The Death-ray

The Death-ray

Graphic Novel - 2011 | First edition
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Andy, a miserable high-schooler in 1970s Chicago, has only one friend, an angry fellow outcast named Louie. He's desperately in love with a girl he met in California who won't return his letters and he's filled with shame at the constant taunts of his classmates. When he achieves super strength from smoking cigarettes he uses it for neither good nor evil but in a brutal playground showdown.
Publisher: Montreal : Drawn & Quarterly, 2011
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781770460515
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 40 pages, 1 unnumbered page : chiefly color illustrations ; 32 cm


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SCL_Justin Jul 24, 2017

Dan Clowes’ The Death-Ray is kind of like a superhero story, but a very Dan Clowesian version of one. When Andy starts smoking back in the 70s he learns he’s got super strength. He and his friend try to find people who need beating up, but it’s difficult. Then he finds that his dead father left him a death ray. Using that is even harder.

It’s not a happy book. Andy isn’t a real heroic type. I like the format and how the storybits are fragmented in a less regimented way than Wilson, the last Clowes book I read. Good but not mind-blowing.

Aug 26, 2015

Fans of Daniel Clowes should definitely read The Death-Ray. Clowes applies his unique storytelling and art style. However, I found The Death-Ray a bore. It relies too much on the dark humor (homophobic and rape jokes) Clowes is known for but it never really amounts to all that much of a story. Anti-climatic.


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Aug 26, 2015

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