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30 review for The Ballad of Doctor Richardson

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ill D

    Puerile. Protypical. And Peerless in its own way. The backstory entailing the inspiration within is actually far more enjoyable than the story over all. WhatEvs.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jerantino

    THE BALLAD OF DR. RICHARDSON gives us Paul Pope (Escapo, THB, Heavy Liquid) finding and asserting his voice while revealing himself as a talent worth following. With this, his ballad to a self-proclaimed "Anti-Prufrock," a young Pope first flexes the muscles that would later define his oeuvre. Doctor Richardson, a near-burn out academic, lives in a world of solitary study and professional contempt until a chance encounter with one vivacious and strange student from his past sends him careening a THE BALLAD OF DR. RICHARDSON gives us Paul Pope (Escapo, THB, Heavy Liquid) finding and asserting his voice while revealing himself as a talent worth following. With this, his ballad to a self-proclaimed "Anti-Prufrock," a young Pope first flexes the muscles that would later define his oeuvre. Doctor Richardson, a near-burn out academic, lives in a world of solitary study and professional contempt until a chance encounter with one vivacious and strange student from his past sends him careening after her. In an instant, the tired and stuffy Doctor takes a great leap forward into a world of passion and possibility, sloughing off the dead skin of his world and choosing life: Cherchez le femme. THE BALLAD OF DR. RICHARDSON is not unlike AFTER HOURS. It is the story of twelve hours in the life of a repressed art history teacher, DR. RICHARDSON, who has fallen in love with a former student after a chance meeting in the subway. He searches for her through a strange underworld of music clubs and strange characters and, in the process, learns various truths about himself. Moody and atmospheric if not a bit crude and unpolished, Pope carves effortlessly a place and a time so specific one has the feeling he could tell you every story ever attached to every glass he's drawn in the background of his neo-noir coffee shops. And with this, his first major work, Pope at once bristles with newness and energy while retaining cozy familiarity combining a sensibility both European and American. An unapologetic romantic, Pope's work was then and continues to be a high-velocity tribute to the beauty of saying 'yes'. VERITAS! .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    You know it's funny what a difference 20 years makes. That's how long it's been since I first read this little gem. I thought it was nice then, now I look back and wonder how I didn't appreciate it's brilliance. I suppose it's because 20 years ago I was still caught up in superheroes. Now I can appreciate the nuances of facial expressions and visualize the delicate moments of humanity that must have just swept by me back then. There are sequences here that would play beautifully in a film and so You know it's funny what a difference 20 years makes. That's how long it's been since I first read this little gem. I thought it was nice then, now I look back and wonder how I didn't appreciate it's brilliance. I suppose it's because 20 years ago I was still caught up in superheroes. Now I can appreciate the nuances of facial expressions and visualize the delicate moments of humanity that must have just swept by me back then. There are sequences here that would play beautifully in a film and some that only work in the confines of a drawn novel, but the scope is still nothing but the human experience. Brilliant, sentimental, poignant, compelling, insightful, delicate, sweet, mournful, melancholic, compelling, challenging, romantic - this is wonderfully read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Colin

    Not badly written, but the story mostly just seemed like a male fantasy of hooking up with younger women. In addition to that to was just a bit dull.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Buddy

    One of pope's first works the story is great and you can see the beginnings of both his unique cyberpunk-esque vision of the future but also his refinement of artistic style, but still before his Cutie-pie girl sytle thing. One of pope's first works the story is great and you can see the beginnings of both his unique cyberpunk-esque vision of the future but also his refinement of artistic style, but still before his Cutie-pie girl sytle thing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sus

    What a strange book! But Paul Pope is pretty much always interesting.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Graeme

    An entertaining fantasy romance from one of my favorite comics artists. Pope's portraits are super recognizable even in this early novella. I love his ridiculously good looking people. An entertaining fantasy romance from one of my favorite comics artists. Pope's portraits are super recognizable even in this early novella. I love his ridiculously good looking people.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Robert

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    Teneagles

  10. 4 out of 5

    Emiliano Campos

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alannah

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jamil

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tim

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nick Nguyen

  16. 4 out of 5

    Selby

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ally Hunter

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

    Valia Kapadai

  20. 5 out of 5

    Oscar Rodriguez

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gilliom Werner Claessens

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eddie

  23. 4 out of 5

    A.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michael

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mithun Gangopadhyay

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mer

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  30. 5 out of 5

    André

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