Book Review: Stephen King’s N., Marc Guggenheim & Alex Maleev (2011)

October 21st, 2013 12:11 pm by mad mags

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four out of five stars

Tucked away off an inconspicuous dirt road Motton, Maine – right on the eastern bank of the Androscoggin River and not far from the town of Chester’s Mill (which also seems to be experiencing more than its fair share of supernatural activity as of late!) – sits an ominous patch of land known by the locals as “Ackerman’s Field.” Named for its earliest recorded owner, Ackerman’s Field is home to a mysterious, Stonehenge-like rock formation consisting of eight – or maybe seven, depending on one’s point of view – giant boulders, in the center of which exists a portal wie kann ich von facebook videos herunterladen. A gate. A rip in the very fabric of the universe. On the other side? Unspeakable evil, straining to break through. Only the keeper of the field – the person who, through the simple (and oftentimes unwitting) act of bearing witness, activates this “thinny” – can keep the monsters at bay herunterladen. In August 2006, this person became Nathan N. Nance.

Based on the short story of the same name (published in the wonderful Just After Sunset), Stephen King’s N lato herunterladen. is a faithful adaptation of Stephen King’s story. (Oh, how I wish screenwriters would take a clue from comic book artists. Who are they to think they can improve upon the work of Stephen King herunterladen? He’s Stephen King, yo! Exhibit A: Under the Dome.) Most of the short story is told in the form of case notes and an only partially finished manuscript; here, these scenes are translated into panels in which “N.” meets with his psychiatrist Johnny Bonsaint and relays the story to him (and us!) in real time cad autocad kostenlos download. From there begins Dr. Bonsaint’s own descent into madness. We’re also treated to an additional backstory about the field’s origins (dating back to Andrew Ackerman), as well as its future in the hands of celebrity doctor (and childhood friend of Dr ich kann keine bilder mehren. Bonsaint and his sister Sheila) Charlie Keen.

As with Marvel’s The Dark Tower series, N. is suitable for Stephen King fans and non-fans alike – though King’s Constant Readers, of course, are likely to get more out of it. I recommend reading the short story before picking up the comic, since the writers had to trim quite a bit of a dialogue; while little is lost from the overall story, I think Nathan’s increasingly precarious mental state is better chronicled in written form, with more nuance and depth than can be captured in a graphic novel. On the other hand, this version is so faithful to the original that you may find yourself quoting memorable bits of conversation as you jump from panel to panel.

The artwork by Alex Maleev is dark and foreboding, though not quite as visually stunning as that found in The Dark Tower series. Along with scenes of characters interacting, the artists threw in pieces of ephemera: newspaper articles (including one by Chester’s Mill’s own Julia Shumway, back in the days when she was an honest-to-goodness journalist and not one apex in a tired and contrived love triangle), letters, maps, and the like. Also included are sketchbooks and alternate covers for issues one and two.

Overall, it’s a thoroughly enjoyable graphic novel, even if it lacks some of the psychological punch of the original story.

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