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In the 21st Century, Case, the best interface cowboy ever to run in the world-wide computer net, and Molly, the female mercenary with computer eyes and switchblade fingers, are recruited for a secret mission that will bring them into conflict with the world's most powerful corporate clan; a conflict that will be fought in the shifting territory where mind meets circuitry: In the 21st Century, Case, the best interface cowboy ever to run in the world-wide computer net, and Molly, the female mercenary with computer eyes and switchblade fingers, are recruited for a secret mission that will bring them into conflict with the world's most powerful corporate clan; a conflict that will be fought in the shifting territory where mind meets circuitry: Cyberspace!


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In the 21st Century, Case, the best interface cowboy ever to run in the world-wide computer net, and Molly, the female mercenary with computer eyes and switchblade fingers, are recruited for a secret mission that will bring them into conflict with the world's most powerful corporate clan; a conflict that will be fought in the shifting territory where mind meets circuitry: In the 21st Century, Case, the best interface cowboy ever to run in the world-wide computer net, and Molly, the female mercenary with computer eyes and switchblade fingers, are recruited for a secret mission that will bring them into conflict with the world's most powerful corporate clan; a conflict that will be fought in the shifting territory where mind meets circuitry: Cyberspace!

30 review for William Gibson's Neuromancer: The Graphic Novel

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahren

    In terms of adapting the complex story of Neuromancer to a visual medium, this graphic novel is pretty amazing. There are a number of scenes where the vibe and pacing is spot on and William Gibson has praised it too, saying that if Neuromancer were ever adapted into a movie he'd want it to follow this comic as a blueprint. In fact, he writes the forward and offers an interesting glimpse into his view on comic books and the few adaptations that had already been made of his work (as of 1989). In te In terms of adapting the complex story of Neuromancer to a visual medium, this graphic novel is pretty amazing. There are a number of scenes where the vibe and pacing is spot on and William Gibson has praised it too, saying that if Neuromancer were ever adapted into a movie he'd want it to follow this comic as a blueprint. In fact, he writes the forward and offers an interesting glimpse into his view on comic books and the few adaptations that had already been made of his work (as of 1989). In terms of being a compelling graphic novel, however Neuromancer's art style really holds it back due to it's rampant inconsistency. Characters are off-model from frame to frame and not a single design for Molly look right. Most panels have her portrayed as some kind of garish, mullet-sporting, man/woman. In the novel, I always had a femme fatale vibe from her. Sleek, sexy and very deadly. However, combining 80's fashion with the visual asthetic creates some pretty interesting costume and hair-style choices, I guess. Other than that, the artwork is pretty spot-on, in terms of settings, backdrops, and so on. It's just a shame that the only character that doesn't make you cringe when you see him is Case, and that's only because he's as bland as can be; short black hair, black t-shirt, black jeans. In the end, for any fan of the novel this is a must read and it's rare nature makes it an exciting acquisition. Unfortunately, this graphic novel was originally envisioned as a 3-part series and only this first volume was ever published. So enjoy it, but don't get too attached because it will end before you are ready.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle

    There's some nice artwork here. That is, the backgrounds and environments look very nice; the neon city looks great and the coloring is fantastic--it's very 80s and Blade Runner-esque, but then so was the novel. The depictions of cyberspace are a particular highlight. When it comes to drawing people however, specifically and especially faces, the artist fails. Not only do the characters not resemble their novel counterparts sufficiently, the faces just look plain awkward to boot. Bad even. It ki There's some nice artwork here. That is, the backgrounds and environments look very nice; the neon city looks great and the coloring is fantastic--it's very 80s and Blade Runner-esque, but then so was the novel. The depictions of cyberspace are a particular highlight. When it comes to drawing people however, specifically and especially faces, the artist fails. Not only do the characters not resemble their novel counterparts sufficiently, the faces just look plain awkward to boot. Bad even. It kind of kills the spirit and undermines the inherent "coolness" of Neuromancer. It's also worth noting that this only adapts the first third of the novel. Two more volumes were planned but never came to fruition (though parts of the second volume ended up making into The Ultimate Cyberpunk anthology and the characters there, this time done by a different artist, look significantly better). William Gibson said, in the introduction to this, that this visual interpretation was largely how he had imagined Neuromancer whilst writing it, also adding that if a movie adaptation were to be made of his novel that he'd hope the filmmakers would take some inspiration from this graphic novel. Let's just hope that the filmmakers don't take this inspiration too literally and cast Arnold Schwarzenegger in a wig as Molly. Because that's what she fucking looked like in here (and boy did that make the sexual scenes uncomfortable). It's not a bad adaptation but it's pretty straight-forward and uninteresting, and its incompleteness and hit-or-miss artwork doesn't help matters. 2.5 / 5

  3. 4 out of 5

    mark

    The art is really muddy at times, but the tone is consistent and I can see why Gibson liked this visualization of his best story. The story telling, however, is noticeably stilted. While the "Marvel method" may work well for fresh ideas and stories, for existing, established works, it is less than ideal, and is really, really bad with first-person narratives. I don't know why they gave-up on this series (the graphic novel doesn't even cover half the book), but I agree that they needed to stop. I The art is really muddy at times, but the tone is consistent and I can see why Gibson liked this visualization of his best story. The story telling, however, is noticeably stilted. While the "Marvel method" may work well for fresh ideas and stories, for existing, established works, it is less than ideal, and is really, really bad with first-person narratives. I don't know why they gave-up on this series (the graphic novel doesn't even cover half the book), but I agree that they needed to stop. I still gave it 5 stars; one because it's Gibson, two because it's not terrible, and three, there's a bit to be learned here.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Realini

    Neuromancer by William Gibson 7 out of 10 on a personal level, although it seems to be 9 out of 10 or more for the more gifted reader You can find Neuromancer on the TIME list of All- TIME 100 Best Novels - https://entertainment.time.com/2005/1... - but this reader would do better to avoid books placed there, for the last pick has also been an utter failure, The Crying of Lot 49 - http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/05/t... -met with the same fate as Neuromancer, in that after some pleasing chapters, Neuromancer by William Gibson 7 out of 10 on a personal level, although it seems to be 9 out of 10 or more for the more gifted reader You can find Neuromancer on the TIME list of All- TIME 100 Best Novels - https://entertainment.time.com/2005/1... - but this reader would do better to avoid books placed there, for the last pick has also been an utter failure, The Crying of Lot 49 - http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/05/t... -met with the same fate as Neuromancer, in that after some pleasing chapters, the under signed fell off the pleasure train, and then has not been able to embark again…having said that, most of the other works in the compilation have been more than iridescent, perhaps incandescent is the proper word and Divine Lucky Jim is a case in point, as one of the best ten books read by an increasingly inattentive, fussy earthling http://realini.blogspot.com/2018/05/l... Reading is a sublime occupation – albeit I get scolded continuously for ‘doing nothing and being a lazy bum’, as if my attempts at reading, in the case of Neuromancer, Lot 49, we could not say there were anything but attempts, are not a meaningful or indeed any activity – and I have had the chance to embark recently on a Cruise that took me to the Underworld in Notes From Underground, by the prophetic Fyodor Dostoevsky, the one who has predicted the failure of the communist utopia, stating that ‘if man has nothing to do but eat cake, surrounded by a sea of happiness, he would still cause trouble’ – not that communism is a sea of happiness, on the contrary - http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/06/n... It has been adjectival – to use a leit motif, a term used often in The True Story of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey http://realini.blogspot.com/2015/11/t... - which could mean Medicine – as the paradigm in Little Big Man by Thomas Berger http://realini.blogspot.com/2015/12/l... - or Hideous Kinky, which is the title of the marvelous magnum opus by Esther Freud, great- granddaughter of the titan Sigmund Freud and daughter of the acclaimed painter Lucien Freud, which seems to share with adjectival and medicine a divine quality, the attribute of an original word or combination of words and the ability to encompass, to contain so much magic, so many various skills and/or talents in just one short uttering… From the Underground to Marrakesh in hideous Kinky and then to…Puckoon - http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/06/p... - at the border between Ireland the Republic and Northern Ireland, the past few books have offered the opportunity to surround the globe in a pandemic – for the length of the time that I could stay with Neuromancer, the plot takes one to Japan, Istanbul, from the coffins – whatever those would be, although I have seen once some television images wherein they presented hotel rooms in Tokyo, one of the citifies with the highest density, which were in fact just bunk beds, nothing else, something that those on old ships probably had in the belly of the vessel – of the cheap hotel to the Intercontinental – and the genres have changed from comedy, for Puckoon, to bildungsroman for Hideous Kinky, a coming of age novel… Alas, the Science Fiction genre seems to be more challenging for the undersigned and perhaps in general, given that one has to follow the ‘normal’ plot, the sequence of events that would be familiar in a present day narrative, or a classic Jane Austen novel say depicting past romances, but placed in an unfamiliar context…in the Science fiction novel, the background is different, details demand attention, for the gun that Case is asking for in the first part of Neuromancer may have traits that we recognize, but it comes from the future…it is a replica of a copy of a version of an original weapon and in that we recognize the tendency of the Chinese mostly to put out cheaper versions of expensive products, fakes for the last decades, but they are now increasingly able to compete without stealing technology, designs and engineering, the proof being Huawei, which is vilified by America – for good and wrong reasons – but it is not only a cheaper provider for 5G, but experts say that they are the leaders in the field… My track record for the Science fiction genre is mixed, for I have loved We by Yevgeny Zamyatin - http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/05/w... - a superb novel that is less famous than Ninety Eighty Four by George Orwell of Brave New World or Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, but it has preceded and influenced them surely, describing a dictatorial future where people have numbers, reserve time and a ticket for sex, which is the time when they draw the shades, otherwise guards have to have the ability to see inside homes, in a totalitarian regime that is the communist one, projected in the future…White noise by Don DeLillo was also glorious, depicting the pandemonium created by a catastrophe, which is relevant for a world hit by a pandemic, and it was crucially easy to follow and engage with for this reader, who could not attach himself to the Neuromancer Snowpiercer - http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/04/w... I Am Legend by Richard Matheson http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/05/i... - with yet another example of what could happen in a world hit by Armageddon is superb, and so is Ubik, perhaps somewhat less, with its telepaths, travel from one time period to another http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/04/u... - but I liked more Non- Stop by Brian Aldiss, the book read some months ago, finished on April 11, which has marked the decision to try and open novels from this genre, up to that period neglected, in fact avoided, which recalls the more famous Planet of the Apes, in that we have a space ship heading for the earth, on which calamity has struck, humans have attacked each other, some have descended into barbarity – just like the creatures on Planet of the apes, where the latter are more intelligent, if just as cruel as humans- http://realini.blogspot.com/2020/04/n... If I look at the score, there are more novels in the Science Fiction genre that I liked than the ones that seemed to escape my attention…it is a pity that Neuromancer seemed to take me along for a joy ride, Case was – is – a likeable main character, the introductory line is splendid ‘the sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel’, then the observation that ‘in the age of affordable beauty, his lack of it had something heraldic…’alas, I lost it after about twenty percent of the voyage and though I made some feeble attempts to rejoin the bad wagon, the thought of paths in hell came…Stefan Klein, a formidable psychologist, author of The Science of Happiness writes among many brilliant things about the wrong idea that we should vent our anger, give out steam once in a while…it is deadly, for we crate paths in hell and act along these pathways crated between neurons in the brain… http://realini.blogspot.com/2013/10/t...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Antonis Lamnatos

    Very nicely pictured and colored, I felt it properly caught the late 80s idea of how the future will look. Sure, most of it didn't end up quite like WG imagined, but the visually impressionistic approach of The Grim Cyber-Future is nicely presented. It's a shame the book doesn't cover the complete novel. Very nicely pictured and colored, I felt it properly caught the late 80s idea of how the future will look. Sure, most of it didn't end up quite like WG imagined, but the visually impressionistic approach of The Grim Cyber-Future is nicely presented. It's a shame the book doesn't cover the complete novel.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Juan Hidalgo

    Entretenido pero algo confuso

  7. 4 out of 5

    Romano

    La adaptación a novela gráfica de la primera cuarta parte de la novela cyberpunk Neuromancer de William Gibson. Visualmente es realmente sorprendente lo cercana que es a lo narrado en el texto de Gibson, lamentablemente -como en casi toda adaptación- se trata de sintetizar en demasía y el ritmo reciente tales cambios. Otro cambio sustancial respecto a la novela de Gibson es que el lenguaje y jerga se han adaptado a algo más accesible a los lectores. La novela Neuromancer se caracterizaba por emp La adaptación a novela gráfica de la primera cuarta parte de la novela cyberpunk Neuromancer de William Gibson. Visualmente es realmente sorprendente lo cercana que es a lo narrado en el texto de Gibson, lamentablemente -como en casi toda adaptación- se trata de sintetizar en demasía y el ritmo reciente tales cambios. Otro cambio sustancial respecto a la novela de Gibson es que el lenguaje y jerga se han adaptado a algo más accesible a los lectores. La novela Neuromancer se caracterizaba por emplear un abstracto inglés futurista plagado de modismos y particulares propias de ese mundo ficcional, pero en esta novela gráfica se optó por un lenguaje menos abstracto, y por lo tanto, mucho menos poético. Considero que esta novela gráfica es un objeto que podrá resultar curioso a quienes ya estén familiarizados con la Sprawl Trilogy de Gibson, pero sería una injusticia que fuese el primer acercamiento de un neófito al cyberpunk.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fernando Suarezserna

    Unfortunately this graphic novel just covers the first part of the story. I believe it's a GREAT companion if you're already familiar with the novel, the visuals are striking. Nevertheless, my impression is that if you're not previously familiar with the story, it would be very hard to keep up with what's actually happening, as it rushes through the plot points while it world-builds very specific things that are crucial to understand what's going on with the rules of Gibson's universe. Unfortunately this graphic novel just covers the first part of the story. I believe it's a GREAT companion if you're already familiar with the novel, the visuals are striking. Nevertheless, my impression is that if you're not previously familiar with the story, it would be very hard to keep up with what's actually happening, as it rushes through the plot points while it world-builds very specific things that are crucial to understand what's going on with the rules of Gibson's universe.

  9. 4 out of 5

    José Manuel Oli

    Bueno... ¡terminado y no me explotó la cabeza!. Sinceramente hay muchas cosas que no entiendo o me pierdo, me da la impresión que no se explican, pero en cualquier caso me ha resultado muy interesante, especialmente el final. Ahora necesito una aspirina.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Garth Eaglesfield

    The original cypberpunk novel predicting so much about network use, light years ahead of it's time, much imitated The original cypberpunk novel predicting so much about network use, light years ahead of it's time, much imitated

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ile Barrionuevo

    Muy bueno, cuesta comprender e imaginar los nuevos términos que introduce el autor, pero la idea general es muy original. Quiero leer los demás libros de la trilogía.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    I could not finish this book. I'm sure it had it's day, but I just coudn't get interested in it. I could not finish this book. I'm sure it had it's day, but I just coudn't get interested in it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Geiko

    Lo bueno de la novela es el universo que describe y se nota que fue precursora del género ciberpunk. Lo malo es que se hace muy difícil de entender a veces y la trama está bastante cogida con pinzas.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erick Santiago

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Nada mejor que el libro, esperaba la aparición de los sionistas! Y del Babylon Rocker, pero bueno, queda de complemento

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The story and characters are awesome. Very well constructed. A little cofusing, thats right, but with a litltle patience and slow reading you can have it. The final is kind of unresolved but, it is trully a great great book. My very beginning with sci fi and i loved it!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Miguel

    admito que terminar justo en esa parte hace un buen trabajo, pero siempre lamentare no tener suficiente wintermute

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    William Gibson's Neuromancer, Vol. 1 by Tom Dehaven (1989) William Gibson's Neuromancer, Vol. 1 by Tom Dehaven (1989)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alfredo

    Làstima que sea sólo el capítulo 1 del libro de Gibson. Hay que buscar el resto...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jamil

    Only covers a third of the novel. Art's sleek, neon-lit, airbrushed 80s future. But as Neuromancer adaptations go, I prefer the BBC radio play. Only covers a third of the novel. Art's sleek, neon-lit, airbrushed 80s future. But as Neuromancer adaptations go, I prefer the BBC radio play.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    a graphic novel... actually it's very good except... it ends halfway through the book. a graphic novel... actually it's very good except... it ends halfway through the book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robert

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Šír

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Booth

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jesper

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rob GigerPunk

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bookman

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Abdellah

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tamara Brown

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kris

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jim Brule

    Great adapation - difficult to find!

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