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SHOCK by Neil Gaiman
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SHOCK

by Neil Gaiman (Contributor), Joe Pruett (Editor)

Other authors: Brian Azzarello (Contributor), Ivan Šanović (Illustrator), Marguerite Bennett (Contributor), Cullen Bunn (Contributor), Mike Carey (Contributor)34 more, John Cassaday (Cover artist), Andy Clarke (Illustrator), Marco Croner (Contributor), Sarah Delaine (Illustrator), Dave Dorman (Contributor), Aaron Douglas (Contributor), Joe Eisma (Contributor), Toni Fejzula (Illustrator), Francesco Francavilla (Illustrator), Michael Gaydos (Illustrator), Marc Guggenheim (Contributor), Wesley Gunn (Illustrator), Phil Hester (Illustrator), Paul Jenkins (Contributor), Szymon Kudranski (Contributor), Laci (Illustrator), Leila Leiz (Illustrator), Travis Moore (Illustrator), Stephan Nilson (Contributor), Joe Pruett (Contributor), Cliff Richards (Illustrator), Andrew C. Robinson (Illustrator), Hoyt Silva (Illustrator), Will Sliney (Illustrator), Richard Starkings (Contributor), Jim Starlin (Contributor), Brian Stelfreeze (Illustrator), Marko Stojanović (Contributor), Dalibor Talajic (Illustrator), Frank Tieri (Contributor), Charles Vess (Contributor), Bill Willingham (Contributor), Mike Zagari (Contributor), Michael Zulli (Illustrator)

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AfterShock Comics continues to push boundaries by presenting ita??s very first anthology collection featuring a slew of todaya??s top writers and artists. Presented in the European Album format (same as the recent Animosity: the Rise hardcover for LCSD), this handsome hardcover features the creative talents of Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Michael Gaydos, Andy Clarke, Andrew Robinson, Mike Carey, Jim Starlin, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, Dalibor Talajic, Bill Willingham, Travis Moore, Brian Azzarello, Francesco Francavilla, Cullen Bunn, Marc Guggenheim, Marguerite Bennett, Frank Tieri, Brian Stelfreeze, Szymon Kudranski and more! Cover art by John Cassaday! From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominated editor of the classic Negative Burn anthology series.… (more)

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SHOCK Anthology is a collection of short stories told via comics. Being a lover of short stories, and taking into consideration that super cool cover, how could I resist? As with any anthology, some of the stories worked for me and some did not. One thing I learned was that I needed to go through this volume slowly, otherwise moving from comic to comic, each being totally different in writing and artwork styles, was too jarring. That said, these are the stories that stood out for me:

THE LAST DANCE WITH YOU: was a beautifully told tale and even though the clues were there, I didn't catch on to where the story was going until we arrived.

DUMB BITCH: Don't you touch that dog!

ISTANBUL: I loved this one because the art work was gorgeous and evocative, even with no words.

THE DEAD CITY AWOKE: This tale was super short and had few words, but the art was simply breathtaking. (Probably my favorite graphics in this collection.)

LIVE OR DIE: A spooky story taking place in the middle of a war battle.

DEVOLUTION: I loved this dystopian tale of caution even if it was a bit implausible. I see seeds of this in our day to day living right now and I often wonder where it's going to end up. DEVOLUTION presents its own ideas as to how things will turn out.

MOMENTS: With tongue firmly in cheek, this tale about social media and how far it could, (will?), go was hilarious and disturbing all at once. With so many people paying way too much attention to their online lives and so little to their actual lives, I thought this tale was a fun and unsettling way to look at what the future might bring.

Overall, I enjoyed the concept of this book and the book itself. Thanks to Jennifer's AWESOME review, which you can find here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2320500428?book_show_action=false&from..., I decided to request this book from NetGalley and I'm so glad I did! With lots of variety and something for everyone, I recommend this fun volume to fans of short stories,comics and graphic novels!

*Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. This is it.* ( )
  Charrlygirl | Mar 22, 2020 |
AfterShock Comics' SHOCK is a solid anthology, comprised of stories ranging from the horrific to the fantastical to the out of this world, with many reading like a print version of Black Mirror. Opening with a typically Gaiman-esque witch's tale from Neil Gaiman, gorgeously illustrated by Michael Zulli, the reader is also treated to alien invasions gone wrong, the horrors of war, wishes come true (but at what cost?), revenge, fairy tale retellings, and an especially moving story tied into the events of 9/11. As with any anthology, some stories are better than others, but overall there wasn't a single story here that felt out of place. I'm hoping that AfterShock turns this into an annual (or more frequent) release, building on the talent that they brought together for this premier release. ( )
  tapestry100 | Sep 5, 2018 |
Overall, it's a pretty even anthology of little comic stories, each with a sort of twist at the end (where I guess the SHOCK in the title comes from). There are some aliens (not particularly clever ones who try to hypnotize a scarecrow), there's a retelling of Red Riding Hood where she is a hood in the more colloquial sense of the term (i.e. hoodlum), there are fighting transformer buildings, etc. But again, like I find with so many comics, it's like a whole smorgasbord of amuse-bouches but then I want to eat something more filling than a bit of bacon wrapped in watercress, except there's not the option. Why is it that word-based short-stories can fill me up (good ones, at least, like Goodbye to Berlin or Just Pretending, or even non-traditional ones without true endings, like let's say If on a winter's night a traveler), yet I've never been satisfied completely with any comic anthology? Is it a fault of the medium or a fault of the reader?

So I liked SHOCK Anthology more than I expected to, but I still, as always, have my reservations about the effectiveness of comics for short stories.

SHOCK Anthology by Neil Gaiman, Paul Jenkins, Brian Azzarello, Cullen Bunn, Marguerite Bennett, Frank Tieri, and more went on sale April 24, 2018.

I received a copy free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  reluctantm | Jul 4, 2018 |
Goodreads Synopsis:
AfterShock Comics continues to push boundaries by presenting it’s very first anthology collection featuring a slew of today’s top writers and artists. Presented in the European Album format (same as the recent Animosity: the Rise hardcover for LCSD), this handsome hardcover features the creative talents of Neil Gaiman, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Michael Gaydos, Andy Clarke, Andrew Robinson, Mike Carey, Jim Starlin, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, Dalibor Talajic, Bill Willingham, Travis Moore, Brian Azzarello, Francesco Francavilla, Cullen Bunn, Marc Guggenheim, Marguerite Bennett, Frank Tieri, Brian Stelfreeze, Szymon Kudranski and more! Cover art by John Cassaday!

From the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominated editor of the classic Negative Burn anthology series.

My Review:
Let me say first that although I'm not really into short stories, this book caught my eye and I just had to give it a shot. Inside are twenty one amazing and completely different stories that I loved for a lot of different reasons. The art is amazing and all different kinds, and I just really enjoyed reading this book. It has everything from witches, space bands, magic dogs, sad stories, pretty much everything in between. My favourite story was probably either Dumb Bitch, Witch Work or Little Red Hood, but all for very different reasons. The stories are exciting, and I didn't expect to like them as much as I do simply because of the length. The entire book sucked me in from the very beginning, and I'm really glad I got the chance to read it. Definitely check it out if you get the chance.

Here's a link to the book on Amazon, and I was going to try to put the links to every author/illustrator/editor in this book, but there's just too many so I'll just keep the amazon link here.

https://www.amazon.ca/SHOCK-Neil-Gaiman/dp/1935002651/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid...

Thanks for reading! Check out this review and more at my blog.
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  radioactivebookworm | Jun 15, 2018 |
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Gaiman, NeilContributorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pruett, JoeEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Azzarello, BrianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Šanović, IvanIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bennett, MargueriteContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bunn, CullenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carey, MikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cassaday, JohnCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clarke, AndyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Croner, MarcoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delaine, SarahIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dorman, DaveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Douglas, AaronContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Eisma, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Francavilla, FrancescoIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Guggenheim, MarcContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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