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Private Eye Deluxe Edition

By (artist) Marcos Martin
By (author) Brian K. Vaughan
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Image Comics, Fullerton, United States
Published: 15th Dec 2015
Dimensions: w 190mm h 318mm d 33mm
Weight: 1215g
Interest age: From 16 years
ISBN-10: 1632155729
ISBN-13: 9781632155726
Barcode No: 9781632155726
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"Colorful and relevant..." -Slate From the creator of the New York Times bestselling series SAGA, comes the three-time, Eisner nominated, PanelSyndicate.com's digital comics sensation THE PRIVATE EYE! Finally, this book is coming to print in a beautiful deluxe hardcover edition! Set in an inevitable future of where everyone has a secret identity, THE PRIVATE EYE is an eerily prescient sci-fi mystery about an unlicensed private investigator who stumbles onto the most important case of his life. The series is set in 2076, a time after "the cloud has burst", revealing everyone's secrets. As a result, there is no more Internet, and people are excessively guarded about their identity, to the point of appearing only masked in public. "Readers and retailers have been begging us for a physical version of this story ever since we first announced our hard-boiled parable about the future of privacy in America, so when the time came, Marcos and I knew that we had to go with Image Comics, the most creator-friendly publisher of print comics ever." -Brian K. Vaughan

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BOOKLIST (STARRED) -- In the future, everyone will have an alias. In a world where all online secrets have been revealed, people now adopt aliases and masks to hide their private lives; it's the perfect place for a private investigator, like PI. When his client is murdered hours after assigning him, PI and his assistants violently unravel a conspiracy bigger than any of them, aiming to change the course of society. Vaughan (Saga , 2012), known for his unique world building and suspenseful story arcs, has possibly outdone himself with this one. Combining the archetypes of a gripping noir mystery with commentary on contemporary obsession with social media, he tells a story as poignant as it is compelling. In one sense, calling this unique volume a graphic novel does not do it justice, as the oblong, widescreen format of the book makes it more cinematic than merely graphic, expertly mimicking the very film genres that inspired it. Martin's character design elevates this to breathtaking art, adding a richly colored, retro-futurist flare to every costume and backdrop. With stunning artwork, propulsive sequential-art storytelling, and a thought-provoking premise, this is truly one of a kind. LIBRARY JOURNAL -- In 2076 United States, everyone has a secret identity. Decades earlier, Internet security was breached, and people's private information was shared with the world, ruining lives. So the World Wide Web was abolished, and privacy is society's paramount concern, with most wearing masks or costumes in public. A Los Angeles woman named Taj hires an outlaw private detective code-named "P.I." to investigate her, to find out if her secrets are buried deep enough-but when Taj is murdered, P.I. is in the crosshairs of a powerful figure with an unthinkable plan. Vaughan's public libraries unfortunately have circulation records less privacy-sensitive than those at this reviewer's current library (though Vaughan's librarians protect their patrons' information with deadly force). On top of his engaging thriller plotline, Vaughan presents many compelling (if sometimes outrageous) speculations about his projected future society: for instance, without the Internet to distract them, engineers and inventors started making actual practical advances in fields such as renewable energy and magno-cars. Martin's depiction of future L.A. is appropriately colorful but seedy. VERDICT A cool, satirical, thought-provoking futuristic noir for adults.-S.R.