Demo The Collection Twelve stories of conflicted teens grappling with love loss and the joy of finding your own way in life The Eisner nominated and critically acclaimed series of self contained short stories by writer

  • Title: Demo: The Collection
  • Author: Brian Wood Becky Cloonan
  • ISBN: 9781932051421
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Paperback
  • Twelve stories of conflicted teens grappling with love, loss, and the joy of finding your own way in life The Eisner nominated and critically acclaimed series of self contained short stories by writer Brian Wood and artist Becky Cloonan is finally collected together into this complete, bookshelf format volume.

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    1. Did you like DMZ or Northlanders? This ain't either one of those, and you should put this book down and walk away.This should be called Slit your Wrists: A Teenage Guide to how cool it is to kill yourself.These collection of 12 stories are mostly depressing, very downer, and if this was the first Brian Wood stuff I'd read, I'd never read another word.I understand some of it is supposed to be about defining moments from adolescence, and how moments shape people, but honestly? Every one of these s [...]

    2. So the problem with attempting to write a review of this book is that I really, strongly, actively dislike Brian Wood -- as a writer, as a professional, as a person. I find his comics to be one-note, angsty, dour, and narratively flat -- they're serious without being especially thoughtful, gloomy without being particularly vulnerable or incisive. I feel like Brian Wood has the internet open on one side of his desk and he's reading news articles about bad shit to get himself amped, and on the oth [...]

    3. Underneath an umbrella of the titular duo-nym, Demo, lies twelve semi-tied together mini-stories tempered with edginess and saturated in hopelessly worthless youthful idealism and all the failures of days misspent and time killed. The veneers are are the same, black and white gloss over innumerable representations of explicitly inspired Anime/Manga styled art that ranges in a thin band within the already established illustrated continuum. Sometimes the art is detailed. Sometimes it is starkly mi [...]

    4. It's "Small Press Comics that You Probably Didn't Know Existed Day!" SPCtYPDKED for short.Brilliant. Sam's review has slightly more words if you need them.

    5. This stark, black and white collection of graphic vignettes, illustrates young people making hard decisions. Some have extraordinary powers, and some are just facing extraordinary challenges. In one, a young girl is working at a gas station. She doesn't speak by choice. She doesn't speak because she can make people do what ever she says. One day she got mad at her mother and now her mother is catatonic. This isn't a collection of superheroes who marvel at their powers. This is a collection of yo [...]

    6. Demo is a collection of 12 short stories featuring young people with difficult lives in the midst of change. Initially the stories feel like kids with superpowers stories that wouldn’t be amiss in a Marvel or DC book but, over time, the stories shift from teens to young adults in their twenties minus the superpowers and focused more on their relationships. The first couple of stories feature teen girls with Carrie-esque psychic powers that trigger when stress is applied and the next story is a [...]

    7. For those who haven't read this yet, the idea is that every issue was a short story about a young person with a different "power."I say "power" instead of power or Power! because I guess some of these things would not really be qualified as powers. Eating human flesh? I mean, I guess it depends on the chef. You know that part in the Hannibal movie where he's just cooking up a piece of that dude's brain? I feel like brain meat would be rubbery. Not the most delicious part of a person. So eating t [...]

    8. This series of 12 stories of young people who are standing at the crossroads of some life-altering decision they have to make is somewhat uneven, but the stories I liked were really good. They leave the reader with a sense of shock. Some of the stories are fantastical and some real.

    9. Some truly intense stories, made that much rougher by the haphazard artworkbut happily there's some light at the end of this very dark night. Gonna take a good long break before volume two, but I'll be going forward for sure

    10. Part of the growing trend of putting superheroes into an everyday context (see also Powers, Runaways, "Heroes" on TV). Standouts for me were2. Emmy (gas station attendant) and 5. Girl You Want (what you see is what I am)Some really beautiful, manga-influenced drawing here. Becky Cloonan's style is remarkably similar to Ryan Kelly's. And so, this feels very much like Local (a book I adored almost completely). It has the same short story style, and the tone is very much the same. Dark and ominous [...]

    11. For a while, I was not sure about this book. The stories, while interesting, seemed to vanish without figuring out how to be awesome. Young people faced decisions, yes, and sometimes they had powers of some kind. Generally very large powers--one girl could make people do what she said, another could make things go boom. One girl became whatever anyone wanted her to be. This was cool, and horrifying, and it was clever how she latched onto the one girl who saw her as she was. As she, the girl who [...]

    12. I think I'm slightly picky lately, for some reason, but this is only 3 1/2 stars for me. There were a few of the vignettes that I really loved, and the rest were good, but it was slightly uneven to me. I laughed out loud, not in a bad way, but in an unexpected way, at the story where the girl ends up with a chunk of wood sticking out of her. The first story is memorable, and my husband reminded me of the one with the "Slacker Code" when I was asking him which stories stuck in his mind. That one [...]

    13. I first heard of Demo in a class I took on graphic novels (isn’t college awesome?). It wasn’t required reading, but one of the final presentation groups focused on it, and I’ve been eager to read it ever since. I’m a sucker for realistic portrayals of life with super powers, but what really attracted me visually is that each story has a separate art style, despite all being illustrated by the same artist.Each of the stories is touching, in some cases heart-wrenching, and feels very true [...]

    14. Some time ago I’ve read “Local” from Brian Wood. I really enjoyed it, so I was disappointed with this book. “Demo” is a short stories collection of miserable teens. Some of them are in love, others are trying to find a way of life and most of them have some kind of power. I think the author was trying to give some profound meaning to all this, but he kind of missed the point. I didn’t felt connected to any particular character. I actually found them quite superficial. The plot was a [...]

    15. Eh, I don't know about this one. Too many stories, too many abrupt ends. Nothing felt finished. And although it purports to be about conflicted teens, who are these people? When I was a teen, I didn't live with some guy or have a job that required a suit & meeting attendence or throw a desk down a flight of stairs & then go home to my live-in girlfriend and tell her to beat it. I was still living with my parents. Perhaps the teen misnomer is why it's kept in the YA section, but surely al [...]

    16. The summary of this book wasn't even close to what I read. It was a lot darker than what I expected (downright depressing at times) and the few cute/lighter issues were not enough to lift the mood above the hard-to-read line. I was expecting an X-Men kind of vibe, which this anthology couldn't have been further from. It wasn't bad, but definitely wouldn't qualify as "good" to me either

    17. 12 different stories, and pretty much each one starts of and just seems like a normal story, then all of a sudden something will be revealed about the main character. I didn't know much about this, just that I really like the writer, and so far Brian Wood hasn't disappointed me.

    18. Maybe I am not young, but I found these "coming of age only with superpowers" to be well, I thought so many of these people are idiots. Not "oh, they're children, they're so young and so fresh" -- they're just idiots. Then again, I didn't think much of Romeo and Juliet either.

    19. The twelve stories are all unique in their visuals and story lines. One thing I liked for each story was how each story left you wondering what happened after the story ended.

    20. J'ai essayé. Je l'ai lâché, je l'ai recommencé. Rien à faire. Je ne suis pas arrivée à m'attacher aux personnages, ces 12 jeunes qui, l'un après l'autre, découvrent une autre dimension de leur personnalité lors d'un moment dramatique de leur vie. C'était ma première lecture de Wood, et j'avoue ne pas être trop tentée de poursuivre mon exploration de son œuvre. C'est comme s'il manquait à la narration une dimension pour faire respirer les personnages. Notons les illustrations en n [...]

    21. Teen angst cranked up to the fullest. A few interesting stories, but not enough to justify reading the whole book. Liked the art style, but the dialogues were too heavy handed and the stories too bleak and one note for enjoyment.

    22. Really torn between three and four stars. It's an anthology of short stories, so there's, of course, some hit and miss. Overall very solid, with a handful of real heartbreakers.

    23. eh, this wasn't as good as I remember it being. Love Becky Cloonan's art but a lot of the stories just kinda fell flat.

    24. For all that this is tonally and emotionally covering well-weathered ground for the aughties indie male graphic novelist, there is still much to engage with and absorb from Wood's early effort.

    25. I've read this graphic novel twice now. Short stories about humans who have strange powers. Likea less comic-y version of the beginnings of X-men. I love it. I'd recommend it to anyone.

    26. Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan collaborate to create a phenomenal graphic novel with the collection Demo. The twelve stories of people with unique "gifts" feels like a modern version of X-Men - all the tragedy that comes from being different but without the fancy costuming. As a result, Demo is all the better for it, grounding its characters in real life and making for a fantastic read. Here's a breif rundown of the 12 chapters:1/NYC: Marie is on medication to control her explosive gift. Leaving w [...]

    27. DemoBrian Wood wrote itBecky Cloonan drew itThe short stories in Demo are united by one theme: young people with power. Some of this power is familiar (super strength; a kind of mind control), but Wood's strength is in keeping most of these powers mysterious, confusing to even the kids who possess them. Wood has a talent for telling stories about young people that feel genuine, set in the real world, dealing with circumstances just on the other side of possible. Despite this talent and some exce [...]

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