The Massive (Omnibus Vol. 1) by Brian Wood

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31 thoughts on “The Massive (Omnibus Vol. 1) by Brian Wood

  1. Hmm…that is really a bit of a shame. I read about this series over on another bloggers site quite a while ago, who was somewhat more enthusiastic about it. But if there is one thing I really don’t like it’s constantly switching from timeline, to timeline. That is really annoying, and I have seen it sometimes in movies/ tv shows and that always gets on my nerves. Too bad, because as you know I really like post apocalyptic stories and this one did sound intriguing. Oh well, can’t win them all I guess. Great review! 😊

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    1. The first volume was definitely interesting but then it really felt like it was going downhill from there. Switching from one timeline to another frequently and not giving me any time to remember those of the past made it also pretty pointless. Thank you so much for reading, Michel! I appreciate it. 😀

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  2. Does he explain how the earth suddenly gains sentience or anything? Or is it presented fait accompli? THAT would piss me off almost as much as the eco-preaching…

    Of course, lots of things piss me off, so I doubt that comes as a surprise to you 😀

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  3. Haha i agree with you on this one. I read some of the issues and remember just quitting at some point because I couldnt be bothered anymore. Which is a shame because the premise is awesome and I love climate fiction. I dont even remember most of the character, just a lot of water and a big wave. Which is not a good sign at all 😂😅

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    1. I got to admit that it’s pretty cool that I found someone who has read this! I honestly found all the characters unmemorable. I’ll admit that I do remember the Sri Lankan in it because it’s my ethnicity and I never saw a character from that region ever featured in any form of fiction before hahaha

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      1. Same! I thought this comic was very un-famous. And that is not a good sign if that is the only reason you remembered a character….

        Can I guess now we share as love for post-apocalyptic stories or is it a coincidence you read this one?

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              1. Ooh I didnt like that one anymore after about 4 issues 😅. I love Lazarus, haven’t read all of those though. Uhm love transmetropolitan. Reading that again now to see how much I still love it and what I missed the first time

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  4. The current hot topics (including global warming, etc.) are not something I like to read about or watch. I read or watch fiction to take a break from reality.

    What I find somewhat funny, is that I HATE timeline jumps. However, I find myself writing that way sometimes, too. Maybe time jumps are OK, but they should be done in a proper way. At least they give you the yellow background hint.

    But pirates sound promising!

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    1. Ah, me neither. Especially if it’s non-fiction or something. But some post-apocalyptic stories usually find their premise by extrapolating ongoing real-life problems so they’re so sort of inevitable unless these scifi stories don’t interest you of course hahah

      Oh man, the yellow tint was a funny way to distinguish both timelines. And hell yes to pirates! If only the story would have been a bit better…

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  5. Awww sorry to hear this disappointed you Lashaan! I can get behind end of the world type stories and I wondered what tanked it after your opening which really sold it for me. Lack of direction though kills a story so fast for me! It sounds like he didn’t expect the characters to capture the reader but thought the general premise did that… so that you would want to see the overarching effect rather than the impact on a localized level. Which is a mistake many graphic novels make to me. Orphans is a comic that went with the opposite and totally won my heart because of it. Great review as always!!

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    1. Ah yes, lack of direction killed it for me. I doubt the 2nd and final omnibus can save this series but who knows. I do wonder if the payoff at the end will excuse the development and everything that happens till then. Ouuuh Orphans sounds fun. Will have to look into it now. Thanks for reading, Dani! 😀

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  6. Oddly, I don’t recall hearing anything about this title – until now – and although the idea seems interesting it sounds as if the execution is less so. I doubt it’s something I’ll end up making time for, but it’s always great to read your deep-diving thoughts on such things my friend as you really have a talent for nailing down the core elements of a story and what you feel works and doesn’t and identifiable reasons why they do and don’t.

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    1. I, first, only associated Brian Wood to The Massive and DMZ myself. DMZ is one that I still want to give a try though, and hopefully it’s a bit better than this one.

      Thanks for your kind words, sir, but I have to say that you do all that way better! It’s always a pleasure to read your own content; they make me want to… *insert Kratos’ voice* be better. 😀

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