The Hive

The Hive

Book - 2012
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From the creator of Black Hole ("The best graphic novel of the year." -- Time ; "Burns's masterwork." -- The New York Times Book Review ), the second part of a new epic masterpiece of graphic horror in brilliant, vivid color.

Much has happened since we last saw Doug, the Tintin-like hero from X'ed Out . Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered, an incident that may have involved his disturbed and now-absent girlfriend, Sarah, and her menacing ex-boyfriend.  

Doug warily seeks answers in a nightmarish alternate world that is a distorted mirror of our own, where he is a lowly employee that carts supplies around the Hive. The second part of Charles Burns's riveting trilogy, this graphic narrative will delight and surpass the expectations of his fans.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307907882
0307907880
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : cheifly col. ill. ; 31 cm.

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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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