Black Hole (Pantheon Graphic Novels)


Black Hole (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Author Charles Burns
ISBN-10 0375714723
ISBN-13 9780375714726
Year 2008-01-08
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher Pantheon
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Winner of the Eisner Harvey and Ignatz AwardsThe setting suburban Seattle the mid 1970s We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the areas teenagers transmitted by sexual contact The disease is manifested in any number of ways from the hideously grotesque to the subtle and concealable but once youve got it thats it Theres no turning back As we inhabit the heads of several key characters some kids who have it some who dont some who are about to get it what unfolds isnt the expected battle to fight the plague or bring heightened awareness to it or even to treat it What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself the savagery the cruelty the relentless anxiety and ennui the longing for escape And then the murders start As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it back when it wasnt exactly cool to be a hippie anymore but Bowie was still just a little too weird To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin

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