Opening sequence is an overview, unimpressive, but I think in the context of the story it is reflects the plastic and propaganda of the new Itally, paternalistic and fascist.
Second sequence is character introduction and elaboration of the world. There's this social commentary that not being Italian is probably lost in translation, but needless to say the Euro controversy and Italy's tenuous fi ...more
Received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Some pretty good artwork in places, although I expected something more original, especially considering the length of this volume.
The basic idea in itself is, I'd say, typical enough of dystopian stories: country (here, Italy) in the not-too-far future, dominated by an apparent benevolent ruler (president Oudeis) who's actually a tyrant, with "the masses" living day to day in blissful ignorance, smothered with all the latest tech ...more
I would compare this graphic novel to 1984, but it’s set in Italy and this offers a very different setting to the usual American atmosphere that most dystopian stories focus on. This is also very nature oriented and focuses on the concept that a device with the ability to recycle matter into anything. This device becomes a threat to capitalism and this in turn causes political problems within the society. I really enjoyed the symbolism Ceccotti focuses on and the...more
I really liked the artwork. However, at times I was wondering what I was reading because there didn't seem to be much of a plot.
Set in a very Dystopian (one might say over-the-top Dystopian) future Italy it had a very strange Japanese feeling over it. Partly this might have to do with the manga-like art style, but everything else also felt more Japanese than Italian (clothes and the like). It was distracting for me as I kept wondering w ...more
Admittedly, I flew through the first 200 pages of this in a single day and after finishing up the last 80 I sort of regretted it because it flew by almost too fast and then the ending felt so rushed. The final battle was only a couple pages and I was left wanting more explanations for what had happened and what was going to happen after the book ended.
Additionally, I don't think I fully understood everything that was happening in the world because there wasn't a ton of background given to us. I ...more
Some examples here.
And the story is good. It is, as dystopian stories are, a story of the people trying to overcome it, usually a small group who overthrow the present government. There is a twist to how they do so, and did I mention the illustrations and layout are marvelous.
I guess, except for the twist, we have seen this story so many times, that it just isn't that fresh.
So read this to enj ...more
This graphic novel contains so many spot-on social and political comments and even though they refer to this dystopian society described in the story, they can be applied to many of today's societies as well. The plot is very ...more
The art of this comic book is amazing and at times I just stopped to enjoy it, but unfortunately I can't say the same thing about the story. I couldn't really connect with all the characters and I needed more details to understand everything. Some of the political themes were hard to get at first, since it's not my area of expertise.
Steno was interesting, but we don't get to know him too well, and the same ...more
When what you own, owns y ...more
This graphic novel is set in a futuristic dystopian Italy, and it is shocking how you can see some of these aspects within our society today, especially with all the political debates regarding the EU. This all made for a fascinating and gripping read, as terrorists also play a big part in this book. This could well be a lot like what the future will bring.
While I did find the plot interesting and the ...more
Set in a futuristic Italy consumed by political consumerism and freedom fighters deemed "terrorists" this novel is somewhat shallow as a story given its nature and that it can be read in less than an hour, although I did enjoy it and I'm glad to have read it. ...more
But the author clearly doesn't know how to tell a story.
None of the characters had any development, growth or depth (the one attempt to give an antagonist ...more
The plot of Golem was typical of a post-apocalyptic scenario. It had every important element of such story: an all-knowing government, a rebellious team living on the outskirts of the city and a young boy that possesses the key to a powerful technology. Steno, our young protagonist, had trouble sleeping and that was why he had dark circles under his eyes. This was his most distinctive feature. He was witness to an attack by the rebels and t ...more
The message outshines the story's telling, and the art easily trumps both. Many artistic styl ...more
I received an advanced copy of this from NetGalley.com and the publisher. ...more
Golem overall feels very... disjointed and rushed. After the first bit, it really feels like there is action and intense plot going on in every panel of the story, leaving the reader feeling a bit overwhelmed. I ...more
Underneath the hood are extremely glaring writing problems, however. The po ...more
Cons: the story, although very immersive, is sadly not well developed. There are three major issues for me. -One, we never get to meet the characters substantially and understand their needs.
-Two, the last act of the story is inexplicably r ...more
I read a lot of comics. A lot. I have since childhood. It helps that they're part of my professional life, but even in my personal life, I make it a point to read as many comics as I can, so I'm always thrilled when I come across an advance copy of a new comic trade. I hadn't heard anything about Golem before coming across the ARC, but I'm glad I chose to pick up this book.
The story is set in a very strange futu ...more
Before anything, just a little disclaimer: with the DRM on the PDF file, I had to read it through Adobe and it was such a pain. I'm more used to reading .cbr or .cbz files, without any DRM and it's much better because it was taking so much time to scroll down in Adobe... So that might have influenced greatly my reading of the book. I'll do my best to ge ...more