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American Gods, Vol. 1: Shadows

(Neil Gaiman's American Gods: Shadows #1-9)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,462 ratings  ·  312 reviews
Shadow Moon gets out of jail only to discover his wife is dead. Defeated, broke, and uncertain where to go from here, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard—thrusting Shadow into a deadly world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a god war is imminent.

Collecting the first nine issues of the American Gods comic boo
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Dark Horse Books
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Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
American Gods: Shadows #1 is a visually appealing and nice piece of artwork!

Of course, this graphic adaptation is not as good as the masterpiece novel, but it's a cool way to recollect all those memorable memories from Neil Gaiman's American Gods

However, my recommendation would be to first read the book - because that's where you will experience the true and original Gaiman!

Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Trish by: Chad
I'll admit it: I can't get enough of Gaiman's take on all kinds of gods and mythological beings so as soon as I was made aware of a graphic novel version, I had to check it out.

The story is more or less the same as in the novel/TV show:
Shadow has spend a few years in prison and shortly before he is about to be released, his wife dies in a car accident. With no home to go back to and no job (his best friend, who had held a spot for him, died in the same car crash), he accepts the offer of the mys
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Neil Gaiman fans
Shelves: 2018
I read the book over 15 years ago, but this is one of the most faithful adaptations I can remember. I found myself instantly transported back to my first time reading the book. Long time Gaiman collaborator, P. Craig Wilson, gets the pacing right, letting the story dictate the pace of the comic letting it take as many issues as it takes to tell the story properly. Adaptations can often just be paragraphs of text with some pretty picture. Thankfully, that's not the case. Gaiman's wonderful prose ...more
Jon Nakapalau
Right up there with 300, Watchmen, V for Vendetta and Maus - the cycle of deicide we have set in motion for our own purposes is looked at in a profoundly unique way.
Listen, I love American Gods. I don't necessarily have a 'top 5 novels' list, but if I wanted to sit down and make myself be decisive, American Gods would probably be in it. Why the lower rating then? Because at least 95% of this is just word for word exactly what happens in the book. I know that some people are going to love that, but I just reread the book last year so I'm kind of sitting here like 'what is the point then'. I guess the artwork could be the point, but I'm not exactly wild about ...more
I was going to wait for these to come out in a collection, but I happened to be at the comic book store in Brockport and they had the first 6 issues on the shelf, with the P. Craig Russell covers. Sorry, credit card…

I love “American Gods”: it is easily one of my top ten favorite books of all times, and P. Craig Russell knows just how to turn Neil Gaiman’s words into beautiful illustrations (just see “Murder Mysteries” ), so I definitely picked this up with a favorable prejudice. But as you may k
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
First off, I haven’t read the original American Gods novel or seen the television show, so I have no idea how closely this graphic novel follows the story. I can only rate it on its own merits as a graphic novel. And I have to say, this was an excellent reading and visual experience for me. I’ll come right out and admit that I’m not a big fan of Gaiman, but for some reason, I keep giving him more chances to impress me or at the very least, not disappoint me, as I read book after book by him. Thi ...more
Stewart Tame
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
An absolutely stunning adaptation of the first half (I think. It's been way too long since I read it, so the details are hazy) of Neil Gaiman’s classic novel!

Shadow has just been released from prison. His world has been upended because the wife he thought was waiting for him has just died in a car accident, the incident in fact prompting his release a couple of days early. In a semi-daze, he begins the journey home. On a plane, he finds himself sitting beside a man who seems to know exactly who
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, fantasy
American Gods Vol 1 covers all the material in the novel up to Shadow going to Lakeside.

This comic is obviously an adaptation of the novel. The gist? Shadow is let out of prison early due to the death of his wife. He meets Mr. Wednesday and is hired. Mr. Wednesday is actually Odin and is recruiting Shadow to help the Old Gods in a fight against the New Gods (tv, highways, internet, etc).

As a side note-Wednesday has a few different origins, depending on what language you are using. In Old English
I'm not sure I've read the American Gods novel in full since 2002 or 3, so a lot of this post is about differences between the comic and the TV series, and it may not be of much interest to those who haven't seen the series.

Maybe comics are a very small world - or maybe the comics that interest me are a very small world. Last month I read collected volumes 1-5 of Hellblazer, issues 1-46, originally published 1988- 91. Neil Gaiman wrote a guest issue, and Glenn Fabry was a noted cover artist for
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
That was really good. Very original concept with very beautifully original illustrations. I love Neil Gaiman and I love this story.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
DNF @ 40%

There's a lot going on here, but I'm bored. I've now tried reading the original novel and this graphic format, and I think the story just doesn't do anything for me. 🤷‍♀️
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Basically, Re-read. Review - ...more
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I’m not sure what I was expecting from this, but it wasn’t a word-for-word presentation of the novel itself. The only difference was the inclusion of the, well, graphics. I think this three-part series of graphic novels would be perfect for someone who hasn’t yet read the book, or a superfan looking for a slightly different experience that doesn’t change a thing about the story they love. However, as someone who likes the book a good deal without quite loving it, and who has read the novel more ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's a visual take of American Gods - which I loved (book and TV show). So, I went into this expecting an easy 5 starrer.

I wasn't disappointed.

This story works incredibly well in a visual medium, and I highly recommend checking this out or the TV show if you like the book. Well worth it.
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this graphic novel, even better than the novel itself. I think American Gods is a story that need visuals to come alive.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Not as rich as the book, but a whole lot better than the Showtime series, this first part of Neil Gaiman's graphic novel adaptation of his American Gods takes Shadow Moon from the penitentiary through his experience in Cairo, IL, with Ibis and Jacquel.

Don't get me wrong; there are moments in the Showtime series when everything feels like it's running on all cylinders and its extra material and camera work add a mind-blowing visual dimension to Gaiman's original, with both its imaginative depicti
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
I am some what surprised that I was luke warm on this. I was expecting a lot from this graphic novel and it started well for me, but i found the last half of the book really heavy going. I think there was just too much going on, with the storyline and with the art, I just found it mentally tiring to read. So overall was left a little disappointed. I am wondering if a 'less is more' approach would not have been better with this story. ...more
Mr Osowski
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great adaptation of the first part of the novel.
Rod Brown
May 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I read the original novel ten years ago and enjoyed it a lot. So I was a bit disappointed when I watched the TV adaptation last year and found it a bit frustrating; I liked the visuals and the acting, but the scripts were pretty weak and didn't seem to line up completely with my memories of the book. This adaptation seems more faithful, though like the rest of Dark Horse's Neil Gaiman Library of graphic adaptations it is also a bit stiff and lifeless. At least I can better remember what I liked ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Having read the book and loving it, knowing that a graphic adaptation was out there, I was left wondering if it was any different.

This is a fairly word per word version of the first arc of the novel which was great to read again but the artwork itself was not as engrossing and in some scenes didn't do enough justice to the scenes as written but I did love some of the David Mack pieces that are in between the issues but then again it was hard to not love them with their color and touch of magic.

Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

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When thinking about literary Gods, Neil Gaiman comes to mind. His accomplishments so far have successfully garnered an incredible fan base that will hands-down praise his work forever. If you have ever read any of his work, you will notice that his fascination for dreams and mythologies is unprecedented, as his portrayal of his ideas reaches deep into the realm of creativity. American Gods is one of those work of fiction that successfully convey
Maggie Gordon
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, albeit perhaps overly cautious adaptation of Gaiman's famous book. While the recent TV show American Gods took a rather creative approach to retelling this story, the graphic novel is extremely faithful to the original novel. Some may love this; others may find it an unnecessary retelling. For what it is, the art is atmospheric and the pace consistent to what I want from the story. I love American Gods and I'm certainly not going to complain about getting another version! ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Neil Gaiman is a wonder, and reminds me every time I read his work that his aesthetic is on an entirely different plane. The first volume of this three volume trilogy pays beautiful homage to the original novel, but it also is a wonderful reminder to the reader of how Neil Gaiman cut his teeth in the comics medium. Rather than just put out a simple comic book version of his book, Gaiman is able to create a beautiful and stirring graphic novel that doesn't just pay lip-service. This book is a rea ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
I knew I wasn’t a Gaiman fan before picking this up and still I picked it up, which is something I regret now but what’s done is done. I wasn’t enjoying it but it was … okay I guess, however then there’s this scene with Lucy Ricardo who isn’t Lucy Ricardo (obviously) and “she” asks if he ever wanted to see Lucy’s tits… As someone who watched I love Lucy and really liked the series I found it distasteful.
Angie Pinchbeck
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This was a fantastic adaptation of the novel! The story didn't lag, and the art was gorgeous. ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally an adaptation worth the time (unlike that utterly dreadful TV series).
Looking forward to vol. 2.
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the book (!!!) but I watched the TV series. This is the first volume of the graphic novel adaptation and my first time meeting Shadow, Mr Wednesday, and the rest of the lot. It was good but it didn't feel as epic as when I first read The Sandman series. Artwork was okay. Overall, a good read. ...more
Amazing start. Art was great not much the drawings. Very beautiful.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love everything American Gods already. To see it in comic form just makes me love it even more.
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