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A.D.: After Death

(A.D. After Death #1-3)

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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,008 ratings  ·  166 reviews
An original hardcover graphic novel from two of comics most acclaimed creators, Scott Snyder (Wytches, Batman, American Vampire) and Jeff Lemire (Descender, Extraordinary X-Men, Sweet Tooth).
A.D.: After Death is set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found and now, years later, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey th
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Image Comics
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Donovan



A.D. After Death is the most ambitious graphic novel I've ever read. It instills hope and sadness, the beauty, darkness, and ethereality of life. It plays on the narrative form, typewritten words arranged like poetry, balanced with small images, panels, and splash pages. The story stays with me like a feeling, or a long forgotten dream.

Snyder's writing is intensely deep and emotional, existential and poignant, confronting life, death, love, family, and self-worth. It's like the magical realism
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Kevin Kelsey
Mar 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
A great existential story unfortunately marred by an unnecessary twist.
Chad
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
A graphic NOVEL as this is about 75% prose. The prose sections take place "now" with the comic portions set in a future where a few humans have conquered death. Very existential, explores what it would really be like to live forever.

The Good: Jeff Lemire's sparse watercolors fit the tone of the book perfectly.

The Bad: The parts of the book taking place "now" take over half of the book to get started. There were less than a hundred pages left when something finally started happening and I grew in
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Artemy
May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, image-comics
After Death is a hybrid of a comic book and an illustrated novel about a world where the cure for death was discovered, about the consequences of such a discovery, and about one man whose personal story made it possible.

I will say this upfront: this is Scott Snyder's best writing in years. In fact, this is his first (and so far only) competently written book since the end of Batman's Zero Year arc. I didn't find the prose parts badly written, nor did I dislike the comic book half of the book wh
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Paul
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this in the single book form but wanted to add the bind up to my Goodreads goal because this was a time extensive read. After Death combines prose and comics in a way that I haven't experienced in any other book. The story was confusing, challenging, non-linear, but in the end extremely satisfying and highly intelligent. I think there is more to this story to dig around into on rereads and hope that it stays with me for awhile. If you are looking for a science fiction story told in a non- ...more
Chihoe Ho
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A.D.: After Death is the strangest graphic novel in the best possible sense. What would society be like in the AD years when a cure for death has been found? Trust me, you don't want to be a part of it. Told vividly through Jeff Lemire's distinct illustrations, A.D. takes on an experimental graphic novel form filled with Scott Snyder's thought-provoking prose and comic panels with sparse dialogue to pages of silence where the artwork conveys all there is to be shared. It's sad, it's trippy, it's ...more
GrilledCheeseSamurai
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, image
*Disclaimer* While I don't own this particular book - I do, however, own the three separate volumes that this collection is comprised of.

SNYDER AND LEMIRE WORKING TOGETHER ON A COMIC BOOK!!!?

MIND BLOWN!

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5 stars. End review.

Okay...sorry. I'll try and collect my thoughts and give it a shot. First off this isn't a traditional comic book. What I mean to say is that not every page is laid out with panels and word balloons and some fun looki
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Anthony
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: image
This wasn’t too bad. It didn’t really hit me hard emotionally like I thought it would. I think that’s from not really connecting with the lead character much and not being that into the story. I would have liked more from these two creators. Though the art is nice.
Danger
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite excellent! This book felt expansive in ways that comic books usually are not, probably because it uses a mixture of sequential art (like comic panels) interspersed with pages of normal writing (like in a regular book, though it was still illustrated, even on the “written” pages)

The story is engaging, the philosophy it delves into is gut-wrenching and real, and the twists that come are unexpected yet logical. And the art….Lemire is one of my all-time favorites. His kinetic scribble-style dr
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L. McCoy
2 of my favorite authors on one book (though unfortunately one was just doing the art) should make this a 5-star book but they kinda messed up on this one.

What's it about?
This guy found a cure for death and this is a story about what his life is like decades later.

Pros:
The art is fantastic. I am a bit disappointed that Lemire isn't a co-author or something, he's the artist but he is a very good artist so it definitely has that going for it.
This is a pretty interesting story.
This is a really unpr
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Rod Brown
Aug 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
What a dreary way to spend an hour or two. I was so disengaged from this awful story that I spent way too much time fixating on how often the art and the words don't seem to match. Was the artist also having trouble staying focused on the writing as he drew the script? (I see the copy editor was having problems staying focused because he let a couple typos through. That may be due to the choice of the godawful typewriter font that takes up page after page after page.) Or maybe Lemire was working ...more
Truman32
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
In A.D. After Death, the new graphic novel by Scott Snyder, the genetic cure for death is discovered. But a quick look beneath all the sci-fi hullabaloo revels that A.D. is actually the tragic tale of a man failing to come to grips with death—losing his parents, friends, his past. However peek a tad closer still, friend, and you will see that A.D. is really about the loss of identity—what is the use of never dying if we loose who we truly are? Oh, but give a gander a little further and you will ...more
Issa
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This comic is truly a "graphic novel" as it combines narration done in past tense written in prose with minor illustrations during those flashback sequences interspersed with comic book sequences in present tense taking place in the far future after they have discovered a cure for death where people have been living basically as immortals for hundreds of years thanks to this breakthrough. The theme of death looms over both sections... while it isn't clear just where the plot is heading so far, t ...more
FanFiAddict
DNF

Honestly, I just got bored. I was expecting something astounding, considering this was created by two people I consider the best in the biz, but it just became too much prose.

This is a novel, not a comic.

Thanks to Image Comics for the e-copy.
Zedsdead
May 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Endless musings by the narrator about his fearful childhood, interspersed with his adult life centuries later, after human death has been eradicated.

DNF'd at about 30%. I quite liked the mix of artfully formatted prose and standard graphic novel structure, but A.D. was just...so...tedious. I did not look forward to picking it back up in the evenings and I'd reliably fall asleep after a page or two.

I dislike starting a book and failing to finish it but sometimes it's for the best.

Kitkat
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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Kate
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A truly incredible mix of Snyder's deep, rich storytelling, and Lemire's enveloping art helps push this complex tale of regaining what you've lost to the top of the 'must buy' list.

Be prepared to think.
Maggie Gordon
AD: After Death has so much potential. It's an odd, halting narrative, flipping between past and present. Our narrator is hella unreliable for unique plot reasons. The suspense and building tension is expertly drawn out, leaving readers constantly guessing as to what is going on. And then Snyder writes a horrifically stereotypical ending with an ambiguous climax that just isn't satisfying. It's a good read, but it could have been a great one.
Jamie Connolly
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I gave this 5 stars a while back because I think Jeff Lemire is the most talented writer in Comics today. His art isn’t too shabby either. Also Scott Snyder is already a legend in my book. Batman, wytches, severed and more. But the 5 stars I gave it has been eating away at me. The book itself has much prose and poetry along with comic dialogue. It’s a big undertaking of its own style and should be commended. But I’m here to admit that this book kinda sucked. It wasn’t good. It was boring. The du ...more
DeAnna Knippling
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
There's a cure for death. Ironically, most of the Earth is unreachable, covered by some kind of deadly mutation or virus that destroys life, keeping the people who had taken the cure for death trapped in a small area in the mountains, living lives doomed to forgetfulness after a hundred years.

I liked this, but kind of low-key liked it. It was a difficult read. It kind of has the same format as some of Alan Moore's stuff: serial narrative interspersed with a wall of text. But the pacing here was
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Amy
May 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Reading this book made me feel like I had inadvertently picked up the notebook of that kid who wanders around school with a beret, a keffiyeh, a Moleskin, and his hand-braided keychain complete with a Starbucks gold card. He's trying really, really hard to be something, to define himself in the image of his heroes, but the process is so exhausting and self-centered that he can't tell that he's made himself a bit of a joke.

I've known kids like that, and I don't mean to discount their intelligenc
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Pete
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
A deep science fiction read about life and death. About what is truly valuable in life. I enjoyed the whole journey and the ending was bittersweet. It also has a stolen cow, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Venus Maneater
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, faves
Spend the night with a friend who pretty much loves what I love, comic-wise, so when I spotted the three single issues on his recently read pile, I jumped to the chance.


Oh man and I did not regret it one bit, this story will stay with me for ages. I'm mentally storing it next to Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others, the way the comic scrambles and weaves the timeline around itself feels similar to Stories of Your Life.


The end hit me like a decently sized brick. Partly because it made me
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Ma'Belle
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I found myself repeatedly poring over passages and pages from this book, photographing sections to reference later, and generally just really taken in and satisfied with this whole story. I realize now that it was released in 3 volumes, but the collected hardcover edition I just finished felt more like a true "graphic novel" than almost any comic book that's been marketed as such. Specifically, it felt like reading one of Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s early novels or short stories with accompanying waterc ...more
Travis Duke
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Theft is a form of magic" a beautiful line from Snyder and his writing is very, very good. I first want to say that this book is really well done, the writing and layout of art is exceptional. Even the format of this hardcover edition is big and beautiful and lends to the layout of the art. The story is sort of original (no spoilers) but some ideas are great and some I have seen before. It follows the life of Jonah and his relationships with his family and his career as a thief. After Death has ...more
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, comics-indy
I had not expected this book to largely be text, which made it a fairly long read. Fortunately, Snyder's writing is sharp and he keeps the text focused on his characters. And Lemire's supportive art is of course great.

Overall, this is an intriguing story of a world After Death (AD). It's very nicely structured, with the past interweaving with the present, and it successfully depicts existential dread. However the heart of it is really the protagonist, and we get a pretty wonderful depiction of h
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Billy Jepma
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a difficult story to write a "review" for. On one hand, "A.D." is a powerfully compelling experiment that mixes long prose sections with beautifully illustrated artwork. It's at once a graphic novel in the typical sense, but it's also a novel that uses graphic elements in a way that I don't think has ever been done before. At the very least, Snyder and Lemire should be applauded for attempting such a unique and striking marriage of forms.

The actual story they tell here is one that will i
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Josh
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I read plenty of comics and graphic novels (and enjoy many of them) but every so often I stumble across a graphic novel that feels like it achieves a higher level of craftsmanship. I haven't read much of Snyder's work, but Lemire is a dependable favorite of mine in the comics world. And together, the two of them have constructed a truly fascinating work in "A.D."

Combining prose, comics, illustrations, and visual style in a unique blend, "A.D." initially feels a little unsettling in its nonlinear
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Travis
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Super interesting use of the graphic novel medium. Snyder/Lemire were the perfect duo to pull it off; I'd love to see them work together again, Jeff's sparse art was a fantastic compliment to Scott's dense prose. The ending is the only thing that prevents it from five stars, and comes close to bumping it down to three.
Mike
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
These are two of my favorite creators in comics today, and they did not disappoint, but I've got to tell you the older I get, the more I dislike ambiguous endings! In my younger art-house-film-loving days, I would ponder and discuss ambiguous endings ad nauseam. Now, I think it's just lazy storytelling. That said, I really enjoyed the format of keeping the "present day" storyline in comic form while keeping the flashback scenes in prose. The two forms paralleled each other very well to maintain ...more
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Scott Snyder is the Eisner and Harvey Award winning writer on DC Comics Batman, Swamp Thing, and his original series for Vertigo, American Vampire. He is also the author of the short story collection, Voodoo Heart, published by the Dial Press in 2006. The paperback version was published in the summer of 2007.

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A.D. After Death (3 books)
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