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In a future where New York has evolved into a sci-fi metropolis, "S," a man addicted to "heavy liquid," a substance that is both a drug and an art form, finds himself trapped in a mystery littered with love and drugs. This Eisner Award-nominated tale follows S's journey across two continents as he searches for the one artist skilled enough to render heavy liquid into a perIn a future where New York has evolved into a sci-fi metropolis, "S," a man addicted to "heavy liquid," a substance that is both a drug and an art form, finds himself trapped in a mystery littered with love and drugs. This Eisner Award-nominated tale follows S's journey across two continents as he searches for the one artist skilled enough to render heavy liquid into a perfect sculpture. But as he attempts to complete this mission, S finds himself battling deadly psychopathic foes and inner demons of addiction. If he can survive these physical and mental trials, S just may discover the shocking secret of heavy liquid and a love he thought lostforever....

Title : Heavy Liquid
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ISBN : 9781848560031
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 579 Pages
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Heavy Liquid Reviews

  • Ill D
    2019-01-13 03:23

    Heavy Liquid is a thoroughly enjoyable fusion of art and thrills. With a deceptively simplistic palette, light turquoise playfully intertwines with equally light pinks that could be found on ballet shoes. With blacks that range from wavy outlines toward more denser depictions, the simplistic duo drives the story until punctuated with strong overlays of red that convey urgency and poignancy.The colors are great as so are the characters and the plot that guides them along. Following a not-so-simple drop off of narcotics, our main character is given a job from the local underboss. And I'll just let you read to discover what happens next. Needless to say it involves lots of chases, action, art, the whole kit and caboodle of thriller fun in all its varieties. With a highly unique style of art and font (I suspect Pope created his own - which is pretty cool) action comics have never been so fun!A true hidden gem waiting to be read.2 thumbs up!

  • Rachel
    2018-12-29 10:26

    Rarely have I been so entirely unaffected by a book I actually finished. The best thing I can say about Heavy Liquid is that it was short, but I don't have anything really horrible to say about it either. Paul Pope is not a great talent. His dialogue is damningly sparse and his artwork isn't kinetic enough to convey the action it's supposed to, so the story feels plodding when it should spark and muddy during ostensible moments of clarity/revelation. The relationships and archetypes are stamped on, and nothing more: Lover, Sidekick, Bad Guy, Really Bad Guy. I kept waiting for something to surprise me, and nothing did.If there's a good bit to Heavy Liquid, it's the chapter intros. They're designed as dramatis personae, catalogue pages, TV Guide articles. They hint at a rich, fully realized world somewhere in Pope's head that he just can't quite commit to paper. This book was Eisner nominated, and I get the feeling that's because of the pricing guide to the protagonist's "tricentennial boots." That, or it was just a thoroughly lackluster year for comics.

  • Keith
    2019-01-16 05:14

    I love manga, I love comics, I love bandes dessinées, I love science fiction, I love rock’n’roll, I love to draw. I wanted to find some idea that would blend all these impulses in one story and come off like a barrage of visual noise and read like a comic book from the future. The scary future, the screaming future—a place where people are becoming machine-people, where people live in crumbling cities, where people sleep in cramped ghettos and move faster than sharks across vast blue oceans, a world of people with false-faces, addictions, secrets and conceits, people with hopes and losses, people snatching tiny victories from the jaws of a wasted world.This is from Heavy Liquid's endpages, from Paul Pope himself. And while HL is trying to be all the things he wants it to, I'm still left pretty dissatisfied. Pope at his best performs effortlessness, --- 100%, the spiritual partner to this book, is effortless in every page. According to Pope, 100% was written by day, and this by night, so that both books came about in relatively the same period of time. And while by night should imply that HL takes the lion's share of the alchemic ballsiness laid out in the above manifesto, it instead just feels labored, overwrought, and premeditated. It certainly has clearer trappings of sci fi and noir -- a clearer sense of being the kind of book that it wants to be than 100%'s relative messiness could hope to aspire to. But without the recklessness and improvisation infused in Pope's better work, HL lays bare his usual weaknesses -- all the hamfisted plotting, tin dialogue, and goofy swagger just feel a little sad. It's easy to forgive a book for being rough around the edges if it reads like it was tossed off in an afternoon. HL's concerted intensity and naked ambition, in this case, work against the book as a whole.

  • Mon
    2019-01-13 02:31

    *sort of spoiler, but it's pretty vague since I don't understand the ending myself*So after 40 pages of volume 5 (the last one), Paul Pope went, 'Shit, I need another 10 pages. I think I've exhausted all moon, star, planets, and really big planets. Maybe I should draw some boobs. But damn the only female character I have is actually single with no love interest. Would a gun chase sequence work? Explosions? I don't want to look like Michael Bay though. He gets a lot of hate. Come on brain, I know you can do this. GAH! The acid isn't helping. Ok, fine, here's what I'll do. I'll make my protagonist an alien.' Yeah.

  • Matt
    2019-01-05 04:38

    “Kid, if I had something snappy to say, I would. But I don’t.” – S, Heavy Liquid Chapter 4.That line comes at the end of a scene full of snappy dialogue. It breaks a rhythm seemingly designed to lull the reader into a sense of security in order to break it before launching into a new set piece, shattering our expectations as it takes us somewhere completely new. It happens a lot in this book. Just when Pope lulls the reader into thinking he knows what he’s looking at and can relax, he comes out with a line like that. Or the image of a Cubist hitman walking down the middle of a crowded street, coming to pull our protagonist out of a cab stuck in traffic and blow his head off. This is Chandler by way of Philip K. Dick through a dirty Eisner lens. We’re big fans of his later Vertigo work, 100%, in my house, so I knew I would love whatever this presented me. I should have known it would be just as challenging. Although both start from a future New York City and both follow a group of starving and desperate young people, where 100% turns romantic, Heavy Liquid turns urban crime fantasy. Pope runs us through a dark, grimy, yet hip and alluring NYC just long enough for us to get comfortable there, then he sends us flying to a Paris out of our twisted dreams, then, by way of a black-as-ink tunnel, he sends us to the stars. I’m not giving anything away by laying all that out because the journey is the point itself. Heavy Liquid, like Pope’s other work, is to be savored as it’s consumed, like a red wine so dry and deep you have to drink it slow.About the art: Pope’s art always reminds me of an artsy underground punk band. Educated and trained to the point of boredom with form, Pope flies into wild and scratchy experimentation, keeping his layouts and his linework just grounded enough to never sacrifice story. The use of pinks and blues is evocative of the drug addiction and paranoia at the center of the book, keeping the reader sublimely unnerved. I could go on for pages. I’ll just end by saying it’s gorgeous and always pleases this reader.

  • William Thomas
    2018-12-26 09:31

    paul pope is a genius. this book moves like an akira kurosawa movie on the pages, beautifully crafted in a very post-modern pop art pulp style. feels like a blend of techno-thriller ala william gibson fused with phillip k dick, only with such a cinematic feel that this book moves like a noir ballet. i am in awe of the storyboards, the panels and most of all, they style of his inks. what looks so offhand at first, begins to look so calculated, so stylish and so cunning in its strokes that it becomes intricately tied to the story, unlike other books that seem disjointed. i would compare it to sin city in this way, that the art and story are one and the same, symbiotic. brilliant.

  • Nick Kives
    2019-01-15 06:24

    So it starts off normal, just an everyday type of story about some drugs, then ROBOT SPIDERS OUT OF NOWHERE.....then back to normal, more about drugs, like it's just everyday to get attacked by robot spiders yet never see anything else that resembles a robot. Then just ends abruptly.

  • Samantha
    2019-01-09 06:30

    This comic is great; the illustrations and dialogue are all fantastic. It's so seedy and grimey you feel like you need to take a shower after reading it.And if you ever come across a cheap copy, snatch it up because they are apparently out of print and the prices are way jacked up.

  • Christian
    2018-12-29 08:16

    Pure cool. Neon cyberpunk noir starring Mick Jagger in an Aquaman shirt & a supporting cast of beautiful losers & gangsters in Picasso masks. Kinetic, night-time, fluid. Like Cowboy Bebop, stripped down

  • Nigel
    2019-01-04 06:20

    A mysterious metal that can be cooked to produce a peculiar drug, an art collector looking for the perfect artist, a bunch of violent thugs on the hunt, and S, who stole the metal, takes the drugs, is hired by the collector to look for the artist while the thugs are on his tail. Near future sci-fi hard-boiled crime art chase detective thing, painfully hip and cool and street-smart, thoroughly rock'n'roll and a little bit out of this world.

  • Alex Panagiotopoulos
    2019-01-15 05:21

    "Have you ever faced art for art's sake?I wonder if you have the face death for art's sake."This sums up the trippy graphic novel by Paul Pope. Playing with shades of green, red and blue, he creates the psychedelic experience on paper, accompanied by a solid noir/mystery story about a rare expensive drug and a guy that always runs from the ghosts of his former life.

  • Robert
    2018-12-20 08:22

    A couple of interesting ideas floating along on an entertaining sprawl.

  • --
    2018-12-23 10:27

    The book leaves me wondering what would happen next based on the discoveries and interactions that lead up to its end. It started a bit slowly, so I had trouble returning to it and pushing onwards, but I'm glad I did.

  • John
    2019-01-02 03:23

    This edition collects the five issues of Heavy Liquid, published by DC/Vertigo in the late 90s. The story has suffered from the passage of a decade.I disliked the first quarter of the collection. There was something about the style - too ragged, too flat, too reliant on speech bubbles of "*Huff* *Huff*" to convey that a character was out of breath and on the Sixties-Batman-style exclamations that accompany physical actions. The substance mentioned in the title, heavy liquid, is too easily linked to heroin to be interesting - at least at first. All of these problems would have turned me away from Heavy Liquid, if I had encountered it in serial format.Heavy liquid the substance is highly volatile, something that doesn't quite mesh with the frenetic motions of people who carry the stuff. This and other inconsistencies were annoying. It also is caustic to the touch. The semi-metallic substance can be cooked into a form known as "black milk," which is safe to handle. Black milk also is a drug, which the main character has learned can be poured into his ear for a reality-altering high. The main character is known only as "S."None of this was very interesting, and I was disappointed almost from the first page.There was, however, something about the collection that kept my attention.It wasn't the writing, which goes flat at points, and it wasn't always the drawing and inking, although the imagery turns out to be one of the better parts of the collection. I'd guess that the color palette is what hooked me.Pope, who wrote, drew, and inked the collection, chose two colors, red and black, and varied them throughout the story. Black dominates the novel, indicating the flatness of the imagined future. Most of the time, the red is muted to a faint, salmon pink, which shows on S.'s fish scale shirt. At times, Pope intensifies the color. Rooms glow red as heavy liquid is cooked into "black milk." Imagined scenes are deep red. It's as if Pope is saying that there is little life remaining in the future."They killed art," S. thinks, conveying how dead the future is.Given the timing of the story's creation, it wouldn't be surprising if Pope was influenced by elements of Chris Carters "The X-Files." Ultimately, this is disappointing about the collection: The story mashes together disjointed cultural elements, gives us an interesting twist, and fails to explore the ramifications of that twist.The story ends where it ought to begin, with an exploration of a world that will be affected by heavy liquid and black milk in ways unknown even to the crime lords and government agents who chase S. The drawing develops in such interesting ways, often evocative of Will Eisner, that it deserves the writing skill and story arc of a Neil Gaiman. Pope doesn't offer that, at least not now, and that, more than the disjointed cultural elements, make this graphic novel both interesting and disappointing.

  • Kevin
    2018-12-21 03:12

    I bought this to support my daughter's yard sale, but it turned out pretty good.The art has a unique voice, sort of a surreal, dark, South American-ish feel. Thugs in face masks like Cubist art are chasing our hero. The plot is cyber-punk. Our tough looking hero has cybernetic implants that enable him to commune with special investigative devices that mine the world's data. He took this case partly to get the latest such, the "P'tit Salaud".There's a new material, 'Heavy Liquid'. Our hero has stolen a bunch of it. It's explosive, addictive, expensive, and yet maybe even more, and more weird.There's art, humour, violence, romantic pining, even an attack by spider robots. They are sent by a little girl in a pirate outfit serving an ancient wealthy crone. It's pretty weird.I have two complaints. It's not complete. This is just a collection of the first several issues. Maybe it constitutes Act I of a limited work, or maybe it's just a serial that will drag it out as long as somebody will buy it. I don't know yet.And the art is too murky. It's hard to tell what's happening sometimes, and it's much darker than it should be. Shouldn't South American-ish style be vibrant. Actually, the afterword by the artist brags, "I figured out how to make two solid colors into an entire color palette...", so maybe it was logistics, not choice. Weird I didn't notice before, it is only black and a sort of orangish-pink.

  • Emily Rogers
    2019-01-07 09:23

    Audience: Ages 16 and upThe year is 2062 and S, like most people in the world of organized crime, would do anything to obtain the mysterious metal like substance, heavy liquid. S has just finished stealing a large quantity of the stuff for an exorbitantly wealthy art collector when he is confronted with a new challenge: locating a young artist who disappeared five years ago. Although he is not in the business of finding people, S has a personal interest in the artist and decides to accept the challenge.This gritty, violent sci-fi thriller paints the near-future as a dark world largely overtaken by crime-lords and covert, corrupt government agencies. Characters are convincing and well-developed and the plot moves along swiftly with a good deal of action. The images move quickly from frame to frame from close- up, emotional facial shots to more wide-focus angles. The artwork is nearly monochromatic with hints of reds, pinks, and muted blues used sparingly for emphasis. This Eisner nominated graphic novel is recommended as a supplemental purchase for libraries serving adults.

  • David
    2018-12-23 08:28

    I enjoyed this much more the second time around. Actually, the first time I didn't make it all the way through.The story is set in a not-too-distant (distopian?) future. The main character "S" is a functioning addict. He traffics in a substance called Heavy Liquid - a drug? a weapon? alien in nature? The story both finds him on the run from a heist gone bad, and as a "Finder" hired to track down a missing sculptor for a Howard Hughes type. There's also definitely a William Gibson influence here.Sound bizarre? Well, it kind of is. I think that's why I had a hard time of sticking with this the first time around. But on the second read I actually found the the ingredients of this story to be quite genius. There were just some challenges in knitting some of these ingredients together. Pope does a great job of capturing the energy of the cities in which the story is set (New York and Paris). You really get a sense of being there.The ending was unexpected - in a good way - and had me wanting more. And Pope's art is of course amazing.

  • J.
    2019-01-04 04:33

    I'm a little torn how to rate this. The story was going on at a pretty typical clip, for a story about a drug-dealer / spy / private eye. But the end certainly fizzled, with nothing really happening in the last fifth. Ultimately, I think whether you like it will boil down to the art: if you like Pope's art, you'll probably enjoy it. If not, you probably won't. His art is that.Maybe if the book could breathe a little more, or if the ideas could be further explored (I mean, the ending just has another bizarre thing happen...) then this book would have been really strong. It's vaguely reminiscent of Phillip K. Dick, because of the interesting ideas; but where Dick would write a whole novel to examine the ramifications of an idea, this seems interested in just presenting them, with no analysis. It left me unimpressed. As is, I'd give it a 2.5. Since I liked the art, I'll round up to 3.

  • Mathieu
    2018-12-25 10:22

    Deploying the antics of a functional junkie, tracked down by sketchy hitmen and executing a mission for an obsessed art collector in a futuristic setting, heavy liquid is both dynamic and pensive and sometimes embraces its surrealistic edge (the "drug" factor). I guess this is dark cyberpunk with a hint of humor and recognizable cities, with an artful touch in the graphic approach and the references.But more than the object of the series, it's Pope's expressive use of raw and life-charged lines that sets his uniqueness. As with the drawing, there's a sense of freedom in the details and the way things are told and develop, the main character seems to only follow hunches, accepting some sort of natural talent to get into situations, without lengthy explanations for the reader. A way for the author to push the story forward, towards a curiously cosmic ending that is worth the read.

  • anthony e.
    2018-12-17 05:29

    I originally read this in its original, issue-length format, and I remember really, really enjoying it. Going back to it now, many, many years after first checking it out, I find myself not *quite* as enthralled as I was then. Nevertheless, my understanding of the world, and of art in general, has broadened some, and so while I can't say I'm thrilled by the experience of reading this, it definitely is a book quite unlike any other. Strange, fever-dream imagery combined with a murky, difficult palette wholly appropriate to the narrative serve to make this a unique exploration of the future. Some of the tropes included have grown tedious in the 17 or so years since this arrived, but here, they are more visceral, more experiential, than your usual drug fare.Good stuff. Paul Pope seldom disappoints.

  • Matthew Murray
    2018-12-19 08:14

    Paul Pope has been one of my favourite comics creators since I picked up issue #6a of THB back in 2000. Heavy Liquid, which I first read ages ago and am rereading now, is pretty much everything I love about his stuff. The beautiful art, the ideas, the attention to detail, the fashion, the world that he created. Heavy Liquid is just an awesome cyberpunk comic about art and crime.Kind of weirdly, the hardcover is not actually the best way to read this comic. If you can, you should try to track down the original five issues. There aren't any ads in them, they have some content that isn't in the collection (though admittedly, the hardcover has some stuff not in the issues), and the covers are in full colour. The colouring also seems to have been redone somewhat for the collection, and I like the original version better. (Plus, the final issue has a letter from Brandon Graham in it!)

  • Jason Estrin
    2019-01-07 04:34

    Another 5 star PP Illustrated novella. Close to perfect. Nearly animated and come to life as it is read. Fast, tense, sexual, youthist, futuristic, restrained, smart, urbane, sweet, ripe....This is how I think PP would describe his own book. It IS full of the juice of the generation it was written for and about. His best, most complete work, and the one that drops you off, just at the edge of a potential revelation/epiphany...the very last page and panels show you the glimpse of the solution to the puzzle of "Heavy Liquid", but it is for the reader to live with that teasing clue and to consider what goes on next, on that train, in the mind of S and of the riding passenger that has been alongside him all along.

  • Michael
    2019-01-12 02:25

    No book with pictures should be this boring. It didn't get good until the last third of the book, which seemed like forever to get to.I made the mistake of buying and reading this book based off of a magazine review. I'll cross-check all other reviews with Goodreads reviews for now on, because with this book they were consistent with how I felt about it. Don't believe the hype.Also, I've never commented on the physical quality of a book before, but I actually own the hardback (not the paperback), and I got to the end of the book to find the glue on the binding coming undone. It was like the book was telling me, 'No, I don't just suck in content. Feel free to judge me by my cover as well.'

  • Daniel
    2019-01-06 07:35

    I took awhile to finish this, but that was mostly from lack of appropriate times to get back "into" it, because it's a dense atmosphere that makes up 'Heavy Liquid'. Out of 5 stars, I lean more toward 3.5, only because I "liked it+" and it had some moments where I couldn't make out what I was seeing in a panel or two. That's mostly Pope's frenetic art stylings, and not necessarily a flaw.Either way, this is a cool, broody book, kinda set in the future-ish. At least, there are some gadgets and such that elevate the "now-ness" of the story—pretty sure it's a fifty-to-a-hundred years on, or so.Lastly, already I've compared Pope's art to Nathan Fox's, so I knew what I'd get here, and am glad I did. Pretty original stuff, and art that can really hook you.

  • Printable Tire
    2018-12-18 06:38

    I've probably been requesting this from the library for 4 years now, taking it home, never reading it, then returning it when it's due. Since I'll be leaving RI very soon, I thought it was about time I finally read it.It's pretty good. The artwork is super-90's MTV, like Gorillaz or something. I wasn't super into it. The protagonist looks like Trent from Daria and pretty much exactly what the author looks like/wishes to be. There's some unnecessarily clunky exposition and confusing, swirly action sequences fitting a plot that seems inspired by the Matrix. But I liked the ending and the whole story flows like a post apocalypse breeze. It seems very much a product of its time.

  • P.
    2019-01-09 03:16

    This is, like, a 3.5 star book. I continue to be entranced by Pope's art: at once sketchy and deliberate, it just fills the page more than any other graphic novel I've seen. It gives the sense that it's a film and things are happening right off screen (or page).As for this story, specifically, I liked the fact that it was an actiony story but also had to do with artists. I liked the picasso-y, magritte-y costumes of the henchmen. I liked the red/blue color scheme. I find myself resisting getting fully involved in the story--it could just be a me thing that I haven't figured out yet.

  • Trisha
    2019-01-04 05:31

    A Puerto Rican man who lives in New York has been acquiring a special metal stolen from one of the clown gangs of the city. This graphic novel tells about his run-in with the clowns and a collector who needs someone found. The action scenes are exciting. There are several scenes with the main character walking China Town, walking on a rainy night in Paris, and others that are fantastic stand-alone pieces of art. You really feel the mood of the character and the environment. I look forward to reading another graphic novel by Paul Pope.

  • Matt
    2019-01-15 07:30

    A nice little read. I was taken aback by the pleasure I got from it. The art is terrific and really captures its mood... just another piece of evidence for why I am fascinated by the cartoonist vs. the writer/artist collaboration. Pope has a honed vision of the future here, and yet it's one steeped still in his emotion...reading his afterword was rad, in which we find out Heavy Liquid was inspired by a song of the same name, and essentially all blossomed out of a particular mood a particular part of the song got him in.

  • Chloe
    2019-01-13 05:36

    Paul Pope is one of my greatest inspirations. For a man who both writes and draws his graphic novels, his work is still incredibly dynamic and intense. I love his subject matter, his art, and his well-placed dialogue. This was the first book of his that I read, and I fell in love with him. I have nothing but good things to say about this book, and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys graphic novels and can appreciate the fact that he's one of the few graphic novelists who both writes and draws his books.

  • Korynn
    2018-12-25 09:14

    It surprised me by not extolling the virtues or demons of drug use but exploring this concept of a new material, Heavy Liquid that everyone seems to desire to put to different uses. The art style is full of inky lines that sweep out vistas and our pouty mouthed protagonist who reminds me of the male ideal favored by artist Mike Allred. Any case, the story is basically gritty with death and chases and gangs but somehow evolves into something a bit more arty despite points off for the pirate thrown in.