Satellite Sam, Vol. 1

Satellite Sam Vol New York City The star of the hit TV show Satellite Sam turns up dead in a flophouse filled with dirty secrets If his son can sober up he might be able to figure out why in this noir mystery sh

  • Title: Satellite Sam, Vol. 1
  • Author: Matt Fraction Howard Chaykin
  • ISBN: 9781607068525
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • New York City, 1951 The star of the hit TV show Satellite Sam turns up dead in a flophouse filled with dirty secrets If his son can sober up, he might be able to figure out why in this noir mystery shot through with sex and violence in the seedy underbelly of TV s golden age By Matt Fraction Sex Criminals, Casanova, Hawkeye and Howard Chaykin Black Kiss I II,New York City, 1951 The star of the hit TV show Satellite Sam turns up dead in a flophouse filled with dirty secrets If his son can sober up, he might be able to figure out why in this noir mystery shot through with sex and violence in the seedy underbelly of TV s golden age By Matt Fraction Sex Criminals, Casanova, Hawkeye and Howard Chaykin Black Kiss I II, American Flagg.Collects SATELLITE SAM 1 5.

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    1. This was just bad. On multiple levels.Where to start?Well, first was probably the most boring stoyline I've run across in a while, in one of the least interesting settings I've seen inever.The drama behind an old sci-fi television show!No, I'm sorry, but I don't care what happened "behind the scenes".Actor found dead with naughty pictures of women!UmA look at the lives of random people who work for the show!Aaaaand you've totally lost me.Lots of oral sex!Come on, Fraction! What are you? 15 years [...]

    2. This re-defines the word "poo".On the back cover of the volume in big bold lettering it says: SEX – DEATH – LIVE TV!Live TV?This "noir-ish" tale takes place during the “golden’ age of TV, the early 1950’s, when TV was for the most part shot live. In college, Mass Media was my minor, so I brought a lot of background knowledge into reading this, and honestly, in spite of the gratuitous amounts of fellatio included within, I’d still trade it for one of my dry, dusty tomes on the history [...]

    3. Ugh. Seriously, I see what Image didey showed you the flashy stuff (Saga, Walking Dead, Sex Criminals) the big writers (Fraction, BKV, Aaron) and they got you to pay for that, while also unloading on you a ton of mediocre stuff and some downright turds. ButI'll still buy the next Humble Bundle, just for the value alone of the great stuff. I'm willing to suffer the shit to get to the gooey nougat centre.Between successful/popular Matt Fraction writing, and old dog/well-known/respected Howard Chay [...]

    4. Somebody told me that this was one of the best indie comics of the past few years, they said it was a noirish tale too, but what they didn't tell me was that it occasionally bordered on softcore porn. Turns out that the story was dull and the art so-so but I quite enjoyed the softcore porn aspect of it. I'm either heading in to middle age or still a teenager. But either way I didn't care enough to make me want to pick up volume two.

    5. I found the artwork in this book to be very confusing. It was very hard to tell the difference between most of the male characters, and while the black and white style gave an excellent noir feeling to the artwork, it really didn't help. The style of the word bubbles added to the confusion, I felt it often wasn't clear who was speaking at any given point in time, and bubbles appeared to be connected across panels at times when it was not appropriate. I also didn't really understand the motivatio [...]

    6. I've become a Matt Fraction fan over the past few years. His stories often have a massive ambition, but manage to stay grounded through solid characterization and snappy dialogue. On this book, however, I run into a problem. The art style gives me a damn headache. I do have a bit of a bias. My preferred comic book style runs closer to Sixth Gun, Saga, Invincible, or pretty much anything with clean, simplified lines. I like clarity in visual storytelling.The old-school design of Satellite Sam has [...]

    7. Matt Fraction: most overhyped writer in the industry. Has one fantastic book and a hundred other pieces of garbage floating around out there.Add this one to the rubbish bin. I guess I just don't get why anyone should care about this story. Fraction has zero understanding of the drive of a crime novel, and even less understanding of the mood. I guess he was reading a lot of Ellroy before he vomited out this script. Stylist Howard Chaykin does exactly what he always does and nothing more here. Wei [...]

    8. "Satellite Sam, Vol. 1" gets one star for the art and time period. The writing, when you can make sense of it on the very busy and messy pages, is so weak that if the person's last name were not Fraction the reader would wonder, to a great extent, how this was even made with so many great ideas out there for graphic novels. The story? Some guy who works for a sci-fi show on television, in 1950's New York, runs into a snag when his father dies in possession of countless polaroids of random women, [...]

    9. I'm not sure why but this graphic novel didn't really do much for me. It was an enjoyable read but that's about it. It didn't suck; it just wasn't that positive. Considering everything, it really should have been great. Amazing art by Howard Chaykin. Solid writing by Matt Fraction. Subject matter that involves TV, sex, murder and a mystery that makes you think as opposed to being handed to you. However, I kept finding myself dreading reading it instead of looking forward to it. And unfortunately [...]

    10. Satellite Sam by Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin is a 1950s whodunit by way of Cinemax. Soft porn was never this sleazy and dirty and well, compelling. Satellite Sam Vol. 1 combines the first five comics in this black and white series. It exposes, in writing and artwork, the underbelly of live television and what the men and women will do to keep the show going. The price often paid in the currency of flesh and blood.The matinee idol star of a daily television serial "Satellite Sam" is found de [...]

    11. SATTELITE SAM initial interest might be more in the taboo side of things. Where at first the story seems that it is going in more a film noir look back with some typical tawdry elements. Then it kind of loses itself. Not only with more Sex that to a certain degree seems exploitive though allows to shock us with details that we expect more in contemporary issues. While taboo it also makes the end results seem more intimate and personal. Violence when someone is at their most vulnerable. Not on th [...]

    12. Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin tell a tale of the early days of television, and the murder of the star of a science fiction serial. On one level, this is delightfully done, with interesting characters, a rich understanding of the era and its media foibles, and a lot of cleverness. Unfortunately, it gets, even over the course of this volume, too clever for its own good. Everyone has a secret (most of them apparently having to do with sex), and we get to see them all, with the story and perspect [...]

    13. The first issue of Fraction and Chaykin's Satellite Sam is a magnificent exercise in tone - throwing you in at the technical deep end of the lost world of 50s live TV, the action building to the moment of transmission (and the revelation of the book's mystery plot). Nothing else in this first volume is quite as breathless or immersive - in fact it's a comic that demands slow reading, as sorting out who's who and what they're after can take a while. But it's a sharp, good-looking, entertainingly [...]

    14. Very different book than I had envisioned, I actually thought this was going to be a science fiction story. The black and white art is quite dark and I'm unsure why this was the direction they went. The story is set prior to color tv so maybe this might change as the series grows older, that would be a great idea if they do. The tone of the book is a little messy and the characters jumping at you but at the core is a very solid story with a high level of deception going on. I liked the under lay [...]

    15. The story seems to be somewhat interesting, but the art ruins this book. There are about five male characters and maybe three (?) female characters with EXACTLY THE SAME FACE. This book desperately needs some colour, at least. Yes, maybe black & white is more in style of the story, but it is very hard to read it the way it is now. At most — it needs another penciller. I don't care how legendary Chaykin is, and I understand that this book is a big collaboration between him & Fraction pl [...]

    16. This started out very nice, good and edgy and beautiful to behold. It was a pleasure to see Chaykin's artistic hands return -- he had gone through a decade of drawing faces only and those fat faces filled the whole panel. The problem is that the promise of Satellite Sam's early issues is not delivered in the later volumes. That about sums it up. Unless I am missing something, and I'm not, this could easily have been a 4-issue mystery. Instead, it has become a bloated 4-volume ATM for its creator [...]

    17. Not at all my thing. I've enjoyed Howard Chaykin's art before, but this time around it wasn't doing it for me. And while the story had the usual Fraction wit and bounce to it, nothing about it grabbed me six issues later. Oh, well.

    18. Matt Fraction writes brilliant stories, but this one is too fragmented for my enjoyment. It needs some work on continuity.

    19. New York, 1950s. In a post-war atmosphere that tries to remain hidden through appearances in order to forget past hardships, TVs can now be found in almost every household. Families gather around the warmth of the cathode tube, and those who cannot afford it approach their neighbors to enjoy whatever kind of audiovisual entertainment available.As an evolution of radio serials, Americans enjoy all kinds of proto-TV series, albeit their very limited means, especially focused on science-fiction, su [...]

    20. I'm just not sure where Matt Fraction and I standMy local Graphic Novel Reading Group is having a Matt Fraction month with the required texts of Sex Criminals, Vol. 1: One Weird Trick and Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon. I'd already purchased Satellite Sam based on a summary I read somewhere, so I decided to read it after Sex Criminals. First off, this is by far the most embarrassing book cover in my possession. That hair, that expression, that pose! Oh my heavens! What were they thinking?? [...]

    21. I'm not sure about this one. The men behind this book are obviously masters of the craft, but something falls flat here.This is my first Chaykin book, but his experience shows. I love the amount of detail he puts into his work, but it felt cluttered at points. You can tell this was intentional by the amount of speech bubbles and the hurried atmosphere of the station, but I couldn't help but be overwhelmed by the sheer number of characters being thrown at me.The other thing worth mentioning that [...]

    22. 50's era Kiddie Space TV serials mixed with kinky photography and backstage shenanigans. There's a lot of story here, and a lot of characters who aren't necessarily easy to keep track of (Chaykin's art is good, but the black and white art and the clothing styles of the time and the aforementioned abundance of characters all add to the confusion), and some of the side stories don't quite mesh with the main plot. But these are all damaged characters playing off each other in the wake of one major [...]

    23. I'm having a hard time deciding if this was "not for me" or just "not good". Either way it's a shame I won't be continuing the series at this point because I love what it attempts to accomplish just falls flat on so many levels for me.The truth is, I can forgive a lot when it comes to comics. I understand as readers that we aren't always used to the unique format they present. And while I embrace the unique concept this series attempts to convey, it puts huge limitations on its ability to tell t [...]

    24. A strong ensemble book with beautiful art by Howard Chaykin, whose style is more often than not not to my taste. But in this book, he and Fraction put together something great. The use of a grey-tone palette to simulate the lack of color on tv at the time is lovely and detailed, and Fraction's writing women in a noir setting who aren't just sex kittens for femme fatales or any other single note. I'm interested in everyone in this book, and I'm interested in the story, and after having read moder [...]

    25. This seemed like it would be right up my alley. 1950s, early-TV setting? Check. Sex, violence, noirish mystery, and smart-assery? Check. Howard Chaykin art? A thousand checks! But the whole fell flat for me. Part of it had to do with the story structure, part with the difficulty I had differentiating some of the characters' voices. The dialogue was very uniform; whether delivered by an overbearing actor, a shell-shocked veteran, or a born-again showgirl, it all sounded much the same. The structu [...]

    26. The plot synopsis for Satellite Sam sounded really interesting and there are a few really intriguing moments in this book. Unfortunately the story structure and art are equally messy and at a certain points I honstly didn't know who was who and what the hell anything had to do with the main plot. So what's left is a bunch of unrecognizeable people, lots of pin-up shots, some oral sex and a story that's all over the place. For me this resulted in nothing but boredom. Most probably not gonna pick [...]

    27. Torn between "liked" and "really liked" on this. I admire the work of Fraction and Chaykin individually as a general rule, and their collaboration here does feature the stuff they do best: sexy, two-fisted noir. I love the milieu (the world of TV in the '50s), but some of the character design fails to create indelible distinctions between essential characters, so while the central mystery is clear enough, the various subplots feel sketchy.

    28. This was an unintelligible mess. As a fan of the early days of tv broadcasting & NOIR, i thought this would be right up my alley. No such luck. The art is beyond horrible. Not sure what happened to Chaykin since his halcyon Shadow days, but this is embarrasingly bad. I only regret bailing at issue 5 and not after issue 1.-- i cannot get that wasted time back and i cannot unsee this trainwreck. AVOID!!!

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