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Black Hole (2005)

de Charles Burns

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Sèrie: Black Hole (1-12 omnibus), Black Hole (1-12 Omnibus)

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A chilling graphic novel set in suburban Seattle during the mid-1970s describes the lives of the area's teenagers, who are suddenly faced with a devastating, disfiguring, and incurable plague that has descended on the young people of Seattle.
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    X'ed Out de Charles Burns (tootstorm)
    tootstorm: If you enjoyed Black Hole, Burns' newer trilogy of short graphic novels should not be missed. The X'ed Out series features a ~heavy~ dose of intentional David Lynch influence--think the dreamscape nonsense of Eraserhead AND the obtuse-as-hell symbolism of Mulholland Dr. (It also features a really bad title. 'X'ed Out.' Wow, that's bad.)… (més)
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    Teenagers from Mars de Rick Spears (ahstrick)
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    Lupus de Frederik Peeters (kinsey_m)
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This is an intense one. I didn't realize it was set right in my neighborhood. Sort of. Geographically, it's in the neighborhood where I live now. ( I ride my bike across Ravenna Park every day to and from work.) Psychologically, my experience of those mid-70s years was painfully similar to what these characters experience. Still, I know those people and those places. Harrowingly surrealistic. Though we didn't have the same bug virus out on the Prairie, we had all the other behavioral eccentricities and afflictions described here.
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  boermsea | Jan 22, 2024 |
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  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Teenage angst/lust as body horror set against the doped up 1970s. Black Hole centers on a group of teens in the suburbs of ‘70s Seattle whose community is plagued by a sexually transmitted disease that shows up as various mutations in the afflicted. The story felt a bit long and meandering but I loved Charles Burns' black and white illustrations. And there are definitively a few disturbing scenes of body horror. Read this as a companion to the film It Follows. ( )
  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
Adolescent angst made into a surreal horror story with near constant dark vulvar imagery. Not that interesting to an old man, but brilliantly done. ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
This graphic novel is set in 1970s suburban Seattle. A group of high school kids are aware of a sexually-transmitted plague affecting some of them, that leads to hideous deformities. Some deformities are extreme, others can be covered up, but all are irreversible. Most victims eventually feel the need to exclude themselves from society and go live in the woods. But the woods are not safe.

Laced into this story are familiar themes of teenage, alienation, self-loathing, tentative steps into first love, and cruel mockery. The plague's deformities could be taken as a physical symbol of the kind of stigma that is often attached to promiscuous teenagers in small communities. Once you are ostracised, your only real option may be to leave.

This book is eerie, creepy, spaced-out, romantic, erotic and weird. The black and white art is superb, and Burns avoids the more cliched plot developments in favour of something more subtle. The only criticism I could really make is that there is perhaps a bit too much teen angst, but I suppose that is a necessary part of it. ( )
  gjky | Apr 9, 2023 |
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A high-school kid keels over and faints after hacking open a frog in biology class, and within weeks a plague is moving through 1970s Seattle. Spread by sexual contact and fluid exchange, it attacks only teenagers. One grows a little tail. One begins to shed her skin like a snake. Some lose their noses; some get harelips; some degenerate into little more than skulls. Deformed and cast out, the victims retreat to tents in the woods and live a hand-to-mouth existence among their own kind. But something is stalking them there too...
afegit per stephmo | editaThe Independent, Tim Martin (Nov 20, 2005)
 
Black Hole is presented as a supposedly autobiographical novel. It was originally published serially as a comic, and 10 years of labour went into its making. Its serious intent is not in doubt; but what about the execution?
 
"Everything's either concave or -vex," the Danish poet Piet Hein once wrote, "so whatever you dream will be something with sex." In Charles Burns' decade-in-the-making graphic novel "Black Hole," the natural concavity and -vexity of everything leaps out at you: Nearly every image is a sexual metaphor, with the distorted clarity and mutability of a nightmare. And sex in "Black Hole" also means body horror, sickening transformations and loss. The first page's abstraction -- a thin, wobbling slit of light on a black background -- opens up to become wider and fleshier, then to become a blatantly vaginal gash in a frog on a dissecting pan (surrounded by pools and pearls of liquid).
afegit per stephmo | editaSalon.com, Douglas Wolk (Nov 7, 2005)
 
The arrival of Halloween always brings with it a plethora of horror-related media, including comix. This season's standout graphic novel focuses on one of the scariest of all horrors: high school. The title of Charles Burns' long-awaited book, Black Hole (Pantheon; 368 pages; $25), says it all. For many people—including myself, naturally—high school felt like an endless, inescapable vacuum without air or light. Unlike more conventional horror stories set among high school kids, where each one gets "offed" by a masked killer, Black Hole uses the worst parts of emerging adulthood, like changing bodies, alienation and sex, as the sources for a skin-crawling creep fest that will likely be the best graphic novel of the year.
afegit per stephmo | editaTime Magazine, Andrew D. Arnold (Oct 21, 2005)
 
I couldn't really get into the book, i was reading it but it didn't really have a good message to me personally.
afegit per NickGrey | editaComputer, Zak Scales
 

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Charles Burnsautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Ahokas, JuhaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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This book is dedicated to Dean, Mark, J., Phil, Casey, Colleen, Vickie, Mike, Patty, Janet Penny, Lisa, Jeri, John, Karen, Kathy, Reta, Claudia, Ted, Terri, Doug, Paul, Jan, Tom, Scott, Kurt, Ann, Kim,Diane, Sally, Kathleen, Mari, Libby, Jon, Jim, Pat and Pete. I never forgot you.

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