Features
Reviews
Must Hear Music
Reviews Archives
Archives
Bargain Basement
Downloads
Music DVD
Upstart
Pipsqueaks
 
 
 
Features
Reviews
Archives
Send Us Mail
Contact Us
 
 


Those Who Walk In Darkness

by John Ridley

Warner Books
May 2003
ISBN: 044653093X


Comic books are always full of humans with extra ordinary powers running around saving the day and being the heroes. "Those Who Walk In Darkness" takes those same super heroes and tells us a story about what would happen if things went horribly wrong, a story about the very people the heroes were trying to protect turning on them and hunting them down.

The most interesting and simultaneously most difficult thing about reading this book is certainly the point of view that it's told from. While not immediately evident at the start, towards the middle of the book it seems that the story is being told from the point of view of the villain. The main character's rash actions, cold heartedness and general inhumanness are defiantly traits that make her less appealing to the reader. By the novel's end, I found myself wishing the main character would get hit by a bus.

The Antagonists (the super heroes), seem far more appealing to the reader even if they are being hunted down and occasionally being not the nicest of people themselves. This is of course one of the difficulties in writing when one switches around the antagonist/protagonist roles and in "Those Who Walk in Darkness," it does unfortunately make the book a little harder to read. However the very fact that the main character got underneath my skin kept me turning the pages.

Somehow Ridely breathes a fresh approach into this classic comic book theme (X-Men and X-2: heroes deemed freaks and hunted by society). Though Ridely's prose seems at times flat and predictable, he manages to stir some meaningful discourse on genetics and racism into the mix adding dimensionality, deepening the characterization, and enervating the story's plot.

Jesse L'argent - Staff Features Writer


Mike Doughty



none now
-------


South By Southwest 2014
David DeVoe

South By Southwest 2013
David DeVoe

Red Hook Music Festival
George Dow

SXSW 2012
David DeVoe

Our Favorite Records 2011
Hybrid Staff

AWOLNation
Rachel Fredrickson

Kanrocksas
Rachel Fredrickson

Warped Tour 2011
Rachel Fredrickson

Eddie Spaghetti
Melissa Skrbic-Huss

Murder By Death
Mike DeLeo


Mike Doughty
Boulder, CO

Epilogues
Denver, CO

Imagine Dragons
Denver, CO

Sebadoh
Cambridge, MA

Young Magic
Denver, CO

Warped Tour 2012
Denver, CO

Thrice
Denver, CO

Mike Doughty
Denver, CO

MuteMath
Kansas City, MO

Other Lives
Lawrence, KS

Los Campesinos
Boston, MA

The Civil Wars
Lawrence, KS

Ha Ha Tonka
Lawrence, KS

Thrice
Lawrence, KS


 
hybridmagazine.com is updated daily except when it isn't.
New film reviews are posted every week like faulty clockwork.
Wanna write for hybrid? Send us an e-mail.
© 1996-2009 [noun] digital media. All rights reserved worldwide. All content on hybridmagazine.com and levelheadedmusic.com is the intellectual property of Hybrid Magazine and its respective creators. No part of hybridmagazine.com or levelheadedmusic.com may be reproduced in any format without expressed written permission. For complete masthead and physical mailing address, Click Here.