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The Complete Concrete de Paul Chadwick
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The Complete Concrete (1994 original; edició 1996)

de Paul Chadwick

Sèrie: Concrete (Omnibus of Volumes 1-2), Concrete [1987] (1-10)

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A political speech writer who finds himself trapped in an alien body made of living stone, Concrete finds that his new body has abilities that he could never have imagined.
Títol:The Complete Concrete
Autors:Paul Chadwick
Informació:Dark Horse (1996), Paperback, 320 pages
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The Complete Concrete de Paul Chadwick (1994)

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The same man that gave me 'The Cowboy Wally Show' thrust 'Concrete' into my hands and, again, I'm grateful.

Concrete, the intelligent man trapped in a body at once empowering and limiting, is not a character I could have come across on my own. My dalliance in comic books has been slight enough that even a title this universally admired would have escaped my notice.

Paul Chadwick takes a man who goes through a horrible trans-formative experience equal to most superheroes and, after some perfunctory government prodding, is placed instead in 1980s LA at a loss as to what to do with his powers. He accomplishes some great things, but he is also very much a fallible, awkward man. I love the humor, in the writing and in the subtlety of the pictures. Chadwick can do big panels, but the real magic is performed with the shifts in Concrete's eyes as he looks at Maureen. Even when he is playing bodyguard to a fatalist rock singer or climbing Everest, Concrete is endearingly vulnerable.

Either Virginia Woolf said it, or it came from some essay commenting about her, but the thought is that even the most mundane moments, properly observed, make the greatest art. 'Concrete' is a shining example of that, however extraordinary Ron Lithgow has become.

Chadwick's labor of love continue in Concrete's 'Collected Short Stories, Vol 1' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
There's nothing terribly wrong with Concrete, but it doesn't stand out in a big way either. The premise is rather thin and the storylines come out of nowhere; issue 4 already has our not-yet-established hero playing bodyguard for a rock star. Of all things, the book is closest to a 1990s teen soap opera, like 90210 or Melrose Place. Odd. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
Concrete is a man with a body made of...well, concrete. He weighs 1200 pounds, is impenetrable to bullets, can hold his breath for over an hour, and possesses superhuman strength. Concrete isn't your typical superhuman comic book series though. There aren't any supervillains, no epic battles to "Save the world," none of the usual over-the-top absurdity usually associated with the genre, other than the nature of the main character himself. No, instead the comic series is mostly about Concrete coming to grips with his new body, testing its boundaries, and using it for more modest tasks, such as rescuing a few trapped miners in a collapsed tunnel.

I enjoyed the series, but I'm not a huge fan of the superhero genre. Concrete deviates from the norm but it still has that feeling of an 80's-era comic book. I'd say it's definitely worth looking into if you like that sort of thing, but it wasn't really my thing. ( )
1 vota Ape | Jul 4, 2015 |
Most American comics fall into the superhero genre, and a lot of the most thoughtful ones use that genre to make an interesting statement. Concrete falls into that second category, along with Astro City, It's a Bird, and others of my personal favorites.

The concept is the normal guy who is mysteriously granted super powers, a Silver Age cliche that recalls Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk. This time, though, our hero is not a desperate teenager but a grown man, a politician's speechwriter, and recently divorced. Also, unlike his Marvel predecessors, Concrete does not live in a world of superheroes; he is the only one of his kind. This premise leads to a more realistic consideration of the superhero in society: there are government cover-ups, scientific research, celebrity appeal. Concrete becomes a licensed character, and goes on tour with a musician who resembles Prince. Wherever he goes, he is the center of attention.

In the end, it's a poignant story of a man who is granted new opportunities at the same time that the possibility of simple human existence is taken from him. He can (and does) attempt to swim the Atlantic Ocean and climb Mount Everest, but work, romance, and family are no longer part of his life. Throughout all of his trials, though, Concrete remains a believably human character. This volume's cover image says it all: it's a portrait of Concrete, whose two fragile eyes peer out from behind a face of stone.

Original post on "All The Things I've Lost"
  YorickBrown | May 27, 2007 |
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