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Nowhere Men, Vol. 1: Fates Worse Than Death

(Nowhere Men (collected editions) #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  2,504 ratings  ·  244 reviews
"Science is the new Rock ‘N’ Roll!"

So said Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange, and Thomas Walker at the dawn of a new age of enlightenment that ushered in a boom in scientific advancement. As the research supergroup World Corp., they became the most celebrated scientists of all time.

They changed the world - and we loved them for it.

But where did it all go wrong?
Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 20th 2013 by Image Comics (first published November 20th 2012)
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mark monday
May 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: comicon
sometime in the future, science is the new rock 'n' roll. a Fab Four of science idols build an amazing company together and their inventions help to change the world. in kaleidoscopic fashion, Nowhere Men explores their various fates and those transformed by their ideas.

this required a much larger suspension of disbelief than I'm used to, as I can often casually accept weird alternate worlds that include zombies, superheroes, and president trump. but for some reason it was really hard to swallow
Sam Quixote
Jun 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Let me take you down… ‘cos that’s where Nowhere Men’s taken me after reading it!

Four hippy scientists are apparently “rock stars” for their amazing research or something. They create World Corp that becomes the world’s biggest corporation (yup, we’re in simpleton land already!). Fast forward to the present. We’re on board a space station and the crew are sick with some unknown disease. The hippy scientists broke up because… the wooorrrllld… is rooooounnnd… nah, it was about money or something st
May 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
This one started off with a ton of potential, then just got way too wordy for me. That makes me sound like a troglodyte, but no, it just had way too much going on. The stuff all looked very good, art and graphic wise, the little info things included like fake newspaper articles and magazine covers was cool, but kinda pulls you out of the immersion when you have to read so very carefully.

Premise is, something like what if the Beatles had been 4 scientists instead of musicians? But not exactly, be
Online Eccentric Librarian
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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Nowhere Men is an intelligently written, nuanced, and very intriguing book that perfectly makes use of the graphic novel format. I was enthralled from the first few pages and consider it one of the best graphic novels I have read.

The story starts in a very 1960s feeling America (but clearly an alternate universe) where four men, hailed as the hope of the future as brilliant young scientists, start a corporation with a
Jeannette Nikolova
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
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I will go with No. This is one of those books where the characters are over-hyping themselves and each other, because otherwise it would be hard for the reader to realize that something supposedly important is happening.

"Oh, these guys are rockstars!", "He is a legend", "Their research changed the world!" Okay then, if the author made his characters call each other brilliant, then we must be reading about truly amazing individuals. Not.

Nowhere Men is
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very different and enjoyable book which I'm really looking forward to delving into more.

It's like manhattan projects about four genius scientists who were like the Beatles of science in the 70's. One of them becomes greedy and creates a virus which starts evolving people into creatures with powers.

Som really cool characters in this and all of them easily defined making it easier to follow.
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Science is the new rock and roll"

The story begins in the 60s, where a young group of four scientists is compared with Beatles. We are introduced to four idealistic characters who have distinguished themselves in the field of science and created a corporation jointly, to make the world a better place.

The story line alternates between various periods of time and space, which can make all the reading somewhat confusing. But overall , I believe that there are several very interesting ideas behind t
Shannon Appelcline
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
This volume has a fascinating premise: what if the Beatles (or people very like them) were rock-and-roll super-scientist stars? There's also lots of fancy use of unusual storytelling techniques. Unfortunately, Nowhere Men never really fulfills it potential.

To start with, the story makes constant use of flashbacks and different time periods, which I'd usually love, but it's largely incomprehensible here, as you struggle again and again to figure out what's going on when. I think this problem was
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-graphics
Collecting the first six issues of the comic, this is a dense and sometimes complicated read. But in a good way. The genre is sci-fi with the primary focus on “rock star” scientists and what they’ve done to improve the world. It covers a virus, mutations, space stations and teleportation. It’s a very detailed story with a few twists and some interesting characters. As a whole, it reminded me of Watchmen, not only with some of the plot, but also the way the panels were interspersed with articles ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down one of the coolest and most original graphic novels that I have read in a while. Brilliant science fiction that refers to the Fab Four while also reminding me of the Fantastic Four. The art is absolutely first rate!
And though I loved the interviews and magazine articles and such that pepper the book giving us a real pop-culture feel for these characters,
towards the end of the book it felt a teensy bit over-done,
as it kinda messed up the pacing of the story. That would be my
L. McCoy
Image is putting out so many great titles that make it clear why they are the biggest publisher of creator owned comics right now… this book is not one of those great ones.

What’s it about?
From what I gathered the story is pretty much about some famous wannabe Beatles/scientists and a group of supposedly sick people who need to go through a portal of some kind.

Why I hate this book:
The story is boring.
The art is just awful. Okay, in all fairness, I have seen art that is much worse than this. I wou
Emily Green
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Nowhere Men: Fates Worse Than Death begins with the media blitz of World Corp., a company founded by a team of four genius scientists. The company manages to create several meaningful inventions, including technology that allows the blind to see. However, in the midst of their fame and rock star status (a T-shirt on the cover of the comic book declares “Science is the new rock ‘n’ roll”), the group begins to have disharmony, spurred by the unorthodox methods of Thomas Walker and trailed by rumor ...more
Eugene Smith
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was for me the best graphic novel I read last year. It's an incredibly well written, amazingly paced story dealing with the simultaneous promise and peril of unmitigated scientific progress. The story revolves around the broken working relationship between four "rock star" scientists who originally banded together to form a super group of scientific innovation. Due to personal differences, clashing egos, and competing visions for the future of their enterprise, the main characters find them ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I don't read many comics but this one was really cool. The plot is really interesting, I really want to know what happens next. The art is also very good and the 60's 70's advertisement influence in a lot of panels is really cool. This a text heavy comics but it helps to flesh out the characters a lot more.

May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Personally, I think good science fiction has been missing from the U.S. comic shelves for some time. I know this puts me in the minority, but neither Saga nor Manhattan Projects does it for me. Stephenson takes his core concept, which is scientists as rock stars and crafts an interesting sotry using multiple story telling techniques.

The standard panel and words balloons are there. Stephenson, in working at creating an chronicle of events put in news papers interviews, magazine pieces, and sectio
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was by far one the most interesting and unique comics I've ever read. Though I wasn't attached to any of the particular characters, the overall plot was exceedingly compelling.

Many of the events in these issues are all over the place, but in my opinion the chaos is welcome as it creates an engrossing energy able to drag readers into the narrative while experiencing the same mix of confusion and curiosity its players are.

The use of fabricated interviews, magazine articles and biographies to
Kevin Shepherd
What could possibly go wrong in a universe where scientists are rock stars and aspirations in neurobiology & metaphysics trump snare drums and electric guitars...

Welcome to the world of Nowhere Men. Here it's Dade, Simon, Emerson & Thomas instead of John, Paul, George & Ringo but the vibe of sex and drugs and lost control is essentially the same. The art is spectacular. The story is smart and cerebral and, to the dismay of graphic "purists," a little wordy. Still, it works.

X-Men on Acid. A magi
Matt Kelland
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I loved the way this started and the idea of scientists as pop culture icons, but the story failed to deliver on many levels. Narcissistic, simple characters, an uninspiring plot that could have come from many other superhero/scifi stories, and pedestrian artwork all added up to a big disappointment. The faux magazine sections and ads were clearly an attempt to use a different storytelling style, but frankly, Alan Moore did it better over 25 years ago.
Nathan Adams
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m giving this book 4 stars though I enjoyed it a little less than that. The art is phenomenal. The story felt very much like a mashup of several elements. For me, as a long time Beatles fan, all the references were right there on top. Seemed a little too obvious sometimes, but then maybe that’s just me. So you take that conceit, then graft it to the bones of the Fantastic Four origin story, along with text interludes that felt very Watchmen, and blend it together with great visuals. The seams ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm blown away by this. I had never even heard of it, but grabbed it because I had recently read one of Stephenson's other books. This is amazing. Really. ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nowhere Men is a comic book featuring an alternate world where super-genius scientists have attained the same level of pop celebrity status as actors and musicians. The plot revolves around four of the best of these scientists who formed a mega-corporation to improve the world with their ideas and inventions. After setting the scene and providing some back story, the book picks up in the present day, with the four drifting apart while battling the unintended consequences of their decisions. Whil ...more
Kurt Rocourt
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: image-tpb
This book was a pleasant surprise. I had no idea what this book was about when I bought. I just heard it had some similarities to The Manhattan Projects. It does have science as the idea driving the plot but it's more of a character driven story. The story takes the idea of science is the new rock n' roll and makes scientist pop culture celebrities. After that it has a little bit of the Beatles, some Fantastic Four, Professor X, Lex Luthor and Star Trek. I enjoyed that this first book ends in a ...more
Mark Schlatter
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new_book_area, shreve
The high concept here is "What if four super-scientists took the pop culture spot of the Beatles?". So our Fab Four in this world get together, form the World Corporation, try and change the world, break up, form rival corporations, influence the "science punk" movement, and start screwing everything up in their later years.

The story is a fascinating melange of comics and text pieces (interviews, histories, etc...) with time jumps all over the narrative. And, actually, the thrust of the plot is
Alex Sarll
I avoided this for a while, thinking it might be a bit Beatles-heavy. Fortunately, there are also plenty of references to decent bands like XTC, Echobelly and mclusky. The comic that won me round to Stephenson's work, They're Not Like Us, felt like an updated version of the X-Men; if so, you might consider this a Fantastic Four riff. A quartet of super-scientists team up to change the world, they succeed, but in the process drugs and personality clashes tear them apart. The story flashes between ...more
Des Fox
Nowhere Men is one of the best comics I've read in recent history. Reading like Manhattan Projects meets Fantastic Four, Nowhere Men stands as a testament to classic sci-fi comics, with brilliant pacing and plot. The character work emerges more subtly with a massive cast, but has every potential to explode with future installments. The art is gorgeously grounded and facilitative of the narrative, with comfortable and clever color work accompanying the inks. The world building is immense, somehow ...more
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very refreshing take on the Sci-fi genre based upon the idea that "Science is the new Rock and Roll". It initially starts out very slow, but once the world building happens, you realize that the holistic picture that it draws gives much more depth to the story as a whole. World Corp gives some serious Massive Dynamics vibes (from the TV series Fringe). The articles that intersperse the graphical sections will initially feel like they are messing with the flow as the text density requires much ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
In short, Nowhere Men is an extremely cool biopunk story in which ultra-famous scientists are equated with rock stars and are involved in shady secret work creating genetically modified mutants. Four scientists found a massive corporation for the purpose of serving mankind, but each has a different idea of how to do it. Years of fighting and disagreement lead to a top secret project where employees of the company are unwittingly exposed to a virus that causes their cells to restructure in variou ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved how the meat of this story is presented. You have 4 Beatles-fandom inducing Scientists and you learn about their rise and fall from glory through different pop culture sources. You read magazine interviews with them, you see reports from newspapers, you read top 10 lists they are featured on, its so weird to be receiving and digesting information in a book the exact same way you get information about anyone famous today.

The story is a little wild right now, I hope that I get my hands on
Brian Lyons
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Not for everyone, but perfect for me in both writing style and art. I can think of very few comics that have established their world as well in the same amount of issues; can't wait to see what's next. ...more
Andrew Patterson
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best new graphic novels I've read in some time. Many skeptics and negative-nancies will draw parallels to a number of well-established comic-book universes, but I found it excited and refreshing. Beautiful artwork. Couldn't put it down, the second volume can't come fast enough! ...more
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