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Elephantmen, Volume 2: Fatal Diseases

(Elephantmen #2)

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It contains issue #8 through #15 and the Elephantmen Pilot Issue. of Image Comics' hit Pulp Science Fiction series, Elephantmen: Fatal Diseases details the lives of Hip Flask, Ebony Hide, Obadiah Horn, and the rest of the survivors of MAPPO's genetic experiments in Los Angeles, 2259, as a meteor falls in Santa Monica Bay and a new epidemic must be contained!
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 29th 2008 by Image Comics
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Pturingan
I felt that there was too little "main story" in favor of back stories, side stories, supporting character short stories and other extras. I would have thought that by now, 2 trade paperbacks or 14 issues or so into the series, we would be done setting the scene and introducing the world and the story would be moving forward.

Just the same, the art is still very, very nice and the overall book design is gorgeous, making it really stand out in my bookshelf. I'll probably buy one more volume before
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Jakub Kvíz
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Druhej book Elephantmen je trochu zklamani. Z cca 10 sesitu se hlavni dejovy lince venujou tak tri a zbytek jsou ruzny back story vedlejsich postav nebo random historky, ktery s dejem nemaj nic spolecnyho a slouzi spis k tomu, aby dostali prostor hostujici kresliri.

Moritatova kresba je fajn, dokud kresli Elephantmeny. Jak se pusti do lidi, tak je to trochu slabsi.

Kazdopadne se tesim na dalsi book a doufam, ze se bude vic rozvijet hlavni dejova linka.
Joshua
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series just continues to be amazing. Whether it's the art, the meditations on humanity, the side stories that seem like loose seems before becoming part of the larger narrative, and the sheer level of humanity in every single character in this book. Elephantmen kicks ass.
Aildiin
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This is growing on me!
The art is really good by the way.
Solomon's
Your ability to enjoy Elephantmen is probably equal to your ability to put up with the "Hot Dame" character in a noir.
I have a limited tolerance for "Hot Dame" but managed to look past that to read some genuinely engaging storytelling and pleasant artwork.
Just be prepared for "Hot Dame" to be shoved in your face repeatedly.
Oh, and if you can't take a hippo in a fedora seriously Elephantmen probably isn't for you...
Peacegal
Pretty incredible artwork/character design. Expect a lot of diversions--weirdly, the creators of this book appear to be fan-fictioning themselves. This series is entertaining and certainly original, but there were times it didn't really hold my attention.
I find it funny that the creator's name is so close to Ringo Starr's real name, Richard Starkey. I'm sure he's heard that before a time or two.
Baba
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
We slowly get to know more about the Elephantmen reality, which is fine, the problem this pace feels false as anything that doesn't really pertain to the main storyline (and there's a fair amount) comes across as filler. What this great world building series needs is ...sub-plots! 7 out of 12.
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Jim
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as good as the first volume, but it is still very enjoyable
Bryan
Jan 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This TPB of Elephantmen, collecting issues #8 to #15 plus the "pilot" issue, continues where the first volume left off and only gets better.

The world and characters are more fleshed out and the entire concept begins to really solidify into a coherent whole.

The art continues to be strong, though as in the other volumes, the computer generated nature of much of it is readily apparent. Again, this is not a bad thing, but I think the desire to apply the lush computer colours overshadows the need for
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Erik
Aug 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This latest and second hardbound collection of Image Comics’ Elephantmen deepens the plot since the last time Starkings and Moritat took us into the world of Hip Flask and friends. Not only does an alien virus hit the earth, with potentially fatal consequences for one major player in our futuristic serial, but Sahara’s father ominously emerges out of the shadows as a powerful character whose motives are dubious at best, and malevolent at worst. Wheels within wheels and fires within fires.

Althou
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Jacob
Not much more to report than in volume 1. Still an interesting, fun world with fun characters and an engaging story. Unlike volume 1, the book isn't physically falling apart, so I guess that may just have been my copy. Maybe...

The one new thing is the "Pilot" section, where a character has a few short comics based on the Elephantman Hip Flask. These are fun stories, fictional within the broader Epephantmen world and they have varying writing and artistic styles. They're all pretty fun (much bett
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Jason
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Assuming you know the basis for this story set out in Vol. 1, here are my thoughts from this wonderful continuation.

One thing that stood out for me not just in Vol. 1, but even more so in 2, was how excellent the characterization is. Even side characters, like Miki, have personality to the point where you care about them and want to see how they develop into the story. I have really enjoyed how layered the story has been as well, combining past flashbacks to fill in current relationship dynamic
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Mel
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought2014, scifi, pulp
I am so happy I discovered this series. It really is just one of the most beautiful things ever! I love the art and the stories and the characters and just everything. I read this slightly out of order because I borrowed number 3 from the library but think I will have to buy a copy so I have them all.

In this volume the humour got a bit meta with online elaphantmen comics in the story (which I found a bit disappointing as the art was old fashioned comic book style). There were some great moments
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Andrew
Sep 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, a, i-own-wishlist
I enjoyed volume 1 quite a bit, but after reading 14 issues of this series I feel like I haven't learnt a thing about the Elephantmen that I didn't know in the first couple issues, I don't know any of the characters, and the story is meandering and dull.

The artist is phoning it in - check out his work with Jodorowsky on the Final Incal for a comparison. I don't mind the artwork, but it's very loose and the digital coloring ruins everything. After Ladronn leaves the book, the art becomes very in
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Andy
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
The second volume of Elephantmen collects 8-15 plus 'Pilot'. This book is huge. Heavy, dense, thick paper, beautiful design. Despite the individual nature of the series the ongoing story develops further with an intriguing development near the end relating to the past war and the mysterious virus that wiped out Europe. The hard boiled gritty language is entertaining and perfecxt for the genre but really it's all about the art which continues to be beautiful. The dark and grimy future world depic ...more
Craig
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love the art in these books and the overall graphic design that goes into them, but continue to find the rather elliptical style of storytelling a bit frustrating. Though I did find, having read volume 2 after volumes 3 and 4, that it didn't really hurt my understanding of events, etc. The way things jump around in time and backtrack and so forth, you can pretty much read these in any order.
James Elkins
Richard Starkings and crew deliver again, as advertised, PULP! SCIENCE! FICTION!. I have to admit these are great stories and I was a fool for not picking up the individual issues when they first started.
Matt
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elephantmen
Oh, man. Muuuuuch better than War Toys. Learning more about Serengheti was great; he's not just a thug anymore, he's got actual depth now, and there's a tie to other characters that make his hatred of the Elephantmen make more sense.

Plus, CHINA.
Christopher
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything I love about comics (great writing, gorgeous artwork, complex metaphors, a greater sociological commentary, humor, dynamic characters). I've found my series, and it maintains it's excellence throughout.
Jack Hope III
Not 100% sure where the story is going, but the artwork is beautiful. I plan to finish the series.
Timothy Pitkin
Good world building but kind of wished that it focused on the ongoing story instead of having a bunch of short stories in the middle but still great artwork and love Hip and all of the Elephant men.
Andre
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The visuals are there. The story gets teased out a bit at a time.
Jordan
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good continuation of the series. Doesn't have the same smack as the first collection, but still very interesting and intriguing.
Will
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun.
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