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Luna Park #2020

Luna Park New York Times bestselling author Kevin Baker Dreamland writes his first original graphic novel with internationally acclaimed artist Danijel Zezelj Alik Strelnikov lives in the shadow of Coney Island

  • Title: Luna Park
  • Author: Kevin Baker Danijel Žeželj
  • ISBN: 9781401224264
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Luna Park By Kevin Baker Danijel Žeželj, New York Times bestselling author Kevin Baker Dreamland writes his first original graphic novel with internationally acclaimed artist Danijel Zezelj Alik Strelnikov lives in the shadow of Coney Island, a world of silenced rides and rusting amusement parks that mock his dreams of becoming a hero Ten years ago, he traded a brutal existence in the Russian army for the proNew York Times bestselling author Kevin Baker Dreamland writes his first original graphic novel with internationally acclaimed artist Danijel Zezelj Alik Strelnikov lives in the shadow of Coney Island, a world of silenced rides and rusting amusement parks that mock his dreams of becoming a hero Ten years ago, he traded a brutal existence in the Russian army for the promise of America only to become an enforcer in the Brooklyn mob Now, he chases his ghosts with all he has left booze, heroin and his lover, Marina, part time prostitute and full time fortune teller.The only way the two of them can escape their miserable fates hinges on a desperate plan that will put them between warring mobs and span a century, from contemporary Coney Island to the Russia of the Second Chechen War to spellbinding 1910s New York Mixing historical novel, immigrant fiction and crime thriller, LUNA PARK marks Kevin Baker s return to Coney Island, the setting of his critically beloved Dreamland and features breathtaking art by Danijel Zezelj LOVELESS with to die for colors by Dave Stewart DC THE NEW FRONTIER.

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    1 thought on “Luna Park

    1. Stark, dark drawings a strong, sorrowful message makes this a must read The immigrant experience, no matter where it lands in the scale of years history, shall always be relevant Always filled with strife tribulation.

    2. Reason for Reading The Russian historical aspects and the publisher s summary had me intrigued.This is a very difficult book to give a summary as nothing is as it seems but let me tell you what appears to be happening as the book starts Alik Strelnikov is a Russian immigrant who made a deal back in Russia which got him his freedom in America This freedom lead him to working for a second fiddle Russian mob group in Coney Island as an enforcer Here he lives an existence with his girlfriend in an a [...]

    3. Do you like the idea of a decrepit Coney Island as a cheap metaphor for the insincerity of the Statue of Liberty How about as a symbol for the modern decline of the American empire But you don t feel like taking the train all the way to the edge of Brooklyn Do you think Russians are interesting, but don t feel like familiarizing yourself with Russian history or literature by reading books without pictures Fear not, our intrepid author gives, according to his ability, a panorama of Russian stereo [...]

    4. This book kind of broke my brain, but not for the twist ending I m so proud of myself I picked up on the first subtle clue Parts of it were staggeringly beautiful, and of it was staggeringly heartbreaking I wish the art had a little definition, but that s just personal preference It s strong and evocative and suits the story well The story itself isn t what it seems at first and ultimately asks the question is humanity doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again

    5. A kind of surreal trip through current Russian historya man out of time and place must deal with issues that will destroy him if he ignores his past but his past may be the very thing that has put him in the cross hairs of fate.

    6. this is what great graphic work can do that no other medium does intense, horrific, visuals no hard working through text, the darkness is literal no quickly passing scenes as in film you can look, you can build the horror, you can never escape the narrative is gripping, the artwork is beautiful, the layers of images like the best film, immediate and overwhelming as images in robbe grillet great work.

    7. Stories of New York City s multitude of ethnic communities has always been fascinating for me, as they reflect the eternal struggle of the American immigrant There is the struggle to balance the adoption of a truly free society that allows you to forge your own, unique identity with the fears of losing the ancient cultures that largely define who we are This is the struggle of the affections of the homeland and the motherland Kevin Baker delves us deep into the Russian immigrant communities of B [...]

    8. Kevin Baker, author of the brilliant PARADISE ALLEY and other historical fiction, joins forces with painter and illustrator Daniel Zezelj for this first rate graphic novel.While set in Baker s familiar environs of Coney Island and lower Brooklyn, this book veers off at a sharp angle from the 19th and early 20th century New York chronicles for which he s best known The book maintains historical rigor all the same, this time through the contemporary Russian culture around Brighton Beach and the bo [...]

    9. Stories about ex Soviet gangsters in Brooklyn are kind of a trope at this point especially in film , but this graphic novel offers them up in a new format with some striking artwork Alik is a Russian veteran of the war in Chechnya who has come to Brooklyn to try and escape his dark past, which includes the loss of his true love However, he s found escape of the wrong sort in heroin, and works as an enforcer for a small time Russian hoodlum He s also obsessed with a beautiful fellow Russian hooke [...]

    10. A major league disappointment Story was very confusing and circular in nature The art was great, but too bad it came in combination with such a poorly constructed story I hate it when people who are really good at another genre come into a popular one like graphic novels or mystery or science fiction and think they re going to write the great American novel or whatever they re going to revolutionize or transcend the genre It generally means that what they ve actually written is a poor imitation [...]

    11. No hay que juzgar a un libro por su cubierta O a un genero por su aura Novela grafica prescindible, donde falta mucho de lo que creia iba a encontrar desesperanza creible, una vida posible y negra, una historia lineal, y en su linealidad, realista Alik, ex soldado ruso, escapa del horror de la guerra y se instala en Coney Island Trabaja para un mafioso, se enamora de una puta, se inyecta heroina para olvidar y no puede deshacerse de sus pesadillas, que lo esperan a cada vuelta de esquina Bajo es [...]

    12. Wobbles in and out of greatness A story that is not quite coherent, art that tries to pack just a little bit too much in.Zezelj is his usual revolutionary self There are not many artists out there better than this guy is But the pacing is too dense, and the multiple layers of allegory are undone by Zezelj s failure to square the visual circle You need characters who simultaneously look alike and different That s a tall order for any comic book artist The way it tends to turn out is that you neve [...]

    13. There are at least one or two full spread scenes that are amazing I loved most of the sepia strips of story It started out as a really good Fool me once story Then came some historical scenes, which were great until it became the whole story I get where Kevin was going with in the theme, it was just too many war scenes than I expected.

    14. A tale of love, war betrayal There were large parts of this that I thought seemed sort of formulaic but I loved the overall concept I won t say much but it s a quick read so if you do have a chance to pick it up, it s worth it.

    15. A tad overwritten in terms of captions, but it s a twisty, complex tale with gorgeously evocative artwork The ending is kind of love it or hate it, and I belong in the former camp.

    16. This was not really the story that I thought it was going to be after reading the back of the book Not that the publisher s summary was wrong or misleading, but it was incomplete The real point of the book is not the crime and gangs and prostitutes, but rather uses them to ask deeper questions A much modern literature type of story than I expected I did enjoy it, though, and the severe left turn into surrealism that occupies the last third of the book was quite enjoyable once I figured out what [...]

    17. I enjoyed both the story and the art, and found myself transported into the haunting and violent world created by Baker and Zezelj That is, until the last 4 pages which ruined the story and mood of the book, and left me thinking, Huh Had it ended 4 pages sooner, this review would have been a lot positive.

    18. Clever last third and ending, but the opening section of the book is horrifically slow From a theoretical point of view, I appreciate the multi level narrative, but the end result is a bunch of unfinished, un compelling stories The art is truly beautiful in a tragic, depressing way , though.

    19. Very circular The present mirrors the past which mirrors the past which is all in the head of well, I ll keep that a secret if you choose to read it.

    20. I likely will be the only person mentioning Zora Neale Hurston s THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD when reviewing this graphic novel, but it kept coming to mind There is a passage at the heart of that wonderful book that describes humanity as once being one great glittering mass that jealous angels beat down into tiny bits of sparkle, buried and lost in the mud that still sing out and seek each other to be whole again A lovely description of how we as humans clutch at many things to try and make ours [...]

    21. Reading this is like twisting in the wind I think that s exactly the emotion that the author and artist mean for you to feel As if your feet are never firmly on the ground When the story begins to feel grounded you find yourself sliding into another story of Russia and America intertwined in the characters All of them left bleeding by the overwhelming political immensity of the countries in which they live and betrayal of those they love most The story is first rate, with minor flaws The end was [...]

    22. I debated reviewing this since I know I m not the target audience for this book and I hesitate giving it a starred review for that reason.I was first interested in it for the art that I saw in an article, but sadly it turns out the art I saw that interested me was pretty much the only art in the book I enjoyed.All of the art was done in shades of gray, black and browns and in the end just sort of blurred into each other making it hard to make out what was happening or to tell who was who and it [...]

    23. The worlds of Russian hardship and American dreams collide in Kevin Baker s historical fiction world of Luna Park Former soldier Alik Streinikov is a man who has seen his ideals shatter like glass around him Initially indoctrinated into the Russian army as a means of making something of himself, Alik finds that the true horrors of war are the cruelties inflicted upon mankind in the name of power Escaping to New York, the former warrior finds himself scraping by as a mob enforcer amongst the tain [...]

    24. I m pretty sure I ve read this before but it was only vaguely familiar and even then I didn t feel motivated to keep reading I can t fault the graphics or the writing itself, but I COULD NOT connect with the MC who just broods on his dreams and how morally bankrupt he, his native country and his adopted country were are will be It s all very symbolic and morose and fatalistic in nature which I think was intended to be meaningful but was instead shallow and dull Everything is presented in a sort [...]

    25. I didn t know what to expect when I started this, and I m still not entirely sure what I read It definitely seemed very Russian in its story and themes, as a man finds himself trapped in a cycle of violence throughout multiple lives The ending was very surprising, but did feel earned once I thought about it The artwork is bleak and rough, with the color work adding to the emphasis The story passes through several eras of 20th Century Russian history The characters are unpleasant they work for th [...]

    26. The historical details in this are great, and the plot is twisty in ways I didn t expect Danijel Zezelj s art is also totally stunning Unfortunately, this is very clearly the work of someone who doesn t understand the comics medium The words crowd the art, explaining what doesn t need to be explained and distracting from the visual storytelling And for the first 100 pages, the book is a real slog, a repetition of tropes that I find personally distasteful and sub par crime fiction The last fifty [...]

    27. From its description, Luna Park sounded like a noir fan s wet dream Betrayal, crime, sex, a hooker that dabbles in fortune telling come on That s amazing The end result is fairly good, if told in a really confusing manner By weaving together scenes of betrayal throughout history, the authors make a blunt statement about the realities of Russian history The artwork is dreamlike beautiful, but oddly abstract It looks good, although the color palate felt a bit limiting at times Overall, Luna Park w [...]

    28. The beginning of the story was good It was about this man from Russia who was a soldier in a war and his girlfriend died while he tried to save her He is living in Bk near coney island and meets another girl who he loves This girl though works for a gangster who is taking over coney island That is where the good stuff about this book ends I did not like the drawings because it was difficult to know what you were looking at So I had to concentrate ultra hard on the pictures The ending was a mess [...]

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