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Athos In America [Hardcover]

Jason
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Feb. 21 2012
Athos in America takes its title from the lead story, a prequel of sorts to the graphic novel The Last Musketeer, in which the seemingly ageless swashbuckler turns up in a bar in 1920 New York and relates the tale of how he went to Hollywood to play himself in a film version of The Three Musketeers. Another tie-in with a previous Jason story occurs in "The Smiling Horse," in which the characters from the story "&" in Low Moon attempt to kidnap a woman. Also in this volume: "The Brain That Wouldn't Virginia Woolf," a mash-up of The Brain That Wouldn't Die and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, told in reverse chronological order; the Bukowski pastiche "A Cat From Heaven" in which Jason works on his comic, has a reading in a comic book store, and gets drunk and makes a fool of himself; the dialogue-free (all the text occurs in thought balloons) "Tom Waits on the Moon," in which we follow four people (one of them a scientist working on a teleportation machine) until something goes wrong; and "So Long Mary Ann," a prison-escape love-triangle story.

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4.0 out of 5 stars New to me, stylish but not action-packed Jan. 7 2013
By Brant
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I'm new to Jason's work. I like drawing style. The narrative may not be everybody's cup of tea, but fans of European movies and the more realistic "stream of consciousness" or "slice of life" graphic novels should try one of his books and see if it is your cup of tea. I have not finished this particular volume yet but I did finish "Werewolves of Montpellier" and find the title "Isle of 100,000 graves" intriguing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Go out and get me a body! Someone young this time...not some old wreck!" April 8 2012
By Ella - Published on Amazon.com
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My rating is actually 4.5 of 5 stars.

A graphic novel composed of six short stories.

This was a lovely collection. The stories all had different characters, but had similar tones and ideas, which made for a cohesive collection. This collection was on the angrier side of things. As usual, Jason did an amazing job at conveying lots of emotion through simple anthropomorphic drawings.

I found all of the stories, except the title story, to be very strong and rather intense. One story has amusing scene of Jason doing a reading, quoting passages from one of his excellent mostly silent books- Hey, Wait.... Another story, Athos in America, didn't come off as very strong to me, however it was supposed to be a prequel to another of his books "The Last Musketeer", which I have yet to read. As a note this is one of Jason's wordier pieces, which may not be to some fans' taste.

I would recommend this to anyone who has really enjoyed Jason's previous work or wants an introduction to graphic novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift. . . Jan. 4 2014
By Dawn M. Kurtz - Published on Amazon.com
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for my son, but he seemed very pleased with it - I hope this helps! He had it on his "wish list" and was happy to add it to another one he had by the same author.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Collection Teeming with Humanity and Psychopathy April 21 2012
By Robert Kristoffersen - Published on Amazon.com
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Norwegian cartoonist Jason (John Arne Sæterøy) may be the foreign equivalent to Craig Thompson. Not because of similar story telling or similar art styles, but because both men can effectively make you feel like 200-500 pages is too short. Athos in America, the artists 17th translated collection, is a series of six short stories that spans approximately 200 pages. Ranging from crime tales, to love tales, and the bizarre, Jason's knack for exploring the human psyche and psychosis, with characters that lack the required genetic programming is stunning with every turn of the page.

It wasn't that long ago, 11 years in fact, when American's were first introduced to Jason's work. Now with the art of translation and demand, this work is becoming more readily available. A huge amount of credit has to go to Kim Thompson on this volume; his knack for translation doesn't lose any of the sentimentality in these stories and retains a lot more than the reader may initially realize.

The collection opens with a kidnapping tale - "The Smiling Horse" - and may be the collections least appealing story. However, for a work from Jason, that only bolsters the rest of the collection from the arms of mediocrity. In this tale, the kidnappers get a taste of their own medicine, and in his brilliance, Jason never reveals what the kidnapped party looks like. Neither does he reveal the party that get's even as well. With elements like that, the story retains more appeal than the reader may at first think.

The second story - "A Cat from Heaven" - see's Jason as the central character, and the portrayal that he paints is self-deprecating, but ultimately humbling. His misadventures in relationships and in dealing with fandom may hint to how many celebrities feel, as well as the author. His anthropomorphized animal characters, mostly birds, cats, and rabbits, serve as more than just a caricature of humanity, but rather as a vessel of pure human exploit, imagination, vice, and inhibition.

"The Brain That Wouldn't Virginia Wolf" may be the collections most heartbreaking tale. It's the story of a couple trying to put their relationship back together; well at least for the protagonist's wife, who is just a severed head. The lengths that her husband will go to are the purest examples of psychopathy that may have ever been presented on printed page. Despite it's stigma, it's quite a sweet tale, as is the next story proceeding it. "Tom Waits in America" has the Babel effect going on with it, connecting multiple story lines toward one climactic event, with unlikely results (This story is pure genius.).

Without giving too much away, or spoiling the whole collection for you, go out, buy it, consume it. For comics fans, and even lovers of short stories, this volume in Jason's long storied library is well worth the purchase. It serves as a great starting on point for Jason's work and it's genius is sure to stay with you on each read, and believe me, you'll keep coming back to it.
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