Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker
  • Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker
  • Die Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker
ISBN: 1534312706
EAN13: 9781534312708
Language: English
Release Date: Jun 11, 2019
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 1" H x 10" L x 7" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Tor.com's Best Comics of 2018

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE writer KIERON GILEN teams up with artist supernova STEPHANIE HANS (WicDiv, Journey Into Mystery) for her first ongoing comic. DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning, unearthly horror they only just survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron's in a rush, he describes it as Goth Jumanji, but that's only the tip of this obsidian iceberg.

Collects issues #1-5 of DIE

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   Dark fanatsy
A pretty good dark D and D style book. A group is put into a game and gets out, but they are scarred. Gender issues and other problems they have to deal with. They return and they have unfinished business with the Die game.
 
5
   Pro-diversity adult version of Jumanji.
Initially, I was concerned about adding this to my classroom collection, because of the title and some content, but after reading it, I believe it is absolutely appropriate for my liberal-minded high school students. Some mentions of sex, but no actual sex scenes or nudity, a lot of f-bombs, but in ways students use them themselves, and the title is not die-death, but die-dice. Fortunately, violence is actually pretty minimal. Most of the baddies are monsters and there is really not that much gore at all. Maybe a 310 as there is blood, but no actual images of carving monsters, just the spray around the character slaying. A well-represented graphic novel with LGBT friendly POC.
 
2
   Would make a better novel
The long essays at the back add something, but too late and should have been integrated into the story. There is nothing wrong with art, but Gillen had a lot more to say in writing. This would be the perfect book for an illustrated hypertext novel, but I guess that those don 't really exist.
 
5
   Self-important but fun
When you title a book Die, you are not going for the subtlety and true to form, this book shows only a little restraint. Each hero has a great, tortured backstory, complete with tortured powers. . Yeah. In spite of this overwrought emotional heft, I enjoyed this first volume truly and look forward to seeing how this develops. ***SPOILERS*** The book ends in a way that addresses the contradiction that caught my mind while reading it for how much complaining the heroes do about being trapped in this fantasy world. It seems pretty sweet! The bull actually snatched the horns by the horns.
 
3
   Excellent comic, poor finish
Great comic strip, great comic book. A great take on a classic story with interesting illustrations to accompany. The problem is poor printing and binding. It looks like the prints on the pages are slight crooked, leaving a noticeable white gap near the binding. On a page, a bar code is visible and there is about a half-inch gap where the pages are not secured. I have many's image comics and they are all in perfect order, so that this was a great surprise.
 
5
   Wonderfully dark and jaw-droppingly stylish fantasy
Every time I remember that the cured + the divine is almost over, I start to get upset. Danke goodness, I started reading Die. I will always be torn between the quick gratification of having single issues of a comic book to read on the regular and the satisfaction of being able to read an entire collection of issues at once. I think that is why I continue to do both. Die is about a group of 1990s teenage DandD players who vanish into their game for 2 years. 30 years later, now all grown up, they get sucked right back in. Either way, it is a gorgeously dark and jaw-droppingly stylish fantasy. I enjoyed the first volume thoroughly and can 't wait to see where the story goes from here.
 
5
   Oh, this is so good . . .
You may think that you have read enough takes on Help, we got sucked into a fantasy universe! But I will still suggest that you consider this one as unusual and just good enough to be worth it, even for those who have had multiple encounters with the theme before. For me, the twist that made it worth it was that these people in their 40s were sucked back into a world they thought they had left forever, paired with the companions of their youth. It's a lot of fun! It is Kieron Gillen, so the world building is incredible. Stephanie Hans is a newer artist to me, but her art is just incredible, especially how she plays with light and how characters have changed over the course of time. This is going to be an auto-buy for me, I can 't wait to see how this story develops.
 
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