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Isolation and Illusion: Collected Short Stories of P. Craig Russell

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Since the 1970s, P. Craig Russell (Murder Mysteries, The Ring of the Nibelung) has created some of the most sophisticated and lavishly drawn stories ever to hit comics shops. Dark Horse is proud to present a rare sampling of the work spread over his long career, including early masterpieces like "Dance on the Razor's Edge" and "The Starship Remembrance," along with more re ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 10th 2003 by Dark Horse Comics (first published January 16th 2003)
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Christina Taylor
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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"Dance on a Razor's Edge"

"Dance on a Razor's Edge" dramatizes the interior monologue of the protagonist, Kimitake, at the point of death. The story's subtitle alludes to the suicide of author Yukio Mishima who committed public seppuku at the Japan Self-defense Forces headquarters after unsuccessfully attempting to incite a coup d'état in 1970. Like Mishima, Kimitake has chosen a ceremonial disembowelment as the only honorable resolution to his existential crisis. Although this story is text heav
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Michael
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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So let's get one thing straight - P. Craig Russell is one of the top two, maybe three, artists in comics history, and I'll fight anyone who disagrees! ;)

This book contains Russell's adaptations of short stories by O. Henry, Cyrano de Bergerac and H.P. Lovecraft, so the quality of the stories is pretty high (and Russell incorporates large sections of prose, to really capture the authors' tone), and in all cases, Russell's lyrical, imaginative storytelling serves to carry the authors' intent. Love
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Guenter
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Creative interpretation of Yukio Mishima's seppuku and a great adaptation of H.P Lovecraft story - From Beyond. The other stories, unfortunately, offer little.
Jeff
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I'm still relatively new to the work of P. Craig Russell, I'd have to say that Isolation And Illusion seems like a near-perfect introduction to his oeuvre. His visual style is so breathtaking at times that even his interpretations of old chestnuts like H. P. Lovecraft's "From Beyond" and O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi" manage to elicit something new out of old source material. And his cartoony take on Cyrano De Bergerac's "A Voyage to the Moon" is nothing short of delightful and inspiring.

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Paul
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although I had read most of these stories in their various previous apparition, I would be hard-put to tell you which publications they had appeared in before this.

As it is, this book collects some of the early Russell work in a single package, and they deserved no less... well, they could have been published as a hardcover, but it's still "fun" that they do get re-printed at all.

The art is classic Russell. Although he was still developing his style at this time, and when I ask you is a true art
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Tom Gaetjens
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Russell creates art that is immediately identifiable. Like Durer by way of Dali, his panels are each impeccable to say nothing of his brilliant layouts and transitions. The only element to detract from this work is the occasional lapse of the storytelling, whose faults are only more apparent when juxtaposed with such visual quality.
Alejandro
Short stories from a master artist and storyteller, drwn from different periods in his career. The stories themselves were a bit uneven, however.
Earline
Aug 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
I still can't believe someone this awesome survived the University of Cincinnati.
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