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3.39  ·  Rating details ·  1,029 ratings  ·  172 reviews
Science Fiction Superstar William Gibson's first graphic novel! The U.S. political leaders of 2016 abandon the radioactive planet they ve destroyed and harness the power of humanity s last hope: The Splitter, a colossal machine designed to manufacture a bright new reality for them to infiltrate and corrupt. ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by IDW Publishing
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Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Parallel universes
Time Travel
A critical moment in 20th century history
The USA at a crossroads
Two competing teams of time travelers
A WWII venue
More than adequate artwork
The master storyteller Gibson

Not a bad formula for a graphic novel.
So why doesn’t it work for me?

When I figure it all out I will let you know.
Big disappointment is what I am trying to process right now.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is my most disappointing read in quite some time. I usually love Gibson, but maybe he needs some time to figure out how to work in comics.

Everything happens so fast, the art is regularly hard to follow, and some of the core plot elements just don't make any sense. For example: the villain comes from a post-apocalyptic reality looking for a new world to escape to. But his plan is to change our history so it matches his. Which would also ruin our world, right?
May 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
This had potential. It is not exactly terrible, but I get the feeling this could have been MUCH better.

Taking place in 2016, the world is destroyed. The leaders who caused this mess decide to use a machine known as the Splitter. This creates an alternate universe where they can go back and manipulate history. The premise is good, the execution-not so much.

The "heroes" go back in time to hunt down the leaders. Turns out they choose to go back to 1945, right before the US drops the bomb on Hiroshi
Stewart Tame
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
RAF lieutenant Naomi Givens is an intelligence officer stationed in Berlin in 1945, when events propel her into the adventure of a lifetime. Investigating reports of a downed aircraft seemingly far advanced from what she’s familiar with, she finds its pilot, who’s been captured by US forces.

He tells her that he’s from the future, from an alternate timeline in which a nuclear war has left much of the USA a radioactive wasteland. An agent from his timeline has been sent back to destroy the Soviet
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was really frustrating, because I wanted very badly to like it more than I did. The art style is just not very understandable, at least as someone who’s only read a couple dozen comics in their life. Specifically, the characters faces are all very indistinct, and their expressions are completely unrecognisable. This wouldn’t have been as much of a problem if they weren’t all also wearing identical military uniforms. The action sequences, of which there are many, were incredibly hard for me ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Archangel, by William Gibson, is a time travelling science fiction graphic novel. It follows a team of resistance fighters who travel back to 1945 to try and stop the Dictator of the United States from bombing Archangel, USSR in 1945, and to redirect the bomb to Nagasaki as intended. This book mixes science fiction with WWII espionage to create an interesting mix of genres. The illustrations are good, while the plot and story, while fair, are by no means stellar. I found the book to be fun, if c ...more
Tom LA
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. All the online reviews of this book that I could find OUTSIDE of Goodreads are incredibly positive. They are also dishonest, because this is barely a 3 stars book, as hundreds of Goodreads reviews can confirm.

The concept is somewhat intriguing but the execution is seriously lacking: every action scene is an unintelligible mess, many characters have often the same face, and overall it’s really difficult to follow the story and to understand what is going on. Many other reviewers had t
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
William Gibson of Neuromancer fame collaborates with Michael St. John Smith on this sci-fi WWII alternate dimension spy thriller. World is destroyed by nuclear bombs so courtesty to science there is another Earth in which agents can travel. Sinister government wants to take over another planet.
Wish that story was longer with few more twists, turns and character development though this was fast read.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
1.5 stars rounded up. As a William Gibson short story, this would have succeeded. But Gibson clearly does not understand how to write for comics. Most of the layouts and scenes were poorly arranged. I was often confused about the characters and their actions in each scene. Though, I could easily follow the overall plot and the illustration was serviceable. In fiction, Gibson is coolly obtuse when dealing with gritty scifi technology. His enigmatic cyberpunk style becomes a confusing mess when it ...more
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
A good story that would have been better with a longer length to let world building and characters breath a bit. The main art by Guice was a bit of a letdown. It was well rendered in detail but had some confusing layout choices and broken-looking action sequences. I had to go over fights more than once to work out what happened. The comic covers by Tula Lotay were gorgeous as were the graphic pages by James Biggie, any of which would make great no-context wall art.
Joseph Inzirillo
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm torn on this one. Leave it to William Gibson to hit me in the gut with a graphic novel. On one side, the story really makes you think about our choices as a society and the risks of the nuclear age. On the other hand, the story itself felt a little lacking. Maybe it was the format. It's a good read, regardless of my indecisiveness. ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Original story, but not very well told, thin in fact and compounded by the varying quality of the art, at times messy and poorly laid out and hard to follow sequentially. It is fun, more than anything else, but not a great tale in the scheme of things. It's a bit disappointing, but as a side-project for first-time graphic novelist Gibson, not a big deal. The man's an excellent writer when he takes his time, a prose stylist, a cool culture visionary, and an insightful thinker. Too bad this medium ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels, spy
Another massive disappointment in the novelists writing comics category. Really an adapted screenplay (and we’ve seen plenty of evidence that screenplays are not Gibson’s strong suit) this is a storytelling mess. The story feels massively incomplete, paring everything down to a single through line with little to no context or world building. Made worse by the incredibly mediocre art throughout (the advertised artist seems to have just done character designs and maybe layouts for the first chapte ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Missing something

This book is like watching a highly acclaimed tv series that has four seasons under its belt and you start it a few episodes into season two. It's missing a whole storyline somewhere. Who are these people? What's going on? Where are we going when it's over? These are the questions you'll ask yourself while reading and when you're done.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Audible performance to compare all others....

This espionage thriller is not my usual fair. It honestly gave me anxiety and stressed me out the further and further the characters proceeded. the narrators and sound effects are the best production I’ve heard. Well except for the harp strings in the background music. Otherwise definitely a 5 by 5 compilation of voices and sounds!
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting sci-fi thriller until issue 4&5 where the action becomes messy and the art takes a stumble.

Looking at the character sketches included in the back pages it's clear some content was cut, and it shows.

Also the last page is just terrible.

It's enjoyable despite it's flaws, however I can't say that I wasn't disappointed.
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gibson Is A Freakin' Genius!

He wrote one of my all-time fave SF novels, NEUROMANCER, and his status as progenitor of the cyberpunk style has never been seriously challenged. This graphic novel is a strong example of his writing prowess and the artists are first-rate; a fast, thrilling read.
David Cordero
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Fairly entertaining
Aug 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting alternate history science fiction, sort of like Terminator if it was set in 1945.
Andrew Einspruch
I love nothing more than a new William Gibson book. This audio version of the graphic novel, however, did not do much for me. If you like Gibson's work, I suggest the printed page for this one. ...more
Adelaide Blair
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The audiobook for this is very well done.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
A bit short but great artwork.
Yuri Karabatov
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, scifi
I’m not used to comics, it seemed a bit short and the characters were somewhat difficult to distinguish at first.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Trigger-warning: time-travel. Which is hard to do well anyway, and this was just a half-baked mess. Disappointing from an author who totally blew my teenage mind with Neuromancer. ...more
Douglas Gorney
Mar 20, 2018 rated it liked it
My expectations were so high for this one, but the limited run was too, uh limited to tell the story in a compelling, fully comprehensible manner—to say nothing of defining characters and their motivations. That wasn’t helped by Butch Guice’s art. The characters—particularly maie ones—looked like they’d come off the GI Joe assembly line, and it was hard to distinguish them. Their expressions, or lack thereof, did not help tell the Gibson’s story for him, particularly its emotional dimensions. An ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
William Gibson creates a love-letter to science fiction and war with his Archangel volume. In an underground bunker of a dystopian 2016 America, a team of scientists were able to create a divergent alternate Earth, one that is just becoming embroiled in World War II. Power-hungry VP Junior Henderson heads to that world to establish a regime completely controlled by his family. Determined to prevent Henderson from ravaging a second world, a crew of rebels are undertaking a last-ditch scheme. A ta ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gibson fans, timeline fans, graphic novel fans.
Well, you know, Gibson. Ya gotta like a Gibson yarn. This one is a time-twisting tale of how we got to this future instead of another. Enjoyable but, like some graphic novels can be, a bit confusing in parts where the story depends on the graphics and the graphics aren't quite up to snuff. And vice versa. But I bought a copy anyway! ...more
Amy Walker  - Trans-Scribe Reviews
Archangel, written by William Gibson and Michael St. John Smith, is a time travel action-adventure story that spans from modern day to post-world war two Berlin.

It tells the story of a different timeline, a world where America controlled the majority of the planet but has been ravaged by nuclear weapons. With the world destroyed and unliveable, the American leadership forms a plan to travel into an alternate past, to change their history and create a new world for them to take control over.

Vinay Bommana
Jun 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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William Ford Gibson is an American-Canadian writer who has been called the father of the cyberpunk subgenre of science fiction, having coined the term cyberspace in 1982 and popularized it in his first novel, Neuromancer(1984), which has sold more than 6.5 million copies wor

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