The Private Eye

The Private Eye

Book - 2015
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Digital web comic compiled. "A detective story set in 2076, when everyone in the United States has a secret identity."--Publisher's website. Contains 10 issues plus a "Making of" special.
Published: Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2015.
ISBN: 9781632155726
1632155729
Branch Call Number: GN PRI
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,chiefly col. ill. ;,20 x 32 cm

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AL_LESLEY Jul 27, 2017

This unique and stylish graphic novel explores the topics of privacy and identity as a plot is uncovered to reinstate the internet. After multiple generations without it due to a huge data dump that revealed all of the world's secrets, now people go so far as to wear crazy masks and use fake names. A truly fun read and grandpa is awesome.

JCLEdwardR Mar 01, 2017

A fun Sci Fi noir by two master comic storytellers.

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coop_zero
Feb 22, 2017

Really fun and colorful noir. All the homages and then clever changes to those old standards, like how the main character smokes weed cigaretes. It presented in a sexy rectangular fashion. Just read it.

AL_JOSHUAS Jan 11, 2017

In a post internet world what happens when someone is plotting to return it? Is the world better off with or without the internet? This one pulls you in quick. Its wonderfully written and the art work is just as great. It really looks at privacy and how it effects the world and our culture. A fantastic read with a sci-fi noir feel.

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bmobaggins
Nov 12, 2016

Colorful, compelling, vivid and genius. The Private Eye is yet another great tale from master storyteller Brian K. Vaughan.

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bobcmusgrave
Mar 14, 2016

I agree with Citizen92116 and the strength of this story (and of BKV in general) is the world building (please see the Brian K Vaughn/Fiona Staples amazing comic "Saga" for more of this).

I loved the idea of everyone with a secret identity and it gave the amazing artists Marcos Martin & Vicente Muntsa free reign to convey on the page all the wild masks, costumes, headgear that the adult residents of this world all wear. The large format of the book also helps with this (as bulky as it is) as I spent a long time poring over the crowd scenes in the futuristic Los Angeles.

I'm also a big fan of private eye/detective stories especially the hard-boiled and Noir style of books and movies and "The Private Eye" definitely pays homage to these.

I loved this book and strongly recommend it.

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Citizen92116
Feb 04, 2016

The strength of this volume is the worldbuilding.
This futuristic world has some thought provoking commentary on technology and society which makes it an interesting sandbox for the characters to race and chase each other in.
Sadly the majority of the characters seem a little two- or one-dimensional; possibly to keep the story light on its feet to keep it moving along.
I've read it on both the electronic and paper format and each has their strengths and weaknesses but the paper copy has beautiful vivid color and is a good enough size to really appreciate the scenery.
The landscape (horizontal) layout makes it stand out and the artwork does take advantage of this but not to the degree as I would've liked.
The landscape layout also made the book physically difficult to read since an open book pushes over 25 inches across which makes it impossible to read while on your back, sitting next to someone, and sometimes just on your lap - having it bound across the top would've probably alleviated this.

I personally struggle to like the comic book to graphic novel format and this volume didn't help my love/hate with them by interrupting the storytelling flow with full-page artwork, albeit beautiful and wonderfully composed, but they still brought me out of the story to try to figure out if that really happened within the context of the story.

I'm probably a little more sensitive to minority representation in media and this book is great in its ethnic make up.
The book probably marginally passes the Bechdal Test in about 6 panes.
The level of violence and gore is probably normal for graphic novels but I found it to be a little misogynistic.

Lastly, the end of the book had some color on the creative process.
I really enjoyed this as I realize that it takes a hell of a lot of work to make original content of this nature.

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Bill_SDPL
Feb 02, 2016

The Private Eye is super cool. The premise is intriguing, the characters are neat, the setting is amazing, and the artwork is stellar. I just wanted it to be more fleshed out! I felt like it was over too quickly and so much of what could be explored was kind of left dangling. In other words, I wanted more time in this world, exploring and discovering everything about it. Even so, The Private Eye is really engaging and well worth checking out!

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ptv023
Feb 02, 2016

Nobody in comics creates bizarre and absorbing worlds like Brian Vaughn.

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MrMetalpants
Jun 02, 2017

Sexual Content: Full frontal nudity in a few spots

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MrMetalpants
Jun 02, 2017

Violence: A few scenes of graphic violence, but mostly mild.

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MrMetalpants
Jun 02, 2017

Coarse Language: Fairly frequent use of strong language (F***, S***, D***, etc)

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Feb 05, 2016

Citizen92116 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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