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10 thoughts on “The Squidder

  1. says:

    I requested this graphic novel from Net Galley because a few of my friends checked it out and thought it was pretty good They were right.I found this to be action packed fun I liked the characters and I enjoyed the artwork quite a bit I found that I enjoyed looking at the panelsfrom a distance rather than up close Once I got a feel for the artist, I knew in which few parts I wanted to zoom in to see the details The artwork reminded me a little bit of Impressionist paintings It all ca I requested this graphic novel from Net Galley because a few of my friends checked it out and thought it was pretty good They were right.I found this to be action packed fun I liked the characters and I enjoyed the artwork quite a bit I found that I enjoyed looking at the panelsfrom a distance rather than up close Once I got a feel for the artist, I knew in which few parts I wanted to zoom in to see the details The artwork reminded me a little bit of Impressionist paintings It all came together best when viewed from a little ways back.The story was a little confused I m not sure that s the word I m looking for These are some of the familiar themes that came to mind while I was reading The Cthulhu Mythos sort of obvious , Mad Max, Dune, riding a behemoth squid instead of a worm , Rambo made into a killing machine, but now idle , The Terminator sort of , and the Borg from Star Trek hive minds and whatnot Despite all that, I did like the idea of The Squidder, a genetically modified soldier designed to fight against the invading legions of squid I am interested to see where it will go from here.Overall, I enjoyed this graphic novel and I found it to be entertaining While not wholly original, I think it still has the potential to visit some entirely new places in the future and for this reason, I will be looking for the second in the series.Recommended for sci fi graphic novel fans, fans of Lovecraft and of horror in general.I was provided a copy of this graphic novel by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review This is it


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    First off I love Ben Templesmiths artwork, it s not clean cut panels and pristine colours, it s dark and raw, visceral, its blood and fire Something to behold, something to look at, take it in and appreciate, leave your microscope behind because you don t see stuff like this every day I got the opportunity to review this and my thanks to Netgalley IDW publishing but instead of the electronic version I ve got the behemoth Kickstarter Hardcover which is a substantial and wickedly impressive p First off I love Ben Templesmiths artwork, it s not clean cut panels and pristine colours, it s dark and raw, visceral, its blood and fire Something to behold, something to look at, take it in and appreciate, leave your microscope behind because you don t see stuff like this every day I got the opportunity to review this and my thanks to Netgalley IDW publishing but instead of the electronic version I ve got the behemoth Kickstarter Hardcover which is a substantial and wickedly impressive piece The artwork was everything I expected and a hell of a lot , there was extra artwork in the rear that was just phenomenal and yes I guess I am breaking down into fanboy mode Doesn t happen very often, in fact fuck the story I m just going to show some of the artwork and let it speak for itself There are many stories about the end of the world It s a popular subject These dystopian tales show a bruised and battered humanity, struggling to get by in a world where everything has changed In Ben Templesmith s The Squidder, the cause of mankind s decline is a race of ancient alien squids that invaded the planet and wiped out most of humanity But there are those that fight, those that were bred to fight and its all about the fight That s me done Blood and fire is a familiar backdrop to Ben Templesmith s stuff There s even a bit of sex but not your usual pregnancy I assure you And yep the backdrop is fire Quality, go get it My apologies the pics aren t there go to


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    Reading Ben Templesmith s The Squidder is a game of spot the reference I don t think there s a single original element to it that hasn t already been used two or three times already in muchfamous books or movies In some post apocalyptic world like Mad Max, The Road, The Walking Dead, I Am Legend , humans have become like crops to be harvested by flying squid monsters THE MATRIX anyone Our hero is Jack aka a Squidder, a genetically enhanced soldier like 2000AD s Rogue Trooper whos Reading Ben Templesmith s The Squidder is a game of spot the reference I don t think there s a single original element to it that hasn t already been used two or three times already in muchfamous books or movies In some post apocalyptic world like Mad Max, The Road, The Walking Dead, I Am Legend , humans have become like crops to be harvested by flying squid monsters THE MATRIX anyone Our hero is Jack aka a Squidder, a genetically enhanced soldier like 2000AD s Rogue Trooper whose nanites cause any harm to him becomes magically healed like Valiant s Bloodshot who lost his wife and kids to the squids because losing your family counts as instant audience empathy, right Together with a female human sidekick, who s a squid mage whatever that means, the two must travel the post apocalyptic world like The Book of Eli to battle a female baddie who controls the hive mind of the squids Anyone play Starcraft This character screams KERRIGAN so much I bet Blizzard could sue and win if they wanted I swear she s even drawn like her in some panels This book elicited two emotions from me hatred and boredom When I wasn t feeling one, I was feeling the other By the end, I was feeling both Every page is dull action it s always tense when your main character is invincible or cliched dialogue with plot and visuals borrowed from multiple sources This was one long slog through utterly crap writing following two non characters on an incoherent quest to do something that I can t even muster up the energy to not care about I kind of wanted the squids to win, that s how much I loathed our heroes , but really I just wanted it to end There was one scene here that seemed original, where the female squid mage becomes instantly pregnant and births a sword yup, that squeezes it way out of there but what a monumentally stupid scene I mean really, birthing a sword The Squidder is a horrendously written and conceived comic Templesmith s a decent artist but he s not a good writer Those other things I mentioned earlier Go check those out instead, they are infinitely better than this load of rotten squid


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    2.5A hundred year old genetically engineered soldier is the humanity s last chance of survival The Earth is conquered by the great Squid and it s up to one man to deal with it The story is interesting, but the font and colours made it almost unreadable I ve read it as a story divided into four parts and had to stop every now and then to rest my eyes.


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    I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review This was potentially an interesting concept, but the font and font color used made it impossible to continue past page 44 If the publisher would fix this, it will be a solid four stars.


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    4.5 Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Jack is a squidder, a genetically modified soldier used to battle the invading alien squid, but now a relic of the past The new world is ruled by a Cthulhu like god and an army of squid men Jack is asked to acquire a priestess of the god, but instead he decides to save her and they journey to what may be the final battle to save the earth.Jack was quite an engaging character, a wise cracking hard 4.5 Disclaimer I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Jack is a squidder, a genetically modified soldier used to battle the invading alien squid, but now a relic of the past The new world is ruled by a Cthulhu like god and an army of squid men Jack is asked to acquire a priestess of the god, but instead he decides to save her and they journey to what may be the final battle to save the earth.Jack was quite an engaging character, a wise cracking hard ass but with a gentler side that is shown through his helping the priestess, Seph, and his devotion to his dead family The other characters didn t stand out quite as much, Seph has some great scenes as well and shows herself to just as prone to violence as Jack and a total bad ass.The story itself was dark, disturbing and incredibly violent and it packs a lot into the 111 pages The back story to Seph and Jack is done really well and addsdepth to the read Art wise, this looks amazing The drawings are sketchy, often lacking in detail but lose no impact for it, perfectly suiting the mood of the storyline Highly enjoyable post apocalyptic read


  7. says:

    Excellent science fiction comic grahic novel, really like this artist style of drawing, much different from other artists, really good good story line.


  8. says:

    The Squidder is a strange work by Ben Templesmith, but when it was all finished I liked it quite a bit I had a hard time reading some of the panels, but that might have been because I had a review copy.The Squidder is genetically modified human designed to fight off an invasion of squid like aliens from outer space He s the last of his kind, and humans have won the war, sort of, so he spends his time hiring out for mercenary type jobs He doesn t like a lot of the people he works for, but he The Squidder is a strange work by Ben Templesmith, but when it was all finished I liked it quite a bit I had a hard time reading some of the panels, but that might have been because I had a review copy.The Squidder is genetically modified human designed to fight off an invasion of squid like aliens from outer space He s the last of his kind, and humans have won the war, sort of, so he spends his time hiring out for mercenary type jobs He doesn t like a lot of the people he works for, but he s good at taking a tough job He rescues a weird priestess that serves the squids and this isthan he can take since the squids killed his wife, but he sees a chance to rid the world of the squids once and for all He finds strange allies and enemies in this fight before it s over.The story was interesting A strange futuristic story that felt like a throwback to a Western I liked Ben Templesmith s art in 30 Days of Night and the art is really interesting, but may not be to everyone s taste It s kind of all over the place and less defined, but I think it s pretty cool The cover will give you an idea of what the art inside looks like It was different and I liked it.I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, IDW Publishing, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you for allowing me to review this bold graphic novel


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    I tried to like it but I just couldn t This is my first time trying out Ben Templesmith and I appreciate his art but just not as much when coupled with his writing It has to be one or the other, I think, because together they just didn t work out If I have to work hard to get into the artwork and understand the story through the graphic panels, I also don t want to be working equally as hard trying to piece the story together via a confusing and stalling narrative The two stars here are all I tried to like it but I just couldn t This is my first time trying out Ben Templesmith and I appreciate his art but just not as much when coupled with his writing It has to be one or the other, I think, because together they just didn t work out If I have to work hard to get into the artwork and understand the story through the graphic panels, I also don t want to be working equally as hard trying to piece the story together via a confusing and stalling narrative The two stars here are all for the art because Templesmith really knows how to put forth the picture of post apocalyptic anguish and I just plain loved the way he paints the night sky But he can keep his squid aliens They were kind of lame anyway


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    I was a backer for The Squidder on Kickstarter, so the version I read is the complete hardcover graphic novel published by 44Flood rather than the IDW hardcover collected trade Ben Templesmith writer and illustrator described it as a director s cut which indicates that it may have some additional content The physical book itself is beautiful with wrap around cover, high quality heavy satin finish stock, UV ink highlights on the cover, and just overall quality product Many of the pages see I was a backer for The Squidder on Kickstarter, so the version I read is the complete hardcover graphic novel published by 44Flood rather than the IDW hardcover collected trade Ben Templesmith writer and illustrator described it as a director s cut which indicates that it may have some additional content The physical book itself is beautiful with wrap around cover, high quality heavy satin finish stock, UV ink highlights on the cover, and just overall quality product Many of the pages seemed just a touch out of focus, like the plates weren t perfectly calibrated which was especially distracting when the dialogue was either red on black or green on black The art and the story are like a fever dream Moments of clarity in a disorienting haze of stimulus Templesmith works with ink on paper and all the coloring is watercolor It cannot be overstated how mesmerizing the effect can be The combination creates nuance and subtlety and infinite variation of tones within a single frame The colors are natural earthy shades, rust and patina The mood they set are the backbone of the storytelling Most of the ink illustration is loose and energetic There can be a very kinetic feel to it, but as often as not the action is lost in an explosion of ink and paint The anatomy of the characters are fluid and inconsistent, but as many are squid like I guess that is to be expected I haven t really discussed the story yet, and mentioning it this late makes it seem like and after thought, but that is probably appropriate The Squidder is a murky, post apocalyptic, ronin folktale His wife and child are dead He is the last warrior standing, facing an impossibly strong enemy There is a magical MacGuffin which makes our hero the one man in all of creation uniquely suited to save his world It is as paint by numbers as the actual painting is not I think Templesmith just wanted to have a Lovecraftian story where he could paint really cool epic scenes with a lot of tentacles


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The Squidder An Old Soldier From A Forgotten War In A Post Apocalyptic World That Has Left Him Behind Is One Of The Last Of The Legendary Squidder Legions Can A Discarded Relic With A Death Wish And A Rebellious Squid Priestess Overthrow Humanity S Tentacled Alien Overlords Ben Templesmith Returns To His Roots To Finally Do The Tentacle Cthulhu Orientated Book He S Always Promised