Enigma (DC Comics Vertigo)

Enigma (DC Comics Vertigo)This comic changed my life when I was in high school One of my first tattoos was a reference to Enigma I don t even have words for how much it means to me. Enigma is a love story of all the tedious people those who don t go out the small circle they live in and lead a life as one stagnant stream of consciousness Micheal Smith is woken up from such a life when his childhood comic book hero comes to life It isn t the plot but the tenacity with which Milligan moves the narration It is a dogged effort complete with raw apathy, blood, gore and a harsh exposition of the world The supervillains who wreck the day are mirrors that exemplify our own thoughts that lurk in the shadiest part of or mind One such supervillain shows people the truth the ones that no one wants to acknowledge in their own mind on any given day but its existence is enough for them be ashamed of the thought This leaves the people in a fugue state and naturally Enigma, the superhero, saves the day.Milligan dedicates several pages for Enigma to take root in our own consciousness and start seeing the world beyond the edges Micheal Smith bursts out of his shell and confronts his sexuality first hand The moment is cathartic and Fegredo s art accompanies Milligan s sharp insight The art becomes sharper, Enigma s face gets clearer and comes to full vision as the story progresses Milligan never mis steps, never lets go of the thread that he first picked up with the line,You could say it all started in Arizona Twenty five years ago On a farm It was an ordinary sort of farm in Arizona The kind of place you have sexual relations with your parents and end up shooting someoneThe writing is at places troublesome its obnoxious, unnecessarily loud when it should have been quiet and uncomfortable Yet it easily impacts the narration and pulls you in down the well Fegredo s art complements Milligan s writing, thus making even the art difficult in some places There is a continuous quest to understand the happenstances, the allegories, the metaphors, the subtle and the implied all through the book The art plays spectacularly with the words and balances visual experiences Micheal Smith, the protagonist struggles till the very end the nature of right and wrong, the duality of existence Enigma poses a problem when such a nature is questioned while Micheal finds it difficult to exist without it The dialogues between Micheal and Enigma at the middle of the book seems errant and superficial Micheal bemoans about semantics while Enigma treats truth as a literal thing Milligan forces readers to stop and rethink In that, he is truly remarkable as a writer.Enigma is a post modern phantasmagoria with each emotion brought to life on paper with piercing words and sharp art. Al Parecer, Enigma, El H Roe De La Infancia De Michael Smith, Ha Cobrado Vida Y Ha Salido De Las P Ginas De Un C Mic Ahora, Michael Siente El Deseo Irrefrenable De Encontrarlo, Una Obsesi N Que Amenaza Con Destruir El MundoENIGMA, UN RELATO SOBRE OBSESIONES SEXUALES, LAGARTOS VOLADORES Y SUPERH ROES There are maybe four main things I remember about Jeff Ayers, the manager of Forbidden Planet, my go to comic shop when I lived in NYC The first is that Jeff gave me a student discount long after I graduated from college, and he would instruct the other people on register to do so when he saw me The second is that he was very gracious about not wanting to sell my self published comic in his shop, but he was willing to let me put flyers for it on the front counter The third is the time Grant Morrison did an in store signing and I sort of ran up to him to ask for a picture without really introducing myself first, a move that made Jeff visibly cringe Note Grant Morrison was not offended I don t actually know if he s capable of being offended Also, the MOST CHARMING FAMOUS PERSON I HAVE EVER MET.Sidenote Michael Zulli is easily the least The fourth thing is that Jeff Ayers really loved Peter Milligan possibly than he loved Grant Morrison, which was a lot and of all things Milligan, I think he loved Enigma the most The fact that I too love Peter Milligan than Grant Morrison well, specifically, I love Milligan without reservation, while I love Morrison with tons of reservations is definitely due in part to the fact that Jeff Ayers convinced me that Milligan was cool It is pretty hard to convince me that anything is cool, really, and maybe that s why I always held off on trying Enigma, despite it being I think Milligan s most well respected work By the time I d decided to give it a shot, it was out of print and fabulously expensive, but then it came back into print, and then I found a copy of the old edition in a bookstore for eight dollars anywayso.But I guess if I m being completely honest, there are two other reasons I wasn t sure if I wanted to read Enigma The first is that the art always looked like mud to me This was wrong I mean, Fegredo s art is muddy and, at times, incomprehensible But I was wrong to think this was a bad thing The art just makes you work for it a little, and once you start speaking its language, there s some absolutely beautiful choices being made throughout.The second other reason I never tried Enigma, I think, was that I knew it was about a gay superhero, and I think for a long time I just wasn t particularly excited about reading about a gay superhero As I think back on the kind of person I was in my 20 s, I feel like I was a modern and accepting dude the way that Kevin Smith characters are modern and accepting Like, the dudely dudes of his films are basically tolerant, and they vote right and intellectually believe in the things they know they should but the abrasive humor also masks a lot of insecurity about gender and sexuality I don t know if I really got to work on chipping through that until grad school, to be completely honest Nowadays I m REALLY excited to read about gender and sexuality in the comics And while part of me is sad that I took so long to read a comic that, jesus, might actually be one of my new favorite comics, I m also pretty happy that I waited to read Enigma until I was interested and excited to do so.Like a Kevin Smith movie, Enigma exists in a very specific cultural moment in which its protagonist, Michael Smith, is the sort of liberal minded straight man who a seems to think its okay for gay men to exist and b also thinks it s okay to punch a gay man in the face if he feels his masculinity being threatened He s the kind of character who only really makes sense for the decade or so in which he s written any earlier, and his general tolerance of gay culture might seem unbelievable for such a blue collar whitebread Any later as in now and his individual intolerance codes too easily as bigoted and cruel.In this, Enigma is not a timeless graphic novel, and has to exist in the early 90 s when it was written However, everything else about the book in which Michael Smith discovers that his favorite childhood comic book superhero, Enigma, seems to have come alive really moves beyond these temporal boundaries As Michael becomes convinced that he and Enigma are connected, he leaves his disinterested wife and his middle class existence to track down the character s creator, Titus Bird an alcoholic ex hippie who is just as surprised to learn that Michael isn t gay as Michael is to learn that Bird is Meanwhile, the glimpses we see of the Enigma comic within the comic suggest that Bird s original creation steals shades from subversive underground comix as much as it borrows from the land of capes and tights Titus seems to be what you d get if you mixed Denny O Neil and Howard Cruse, and that in itself is fucking fascinating.The dichotomy is exacerbated as Enigma and his evocatively named villains The Truth, The Head, Envelope Girl begin to roam Michael s real world of Pacific City and how great is is that he lives in a clearly comic book named metropolis, instead of Los Angeles, which it seems to stand in for and how great that its initials are PC From the onset, Michael s obsession with Enigma clearly has romantic undertones that every character but Michael is able to see As Enigma s battles against his foes cause increasing amounts of collateral damage to the city damage that Michael assumes the blame for there s an obvious, but artfully crafted metaphor for the way that coming out can feel like a far reaching destructive act.As Michael clumsily tries to understand the nature of his obsession with Enigma, the book s early chapters similarly fumble with the overlap of gay culture and fetish culture capes and tights, yadda yadda However, it actually seems accurate to say that Michael, as a character, is the one who fumbles He moves through preconceived ideas about homosexuality, to the physical act of sex, to an understanding that the way sexual orientation is connected to identity as a whole is important than how one dresses or who one fucks And on top of all this, there s a really great pseudo superhero story from the Enigma comic within and an even better real superhero story about the version of Enigma inhabiting Pacific City , all skillfully rendered as a meditation on narrative and existence that is truly broadening to read.There s so much here that Milligan does well in making this story specific to sexuality, and also totally not This very much feels just as much for the gay community as it is a book that tries to universalize that community s concerns for a larger audience It also happens to be skillfully and thoughtfully done never preachy for a single panel, and just horking beautiful to look at.If anything, the craziest thing about Peter Milligan is that he is, by turns, the laziest writer and the most truly genuine one to come out of the British Invasion So much of his stuff seems to purposely miss the mark, or to do so through lack of care, that it makes it all the special when he nails it I ve really never read a comic quite like this Having read it, I don t know why anyone else would even bother trying to write one. I m not clear on why people are comparing this to Watchmen or Swamp Thing, other than it s a good story with great art that was pretty much different than the usual comic book dreck in a good way.I had read this as monthly issues came out in 1995, amongst other stories coming out at the time Reading it from month to month kind of filters the story and I don t remember ever reading the entire thing in a single sitting.That was rectified last evening as I sat down, pulled out all the issues and proceeded reading it from start to finish.This book is so deserving of a deluxe edition.I liked the art, Fegredo has a style that really stands out on the page Even on the newsprint quality paper I d loved seeing this on today s glossy paper with enhanced colors.I was and still am a bit unclear on the ending, but the story was excellent Did those guys have mommy issues, or what hehWithout giving anything away, I appreciated how the 3 men were presented, too often than not, such characters can fall into stereotypical manners Good on Milligan for his honest potrayals OK, now I have the munchies for lizards, hmmm, lizards. Tras la triste lectura de la etapa de Milligan en X Men, pens que la mejor manera de redimir a uno de mis guionistas preferidos era enfocarme en una de sus obras clave, seg n ten a entendido Por eso viaj 10 a os antes de esos olvidables comics para centrarme en una miniserie del sello Vertigo que quer a leer desde hac a rato Y lo bien que hice En menos de 200 p ginas, y acompa ado por los ca ticos, inc modos y efectiv simos dibujos de Duncan Fegredo, Milligan cuenta una historia que no s lo tiene muchos niveles de lectura, sino que brilla en cada uno de ellos Es una historia sobre la identidad, sobre la naturaleza del bien mal, sobre la actitud humana frente al cambio y los miedos, sobre la influencia de lo paranormal en un mundo gris,sobre el poder de la sexualidad, sobre el m todo narrativo y c mo este influye la historia que se est contando en s , sobre el peso de las vivencias de la infancia y c mo define qui nes somos de adultos, sobre la relaci n urob rica entre realidad y ficci n, sobre el rol de los superh roes de historieta en un mundo con el que no cuadran del todo, sobre c mo se puede construir la vida alrededor de una rutina y qu pasa cuando se rompe, sobre el abandono y la tristeza, la violencia y la justicia, el machismo y la homosexualidad, la admiraci n y el fanatismo, los famosos y los fulanos, los artistas y los que les dan de comer, el pasado y el presente y mil tiempos m s Obviamente, con esta lista tem tica no pretendo hacer ning n an lisis profundo de la obra, sino simplemente tirar una asociaci n de ideas que me fueron surgiendo cuando me pregunt a m mismo por qu me gust tanto este comic Y aunque no creo haberle hecho justicia despu s de juguetear con el m todo de prosa espont nea de Kerouac, espero que esta rese a le despierte a alguien la misma curiosidad por saber qui n es el Enigma que me llev a m a este viaje de ida La edici n de Norma tambi n est bastante buena, aunque creo haberle pescado alg n que otro error menor Cuando lo relea, seguro me explaye al respecto.PD No me suelen gustar los narradores omnisciosos en los comics, pero ac no s lo est muy bien utilizado, sino que gran parte de la gracia de la historia est en las agudas observaciones de este narrador que resulta ser uno de sus personajes. Velice zvl tn , velice siln komiks Je s podivem, e n co takov ho mohlo vyj t u velk ho vydavatele Vertigo.Z knihy je velmi siln c tit doba jej ho vzniku a nen to v bec na kodu pln c t te ty asy, kdy Alan Moore sv mi Str ci nav dy zm nil sv t grafick ch rom n Enigma m se Str ci mnoho spole n ho podvratn n hled na sv t super hrdin , komiks , sexu ln identitu, psychologizaci postav, nep edv datelnost a dal a p esto je jedine n a origin ln.Co stoj speci ln za zm nku, je grafick proveden kresba Duncana Fegreda je m sty a odpudiv , asto nep ehledn , ale z rove nesm rn p esn vystihuj c postavy, p b h a atmosf ru Musel jsem si na to dlouho zvykat, ale je to to, co tenhle komiks pot eboval dn americk mainstream sra ka, ale drsn expresionismus, za kter by se Egon Shiele nemusel styd t.Peter Milligan byl pro mne velkou nezn mou, ale te jsem moc zv dav na jeho trilogii Shade Pr to m b t je t lep , ne Enigma One of the best mini series ever It s an eye opening, and totally different comics experience It takes the superhero mythos and turns it on its head The art by Duncan Fegredo is gorgeous and the overall look of the book will stick with you long after you ve finished the last page. Michael Smith s boring life is going nowhere when characters from a comic book from his childhood start appearing in the real worldI ve got about half of Peter Milligan s run on Shade in long boxes in the basement and Enigma has been on my radar for years so I snapped it up at a convention not long ago for the princely sum of five bucks.Enigma came out during Vertigo s early days so it has that WTF feel a lot of early Vertigo books have at first On some level, Enigma is a deconstruction of the super hero genre, an examination of what an omnipotent being might do if he was isolated and alone for most of his life It s also a story about human sexuality, about breaking out of your comfort zone It s also about flying lizards.The Enigma is a super hero from Michael Smith s favorite comic book from his childhood When the Enigma and other characters from his stories start appearing all over town, Michael goes looking for the creator of Enigma to find out what s what.Peter Milligan has always written some intelligent, crazy, twisted shit and Enigma is of the same This is one crazy book that takes the super hero concept in strange new directions When an omnipotent being spends a couple decades living in a well by himself, how else is he going to act My only real gripe with the book is that Duncan Fegredo s is a little cluttered and a little too muddy It still gets the job done, though His Enigma is creepy as hell at times and his style is grounded in reality, as befits the story With Enigma, Peter Milligan stretches the super hero concept about as far as it can go Four out of five flying lizards. Enigma is very strange and very different It is a story about superheroes and sexuality The less I say about this strange story the better If you like strange tales this one is right up your alley.Michael Smith is a boring person stuck in a bad relationship One day his world changes as villains and a hero straight out of the pages of a favorite comic of his begin to manifest Is this real Is he causing it This starts a strange and twisted tale about Michael looking for answers to his past and to his own sexuality It is a question not only of his alter ego, the Enigma, but also of his own sexuality.This can be viewed on many levels It has a great psychological outlook It really delves into what motivates us and what drives us More than that I will not say but the underlying story is a dark and grim one The narrator s identity will surprise you, it did me, and doesn t become evident till the end bravo This isn t for everyone it is strange and reminds me a lot of Grant Morrison s work This would have been a 5 star rating, but sadly the art doesn t measure up to the heady level of the plot and prose That is a shame There is some excellent prose in this comic and that makes it very different from a lot of what I see in comics now.But it does bring up excellent questions about what makes a superhero, the motivations behind the heroes and about human sexuality Lofty concepts that are well handled by an interesting plot and buttressed by engaging prose The only hamper is the mediocre art.

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  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Enigma (DC Comics Vertigo)
  • Peter Milligan
  • Spanish
  • 21 May 2019

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