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Winner of the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards

"Smoldering brilliant... What Burns does so memorably here is blend the erotic and the frightening to create a black hole the reader will want to visit again and again."
--The Boston Globe

"The best graphic novel of the year... One of the most stunning graphic novels yet published."

"Black Hole is Burns's masterwork."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Surreal and unnerving... A remarkable work."
--Chicago Sun-Times

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Winner of the Eisner, Harvey, and Ignatz Awards

The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.

As we inhabit the heads of several key characters — some kids who have it, some who don’t, some who are about to get it — what unfolds isn’t the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself — the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.

And then the murders start.

As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.

To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin…

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  • Broché: 368 pages
  • Editeur : Pantheon; Édition : Reprint (8 janvier 2008)
  • Collection : Pantheon Graphic Novels
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0375714723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375714726
  • Dimensions du produit: 16,5 x 3,6 x 24,1 cm
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par joe the lion le 26 octobre 2011
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un chef d'oeuvre d'un genre unique, celui de Charles Burns. style éblouissant, histoire fascinante. c'est un must, une expérience forte.
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par GHIGO le 4 mars 2012
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Super BD alternative, fascinante. c'est un must, a ne pas rater les outre ouvre de l'artiste charles burns, tres interessant.
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0 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par M.D. le 1 mai 2014
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Des femmes à queues de diables, des reflets inquiétants dans des miroirs, mises en pages bicolores ( noir & blanc ) ... Ces bédéistes auraient à gagner de parfaire leurs 9x planches. L'imprimé rend un graphisme "bulle", dont l'imprimante trois D. offrirait un résultat autrement plus concis. [Dorénavant, utile aux dessinateurs : utilisez la dernière classe technologique]
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Easily one of the year's best. 15 novembre 2005
Par Robert Beveridge - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Charles Burns, Black Hole (Pantheon, 2005)

Really, the only thing I should need to say about Charles Burns' superlative Black Hole is "wow." And I'm not terribly sure I can say anything more; many professional reviewers have tried, and as good as the reviews have uniformly been, all of them have failed to capture what it is that makes Black Hole one of the best books, graphic or no, of the past half-decade (or more). When faced with such glorious failure, why not give it a shot?

Set in suburban Seattle in the mid-seventies, Black Hole centers on two high-school students, Keith and Chris, who know nothing about one another other than the they share a biology class. Keith, like most of the rest of his class, has a major crush on Chris; Chris thinks Keith is a really nice guy. The chapters alternate between the exploits (and points-of-view) of the two.

Surrounding the tale of these two would-be lovers is the Bug, a sexually-transmitted disease (while one couldn't call it akin to pregnancy, given its 100% infection rate, Burns does have a few amusing moments where his characters liken it to same). People infected with the Bug are outcasts who live in a wooded area above Ravenna Park that Keith and his stoner pals call Planet Xeno (for no particular reason they can name). There are also weird goings-on in the woods (that will likely put you in mind of The Blair Witch Project). And then people infected with the Bug start to disappear...

Black Hole is pitch-perfect in tone, pacing, and characterization. There's just a touch of nostalgia, though Burns never allows himself to fall into the trap of romanticizing the mid-seventies. The mystery angle is handled strangely but effectively; the world outside doesn't know about it, and the infected themselves almost seem to accept it as one more way in which they're outcasts. No one's really interested in solving it; it's just there. It's an unexpected way of handling things, and risky. But as everything else in this book, Burns handles it with brilliance.

If there is a weakness to the book, it comes in the final fifty pages. One of the storylines (telling you which would probably be considered a spoiler) has a weak ending. Burns, however, makes up for it with the ending to the other storyline, which is handled with even more eloquence and power than the rest of the story.

I can't say enough about the art, either. Burns cut his teeth in early issues of RAW Magazine, and it shows; his work (this was, according to interviews and other reviews, a conscious decision on Burns' part) never changed during the decade it took him to write this book. From the looks of things, if you compare his work in RAW (what I remember of it, anyway; it's been a while) to the work in Black Hole), it's still strikingly similar. Because it's what I've been reading, I have an urge to compare the art in Black Hole to that of, say, Sandman; the problem is that the Sandman artists and Burns are miles and worlds away from one another artistically. It wouldn't be like apples and oranges, but maybe Golden Delicious apples and d'Anjou pears. Burns does what he does, and while it may look more crude than recent titles, everything has its reason, and by the time you've finished this, there will be no argument that Burns is at the top of his game here.

Fantastic. Will easily find a spot near the top of my Best Reads of the Year list. *****
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Eueww! It touched me with its second mouth... 6 janvier 2006
Par Schtinky - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Outstanding! Absolutely the best graphic horror novel ever written, and brought together in one book that I literally finished in only a few hours. Then I had to go back, and peer once again at the wonderfully twisted graphic cells.

Forget herpes and AIDS, this story is about a $exually transmitted disease that is sweeping through the teen population in Seattle WA during the 70's. Sure, it may be fatal, but when teenagers are so concerned about looks and cliques and fitting in, this little bug reaches into the core of their self esteem and strips it by making them become...freaks. Every reaction is different, from second mouths to boils to skin peels to total disfigurement.

In an era of heavy greenery-smoking, a group of friends, including Keith Pearson, like to make their way to a private spot in the woods to get high. They find strange items, like a campsite of sorts.

Keith is enamored by a girl in his biology class, Chris. But Chris has a crush on Rob Facincanni. At a party, Rob protests but Chris seduces him, only afterward discovering why he protested. Rob is one of "them", the 'diseased'.

While Rob and Chris come to an understanding, Keith meets an affected girl names Eliza. Rob helps Christ to escape to the `encampment', a place where the 'diseased' live in peace, in their makeshift camps. Keith tries to save Chris from the camps, but still feels Eliza pulling him to her.

But really, can anyone be saved from this monstrous evil? Is hiding the best way, or would running away be better? How many of the diseased within the camp are also diseased in the mind? What will happen to Keith, Chris, Rob, and Eliza? Certainly, you will find it to be more than your average teen must deal with.

'Black Hole' is heavy gauge graphic-novel-horror at the best its ever going to get. Subtle in places, horrific in others. The setting of the 70's really touched me also, concert tickets to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, David Bowie's "new" album 'Diamond Dogs', the parties, the smoking, the haircuts. Its all realistic and stupendously great. 'Black Hole' makes my teen years in the Seattle area not look so bad after all.

The only thing I could find wrong with 'Black Hole' is that there wasn't enough of it. I want more. More disfigurement, more violence, more squinginess. If you read only one book in 2006, make sure it's 'Black Hole'. A MUST for any aficionado of the horror genre, and the graphic novel nuts. Definitely worth the price. Enjoy!
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Once You Were Tagged, You Were "IT" Forever 13 décembre 2005
Par prisrob - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
"I don't think I've ever read anything that better captures the details, feelings, anxieties, smells, and cringing horror of my own teenage years better than Black Hole. By the book's end, one ends up feeling so deeply for the main character it's all one can do not to turn the book over and start reading again."
Chris Ware

I had heard about this book, but I really didn't know what it was about. Me, the adult, who loves to read, and Amazon sent me this book I ordered. Why, it is a comic book! I started to read, and I was captivated. This was meant for the teenager in all of us. The teenage years, we can't quite forget. For some of us, the best years of our life, for others, the alienating, lonely, isolating years of our teenage existence.

Charles Burns started writing a comic book ten years ago that became a large three hundred and eighty plus paged book of teenage life. Done in back and white drawings with a story in first person, it tells us of "The Bug", a strange plague transmitted by sexual contact that affects and infects teenagers in Seattle in the 1970's. The teenagers are affected in different ways, for some it is a rash; for others it is the grotesque body parts that grow upon their bodies. But, for all, it is an isolating, alienating experience. No one who has "The Bug" will ever be accepted by society or ever be the same again. The anxiety of our high school years, the torment, the torture of words, by our peers. How can we forget? Well, we can't and "The Back Hole' brings this world home to us.

Keith has a crush on Chris. He and Chris have sex with other people, and they both develop the plague, "The Bug". There is no education about this new "thing", there is no publicity to help make everyone aware of this new "thing". It just is, and those who have it are isolated. They either live in the woods or come out at night, or they live in a tent like Chris. Chris and Keith find each other and find a little solace in their loves. There are no adults in this book; there are no adults in the teenager's lives. Because after all, what would they say "I told you so?" This is a world of a black hole, isolating, alienating, and miserable. An existence that many of us have seen. And, then the murders begin.

Charles Black is a genius. He must be. How else someone could write a book for teenagers, but meant for everyone to read. But at the same time, meant only for teenagers, for them to know, for us to realize, we are not alone, this existence is real but there are people who care. Highly Recommended. prisrob
13 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Like That 70's Show meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer 4 juin 2006
Par Wheelchair Assassin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I picked up Black Hole completely on a whim last week, enticed by the intriguing cover but having never heard of it or author Charles Burns. Now, having read it through (in a period of about two hours), I can see where all the acclaim comes from, as I've never encountered a novel, graphic or otherwise, quite like this one. Rendered in stark, shadowy, black-and-white, it's a roller coaster of emotions that, sadly, stay frequently buried beneath the surface, but they're certainly no less compelling for it. It's laden with symbolism and subtleties, but at the same time the narrative moves forward with lightning speed and economy as its tale of fear and loathing in 1970's suburbia unfolds. Even though it's set in a particular time and place among a particular age group, there's so much of the universal in Black Hole and its characters that pretty much anyone should see something of themselves in it.

As the book opens, a town just outside Seattle has been stricken with an STD known only as "The Bug," a plague that manifests itself in all sorts of bizarre symptoms ranging from molting skin to webbed fingers to much nastier and less concealable deformities, with two interesting qualifications: it never goes away, and it only affects teenagers. We quickly learn that The Bug is spreading through the local high school, and apparently it's gotten far enough that the students are no longer even trying to stop it but instead carrying on with their usual activities and old social order. The popular kids are still self-medicating with booze, drugs, and casual sex, while the chess-club geeks are cast out even more explicitly than before, with their conditions driving them to a lonely, near-feral existence in the woods outside of town. At the same time, though, all sorts of weird apparitions (baby dolls tied to trees and the like) are showing up in the woods, presaging a string of murders that leave pretty much everybody a little on edge.

Much of the story is conveyed through narration by the two main characters (more on them later), and while I'm normally not a fan of the device the narration here is so frequently poetic and affecting I was willing to give Burns a pass. Black Hole is also laden with fevered dream sequences like something you might find in the Sopranos, allowing Burns to indulge his (apparent) penchant for freakish, foreboding visions that further add to the book's general feelings of horror and alienation. As one might expect, discomfort, whether social, sexual, or some combination of the two, is a prevailing theme of the book. Granted, that's nothing out of the ordinary for high school, but in this case everything's magnified by the presence of The Bug, adding a whole new element to Black Hole's examination of inner turmoil and interpersonal dynamics among teenagers. What's afflicting the characters on the outside reflects back what they're going through on the inside as they struggle with the feelings of longing, existential angst, and plain old teen boredom.

There were some shots sprinkled throughout the book that I found rather unpleasant (both concerning the bug's symptoms and otherwise), but given that the characters are a stage in their lives when they're just discovering themselves and their bodies the occasionally unsettling imagery isn't at all inappropriate. More to the point, though, Burns tells his story with so much empathy and humanity that the depictions of sex and violence only serve to heighten its tensions rather than distract from them. The book centers mainly around two characters, Keith and Chris, who are brought into contact early on and who form an ambiguous relationship amidst the insanity brought on by The Bug. They're both sort of stuck in the wrong crowds, and you can tell they're looking for some sort of release from the constraints of their high-school environment, but at the same time their different social circles prevent them from really connecting the way Burns makes you feel they should. Both are extremely well-drawn and complex characters, though, whose feelings are way more sophisticated than what you'll find in pretty much any depiction of teenagers in popular media. There's Keith, the thoughtful guy who's a little too sensitive for the stoners he hangs out with, and Chris, that rare hot and popular chick who's also actually nice and intelligent, and whom Keith (along with lots of other guys) has a deep-seated thing for. For most of the book they just sort of circle each other as Burns tells their stories in alternating chapters, with Chris never seeming to realize just how Keith feels about her, which gives all of their interactions a sort of tragic quality as they each pursue happiness with someone else.

So, to review: Black Hole is a great book, and if you don't read it you're missing out. And, yeah, that's pretty much it.
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Much ado about The Bug. 3 septembre 2011
Par Blake Belleman - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
There is something I feel like I need to put out there so that potential buyers know what they're buying. This is a dark, sci-fi comic about kids coming of age. That is exactly what it is. Like all other stories using the coming of age archetype there are ups and downs, failed starts and missed connections. Maybe you heard that this is a comic about an STD called The Bug which mutates those that contract it and think that it will be some sci-fi thriller more akin to The Fly rather than say... The Breakfast Club. While that comparison may be a tad harsh, I think it's true. You have a smattering of teens from various backgrounds and it follows them as they learn to deal with the prejudices against them and how they will get by in this new life.

Do not get me wrong, this is still a great read and I have gladly reread it a few times, but I was definitely expecting something else going into it.

The characters are memorable and the struggles are comparable to those that any teen goes through: self-discovery, the future vs the now, who can you trust and who are your real friends, what it means to love... These are all tropes that we're familiar with but with a new angle. The Bug is only a catalyst for the events in the book, and although I would have liked to known more about it and where it came from, that does not make the story any worse for wear. That being said, I felt that something was missing. Maybe I would have liked it more if the story wasn't set so fiercely on this handful of teens. I would have liked to see what the parents were doing and how they felt. I wanted to know why some characters were stalwart loners while others were paranoid clingers. Regardless, I would recommend this book easily, I would just make sure to stress that this is not a story about The Bug, but rather about kids with The Bug.
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