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2.89  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  35 reviews
She was kidnapped and taken to the worst place on earth. He was hired to get her out. Now, they’re both trapped in a city that wants them both dead, and their hopes of getting out are fading fast. From the bloodthirsty criminals, to the corrupt police, to the kid hiding a Glock under his sweatshirt on the corner, everyone wants Tyler Rake and Eva Roche dead. Set in the rea ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published December 16th 2014 by Oni Press (first published December 3rd 2014)
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Aug 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
I must say, the only reason I took a shot with this book is that it was tagged as a comic. Nothing else. I was ready to ditch it and request another book right after reading the first half of the blurb, but I thought a comic would be good for an evening reading. Boy, how mistaken I was. If only I had an excerpt firsthand, no way I would take a second glance at it.

The dialogues are the least of the problems. I'm not going to list all the reasons why they are unrealistic and all, but I'll note thi
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
This was disappointing. I am a big fan of EXTRACTION, the Netflix Original Movie based upon this graphic novel and while the plot of the movie and the graphic novel are nearly symmetrical, the story and dialogue of the graphic novel are far inferior. In the film, there is an early line of dialogue in which a character tells his friend to stop swearing all the time because it makes him sound stupid. I feel like that line in the film is a direct slam against the graphic novel which features the wo ...more
Aug 31, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This is going to be a very short review. I only read a few pages of this graphic novel, and I stopped reading for two main reasons.

1) The art. Being that this is a graphic novel, I expect the art to be of good quality. Now, it's certainly possible that the artist's work wasn't rendered correctly in electronic format, in which case the publisher should be ashamed. The art looked like dotted lines that vaguely formed shapes that looked like they could be people ... or Cthulhu. I'm also not a huge
The real Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este forms the backdrop for this hyper-violent action thriller graphic novel. Hats off to the creators for picking such a fertile setting for, what is essentially a very well-worn story of a mercenary hired to rescue an attractive young woman. The city is less than sixty years old, but due to its location on the border with Brazil and very near the border of Argentina, has blossomed into a commercial hub with more than 300,000 people living there. What make ...more
Nikki in Niagara
Dec 19, 2014 rated it liked it
A violent, gritty tale of crime lords, kidnapping and mercenaries. The story was gripping and made for a fast read. I've enjoyed this author's previous work. However, I found the ending too happily summed up for such an otherwise grim plot. I can't say I'm particularly fond of the b/w rough, sketchy art style but it does suit the atmosphere. Pretty good. ...more
Oliver Flores
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is one of the books that I've been itching to read. Having checked out only the first chapter--i.e., the first issue in this mini-series, though, I forget exactly why I was so interested in this book to begin with... So far, it's not really my type of book. Maybe it's because I've been interested in Latin America or maybe it was the artist, about whom I read an article in the Spanish newspaper Pais not too long ago. Fernando Leon Gonzalez. I had checked his stuff out and I liked it. Cartoon ...more
Anustha Upreti
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021, thriller
Wow aren't I happy to get done with this one. ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first thing that I must say about the digital copy of Ciudad that I got from NetGalley (Thank you!) is that there must be something wrong with the digital file. Except for a few pages (for example, page 39), most pages appear pixilated, sometimes making it impossible to see what is happening in each panel. I had to read it on my computer with 2x and 4x zoom to be able to make out the dialog (though the zoom made the pixilation even worse!) Page 39, however, was beautifully drawn. So, I am as ...more
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

She was kidnapped and taken to the worst place on earth. He was hired to get her out. Now, they're both trapped in a city that wants them both dead, and their hopes of getting out are fading fast. From the bloodthirsty criminals, to the corrupt police, to the kid hiding a Glock under his sweatshirt on the corner, everyone wants Tyler Rake and Eva Roche dead.

I have recently been getting into a lot of graphic no
Wayne McCoy
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
What do you get when you combine amazing artist Ande Parks with screenwriters Joe and Anthony Russo (Community, Captain America: Winter Soldier)? You get a high velocity story like 'Ciudad.' It rockets from page to page and feels very much like an action movie.

Eva Roche is kidnapped and her father wants her back so badly that he'll hire mercenary Tyler Rake and his team to pull it off. The problems begin with the city of Ciudad that they find themselves in. Tyler is good with an inventive name a
Elle Markov
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
If I said this book was incredible I'd be lying, the dialogue was mediocre at best, there are only so many time you can use the F-bomb in a conversation before it's like "hey, you know there are more words in the English language right".

The book is in black and white, which is okay given it's telling a gritty story. But, the characters leave a lot to be desired, Eva is the girl Tyler has been hired to rescue, there is no background or anything that would make you engage in their struggle and wo
Paul Allard
Aug 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
I had to abandon reading this in the Adobe digital Version as it was too hard to read and distinguish what was in each picture
Now this was action packed. Imagine story that is a mix between "Escape from New York", "Mile 22", "Raid", "16 Blocks", "Gauntlet" and "Proof of Life".

Some will say this graphic novel reads like a movie script and they would be right. This is "movie script" in as far that story is very simple - mercenary expert in extraction of people from highly dangerous environments gets stuck in Paraguay, in Ciduad de Este, and hunted by corrupted government officials and criminal underworld because he is tr
Hampton Stall
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
hard to follow at times but i liked the art style
Randall Andrews
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Not my favorite story. Ande Parks though weaved an intricate tale of spies, villains, revenge and honor. I'm curious as to the Netflix series coming soon. ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The dialogue starts pretty rough. Usually like Ande Parks' work but this is not his best. ...more
Avalon Aeternum
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This got a movie with Chris Hemsworth (Thor from Avengers) and directors from Avengers called Extraction. It is great.
May 13, 2020 rated it liked it
This was and ok story, I enjoy reading this.
Brion Salazar
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hard for me to be unbiased with this book as it is written by a friend. All I will say is if you liked the Netflix show then go read the source material.
Natasha Carpina
Mar 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This made me wanna write a James Conrad fic...

Overall I loved the pace and the story.
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Piyush  Mourya
Fast paced action and the type of art style I like, nothing more I need! Was a fun read for me.
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I’ve been a fan of Saul Bass since before I even knew who he was. I picked up Ciudad because the cover reminded me of his work from the late 50s into the early 60s. I didn’t even read the synopsis until right before I started reading the story. Even if I didn’t enjoy the story, the cover is enough to make me feel like getting it wasn’t a waste.

Ciudad is about a girl who gets kidnapped and taken to the one-stop corruption shop Ciudad del Este and the man who rescues her. The synopsis mentioned th
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Sufficiently entertaining but stuffed with too much directional action such that any meaningful story was invariably crowded out by bullet wounds, intralingual cursing, and redundant prophecies of doom at the hands of everyone but the lone American.

Conceptually, CIUDAD isn't particularly bad; an alcoholic hitman is addressed for a mission that takes him into the heart of South America where everyone is corrupt and nobody has any respect. The girl he is tasked to rescue is the privileged child of
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels, adult
Reading the back panel, I’m going to assume that this graphic novel will probably be a huge blockbuster movie success. I’m even going out on a limb that it may be in development sometime in the near future. As for the art of this graphic novel:


I was thoroughly entertained through the stories and characters that were found in Ciudad. It was fun reading a-probably-better-off-movie-script, relishing all the formulaic story elements that make up fantastic action-adventure books, movies, and games.
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a pretty good... well, officially it's a graphic novel, but in all reality it seems more like a collected storyboard for a movie. As such, it's a pretty good story, a bit cliched in its plucky American assassin who is hired for a kidnapping rescue in the lawless Ciudad, and ends up with everyone after him and his target. It doesn't bring anything new to the genre, but it does tell its story more than competently, with all the familiar action beats brought out in pretty good form. The sta ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Ciudad successfully moves noir to the bright daylight hours of a city in Latin America where money and bullets are the authorities. When the job comes in to rescue the local bigwig's daughter from corrupt kidnappers, Tyler Rake thinks he's got things well in hand – even if others are wary of the large wage packet he's been offered. But little does he know just how twisted and manifold the paths to success and liberty for both he and the girl are going to be. There's little here that's wholly ori ...more
Alisa Wilhelm
Sep 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, 2014
Ciudad, by Ande Parks, Joe Russo, and Anthony Russo, reads like an action flick, which is probably why it was picked up for a silver screen adaptation by Sierra Pictures. It is fast paced, violent, gritty, and features all the twisted corruption that we love about South American politics. In spite of its predictability, and the characters being more like caricatures than real people, I found myself liking it for the same reason people like action movies. It’s racy and entertaining and not from m ...more
Julien V
May 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Picked this up at the library, without thinking. At a very shallow level, it *looked* fun.

You know I read a lot, and I read a lot of different stuff: novels, textbooks, philosophy, economics... and comic books of course. Now, this particular graphic "novel" is so devoid of ANY redeeming quality that it deserves the award for the Shittiest Single Thing I've Laid My Eyes On This Year (and Probably Last Year Too).
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Gritty, cinematic, extremely violent. Hard to follow at times due to opaque detailing in the art, but the action blockbuster story keeps things intriguing cover to cover.
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Ande Parks has worked on several projects with Phil Hester, including Nightbreed (Marvel), Rust (Malibu), Fringe (Caliber), and Freaks Amour (Dark Horse). Currently he inks Anima, Steel and Superboy, all for DC.

Ande Parks (born October 1, 1964) is a professional American comic book artist, known for his work as an inker and writer in the industry. His greatest notoriety has come from his stint wit

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