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By Night, Vol. 2

(By Night #2)

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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  275 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Two estranged childhood best friends unexpectedly travel through a portal into another, spookier world where they attempt to create the greatest documentary of all time.

Jane Langstaff and Heather Meadows have been to the other side...and now it’s just a question of how to bring proof back home with them. And then there’s the question of how the portal got there in the firs
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Paperback, 112 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by BOOM! Box
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Artemy
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-of-2019, boom, comics
By Night keeps being delightfully goofy. The storytelling here is very low-key and kind of slow, the jokes may not be as laugh-out-loud funny and the characters aren't as loveable as in John Allison's Giant Days, but dammit, I still really enjoy this quirky cast and this silly story about two girls accidentally discovering a portal to another dimension. Plus, hey, occasionally it can be hysterical, too.

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Paul E. Morph
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m really enjoying this book. A great mix of the paranormal and the hilarious. I was constantly reading parts out to my wife and passing it over to her so she could see the visual gags... so, I guess you could classify this as ‘wife-annoyingly-funny’. (Please feel free to use that quote on the cover of future printings, Mr. Allison.)

‘Wife-annoyingly-funny’
- Some gimboid on Goodreads
K
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Look, John Allison writes some weird stories w/ weird characters...but they eventually grow on you, and you can follow the plot. But this one is weirder than his others & having this story broken up in to multiple volumes is making it pretty difficult to keep track of what's going on. These characters aren't as likeable as the ones I ended up *loving* in his Giant Days (college girls) or Bad Machinery (teenage sleuths of the supernatural) series...but I'm holding out hope.

Seeing as I read this
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Ashley
Nov 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I have no idea how I feel about the story, but I love the art and the colouring.
Mark
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it
A solid middle act, but aside from a comicly horrible monster there's not much to remember it by. Hopefully the final act delivers a satisfying payoff. ...more
Chris Lemmerman
[This review covers all three volumes of By Night]

By Night, from the mastermind behind Giant Days, John Allison, is a twelve issue maxi-series that features two friends who are trying to work out what to do with their lives when they uncover a conspiracy that spans dimensions and decades and could shake their tiny little town to its core.

I don't really know what to make of By Night, honestly. It meanders along for twelve issues after establishing its characters, finding a few tangents to go on i
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Punk
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Whoops, something got out of the portal because of Teens.

Still love the art and the voices in this, and I like where the premise seemed to be going except here it makes a sharp turn into organized crime territory, which I don't care about. I want friendship and mysteries from John Allison, not whatever this is that also, if I'm remembering correctly, showed up in Giant Days, where I also didn't care for it.

This volume relies a little too much on coincidence and betrayal and not near enough on te
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Anne
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
There’s some quirky humor and funny lines, but I’m not totally hooked by this series. I want to see how the story ends though, so I plan on reading the final volume.

Volume 2 picks up right where volume 1 left off. Jane gets to work editing the footage from the other dimension, but a friend steals the footage and tries to sell it to pay back money owed. Meanwhile, Heather’s dad and uncle take apart the device at the Charleswood estate to keep other people from accidentally turning the machine on
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Nick
Okay, so the new hints about the other world were intriguing, but once again I had problems with the character interactions, especially with the weird reveals about one of them, and that character's interactions with a criminal element that seems a little out of place in a smallish town in the Dakotas. So do the punk rockers but their lyrics are funny enough that I will forgive that.
I really do want to read volume 3, though, so I guess that means I'm enjoying the series, but part of that is so t
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Xanthe
Jun 14, 2020 added it
Most of the weirdness gets shoved into the background in this volume as the character race around Spectrum, their terrible little dead-end town, and deal with various inter-personal stuff, including betrayals and confessions about their pasts. I actually enjoyed it more than the first, even though I'm still disappointment that I don't love it as much as Giant Days. I have no idea where the plot about the doorway to the other dimension is going and I don't actually care. Give me more former best ...more
B
Nov 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, kindle
This book is really picking up. I still don't love it. It still feels like it's missing a core somehow and the jokes aren't fast enough to make up for it. But it's definitely getting better.

This seems to fall into this trope where everyone in town actually knows about the mystery except the main character who is the only person whose character traits (rebellion, curiosity, desire to explain/explore) would cause them to seek out the hidden truths.
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Shannon
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Individual issue reviews: #5 | #6 | #7 | #8

Total review score: 2.63
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Jenna
Still doesn't have the same impact as Bad Machinery, and I don't know if it's the protagonists or the setting. A bizarre fantasy land should be hilarious! But our characters aren't really grabbing me. ...more
Amanda
Continuing my quest to read books over 100 pages and to expand my teen/adult reading, the second book of the series "By Night" continued to be snarky-fun. Warning: it ends on a cliff-hanger! At 3 stars I wouldn't normally continue on, but this is silly, shallow fun. ...more
Emma
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist
This took some dramatic turns from volume 1 but I'm still into it and curious to see how everything wraps up. I think this is a series that will benefit from a reread where I can read all of the issues close together. ...more
Asha McKay
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is probably my least favourite of all the series that Allison has written. I guess I can get behind the story line and concept, but it’s just kind of boring. I like the 4 main characters and their personalities, but something major is missing. I’m just not feeling this series.
Jason
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am adoring this series. Reminds me of early Lumberjanes. Fun and funny with deft character work and just absolutely amazing art.
Kathryn
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun wish the third was already out
Dawn
Sep 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun, but it is no Giant Days.
Mary
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this but I wanted to see more of the other world.
Jenn Estepp
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
3 1/2. This series continues to be weird and goofy and intriguing.
John
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Continues to be goofy and fun; looking forward to more.
Jess
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Loving this witty interdimensional mystery (especially the lovable Gardt!), can't wait to read more! ...more
Harriet
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I like the art and characters in By Night, and I enjoyed this one more than the first. I kind of like the parents more than Jane and Heather at the moment.

Emily
Nov 23, 2019 added it
Still intriguing but not my favorite John Allison series.
Marisa
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s funny, the least interesting part is the other world dimension. Best parts were characters in the real world reacting/strategizing how make a buck off the portal.
Morgan
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loooved it! This series is so wacky and it's great. ...more
Allie
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Again, two friends are attempting to figure out the mysteries of the worm hole that they opened. Now they have involved friends and family.
Story seems a little drawn out
Emma
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, comics
Definitely no Giant Days but still an entertaining and maybe even tamer version of Stranger Things.
Tinker
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sarjakuvat
I like Heather and Jane. This is smart and funny. Alternative universe with monsters doesn't make sense. On that part world building is lazy. Good cliffhanger at the end. ...more
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