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The Private Eye

(The Private Eye #1-10)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,689 ratings  ·  418 reviews
Because retailers, readers, and ROBERT KIRKMAN demanded it, the online sensation from’s BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (SAGA, PAPER GIRLS) and MARCOS MARTIN (The Amazing Spider-Man, Doctor Strange: The Oath) is finally coming to print with this gorgeous deluxe hardcover edition, presented in the story’s original widescreen format!

Years after the digital cloud “bursts”
Hardcover, Cloudburst Edition, 300 pages
Published December 17th 2015 by Image Comics
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Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Damn it!

I really liked this.

This wasn’t just swinging, this was Chewbacca swinging through the forest with an Ewok doing a Tarzan yell.

This wasn’t just breaking bad, this was Harvey Korman on the Carol Burnett Show breaking character.

This wasn’t just playing, this was flipping it upside down, reversing the strings and playing a funky left handed Star Spangled Banner.

This was really good.

The writing and art team of Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin have produced in The Private Eye an original and
Jan Philipzig
For years, we trusted our most sensitive information to something called the Cloud... Until, one day, the Cloud burst. Our passwords, medical records, credit card information, e-mails, internet search histories, you name it - all of a sudden, everybody had access to all our personal data, access to our darkest secrets and desires. Careers were ended, friendships destroyed, families disrupted.

A new appreciation of privacy emerged, and by the year 2076, the year of our story, the internet is but a
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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David Schaafsma
With four or five series (or more?) running, Brian K. Vaughn is kind of an unstoppable bullet of a comics master, and I am reading with some relish at least four of them that I can recall at the moment: Saga, Paper Girls, We Stand Guard. And this. I am not really sure this one is my absolute favorite of the above, but for sheer ideas and audacity it is still amazing. A sci fi comic about a time in the future, year 2076, when there is no longer any internet. . . a comic that is released initially ...more
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book set in the future about how everything about being a millennial came back to bite them. Now society values it's privacy to the extreme, wearing masks in public to hide their identity. Marcos Martin's art is beautiful and fits perfectly with the future look he's created.

Received an advance copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Futuristic science-fiction and social commentary brilliance packaged in eye-melting artwork. While illustrated for the internet, the landscape orientation translates to a physically awkward book. Aside from that, perfection.
Michael Finocchiaro
For pure inventiveness, Private Eye is pretty awesome. Available via on their variable pay system, it is an innovative comic from the amazing Brian K Vaughan (of Saga fame among others). The story is crazy and engaging and lots of fun.
Juliette Barasch
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
Oh maaaaan. So good. *So.* *Good.* Brian K. Vaughan is an absolute genius, and this is one of the best graphic novels I've read in a long time.
Matthew Quann

Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Y:The Last Man) has a knack for writing some of the best comics in the industry. His comics pose complex societal questions while remaining endlessly entertaining. With The Private Eye, BKV has teamed with the superlative Marcos Martin to tackle our fascination with privacy in the social media age via a futuristic noir. Rather than a show ran entirely by Vaughan, The Private Eye is truly a collaboration with Martin. Martin was allowed to experiment with his layouts,
James DeSantis
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing title by Brain K. Vaughan. I believe this man will always be my favorite comic book writer of all time. He just puts SO much detail and great dialog into every single story he does. Even his weaker works (paper girl/We stand guard) aren't horrible they're just decent. Everything else he touches is pure gold (Saga, Runaways, Pride, THIS) SO let's discuss why this works so well.

What I liked: First, the art. It's simple, yet so different. So many unique costumes, so many different
Steven Matview
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Society is more concerned with anonymity than ever in this futuristic noir comic by Brian K Vaughan and Marcos Martin.

Originally released in digital-only issues formatted specifically for tablet reading, "The Private Eye" takes place in a possible future of our own, one where everyone’s personal info - from revealing photos to angry emails - is made public in an event known as the “cloud burst.”

Imagine your family members getting a hold of your complete browser history from the moment you firs
Stewart Tame
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. Among other things, it's nice to read a decent, solid graphic novel that's complete in itself, that's not volume x of series y or something. Set in the not-too-distant future of 2076 Los Angeles, our titular private eye makes his living tracking down other people's secrets. And then, of course, a femme fatale walks into his office and, before he knows it, he's in over his head, trying to stay alive, because some secrets are bigger than they appear. What makes this book speci ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great execution on an interesting concept: what if all our "private" online info was suddenly not-so-private? What would the world look like? This is a crime novel at its core, but Martin's art pops. Well done!
Althea J.
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Visually, I love this format.
The version I read was a digital file that blew up each page to the size of my laptop screen, with a different aspect ratio than regular comic books.

This afforded gorgeous scenescapes

Vibrant color... colors for days...

Depth of location

Fascinating scene-establishing shots that paint a broad portrait of the location while including visual details that contribute so much depth to the characters that reside within.

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Innovative visual representation of dia
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, was this ever good. Really, really good. In a weird future, after an event called the "Cloudburst" exposed everyone's Internet secrets (search histories, etc.) and ruined lives, there is no more Internet. People live behind masks, excessively concerned about privacy and attempting to keep some level of anonymity, and the police have been replaced by journalists (not sure I really understand that, but hey, it's Brian K. Vaughan's vision). Teevee is a big deal and people actually read books a ...more
Ill D
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Gentlemen and Scholars
Brain K. Vaughn is absolutely on the top of his game here. It’s always a treat to dive into a solid non-cape comic, and Brian and Co. have truly put together something great. With a fluorescent color scheme well-retrofitted in a reduplicated neo-neo-noir feel, alongside a well-chosen panoply of internalized references to boot, an enormously rich story is resultant.

As much ironic as much as incredibly well paced story-telling, a story of a post-internet world feels svelte to the touch. Believable
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A highly enjoyable read. Especially if you've had a few Marihuana brand cigarettes and are feeling a tad paranoid.
I believe it was Terence McKenna who called television the "dominator drug par excellence". I'm sure if he was still alive on this spinning clod of dirt today, he would say the same of the modern addiction to the internet. This P.I. story takes place in a futuristic earth brimming with imagination. Media and Government have dropped the charade of separation and are now one in the sa
Sarah Marie
4.5 stars! That was surprisingly awesome. I don't know why I was expecting not to love it. I mean it is Vaughan and he wrote Saga- this man is a genius! Review to come!
Shannon Appelcline
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
One can't talk about this comic without talking about its form factor — and it's miserable. Originally designed to be read on a wide screen, The Private Eye is a super wide book. When you open it up, it's in fact too big to hold comfortably, and good luck in storing this monster. Sadly, no matter how good or bad this book was, it's going to be a one-time read, because the form factor just sucks.

And that's a crying shame, because it's an intriguing book. It's about a near future where privacy has
Rod Brown
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a high concept sci-fi book where you spend more time thinking to yourself, "Mm, yeah, I see what the author is going for there," than you do thinking, "Hey, this is good."

We are presented with a society that is the opposite of our current oversharing, social-media oriented one: privacy is valued to the point where everyone wears masks and the internet no longer exists. Once you force yourself to give in to the most unlikely stuff (journalists = police), there is a pretty routine crime n
Brandon Forsyth
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Brian K. Vaughan has more good, insightful, dramatically-satisfying ideas than should be humanly possible.
Heather V  ~The Other Heather~
I have seen the future, friends. And it is not pretty.

Well...okay, it's kinda pretty, if we're just talking aesthetics here. I mean, this is Vaughan and Martin and everything they touch turns to pretty. But the story of our future, that not-so-distant land created by everything we've shared online up to now? YIKES.

See that guy? HE IS US. We, the young GenXers/old Millennials. That's what we're going to turn into. A bunch of tattooed, vaguely senile old bastards, bitching about how things were so
K.A. Wiggins
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Clever premise and development. Loved the emails/production notes in the back. Not really a fan of the art, but that's usual for a lot of current graphic novel styling, and it's detailed, kinetic and visually arresting, so no real complaints.

Appreciated the level of consistency in world-building and futuristic forecasting; diverse cast, seawater rising, current device and technology obsoletion, over-tattooed seniors. Scary and all too possible; a great future-dystopia sci fi effort with an enga
Venus Maneater
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves, comics
Wow this is good! It's a detective, but unlike any I've ever read. Future-noire with a big twist! Post-apocalyptic in a digital way!

This is not as much a whodunnit as it's a whydunnit, one that answers a few of the gathered questions but leaves you with plenty of new ones.

I dig the writing, I dig the art. This is good stuff.
Rory Wilding
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As many will know that science-fiction is a genre that isn’t really about escapism, but what it says about us. As much as Star Wars is set in a galaxy far, far away, it has universal themes that keeps the saga grounded, no matter how awesomely outlandish it gets. This sensibility to the genre plays a big part throughout the works of Brian K. Vaughan whether it is his post-apocalyptic adventure Y: The Last Man or his epic space opera Saga. As for his latest comic The Private Eye – originally a se ...more
Nancy Meservier
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Every now and then someone comes up with an idea that's so perfect that you are torn between awe and jealously that you didn't happen to think of it first. The concept behind The Private Eye is one of those ideas.

In the future The Cloud "bursts" sending all of our personal data- from medical records to google searches- out into the world. Lives are destroyed (not to mention the internet) and the public responds by embracing the concept of anonymity to an extreme level. Once you hit adulthood, ev
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow. This might be my favorite comic I read all year. You know that feeling when you start turning the pages of a book slower as you reach the end, just to try to make it last longer? Not only did I do that, but I just sat there with this book, skimming through it after I read it, reliving the art and world Vaughan and Martin have so intricately created here. I didn't just feel satisfied with this. I felt INSPIRED by it, intimidated. Like I will never create anything this cool and interesti ...more
Elizabeth A
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphix, 2016
Book blurb: The Private Eye is a detective story set in 2076, when everyone in the United States has a secret identity. Our protagonist is a member of the paparazzi, outlaw private investigators who dig up the kind of personal dirt no longer readily available through search engines. It’s a mystery with lots of masks, but no superpowers. This edition collects Issues #1-10.

This graphic novel is quite wonderful, and explores many important issues, the one of privacy being the one that I loved the m
Travis Duke
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic futuristic spy thriller. Vaughan continues to write really good stuff, Originally a web comic but now it is a beautiful print form. First off I loved the long format of this book, its stunning and worth owning with its vivid colors and big panels. The story is set roughly 100 years (?) in the future and the internet is gone. The press is the police and people use masks to hide their identity. Sounds eerily like our present time, and it is. The story follows a private eye as he attempt ...more
Trey Piepmeier
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I pretty much just love anything BKV does, so it's no surprise that I loved this. I loved the feel. The retro/future thing with film cameras and 50s style clothing. I loved the art; especially the bright, solid colors. I could read this whole thing again just to look at the interiors and look up all the books that I see on shelves. I loved reading it on Chunky Comic Reader. I loved that I could download it for any price I thought was fair (I need to go give them even more money). I wanted it to ...more
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Brian K. Vaughan is the writer and co-creator of comic-book series including SAGA, PAPER GIRLS, Y THE LAST MAN, RUNAWAYS, and most recently, BARRIER, a digital comic with artist Marcos Martin about immigration, available from their pay-what-you-want site

BKV's work has been recognized at the Eisner, Harvey, Hugo, Shuster, Eagle, and British Fantasy Awards. He sometimes writes

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