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Sublife #2 (Sublife)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  80 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The acclaimed graphic novel anthology continues with Sublife Vol. 2. Creator John Pham enlarges the scope and expands the style of his series with an all-new collection of stories and strips.

“The Kid” is a self-contained short story set in an eerily familiar post-apocalyptic future. Bloodthirsty marauders roam the blasted desert. A nomad and his dog, scavenging the road fo
Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 31st 2009 by Fantagraphics (first published November 24th 2009)
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Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it
WHAT THE WHAT?? YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!! john pham (goodreads author), you have some serious explaining to do. i was all prepared to open sublife 2 and read the continuing adventures of your charming characters from the first installment, and you give me this?? an expansion of the endpaper space-story from the first book?? and some madmaxian post-apocalyptic tale?? and childhood reflections?? seriously?? and i know you didn't forget about your earlier characters, because you flashed a tit ...more
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-comics
Beautiful art and design and interesting storylines!
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
I think I liked this book better than the first -- Sublife #1 -- but still, it falls just short of a 4-star rating for me.

Again, it's a collection of unrelated graphic stories (i.e. comics), one about a couple of astronauts who are lost in space and another, the last one -- which is graphic in both senses of the word -- that's set in a sort of Mad Max-inspired wasteland. The story itself I liked, but the jump from modern realism to hyper-violent apocalypse I found a little jarring.

Anyways. If y
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
Shockingly absorbing. I borrowed this one from a friend whose comics interest is pretty different than mine. At first I wasn't a big fan of the art, but the simplicity of the figures was so perfectly suitable for the content and the narrative tricks. Pham does some pretty interesting things to break up the flow and give the reader agency in the reading process. The book itself becomes a manipulable object and a part of the story. I can appreciate the experimentation and creativity of the narrati ...more
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a curious little volume. While the entire anthology was extremely well-executed, I really could have just done with one big, collected, complete narrative of"Deep Space". I want to read the rest of that story, because I think it will blow my mind. The narrative concept is wonderful in its own right, but Pham's minimalist style, crisp line work, and restricted colour pallet really bring it to life. I picked this up at the library on a whim, because sometimes I judge books by their covers and ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

The almost wordless, title-less mash up of the movie Mad Max and Cormac McCarthy's The Road, done in a scratchy hand as if it was drawn by an autistic child, is one of the strangest, genre-twistingest things I have seen. Extremely strange and thought provoking.
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Beautiful art. I wasn't so into the stories but then apparently this is a sequel so that explains in part why I felt like I didn't get it.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story about interstellar travel is absolutely phenomenal. Reading those 8-10 pages was like experiencing a trippy movie. Buy it for that story alone.
Scott Stevens
May 08, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I'm still reading...
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Better than the first one by a long shot! Some really trippy 2001 A Space Oddysey-like stuff as well as a touching (yeah, I used the word touching!) Mad Max story. Worth investigating.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Original. Strange!
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