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30 review for Neil Gaiman's Mr. Hero The Newmatic Man: The Complete Comics, Volume One

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cale

    There is a very big difference between something being 'Neil Gaiman's...' and being by Neil Gaiman. The latter gives you things like Sandman, The Books of Magic, and Mr. Punch. The former gets you... a steam-powered robot with two switchable heads. Iconic it is not. It is also definitely of its time - part of the mid 90's Comics boom and bust, this typifies a few aspects of the time - the overly buff men, the over-saturated colors, the painful dialogue. It eschews a number of tropes, though; the There is a very big difference between something being 'Neil Gaiman's...' and being by Neil Gaiman. The latter gives you things like Sandman, The Books of Magic, and Mr. Punch. The former gets you... a steam-powered robot with two switchable heads. Iconic it is not. It is also definitely of its time - part of the mid 90's Comics boom and bust, this typifies a few aspects of the time - the overly buff men, the over-saturated colors, the painful dialogue. It eschews a number of tropes, though; the female lead spends most of her time fully dressed, and the action is cartoony rather than grim and gritty. The concept behind the series is at least somewhat novel; dinosaur-like Teknophage created the steam-man and now wants to recapture him, using a bureaucracy of odd intermediaries while he makes cracks about eating cro-magnons. Heroine Jennifer is a spunky 20-something with no real goals in life who just sort of breezes through everything that happens. Mr. Hero is a 19th century pugilist with one head and an obnoxious know-it-all with the other head. The stories are pretty slight overall, with a bevy of increasingly bizarre characters randomly accosting the protagonists, while other villains are making bigger amorphous plans. The dialogue is occasionally painful, and the overall story is meandering, but it's not quite actively obnoxious. Just not remarkable in any way. If you want to read Neil Gaiman, this should be way down on your list (not least of which because it's not actually by him - he just provided the concept).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Meyer

    The book Mr. hero by Nell Gaiman's is a funny and a good book. I would give this book a three to four star rating because of it hummer. One of the main reasons for the rating is the action and Events.The second reasons is He has to become and hero with his new friend. These are some of the reasons why I gave this book a three to four star. The first reason is that His main task was to be sent to earth and to rule it. But he was in a boxing match and he was knocked out for about one hundred years The book Mr. hero by Nell Gaiman's is a funny and a good book. I would give this book a three to four star rating because of it hummer. One of the main reasons for the rating is the action and Events.The second reasons is He has to become and hero with his new friend. These are some of the reasons why I gave this book a three to four star. The first reason is that His main task was to be sent to earth and to rule it. But he was in a boxing match and he was knocked out for about one hundred years and he was found by a local street musician. It was interesting to me because of how the author came up with the story. The second reason is that he was funny about it. Some of the funny things where that the bad guy was a lizard type of alligator and that he sent many bad guys to take Mr hero from the women. Also i find it funny is that the street magician is not even funny but she is working towards a goal by saving the money. The third reason is that it is an overall good book. It is a quick read if you need that are interested in a good read. This graphic novel is good for all ages of reading and is just the right length to read. The overall reason I gave this book the rating is that it is fun for boys and girls and it was funny and had lots of action for me. I would recommend this book to anybody that has to get some books in for a reading goal or just for another book on the shelf. It also helps with people overcoming this just as Mr hero did when fighting the bad guys.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin L

    An interesting graphic novel/comic book series. I found it tough to get into at the start, but soon settled in and found myself enjoying the main character, Jenny, and her steam-powered robot co-star. His personality changes significantly with the change of his head, making for a somewhat odd, but interesting story-line. The main plot of aliens manipulating humans and trying to control earth's population was a good enough basis for this and kept me interested in the overarching story through each An interesting graphic novel/comic book series. I found it tough to get into at the start, but soon settled in and found myself enjoying the main character, Jenny, and her steam-powered robot co-star. His personality changes significantly with the change of his head, making for a somewhat odd, but interesting story-line. The main plot of aliens manipulating humans and trying to control earth's population was a good enough basis for this and kept me interested in the overarching story through each installment.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meegy

    Love this book! Neil Gaiman writes amazing graphic novels!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    This one is pretty obscure. I'd never heard of it until I saw it on a friend's bookshelf. I thought it was strange I hadn't heard of it since Neil Gaiman's name was on it and I'm pretty familiar with his work. The reason is, while Gaiman developed the concept for some of the characters, he didn't write the comics himself. It's a little campy, but there's some good relationship development and some good humor, the artwork is solid, and I was never bored.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eamonn Murphy

    Neil Gaiman’s Mr Hero is a character in the Teknophage epic which was dreamed up by Neil Gaiman in the early 1990s but folded in a comic book bust the like of which happens every ten years or so. It’s fair to point out that this volume can be read as a standalone but does tie in with the others in the series, namely Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage Vol. # 1 and 2. Linking the saga together is the Teknophage himself, a 65 million-year-old lizard and one of the classic villains of comics, up there with Da Neil Gaiman’s Mr Hero is a character in the Teknophage epic which was dreamed up by Neil Gaiman in the early 1990s but folded in a comic book bust the like of which happens every ten years or so. It’s fair to point out that this volume can be read as a standalone but does tie in with the others in the series, namely Neil Gaiman’s Teknophage Vol. # 1 and 2. Linking the saga together is the Teknophage himself, a 65 million-year-old lizard and one of the classic villains of comics, up there with Darkseid, Magneto and Doctor Doom. We learn in the first three pages that Mr Hero was constructed by the Teknophage in his factory on Kalighoul in another dimension and sent to Earth, presumably to cause trouble. Henry Phage has a long term plan to corrupt and conquer our planet. ‘But even the devil can err in his works and in place of a demon…create a hero.’ The caption says so. In a later story, it’s revealed that Mr Hero has entirely different notions about who created him. In any case, he’s a steam-powered automaton with a soul and two heads. One directs him for fighting and the other is better for thinking. Both speak in Victorian English calling villains cads and bounders but otherwise behaving with great courtesy, especially to ladies. For a while, Mr Hero performed on stage with a magician in Victorian England, doing a bit of pugilism to show off his talents. His left hand went awry and broke a man’s jaw, after which he was retired and put in a crate. That stray hand is currently in the possession of Henry Phage, lizard ruler of Kalighoul, but how it got there isn’t clear. The rest of Mr Hero is found years later in Los Angeles by one Jenny Hale, a vivacious young female who works in a museum. By Dickensian coincidence, she comes across his head in a junk shop the next day and when it’s attached he becomes animated. Phage detects that Mr Hero has come back to life and sends henchmen to recover his property. These malevolent minions include the Chameleons, a gang of shape-changers who can blend into the background. There’s a striking image of them peeling off a brick wall. There’s also Mister Pierce, a thug with razor-sharp fists, Deadbolt who can electrify things and Bloodboil, who will fill you full of toxins. They are supervised by Beaumont who runs Henry Phage’s business empire on Earth and a chap called Kingman, who is meant to be in charge but seems to spend a lot of time watching television and playing video games, having become enamoured of our culture. There are different artistic teams for the pages set in Kalighoul with Henry Phage and the pages that take place on Earth. The scenes on dark, macabre Kalighoul are by Bryan Talbot and Angus McKie. The action on bright, sunlit Earth is pencilled by Ted Slampyak and inked by Bob McLeod, Art Nichols and some others. It’s all okay. It won’t blow your mind but it won’t hurt your eyes either and the story is easy to follow, which is the main thing. The ‘Teknophage’ volumes in this series struck me as similar to our great British comic ‘2000AD’ with dark themes and imagery. The atmosphere and art in ‘Mr. Hero’ is more like that of a traditional super-hero comic with fairly decent characters trying to save the day and do the right thing. The Teknophage is, of course, a very naughty reptile and his story is not at all fluffy which is why the different art team on his pages works well. Having over 200 pages of entertaining story in bright colour on quality paper for this money is extremely good value. You probably have to resign yourself to buying all the related books but they’re worth reading, too. Eamonn Murphy This review first appeared at https://www.sfcrowsnest.info/

  7. 4 out of 5

    Keen

    “Unlimited resources, Mister Mayfair—That’s the universal road to corrupting the masses, as Miss Hale will prove very shortly...” This is a genre that doesn’t tend to be noted for its use of humour, but I have to say that I found this to be a really funny read. I remember reading Vance’s “On the Ropes” around three or four years ago and being really impressed by that, so I was looking forward to this. “Mr Hero” is very much slapstick meets steam punk in an action packed and rip roaring affair. So “Unlimited resources, Mister Mayfair—That’s the universal road to corrupting the masses, as Miss Hale will prove very shortly...” This is a genre that doesn’t tend to be noted for its use of humour, but I have to say that I found this to be a really funny read. I remember reading Vance’s “On the Ropes” around three or four years ago and being really impressed by that, so I was looking forward to this. “Mr Hero” is very much slapstick meets steam punk in an action packed and rip roaring affair. Some of the scenes resemble pnes from a Michael Jackson video. The drawing is superb, all hyper trophic musculature and demonic detail with some excellent use of colouring and the plot line and characters are like a blend of Grant Morrison’s “The Invisibles” and Moore & O’Neill’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. This is filled with many memorable characters; Teknophage is a ruthless and compelling baddie who embodies capitalism all too well. The Dark Chameleons are creepy if not terrifying and there is an element of wry playfulness and nods elsewhere with some of the other characters. This is a clever, compelling and funny piece of work and I really look forward to reading the follow up as soon as I can.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Grant

    Overall a pretty weird graphic novel/comic series, but I give it points for originality. "Weird" is to be expected with any book that Neil Gaiman writes, and when it gets transformed into a graphic novel, it can only get even more odd. But I like the fact that Mr. Hero is centered around a steampunk-type robot from the past on a journey to find his missing hand and getting help from a modern-day slacker girl in Los Angeles. I wouldn't mind continuing on with the series of comics and diving even Overall a pretty weird graphic novel/comic series, but I give it points for originality. "Weird" is to be expected with any book that Neil Gaiman writes, and when it gets transformed into a graphic novel, it can only get even more odd. But I like the fact that Mr. Hero is centered around a steampunk-type robot from the past on a journey to find his missing hand and getting help from a modern-day slacker girl in Los Angeles. I wouldn't mind continuing on with the series of comics and diving even deeper into the meaning of the characters and the story line. This can also serve as a good introduction to Gaiman for younger readers who may not be ready to go fully into his novels. The story was very fun and strangely lighthearted in some ways, yet very dark in others. The fact that you have events going on in two completely differing worlds only adds to the intrigue. I'm not sure I would recommend it to the average graphic novel fan, but I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to find out more about Gaiman, his stories and his style. It's a very good jumping off point for anyone who is hesitant about starting the journey of reading more Gaiman and wants to make that journey a little bit easier.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Just don't think this one was for me. I didn't connect with the characters, and there was a lot going on (both visually and plotwise) that didn't really make sense. This comic really shows its time and I'm unsure if it aged well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I like the story, but the manner of telling it was a bit rough around the edges.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brie Porter

    Interesting design, bland follow-through.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Morgan (Turbo)

    Bland villains but the heroes sort of grow on you. Actually the best character was Jenny.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ronald

    This was a very interesting read. The characters were different from what you normally find in a comic book. The main character (despite the title) was a young lady, a strong willed and independent lady to be sure. The robot character was interesting and the villain was very different. But in the end the storytelling was disjointed and choppy. There was a lot of back story missing that after 200+ pages still needs to be fleshed out. There were new minor villains and side stories introduced almos This was a very interesting read. The characters were different from what you normally find in a comic book. The main character (despite the title) was a young lady, a strong willed and independent lady to be sure. The robot character was interesting and the villain was very different. But in the end the storytelling was disjointed and choppy. There was a lot of back story missing that after 200+ pages still needs to be fleshed out. There were new minor villains and side stories introduced almost at random that added nothing. Maybe it is a cultural thing of America vs London but it just feels like there is something missing. Oh well it is worth the read because it is a different kind of comic. I would say more a 3.5 than a full 4 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. For all its pulpy melodrama, it's hard for me to criticize this book too much, because it has such a solid (and intriguing) basis. We are taken back into acquaintance with teh Teknophage (readers may or may not be familiar with his own series of comics, but it matters little to this particular story), but the story centres on a wondrous automaton which seemingly has the capacity for independent thought. Much of the action consists of the automaton and his chosen companions running about attempti For all its pulpy melodrama, it's hard for me to criticize this book too much, because it has such a solid (and intriguing) basis. We are taken back into acquaintance with teh Teknophage (readers may or may not be familiar with his own series of comics, but it matters little to this particular story), but the story centres on a wondrous automaton which seemingly has the capacity for independent thought. Much of the action consists of the automaton and his chosen companions running about attempting to stay out of trouble and to find out more about his true origins, without much success, but the groundwork for some long term storyarcs are well-laid to continue the series in the best pulp sci-fi traditions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ed van der Winden

    Just good fun.

  16. 5 out of 5

    James

  17. 4 out of 5

    J

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie Young

  19. 4 out of 5

    Phil Lewis

  20. 5 out of 5

    Manuel Moreira

  21. 4 out of 5

    Furryisme

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jane

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Tonin

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Tharp

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gideon Chan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lorisia

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grayson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Hughes

  29. 4 out of 5

    Richard Blythe

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

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