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A hard-boiled pop-culture sensation re-created for comics. In L.A., there s one man you want behind the wheel. Just tell him where and when. He doesn t take part, doesn t know anyone, doesn t carry a weapon. He drives, and he s the best. Ride along as James Sallis lean nu-noir masterpiece unfolds onto the sun-bleached streets of Los Angeles in this exciting comic book ad A hard-boiled pop-culture sensation re-created for comics. In L.A., there s one man you want behind the wheel. Just tell him where and when. He doesn t take part, doesn t know anyone, doesn t carry a weapon. He drives, and he s the best. Ride along as James Sallis lean nu-noir masterpiece unfolds onto the sun-bleached streets of Los Angeles in this exciting comic book adaptation. "


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A hard-boiled pop-culture sensation re-created for comics. In L.A., there s one man you want behind the wheel. Just tell him where and when. He doesn t take part, doesn t know anyone, doesn t carry a weapon. He drives, and he s the best. Ride along as James Sallis lean nu-noir masterpiece unfolds onto the sun-bleached streets of Los Angeles in this exciting comic book ad A hard-boiled pop-culture sensation re-created for comics. In L.A., there s one man you want behind the wheel. Just tell him where and when. He doesn t take part, doesn t know anyone, doesn t carry a weapon. He drives, and he s the best. Ride along as James Sallis lean nu-noir masterpiece unfolds onto the sun-bleached streets of Los Angeles in this exciting comic book adaptation. "

30 review for James Sallis' Drive: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    This graphic adaptation of James Sallis's great novella seems to take its cue in part from the Nicolas Winding Refn movie adaptation, with its neon-infused, 80's nostalgia vibe. One of the first things I noticed in the graphic novel was the color, the magenta and green tones really evoked a similar mood to the movie. The book, which collects the four comic issues of Drive, tries to pare Sallis's book down to the bare essentials, which isn't really a good thing, because a Sallis book is most l This graphic adaptation of James Sallis's great novella seems to take its cue in part from the Nicolas Winding Refn movie adaptation, with its neon-infused, 80's nostalgia vibe. One of the first things I noticed in the graphic novel was the color, the magenta and green tones really evoked a similar mood to the movie. The book, which collects the four comic issues of Drive, tries to pare Sallis's book down to the bare essentials, which isn't really a good thing, because a Sallis book is most likely already just bare essentials. Although it keeps the ultra-hard-boiled vibe and some of Sallis's best lines, it loses much of the thoughtfulness and idiosyncrasies that are some of the trademarks of a Sallis book. Also, the abbreviated comic book structure causes it all to seem like a rush, skimming over important elements, like Irina and Benicio, and the Driver's past. This adaptation isn't bad, just not very memorable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Tabler

    The 2011 movie, Drive starring Ryan Gosling as the titular Getaway Driver was an underground hit. It is based on the novella written in 2006 by author James Sallis. The novella follows a man who stunt drives for the movies by day while driving for criminals at night. The driver is a profoundly moral man, moral as in he abides by a strict set of his morals and codes of ethics. After a driving job goes south, very south, the unnamed driver needs to rectify things. The story is reminiscent of an in The 2011 movie, Drive starring Ryan Gosling as the titular Getaway Driver was an underground hit. It is based on the novella written in 2006 by author James Sallis. The novella follows a man who stunt drives for the movies by day while driving for criminals at night. The driver is a profoundly moral man, moral as in he abides by a strict set of his morals and codes of ethics. After a driving job goes south, very south, the unnamed driver needs to rectify things. The story is reminiscent of an in 1940's camp noir. Quiet, and methodical the story moves at a measured pace until we get to action scenes supercut with moments that jump back through time that give the graphic novel a very cinematic feel. It is bloody, but not in a gratuitous way. The graphics of the story are drawn in a way that has a very 1980's neon feel. The panels practically glow off of the page. Artwork aside, the adaptation of this story falls flat for me. It might not be the book's fault but more that the movie so heavily overshadows it. It just doesn't have the same sort of magic you expect from this story, although it tries. I suggest giving this a look through but go watch the fantastic movie.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    I've never read the original novel, but I have seen the movie, and this was a much more straight forward story than the movie. I liked it more straight forward, but I can see how some people may prefer the nuisances of the movie (and I assume the novel.) The story there is more open to interpretation while this is basically a noir. The art did evoke the movie particularly in its choice of color palette. Not a bad read, but I think the graphic novel lost some of what was probably evoked in the no I've never read the original novel, but I have seen the movie, and this was a much more straight forward story than the movie. I liked it more straight forward, but I can see how some people may prefer the nuisances of the movie (and I assume the novel.) The story there is more open to interpretation while this is basically a noir. The art did evoke the movie particularly in its choice of color palette. Not a bad read, but I think the graphic novel lost some of what was probably evoked in the novel, and the movie.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sooraya Evans

    A fast-paced, straight to the point adaptation. The striking color scheme reminded me of GTA Vice City. It works well with the tone of the book. I decided to track this one after watching the Ryan Gosling movie version.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Macklem

    I read this almost entirely because it was set in LA. While the art is nice, there are not a lot of iconic vistas of LA - or even spots I know, having lived there. The final scene does happen at a diner around the corner from where I used to live though. It's a decent story in the film noir genre - just not my normal cup of tea...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Wilde Sky

    A getaway driver is betrayed. Some of the graphics were poor plus there was at least one jump in the plot, but overall this was an entertaining book. Reading time of roughly 60 minutes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kurt Lorenz

    Well adapted version of the novel. Looking forward to Driven.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Railey

  9. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Henderson

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Draewell

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eli

  12. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Kinsey

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Lange

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mephi

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sean Rohead

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ed Blake

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Stokes

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christian

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terrisa

  23. 4 out of 5

    StrictlySequential

  24. 5 out of 5

    Luke

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bradford

  27. 4 out of 5

    Walter

  28. 5 out of 5

    benxander

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Adam

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