- By Shaun Simon Mike Allred

Art Ops: How to Start a Riot

  • Title: Art Ops: How to Start a Riot
  • Author: Shaun Simon Mike Allred
  • ISBN: 9781401256876
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • Art Ops How to Start a Riot Reggie Riot is no one s idea of a cultural savior The latchkey child of a busy single mother he s grown up to be a resentful slacker whose idea of high culture is getting stoned and admiring the graf

    Reggie Riot is no one s idea of a cultural savior The latchkey child of a busy single mother, he s grown up to be a resentful slacker whose idea of high culture is getting stoned and admiring the graffiti in the alley where he scores his weed His mother, however, is not your average working parent She s the head of a secret organization called Art Ops, whose missionReggie Riot is no one s idea of a cultural savior The latchkey child of a busy single mother, he s grown up to be a resentful slacker whose idea of high culture is getting stoned and admiring the graffiti in the alley where he scores his weed His mother, however, is not your average working parent She s the head of a secret organization called Art Ops, whose mission is protecting the artistic treasures of the world which have a lot life in them than a casual observer might realize Reggie has always shunned his mom s high culture scene, but a devastating encounter with the shadowy forces menacing the world s masterpieces has left him with a permanent expression of the chaotic power of art flowing through his very veins So when Art Ops itself suddenly vanishes without a trace, leaving its final rescue La Gioconda, the Mona Lisa herself out in the cold, it s up to Reggie and his motley crew including a masked super powered operative who writes sitcom scripts on spec, a girls just wanna have fun 80s music video icon, and a suburban clerk from a mall punk clothing chain to come to the rescue But do they have what it takes to stand up to the dark side of human creativity From writer Shaun Simon co author of The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys with My Chemical Romance s Gerard Way and artists Michael Allred co creator of iZOMBIE and Matt Brundage The Spirit The New Adventures comes ART OPS VOL 1 HOW TO START A RIOT, collecting issues 1 5 of the ongoing VERTIGO series and featuring a special sketchbook section from Allred and Brundage.

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    1. Art Ops is an fairly interesting take on the concept of art being alive, not due to the unoriginal idea, but rather how this story is easy to interpret in various different ways, depending on your own relationship with art.So, what is my relationship with art? It is a bit mixed and seasonal. I have visited many museums, read tons of books, know the basics of the art world, the basics of the famous artists and works, the usual knowledge that many has and should have. I can appreciate different ar [...]

    2. Interesting premise? Art is alive, and there’s a secret team of operatives that keep the figures in the art (such as noted minx Mona Lisa) safe from nefarious forces who would use them for, um, nefarious purposes. So, check.Great art? It’s the Allreds. So, yeah. Check.Solid writing? Yeah, it’s solid. Check.This didn’t set my pancreas aflame with giddiness, but it was a solidly crafted and visually arresting story, so worth checking out if you are in the mood for something a little bit of [...]

    3. The Art Operatives protect art from people who want to steal and destroy them, literally taking the subjects of the paintings out of the canvas into real life and putting them into a kind of witness protection! But one day nearly all of the Art Ops disappears suddenly and it’s down to the Art Ops head’s son, Reggie Riot, to partner with a superhero character to save the Mona Lisa from destruction.This comic sounded like a lot of fun but it turned out to be utter pants. The premise is garbage [...]

    4. A secret organisation that deals with art crimes? Said crimes are along the lines of people in paintings escaping their frames and walking around in the real world getting up to what I believe is known as 'hi-jinx'? Agents of the organisation having art-related powers? Gorgeous artwork by the Allreds?This book was created with me specifically in mind, wasn't it?In that case, I'd be remiss if I didn't give DC/Vertigo a big thank you, because I loved this book. It had one of the most original conc [...]

    5. I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. 1 star. And that's all I have to say about this one.

    6. (Received from Netgalley for review.)What a miss. At first glance, the premise sounded interesting. Unfortunately, it's half baked. First, there's the concept of "saving" art by relocating the human figure inside it. Which means, I guess, that art without human figures is somehow less real? Put aside, I guess, how totally cool the people in the paintings are with being people in paintings, and with a modern world they really shouldn't know much about. Ok, whatever. Now let's get to the villain, [...]

    7. A very cool premise Art is alive! I really liked the edgy and colourful artwork and I'm curious how the story will continue.

    8. 3.5 StarsFull Review:*I received a free ecopy of this graphic novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*So I just wanna start off this review by saying the main character in this graphic novel is part human, part graffiti. If that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what will. That’s like 80% of the reason I decided to read this.Seriously, it was like:– 80% the main character has graffiti for an arm.– 19% art by Michael Allred, the same artist who did iZombie.– 1% oh [...]

    9. Pretty easily, this is the best comic I've read this year. I picked up a few single issues when they were released and didn't see much in it aside from Allred's art, which is always a knockout -- but between this and his Silver Surfer, I decided to go with the hot girls and space aliens (always a safe choice).But Art Ops in its collected form is fucking fantabulous. It made me realize how much I've been longing for Vertigo to publish an old-school Vertigo book -- something drenched in weirdness [...]

    10. I’ll admit it: I am a sucker for Michael Allred’s art. Even if Allred is just doing the cover art, that comic is now a must-read for me, and even better if he’s cranked out work for the whole book. Art Ops reminds me of everything I loved about the Invisibles: cult references, deconstruction of the superhero genre, zany plot devices, an aesthetic of absurdist magical-realism and a radical acceptance of characters that fall outside of gender binaries. Plus the book seems fueled by some very [...]

    11. Warning: contains pretentious intellectualism, gratuitous use of Georges Bataille, sarcasm, and slight spoilers.What would happen if art were to come alive?What if art wanted something more?I've had a conversation with my favourite professor, and a theoretical, ideological argument with my favourite sister about the the idea that art can be violence. Said sister comes from the perspective that any and all actions can be considered art. I'll agree to a point, but only when the action/ moment/ ima [...]

    12. Eh. The premise is so-so (art is really alive + caper stuff). The characters seem like they are cobbled together from elements of every Mike Allred book you've ever read. Designs, too. Everything looks as great as you expect, but nothing about the total package was very exciting or ground breaking. I love Allred, so I'm glad to have read it, but it feels like it was written someone who was trying to write a Mike Allred book. I don't think I'll be reading volume 2 anytime soon.

    13. I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This had a really interesting premise, but I wasn't a fan of the execution - I ended up quite bored instead of invested and didn't really click with the characters or the art.

    14. Collects Art Ops issues #1-5I thought I was going to love this, but even Mike Allred's artwork couldn't save this book for me. Given the subject matter, the story was surprisingly uninteresting, and I was never given a chance to connect with any of the characters very deeply. I could relate to them, so it caused me to not invest in the story.Brief summary of the plot: All art is actually alive, so characters like Mona Lisa can leave their frames and walk around in the real world. There is a secr [...]

    15. Mais uma HQ da Vertigo que promete muito e entrega pouco. O universo ficcional parte do pressuposto de que personagens retratados em obras de arte (desde a Mona Lisa até figurinhas de grafitti e heróis de quadrinhos) tem uma existência real e podem ser trazidos ao nosso mundo, sendo protegidos e/ou cooptados por uma organização secreta. Tudo muito interessante, mas que pelo menos nesse primeiro volume serve apenas para o heroizinho branco hetero cis de classe média salvar o mundo e ficar c [...]

    16. It seems like there is s bit of freshness in the Vertigo line lately. Titles like Clean Room and Sheriff of Babylon have been impressive, and now there's this crazy titles The Art Ops are a a covert group committed to protecting and preserving art, which is an actual real living thing. We get a rebellious young man whose arm is made of art (a free flowing burst of colors), the Mona Lisa who has escaped from her painting and joined a punk band, and a bizarre old school superhero who is keeping wa [...]

    17. Reviewing the entire series of Art Ops #1-12This was one of those great concept paired with good art--but lackluster execution. When this project was first announced, I was hoping it was Vertigo signalling their return back to bein the "New Weird" within the comics industry. Alas, it was not to be--as the writing did not sync up in the weirdness quotient to the art. It was a bit hard to read, imo--just in terms of pacing. And this was not a rookie book.

    18. Interesting premise and execution. I like the various art styles on display and the inclusion of a comic book hero as an art form. Izzy was also quite awesome. Still not sure if I like Reggie, but he is growing on me.

    19. Probably a 3.5, but the main character was just a bit too unlikeable for me, and I felt like there could have been more background and, actually, more to the current plot. Things felt a bit confused and rushed. Still, it's a fun idea, so I look forward to Volume 2

    20. It reminded me of old school, '90s Vertigo, and though I didn't really dig the story, I appreciate the flashback to my teens.

    21. Pictures escaping their frames, or in witness protection and working in supermarkets; a man who had his arm ripped off by rogue graffiti and replaced by living paint which threatens to consume him; a comic book superhero brought to life, whose main power is forgettability. It comes as no surprise that writer Shaun Simon has previously co-written with Gerard Way, because the influence of Morrison's Doom Patrol is front and centre here. But the big props must go to Allred and Brundage for the art, [...]

    22. This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.25 of 5What did I just read?Let me start with the first two paragraphs from the description:Reggie Riot is no one’s idea of a cultural savior. The latchkey child of a busy single mother, he’s grown up to be a resentful slacker whose idea of high culture is getting stoned and admiring the graffiti in the alley where he scores his weed.His mother, however, is not your average working parent. She’s the head of a secret orga [...]

    23. To begin I had no idea Art Ops even existed into I came across the trade paperback on the day it came out, and although I haven't previously read anything by Shaun Simon - who admittedly doesn't seem to have written a great deal - I do count Mike Allred amongst my favourite comic book artists.With that being said I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. Luckily what I got was a unique and extremely quirky story about works of art being sentient beings, which in itself is quite an inte [...]

    24. "Art Ops" has a clever concept, and much of the art is intricate and impressive -- but the narrative squanders these benefits. The comic imagines a group of operatives that can take works of art out of their frames into the real world, but the only work to appear in this first volume is the Mona Lisa, who is rendered without any real personality -- she does not differ at all from the other 21st century characters of the story. (It's explained that she's been out of her frame many times before, b [...]

    25. Well. What seemed like a super interesting plot never really made it to fully evolved for me. The story seemed scattered and a little "made up as you go" (which is probably the case but a premise like this needs some sort of mapping, I would think). The art was nice, I thought the color work was especially nicely done. Maybe I didn't get it or this was way smarter than me. I just overall thought this fell flat and tried way too hard to be intellectual, ultimately missing its mark.

    26. Man, what a trainwreck. Its like Vertigo can't remember at all why their books worked so well before, so they think aping the speech and conventions of that period will make their stories now work the same way. The main character is not only cliched and exhausting to follow, but dated and forgettable. Allred's art is static, plastic, and robs the story of any chance of personality, which is a real shame considering the track record he has. This is made all the worse by the constant preaching of [...]

    27. Vertigo has had its ups and downs since many of its great titles including Fables, Preacher and other ended leaving the publisher in a identity crisis. Art Ops is a sort of return to this era through a mad cap story of art and 60s futurism. While it has a bit of plot holes and struggles to find its footing with in the first two issues, its a wild ride with the characters that Simon and Allred created (Allred art is the winner of this series.) Overall the craziness of this book reminded me of Gra [...]

    28. Well, that was cool.It's nice to stumble across a type of story I haven't encountered before. It reminds me of Fables, Chew and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in that it's a concept that may have been covered but it's rare enough that it's my first encounter with the topic.Cool concept, awesome art, will definitely be reading volume 2.

    29. Shaun Simon, along with Michael Allred (of Madman fame) and his wife Laura Allred provide quite a different take on the art world. I liked it. But my girlfriend didn’t. So, I don’t know what that means since we usually have similar comic book tastes. Maybe it just means “your mileage may vary.” Either way, it’s probably worth checking out, if nothing else, just to see if it speaks to you. (So maybe borrow a copy first if you can; I checked mine out from my local library.)

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