Black Hole

Burns, Charles

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Black Hole
Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area's teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways -- from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) -- but once you've got it, that's it. There's no turning back. As we inhabit the heads of several key characters -- some kids who have it, some who don't, some who are about to get it -- what unfolds isn't the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself -- the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape. And then the murders start. As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn't exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird. To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin...
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, [2005], ©2005
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 037542380X
Branch Call Number: 741.5 Bu
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Nov 12, 2014
  • discowriter rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is a pretty dumb graphic novel. It doesn't go anywhere and is predictable. The ending is a cop-out. Someone commented that this is what David Lynch would do, but if David Lynch did it, it would be intense, not some drawn-out excuse to waste time.

Two thumbs down, especially because it seemed so highly recommended and has already been considered for a feature film.

Apr 04, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The drawings are good, but as a mature adult I didn't enjoy the dialogue or stories; clearly they are meant for an adolescent audience.

Nov 24, 2013

A truly weird and imaginative story that takes reality and twists just ever so slightly.

Oct 30, 2013
  • temp123987 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Black Hole is possibly Charles Burns' better work. A massive book with as always superb artwork - all in black and white. Strong sexual contents and violence might suggest that more "mature" readers enjoy this book. Previous comments pretty well sum up the direction of this graphic novel. Teenage issues are no different today - though this story goes in a variety of unexpected directions - for the most part: sad. I don't consider Burn's work as "pick me up" books. Nevertheless kudos for a well spread - sorry for the pun - look at youth issues. This earlier work clearly shows that you don't need profanity to get a point across.

Oct 04, 2013
  • bandblair rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Very engaging, awesome art.

May 16, 2013
  • Kikokun rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Easily one of the best graphic novels you'll ever read, Black Hole is what you would expect if David Lynch suddenly became coherent and decided to make a comic book.
Perfectly paced, it reads like a teen romance that leaves you with your guard down until some horrifying twist pushes the story to new directions.
And Burns' art just gets better and better, the panels in this book are simply beautifully rendered.
A masterpiece.

Sep 20, 2012
  • lisakenyon rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was a little confusing at times, trying to keep the different characters straight. A lot of the scenes in this book were delightfully creepy, although one or two did make me feel uncomfortably creeped out.

May 31, 2012
  • theorbys rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A long, intense, nightmarish, noir tale told by a master of style. It's extra length works very well in its favor.

Aug 07, 2011
  • marishkajuko rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Enjoyably weird.

Jul 04, 2011
  • Raiiner rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A stark, and rather disturbing, look at teenaged life. Done in a style highly reminiscient of Daniel Clowes.

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Dec 18, 2010
  • coutture rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Graphic images of sexual intercourse

Sep 03, 2009
  • Anarchy_Bunny rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Sep 03, 2009
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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.


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