I couldn't put it down. love the art, the story is quite entertaining and engaging and tho I didn't really love the main character, I did end up rooting for him. give it a shot, you might enjoy it
This isn't my favorite Ed Brubaker work, but even his lesser comics are good stuff. It's an interesting and complex story and the further into it I went, the more interesting it became. A hard to describe series that's well worth the money and time.
Atticus Foo
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this so much. Probably Brubaker's best work.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, comics
This was an excellent dystopian SciFi comic, which unfortunately got somewhat ruined by a rushed ending due to series cancellation.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Wears it's influences a bit too heavily, that being said the ending is beautifully done, leaving one on a high at the close.
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
I don't know. It's good. It I wasn't blown away like I have been with other Brubaker stuff (mainly his Captain America run). But it's good.
Avi Flax
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
The compelling story and the relatable characters are the highlight here; it's amazingly well-written. The art is effective and enjoyable but doesn't inspire.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
A collection of inter-connected stories about teens in a dystopia that is let down both by characters that are never all that compelling and an abbreviated WTF ending.
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles

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