X'ed Out

Burns, Charles, 1955-

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
X'ed Out
"Doug is in bad shape. All the drugs in the world won't shut out the images that haunt his fevered dreams-- fetal pigs, razor blades, black cats, open wounds-- and eggs. Let's not forget the eggs" -- p. [4] of cover.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307379139
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC GN FIC B
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 31 cm.


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Dec 09, 2014
  • LPL_BlakeG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

X’ED OUT is the first in a surreal trilogy (followed by THE HIVE and SUGAR SKULL) by Charles Burns, whose beautifully illustrated portraits adorn the cover of BELIEVER magazine. I stumbled across this a couple of years ago and was immediately drawn to the brilliant artwork and quickly taken by the enigmatic dream-like narrative involving a damaged young man who, when not being haunted by confusing memories of angsty heartbreak, is desperately trying to navigate a strange otherworld filled with surly lizard men, gigantic eggs, and other bizarre oddities. It wasn't long before I found myself being led back to Burn's BLACKHOLE, his most well-known series, which I also loved! Fans of Kafka, David Lynch, and all things surreal should definitely check this out.

Oct 22, 2013
  • temp123987 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The art is indeed wonderful. Other than the occasional gratuitous nudity, the story does read well. I however simply see no reason for four letter words throughout. It adds "absolutely nothin" to the plot - think Motown’s anthem 'WAR'. Obvious weak links to Hergé's classic Tintin are:1- the omelettes made from red-speckled eggs [based on the speckled 'mushroom' astrolith in l'Ile Mysterieuse -[The Shooting Star]; 2- the kid's hair tuff; and lastly 3- his 'punk Tintin' t-shirt. Ironically the green swearing #37 alien and similar cronies have a link to Hergé's past associate and eventual creator of the Blake et Mortimer stories, E.P. Jacobs – but that is for another time. I gave this book 3.5/5 for story and graphics but I “x’ed out” on the language – thereby lowering the overall score.

May 15, 2013
  • ThomasLove rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is like Tintin meets Daniel Clowes (Deathray, Wilson). Disturbing and beautifully illustrated. Can't wait for 'The Hive'!

Mar 15, 2013
  • Protoloki rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Charles Burns is usually very good at delivering an amazing experience, but X'ed Out feels incomplete. I immediately read The Hive after finishing this one, and still found myself wanting for information. My recommendation, wait for the final book to be released then read them all in one sitting.

Jan 28, 2013
  • theorbys rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

5/31/12 A very well realized fantastic and nightmarish world, but it is going to take a while to get the whole thing published as this is just a beginning. (That cover owes something to one of the original Tintins, I think) ------------- 1/28/13 Just reread this to refresh my memory prior to reading Vol 2. Liked it better this time. It is definitely using Tin Tin as a template, and it works very well.

Apr 26, 2011
  • XISIX rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A vague and surreal journey of an injured young man that is compelling. If you enjoy the haunted lonely spaces inside Daniel Clowes' graphic novels then this book is highly recommended.


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