Volume 1, The Escape

Book - 2014
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Snowpiercer is the enthralling and thought-provoking post-apocalyptic graphic novel that inspired the critically acclaimed movie starring Chris Evans ( Captain America, Fantastic Four ). Originally published in French, this marks the first time that Snowpiercer will be available in English.

In a harsh, uncompromisingly cold future where Earth has succumbed to treacherously low temperatures, the last remaining members of humanity travel on a train while the outside world remains encased in ice.

The surviving community are not without a social hierarchy; those that travel at the front of the train live in relative luxury whilst those unfortunate enough to be at the rear remain clustered like cattle in claustrophobic darkness. Yet, things are about to change aboard the train as passengers become disgruntled...
Publisher: London : Titan Comics, a division of Titan Publishing Group, Ltd., 2014.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: Casterman,, ©2013.
ISBN: 9781782761334
Characteristics: 110 pages :,chiefly illustrations ;,29 cm.
Alternative Title: Snow piercer the escape


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Aug 19, 2016

This graphic novel has some interesting dystopian ideas.
I’m usually pretty good at accepting even an absurd premise for the sake of propelling a story but I found it difficult to forgive certain basic knowns about traveling by train.

The high contrast artwork lent itself to the stark world these characters inhabited.

By the time I got to the end of the volume, I was curious to learn what the following volume contained. That said, I can’t say I cared for any of the characters.

Fails the Bechdal test.

I can't lie and say I enjoyed this more than the movie. It's honestly pretty far removed from the movie except for the titular train. However, it's not a bad book, it just doesn't hold up well when compared. The story is fairly straightforward and action packed and certainly enjoyable in its simplicity. If you've seen the movie, definitely read this one, but keep your expectations in check. If you're looking for an entry point into the Snowpiercer universe, I'd start here and then see the movie (and then approach graphic novel part 2 with a fair bit of caution...)

Jan 12, 2015

Artwork is disappointing and the pace of the story is super slow.

Jan 12, 2015

I felt like this graphic novel was really disjointed. I like the story's concept (something bad happened causing the climate to shift to a winter wasteland and the survivors have boarded a continuously running train, which is the only place suitable for life). It just seems like this book was mostly snippets of a glance at a much richer story

Nov 09, 2014

exciting & thoughtful

Oct 21, 2014

I can't recommend this to anyone who's read any science fiction before--the ideas here are a rehash of popular sci-fi tropes explored better other places. The story is weirdly paced and contains some of the most awkward dialog possible (even for a comic). I did like quite a bit of the art, especially the faces.

Mar 13, 2014

Extraordinary French graphic novel written in 1984 and finally translated to the English language. It has been cited as a major influence on the Walking Dead series of comic books and I can see why, extremely highly recommended for dystopia survival fans, the art is solid and the story is gripping. I'm looking forward to getting the second volume "The Explorers" soon.

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