Black River

Black River

Josh Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007's acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. Along the way, they go to a comedy club, take a drug called Gumdrop, and encounter gangs of men who Josh Simmons returns with his first full-length graphic novel since 2007's acclaimed House. A group of women, one man, and...

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Title:Black River
Author:Josh Simmons
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Genres:Sequential Art
ISBN:1606998331
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:109 pages pages

Black River Reviews

  • Printable Tire
    Dec 11, 2018
    If the author set out to write a short, meaningless, forgettable but effective bummer, he succeeded. But there are better things to write and certainly better things to read. ...
  • Shannon
    Aug 29, 2015
    Here's the thing: if you want to make a post-apocalyptic graphic novel, full of violence and death and such subjects, I have no problem with that. But, in order for it to not suck, the reader should probably care about the characters. Maybe have like, even a tiny bit of character devel...
  • Lindsay
    Jul 18, 2015
    I kept hearing that this book makes The Road and The Walking Dead look like child's play, but it really wasn't any bleaker...and certainly, those two items contain more plot development, back story, and character development. Turn to Beautiful Darkness for depravity and social commenta...
  • David Schaafsma
    Jun 06, 2015
    Josh Simmons: The Johnny Ryan (Prison Pit) of the Apocalypse. Meh. So you will either love the shock and disgust of this or not. For me, not. I kept thinking Simmons looks at the relatively hopeful post-apocalytic visions of Jeff Lemire's Sweet Tooth and Cormac McCarthy's The Road and ...
  • Nate D
    Dec 09, 2015
    I still haven't actually gotten around to reading Simmons earlier House, but I have a feeling I might go for that more. This has its moments, but feels kind incomplete or unformed. Then again, roaming the detritus of civilization in a post-apocalyptic depression has got to feel kind of...
  • Robert
    Apr 22, 2015
    My interview with author Josh Simmons is now online at the Comics Journal: http://bit.ly/1JVuPfS ...
  • Joel
    Jul 13, 2015
    Neither the art nor the writing can support the story this book wants to tell. ...
  • Kirsten
    Nov 24, 2015
    Horrible things happen in a horrible post-apocalyptic wasteland. I dunno, usually when I don't like a comic or a book, I can say something like, "Well, it was more violent than I usually like, but I see what the author was going for." In this case, I'm not sure exactly what the auth...
  • Michael Tanner
    Jun 22, 2015
    It's brutal and sad and leaves you pretty empty but as an artistic endeavor it's fascinating and was well-worth the time I spent with it. Rating it is difficult. Two stars doesn't seem right but three stars is that I "liked" it. You don't LIKE Black River...you survive it. I'm going to...
  • Raina
    Mar 01, 2016
    Do not be deceived by the purple flowerly flowy cover on this baby. This is a GRIM story. Or do. It'll be more shocking that way. We find ourselves plopped down in the middle of the post-apocalypse. No context, just a band of survivors making their way across a snowy wildernes...
  • Sonic
    Jul 05, 2015
    Super dark and depraved, and downright visceral, just like life in a post apocalyptic world might be, ... this book is very well done, and kind of haunting. ...
  • Derek Royal
    Jul 05, 2015
    I reread this book in preparation for my interview with Josh for The Comics Alternative: http://comicsalternative.com/comics-a.... I first read it a year ago when we discussed it for our regular review show, http://comicsalternative.com/episode-..., but with the release of the second v...
  • Elizabeth A
    Nov 03, 2015
    Book blurb: A group of women, one man, and two dogs are making their way through a post-apocalyptic world in search of a city that supposedly still has electricity and some sort of civilization. This graphic novel did not work for me on any level. I've often said that the scary thi...
  • Nomad nimrod
    Aug 21, 2015
    Dickpussy , thats all i can think of when i finished this. ...
  • Crystal Starr Light
    Oct 05, 2015
    Bullet Review: It's the end of the world, and golly gee is it a sh!tstorm of catastrophe! Murder, graphic violence, drugs, and let's not forget the time-honored favorite of rape, rape, and even MOAR rape! Anyone excited to dig into this bleak, depressing world at the end of the w...
  • Sam Quixote
    Jun 16, 2015
    Erk ? you know a comic?s grim when it makes Robert Kirkman?s The Walking Dead look family-friendly! So it?s another post-apocalyptic-set story and things are miserable as usual! Civilisation is decimated, most of humanity is dead, and roving gangs of people struggle to survi...
  • Kenya Starflight
    Jan 08, 2019
    I'm starting to think that all those "best graphic novels of all time" lists are a waste of my time. Every time I sit down to read a comic from one of those lists, I invariably end up disappointed, disgusted, or some measure of both. Josh Simmons' "Furry Trap" was listed on one such li...
  • Erin
    Jan 10, 2016
    Black River is as bleak as you can possibly imagine. With a group of women as the main cast of characters the graphic novel is set on post apocalyptic earth. Inked in black and white the illustrations mirror the starkness and darkness of the storyline perfectly. ...
  • Golnaz
    Jun 04, 2015
    meh, didn't care in the least ...
  • Amanda
    Nov 11, 2016
    This is a post apocalyptic story about a group of women and one man who are trying to survive. I found a lot of things problematic with this. It's overly violent, graphically sexual, the art is a little intense, and the lettering is strange and jarring. One character for some reason...
  • Krystal
    Jun 02, 2015
    The art wasn't the best but the story is what drew me in. I just want to state that it's probably a bad idea to participate in recreational drugs and bad comedy in a post-apocalyptic world. It really will get you shot. DP4L. ...
  • Spencer
    Mar 29, 2018
    This was a dark, bleak read. The plot and style was interesting enough to keep me reading although once again I failed to sense the meaning in Josh's work. His art is great and portrays the end of the world in a unique and effective way but he tries to be very art-house with his storyt...
  • Lanen Costner
    Jul 15, 2015
    It's not often that I regret reading something, but I regret reading this. I'm not squeamish about violence or dark, brutal stories, but this ... I don't get this. The violence and especially the rape feel very gratuitous and there is no story to support it. It also feels especially gr...
  • Anna
    Dec 15, 2018
    Yeah, I'm not going to be reading anything by the author after finishing this one. It genuinely seems like his thought process for putting together this comic was, "You know, post apocalypse stories are great, but what this genre REALLY needs is A WHOLE LOT OF RAPE." Jesus Christ. ...
  • Jan Philipzig
    Dec 07, 2015
    Now here?s an apocalypse for ya that will never be adapted into a Disney movie. It's far too bleak, grim, manic, ugly, desperate, disgusting, cynical, crass, bonkers, brutal, ruthless, sadistic, pointless - and there aren?t even any zombies around to turn the whole mess into a mark...
  • L.R. Diaz
    Oct 09, 2016
    It's weird or sad, but I've slowly gotten used to some of these "nihilistic comics" that come out from time to time from Fantagraphics or similar publishers. A suppose I'm getting little desensitize by them though that is not to say I'm liking them any better or seeing them more than w...
  • Joaquín Guirao
    Oct 01, 2015
    The bleakest, most desolate comic I've ever read. The art and the storytelling is the best Josh Simmons has archived, but I don't think I'll re-read it in quite some time. Definitely NOT for weak stomachs, and strong stomachs should take some precautions before reading this one. It's n...
  • Miklo
    Dec 25, 2018
    SPOILERS AHEAD FOR MAJOR PLOT AND CHARACTER RELATED STUFF I don't I've ever read a book that made me physically repulsed before, and I've read some pretty messed up stuff. However, this book has succeeded in being the most repugnant and disgusting thing that I've ever read. I do...
  • Sooraya Evans
    May 31, 2016
    An empty post-apocalyptic horror show. Artwork rather lame compared to 'House' ...
  • Lance Coleman
    Feb 23, 2017
    Okay I'm not gonna sugar coat it for you, this book is FUCKED UP. As with most of Josh Simmons work- if not all of it- this book is not for the faint of heart. Scratch that it's not for the NORMAL of heart. It's a black hearted graphic novel with very little optimism in site and therei...