The Hive

The Hive

Graphic Novel - 2012
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Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug, the hero from X'ed Out, struggles to recall a mysterious and shattering incident that may have involved his disturbed ex-girlfriend and her menacing ex-boyfriend, an effort that compels a search in a nightmarish alternate world.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012
ISBN: 9780307907882
0307907880
Branch Call Number: GN Burn
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill.

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klutzrick
Oct 01, 2016

Returning to the surreal universe first experienced in 2010's X'ed, Burns, creator of Black Hole and famed contributor to the legendary anthology series Raw, expertly reveals more of Doug's intriguing story in The Hive. As with the previous, the beautifully disturbing, non-linear tale leaps effortlessly between the real and unreal. Though in this installment, the lines further blur as elements from the bizarrely apocalyptic reality and the "normal" collide. Inspired equally by the works of Hergé and William Burroughs, Burns once again provides one of the best graphic novels of the year.

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nparrish
Sep 13, 2016

I'm floored by how nice & clean the art is. The story is bizarre but hilarious, I love everything this guy's done.

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temp123987
Oct 30, 2013

The second in the trilogy about Doug, Sarah, and the other freakazoids. The artwork is still first-class. This time it only took the third column on the first page to have a swear and the next page proudly hosts six 'F..k' - a new record for author Charles Burns. Why pepper a great story with profanities? What does it truly add? I really hope his two daughters do not have the same limited vocabulary. In the end of this volume we are left with an intriguing situation: "I was you" says the sugar skull - which is also the title of the next volume. Still top marks for art; sadly lowered rating due to unnecessary profanity.

theorbys Jan 26, 2013

It's a little unfair to rate or judge this at this stage of the trilogy. Burns does what he does quite well however, and he does it again here, but it does feel a bit like it's in intermediate limbo.

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