Men at Sea

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Men at Sea is an opus of eight spectacularly drawn dark, poetic stories freely adapted by Riff Reb's. This collection offers: “A Smile of Fortune,” from Joseph Conrad “The Sea Horses” and “The Shamraken Homeward Bound,” from William Hope Hodgson “The Galley Slaves” and “The Far South,” from Pierre Mac Orlan “A Descent into the Maelstrom,” from Edgar Allan Poe “The Three Customs Officers,” from Marcel Schwob “The Shipwreck,” from Robert Louis Stevenson These eight tales, themselves interspersed by seven double-page spreads dedicated to extracts from illustrated classics, deliver a rich, poetic, and masterfully crafted work of life and death on the sea.

Editorial Reviews

“The extraordinary combination of both chilling art and literary text make this superb graphic novel a ship upon which the reader can sail the oceans — in all their power and glory.” —ADM. James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.), sixteenth Supreme Allied Commander, NATO, former Dean of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
“A storybook style that entrancingly depicts deep emotions with its use of stark, macabre colors, harsh shading, and darkly cartoonish faces.” —Publishers Weekly
“From galley slaves being inspected by a young lady of royal blood to Homer's Odyssey, with Ulysses standing on deck navigating between Scilla and Charybdis, the journeys are graphically represented…. An interesting gift for the millennial or Gen X'er in your life.” —Virtual Mirage
Men at Sea is one of the most striking collections of short works in comics seen in some time…. This is a virtual treasure trove for those who love art, literature, and history.” —Comics Grinder
“If you like creepy stories, tragedies, stories about the sea, pirates, and historical fiction, or if you like the list of included authors, then definitely get this book! You won't be disappointed.” —Sequential Tart
“This is a visually beautiful book…. For an adult reader who wants graphic versions of sea stories, this is a remarkable piece of work.” —ICv2
“Riff Reb’s is a truly remarkable storyteller; his artwork is timeless and evocative and his skills at writing easily match it. As a man who has always loved the sea, I have always been aware of the element of the unknown it embodies. It looks beautiful but it can be dangerous, and this fine graphic novel captures this perfectly. Riff has adapted classic stories from Edgar Allan Poe, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne and more, in the most perfect and unique fashion…. Strange and beautiful in equal measure, this is a fine example of what can be done with the medium of the graphic novel.” —
“The artist’s vivid illustrations give us a compelling visual interpretation of maritime tales by classic writers of the nineteenth century…. Reb’s has done his nautical research. His many drawings of vesselsthe deck fittings, the rigging and sailsare all precisely and accurately drawn. The people in his drawings are more stylized, especially the faces. This makes the characters more expressive and interesting… This volume provides satisfying tales of the dangers and excitement of a life at sea.” —Sea History
“This graphic novel collection has eight grim sea stories by the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson and Edgar Allen Poe. Riff Reb’s illustrates each in a monochromatic style that hooks your attention.” —The Ensign
Men at Sea includes an adaptation of eight short stories from authors like Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stephenson. If you loved The Lighthouse and The Terror: Season 1 this book will have something for you. With new lettering for this translation by Mitchell, all of the stories have horror elements, but the fallout is different each time. Some of them will hit that personal horror sweet spot…. Others are like horror movies you stay up too late to watch and then wish you hadn’t because you can’t shake it off…. These unnerving sea tales won’t easily be forgotten.” —
“...Stunning. The large, beautiful illustrations and solid scripts—translated by Joe Johnson, who does a fine job—float together in crashing waves of enjoyment.” —Comic Book Creator