The Return Of The Dapper Men

The Return Of The Dapper Men

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"[A] tale of a world in between time, where children have played so long it's almost become work, machines have worked so long they have begun to play, and all the clocks have stopped at the same time. This is how this land has remained, until 314 dapper-looking gentlemen rain down from the sky and set off in different directions to start the world again. Now Ayden, the only boy to still ask questions; Zoe, the robot girl all other machines hold dear; and the Dapper Man known only as '41' must discover what happened that made time stop, understand what their true places are in this world, and learn what 'tomorrow' really means. The sun is setting for the first time in memory, and once that happens, everything changes"--Publisher's web site.
Publisher: Los Angeles [Calif.] : Archaia Comics, 2010.
ISBN: 9781932386905
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Additional Contributors: Lee, Janet 1967-


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FindingJane Nov 28, 2016

Whimsical, bizarre, thought provoking and decidedly off kilter, “Return of the Dapper Men” defies easy description.

In a topsy-turvy world where children live underground and play with gears and machines live above, cleaning and keeping house for non-existent inhabitants, it is unsettling that no one questions why this is so. Time has stopped so there is no yesterday, no tomorrow and no night. It is an eternal fairyland without fairies…only a giant angel. But, even in a world of oddity, there are oddballs. A boy who is friends with a voiceless machine is out of place in both worlds. Then the dapper men appear or reappear and that’s where the magic starts.

Who are they? What do they want? Why do they ignore everybody and what is their mysterious business? They are questions, puzzles and enigmas and none more so than No. 41.

The book demands slow and careful reading and even when you get to the end you’re not entirely certain of its message. I found myself reading it simply to enjoy the story and illustrations and then reading it again to probe its mysteries. If you’re the kind who prefers linear storytelling, this book isn’t for you. But if you like books by Lewis Carroll or even Terry Pratchett or the Xanth series by Piers Anthony, then by all means look into the dapper men.

Jul 11, 2016

It's easy to tell when a Graphic Novel is a cut above the rest. This one soars to new heights. The story is simple yet profound. Page after page provides invitations to set the book down and follow ones thoughts to a deeper place.

Nineshadesofnifty Mar 04, 2012

An interesting graphic novel that pushes the reader to go beyond the text on the page and make some connection for themselves.

dtatton Apr 14, 2011

One of the best graphic novels I have read ever. The illustrator did an absolutely stunning job giving the entire book a steam punk meets art deco feel. Every single page in the book is frame worthy. Some of the dialogue is actually written into the images which forces the reader to examine each page and really helps to marry the words with the pictures that much more.

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