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Midnight Nation Oversized Deluxe Edition

Midnight Nation Oversized Deluxe Edition

Gary Frank,J. Michael Straczynski
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4.4 of 5
Image Comics; Oversized deluxe edition edition (August 25, 2009)
Midnight Nation is a thought-provoking story with religious overtones about a police officer in limbo who goes on a cross-country search for his soul, but encounters some mighty obstacles along the way. When Midnight Nation was first released in 2000, J. Michael Straczynski's provocative storytelling and the fantastic art of Gary Frank (Action Comics, Squadron Supreme) captivated readers with its mix of action, horror, and drama built around a message of hope, loyalty, and sacrifice. Collected now for the first time in a deluxe, oversized hardcover, this edition includes Midnight Nation #1-12, the Wizard #1/2 issue, a spectacular cover gallery, and never-before-seen extras!
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7 Reviews
  • "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski wrote the first great graphic novel of the 21st century and it should be considered to be in the same league as other legendary works like "Watchmen", "V For Vendetta", "The Sandman", "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns," and "Mircaleman".

    David Grey is an LAPD officer who is investigating what seems to be a gang murder when he is attacked and his soul is stolen. He awakens in the hospital and finds that no one can see or hear him except for a mysterious woman known only as Laurel. Realizing his soul is New York City, trapped in a world where the forgotten and abandoned people, buildings, tech, etc and chased by demons the duo has one year to get to NYC find and get Grey soul back or become a demon himself. So begins a cross country jouney with an ending that one has read to believe.

    Published in 2000 as a 12 issue maxi-series this series has haunted me since then as frightening as the book is it's also a very hopeful tale.

    The artwork by Gary Frank is amazing. Frank draws the characters in a realistic way but still makes them looks cool. The images of this book from it's creepy opening to a major reveal about some campers our heroes meet in the desert, to the ending itself are powerful and unforgettable.

    I bought the oversized deluxe edition. It comes in a beautiful slipcase and has a good size poster. The book contains all 12 issues, a special #1/2 issue, an afterword by the author, cover gallery, behind the scenes look at the making of #5, and a cool looking dustjacket.

    The larger size makes Frank's artwork even more awesome. This is one of those graphic novels that shows the power of what comics/graphic novels can do. If you haven't read it you are missing out on an unforgettable story and some beautiful artwork. If you have read it then buy again so you experince anytime you want. Also out in a less costly trade paper back.

  • Midnight Nation (inexplicably labeled as Vol. 1, as I don't think there was ever any intention of continuing the story) is an outstanding graphic novel. The art is very good throughout with some memorable images that support the story. But this is really Straczynski's show. As a die-never fan of Babylon 5, I'm happy to follow JMS wherever he'll take me. Though he can at times be a bit wordier than need be—and there's a certain plot point that recalls Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, as well as an aspect of B5—I love his rhythms, sense of humor, and, most of all, his ability to evoke real emotion.

    The premise requires a bit of acceptance on the reader's part, but if you give yourself over to some of the far-fetched aspects (even for sci-fi), the reward in the conclusion is well worth it. I didn't think I had connected with the characters to any large degree as the story progressed, but the payoff at the end revealed that these characters really do have an unexpected depth.

    The only thing I wish they'd done differently in assembling this collection was if they'd presented the cover images for each issue/chapter in their original location, rather than gathering them at the back of the book. On the one hand, I see why they wanted to keep the story flowing as one continuous story. On the other hand, it felt like reading a novel with the chapter titles deleted. A brief pause to admire the cover art at each break would have been a little better. Nevertheless, this is a great story, well told, with adult themes, intelligence, and wit. It's a great use of the graphic novel format, and I highly recommend it for fans of the genre.

  • It's really not uncommon for me to read an entire graphic novel in one sitting, or two or three. But largely that's due to the fact that there is a space of time that needs to be filled. I don't apply the same thinking to Midnight Nation; I didn't read this in one sitting because I had the time to, I did it because the book actually creates a desire to be read. I know, books don't create things, but one can certainly be inspired by something they read. So I'll say I was inspired to finish it.

    It's honestly really hard to write about something so great without wanting to spill all the contents of its pages onto the screen. That's how good with it, I want to share it. When I was done reading it, I didn't really feel like I was OK with it being over... At all. Other customer reviews gave me an impression that this was going to be something I wanted, all wrapped up in one pretty package. I'll just try to keep the context simple.

    If you like dense storylines that do not leave you with asking more questions than the ones answered, this is for you. If you have a soft spot for human compassion, and seeing the benefits of enforcing hope, this is for you. If you like to see protagonists overcome extreme adversity, not just externally but internally as well, this is for you. If you like it when your antagonist actually is someone that knows what they are talking about and makes you question the morals, methods, and ethics of the world around you, this is for you. If you like it when character stories aren't stagnant with literary decay, this is for you. If you like philosophical premises with a bit more than a tinge of religious context that isn't offensive, this is for you.

    To sum it all up though. Straczynki has unveiled a marvel in this book, and has bought my attention from this day forward. This book is not for those that are interested only in the stereotypical protagonist that lives the simple life of putting the bad guy in jail, bad guy breaks out of jail, good guy puts bad guy back in jail, and then ponders over the implications of what has happened.

    This book is thoroughly amazing, and I'm glad it's gotten the great ratings it deserves.