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Black Hole - Charles Burns
Black Hole
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Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s 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 you’ve got it,... show more
Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s 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 you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t 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 wasn’t 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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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780375423802 (037542380X)
Publisher: Pantheon
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Yodamom Finds her Force
Yodamom Finds her Force rated it
3.0 Amazing Art With a Depressing Story That Left Me Feeling Less
Creepy, nostalgic and depressing. It read like a bad acid hit. I couldn't put it down even if I didn't want anymore. I was suck in the hole and I really didn't want to be there. The art work is amazing. The details, hidden bits and suggested images had me staring for long periods like a Hidden Pictu...
Book Sand Worm
Book Sand Worm rated it
5.0 Comic Book Review: Black Hole by Charles Burns
The Basics A mysterious disease is going around among a population of teens in the suburbs of Seattle in the 1970s. A disease that causes all sorts of body horror, such as growing a tail or horns or any number of physical anomalies. We follow a group of these teens who contract the disease as they...
mayhap
mayhap rated it
What an odd book.
Kwoomac
Kwoomac rated it
I really felt like the author captured the 70s; the music, the drugs, the hair, the leisure suits ! I studies every page, wanting to drink in all the details. Really poignant story of some kids as they struggle with big issues. Being a teenager is hard. All those choices... and your parents don't kn...
Stephanie Spines
Stephanie Spines rated it
5.0 Black Hole
Fantastic. The artwork in Black Hole was exquisite and the story line kept me interested, terrified and grossed out. Amazing.
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