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28 stories set in the world of the Matrix, with over eighty pages of never before published material, including four new to print stories. These stories began releasing in the lead up to the release of the original film, back in 1999, entirely online. Right from the beginning, they featured the work of comic book luminaries, including Neil Gaiman, Geof Darrow, Dave Gibbons 28 stories set in the world of the Matrix, with over eighty pages of never before published material, including four new to print stories. These stories began releasing in the lead up to the release of the original film, back in 1999, entirely online. Right from the beginning, they featured the work of comic book luminaries, including Neil Gaiman, Geof Darrow, Dave Gibbons, Bill Seinkiewicz, and many more. This volume is the first hardcover, and the first to include all the stories under one cover. Contents: 1. Bits & pieces of information - The Wachowskis (story), Geof Darrow (art) 2. Sweating the small stuff - Bill Sienkiewicz 3. A life less empty - Ted McKeever 4. Goliath - Neil Gaiman (story), Bill Sienkiewicz & Greg Ruth (art) 5. Burning Hope - John van Fleet 6. Butterfly - Dave Gibbons 7. A sword of a different color - Troy Nixer 8. Get it? - Peter Bagge 9. There are no flowers in the real world - David Lapham 10. The Miller's tale - Paul Chadwick 11. Artistic freedom - Ryder Windham (story), Kilian Plunkett (art) 12. Hunters and collectors - Greg Ruth 13. An easy one - Tommy Lee Edwards 14. Farewell performance - Jim Krueger (story), Tim Sale (art) 15. Déjà vu - Paul Chadwick 16. System freeze - Poppy Z. Brite (story), Dave Dorman (art) 17. The king of never return - Ted McKeever 18. An asset to the system - Troy Nixey 19. A path among stones - Greg Ruth 20. Run, Saga, Run - Spencer Lamm (story), Keron Grant (art) 21. Wrong number - Vince Evans 22. Broadcast depth - Bill Sienkiewicz 23. Who says you can't get good help theses days? - Peter Bagge 24. Saviors - Spencer Lamm (story), Michael Oeming (art) 25. I Kant - Kaare Andrews 26. Day in.... day out - Ted McKeever (story), Keron Grant (art) 27. Return of the prodigal son - Greg Ruth 28. Let it all fall down - Paul Chadwick


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28 stories set in the world of the Matrix, with over eighty pages of never before published material, including four new to print stories. These stories began releasing in the lead up to the release of the original film, back in 1999, entirely online. Right from the beginning, they featured the work of comic book luminaries, including Neil Gaiman, Geof Darrow, Dave Gibbons 28 stories set in the world of the Matrix, with over eighty pages of never before published material, including four new to print stories. These stories began releasing in the lead up to the release of the original film, back in 1999, entirely online. Right from the beginning, they featured the work of comic book luminaries, including Neil Gaiman, Geof Darrow, Dave Gibbons, Bill Seinkiewicz, and many more. This volume is the first hardcover, and the first to include all the stories under one cover. Contents: 1. Bits & pieces of information - The Wachowskis (story), Geof Darrow (art) 2. Sweating the small stuff - Bill Sienkiewicz 3. A life less empty - Ted McKeever 4. Goliath - Neil Gaiman (story), Bill Sienkiewicz & Greg Ruth (art) 5. Burning Hope - John van Fleet 6. Butterfly - Dave Gibbons 7. A sword of a different color - Troy Nixer 8. Get it? - Peter Bagge 9. There are no flowers in the real world - David Lapham 10. The Miller's tale - Paul Chadwick 11. Artistic freedom - Ryder Windham (story), Kilian Plunkett (art) 12. Hunters and collectors - Greg Ruth 13. An easy one - Tommy Lee Edwards 14. Farewell performance - Jim Krueger (story), Tim Sale (art) 15. Déjà vu - Paul Chadwick 16. System freeze - Poppy Z. Brite (story), Dave Dorman (art) 17. The king of never return - Ted McKeever 18. An asset to the system - Troy Nixey 19. A path among stones - Greg Ruth 20. Run, Saga, Run - Spencer Lamm (story), Keron Grant (art) 21. Wrong number - Vince Evans 22. Broadcast depth - Bill Sienkiewicz 23. Who says you can't get good help theses days? - Peter Bagge 24. Saviors - Spencer Lamm (story), Michael Oeming (art) 25. I Kant - Kaare Andrews 26. Day in.... day out - Ted McKeever (story), Keron Grant (art) 27. Return of the prodigal son - Greg Ruth 28. Let it all fall down - Paul Chadwick

30 review for The Matrix Comics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Romuald Bokej

    Could have been less violence, but otherwise a fine collection of comic stories. Would give this book 5 stars if every story was like "Goliath", "The Miller's tale", "Artistic freedom", "Hunters and collectors", "Farewell performance", "Déjà vu", "A path among stones", "Broadcast depth" or "Let it all fall down". Stories & art of Paul Chadwick, Greg Ruth and Bill Sienkiewicz are definitely the pearls of this volume. Could have been less violence, but otherwise a fine collection of comic stories. Would give this book 5 stars if every story was like "Goliath", "The Miller's tale", "Artistic freedom", "Hunters and collectors", "Farewell performance", "Déjà vu", "A path among stones", "Broadcast depth" or "Let it all fall down". Stories & art of Paul Chadwick, Greg Ruth and Bill Sienkiewicz are definitely the pearls of this volume.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    This could have been a 300 page comic about people pooping in the Matrix and I still would’ve given it 5 stars. I’m a freak for anything Matrix.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Watts

    A must for any matrix fans. Been a fan of the matrix since the first film (I even made a matrix comic in primary school, I was really cool) and I’m one of the rare ones who also thinks the two sequels were killer. This book brings together a load of comics that explore the concept of the matrix, rather than adding to the overall story of the matrix movies. Some are almost prequels to Neo, some are just snap shots of various people’s escapades in the matrix. It’s great having so much variety from A must for any matrix fans. Been a fan of the matrix since the first film (I even made a matrix comic in primary school, I was really cool) and I’m one of the rare ones who also thinks the two sequels were killer. This book brings together a load of comics that explore the concept of the matrix, rather than adding to the overall story of the matrix movies. Some are almost prequels to Neo, some are just snap shots of various people’s escapades in the matrix. It’s great having so much variety from comic to comic, in terms of artwork, style in which the story is told, and area of the matrix as a whole that they focus on. I picked it up cheap in a second hand book shop, it seems to be crazy expensive on eBay, but I would argue it’s worth a little investment, particularly for hard core matrix fans. Shout out to the one person who might read this review, my little Cricky.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Greensmith

    "I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that "I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure." A bit of a let down, really did'nt expand on the main story, almost danced around it, but there were 1 or 2 stories that were good. The art was very hit or miss, mostly miss....

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rúben Santos

    4.0 ⭐

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruben Monteiro

    What I wished for this book was to get more of the Matrix world. More characters and specially more ways to play within the rules of the set world Some of the stories are great and just about what I wanted from them. However, there are too many stories that are simply boring or aimless. And over that, there are probably 5 or 6 stories that can be summarized in "I think this world isn't real, things are odd" (this is a generalization, of course, but it's the vibe that the stories gave me). This is What I wished for this book was to get more of the Matrix world. More characters and specially more ways to play within the rules of the set world Some of the stories are great and just about what I wanted from them. However, there are too many stories that are simply boring or aimless. And over that, there are probably 5 or 6 stories that can be summarized in "I think this world isn't real, things are odd" (this is a generalization, of course, but it's the vibe that the stories gave me). This is a common theme explored in this universe, however, it's a bit like you see one, you see them all. Here are my quick reviews for all stories (rated in 1 to 5 stars): Bits and Pieces of Information *** Not much more from what we saw in The Second Renaissance (The Animatrix). Sweating the Small Stuff ** The first "I think this world isn't real, things are odd." Didn't like the art style. Sweating the Small Stuff *** Again, "I think this world isn't real, things are odd." I started to get worried that it would be all this. Good style, weird character. Goliath ** Ok, by now I was about to stop. It's again "I think this world isn't real, things are odd." Kind of. And being Neil Gaiman, I had higher hopes. Burning Hope ** It's ok, but again, we've seen "this" story been told in the matrix universe. In terms of art, it looked slightly too dark and confusing. Butterfly ***** Very simple story, but how it looked sold it really hard. Just beautiful style, loved the parallel/mirrored panels. A Sword of a Different Color ***** Nice and innovative. This is what I wanted of an extended world. Not my style, in terms of the characters, but ok. Get It? ** It's a simple gag. Could be told in a single panel. Not my style and I'd dare to say that it didn't felt like it belong here. There Are No Flowers in the Real World ***** Really good. Perfect addition to the world. Made me questions the rules and made me think about what else could happen inside these constraints. Liked the style, quite similar to Black hole. The Miller's Tale *** Ok story. It felt like an Animatrix story (as in, more documenting the history, than telling a story). I'm not that into going back to the characters of the original story, but this was fine. Visually it looked like a classic scifi book. I liked it. Artistic Freedom *** This one is the most Animatrix but for the wrong reasons (don't get me know, I like Animatrix, just believe Trans-media is a failure - too demanding on the viewer). Nevertheless, I liked the premise of the story (the primal nightmares) but there was not need for the just a tad "too cool" ending. It looked like Marvel's style, didn't felt quite right. Hunters and Collectors *** I wanted more of this story. I liked the characters, but the story was pointless, quasi frustrating. Great dystopian style, it felt like a spent world. An Easy One ** This story had the setting for greatness but I got lost various times. Didn't know who was talking, about what, to whom. Shame. Liked the noir-cyber-punk style. Farewell Performance **** Even thought, in a way, this story was already told, I liked it here. It's a mix of how it looked but also the mix of worlds. It felt innocent. It didn't look like the Matrix. It was more The Prestige through an Art Nouveau lens. Déjà Vu ***** This story added a 3rd layer to the whole thing, to me. As in, there's the Matrix and the Real World (in the movies), but there's also our world, seeing/reading this stories. And this story felt in our world. It's weird to explain but the story took steps that felt how we, in our world, would react to anything as weird as the Matrix was happening. Looked really good. System Freeze **** Something is added to the world of The Matrix here and I like it. Looked good. The King of Never Return * I couldn't understand where they were. Very confusing. Not my style. An Asset to the System *** An ok story. A slight hint of "I think this world isn't real, things are odd." Didn't like how the characters looked, gave me vibes of old newspaper panels. A Path Among Stones ** It gave me similar as in Deja Vu (aka "our world") but not as successful. I missed some development, it didn't deviate from "I think this world isn't real, things are odd" enough. The style also harmed it. I would say that in a more realistic style, the story would work better. Run, Saga, Run *** It looks amazing, love the style. Just wished the story would have gone somewhere new. The first two pages set a nice question "what if these characters felt like doing something else", but then what the story delivers is more of what we've seen before. Wrong Number ** This story almost contradicts the rules of the matrix. It raised a question that I'm not sure I want answers. Didn't like how the characters looked. They gave me vibes of Cronenberg's body horror, but I'm not sure if that was intended. Broadcast Depth ** Really simple story. Doesn't develop. Not my style, I was never into comics and graphic novels that have this collage style. They overwhelm me. **Who Says You Can't Get Good Help These Days? ** Even more than in "Get it?" this is just a gag. Made me realize that I don't want Matrix's comedy. Not my style. Saviors *** We've seen this story, in a way. I did like the "bug", that raised questions that I want answers! The style looked video-gamey, it was fine. I Kant ** I liked how it looks, very "cartoony". I don't like the character that it's focused on. Wait, I think this character would be interesting if approached differently, but it suffers from arrested development and becomes repetitive. Day In... Day Out **** Was a bit confused, but I liked the agents jumping around al the time. I could bet that this was from the same author as Run, Saga, Run. I even thought it was a sequel of that story. Return of the Prodigal Son ** This was confusing. Couldn't even understand if these characters know of the Matrix or not. Ok style, reminded me of Max Payne. Let It All Fall Down **** I'm not sure if I fully understood what was the conclusion, but I wanted more. It looked amazing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    sabisteb aka callisto

    Ursprünglich wurden diese Kurzgeschichten in Comicform auf der Matrix Homepage veröffentlicht. Dort habe ich einige vor vielen Jahren gelesen, aber auf Röhrenbildschirmen machte das damals nicht so wirklich Spaß. Leider existiert die Webseite auch schon eine Weile nicht mehr. Um so schöner, dass die Geschichten nun in Papierform überdauern werden. Viele Kurzgeschichten, die in der Welt von Matrix spielen und die im Sinne der klassischen Definition kurze, in sich abgeschlossene Geschichten sind. T Ursprünglich wurden diese Kurzgeschichten in Comicform auf der Matrix Homepage veröffentlicht. Dort habe ich einige vor vielen Jahren gelesen, aber auf Röhrenbildschirmen machte das damals nicht so wirklich Spaß. Leider existiert die Webseite auch schon eine Weile nicht mehr. Um so schöner, dass die Geschichten nun in Papierform überdauern werden. Viele Kurzgeschichten, die in der Welt von Matrix spielen und die im Sinne der klassischen Definition kurze, in sich abgeschlossene Geschichten sind. Teilweise machen sie einen sehr nachdenklich und auch traurig, teils haben sie trotz der Kürze echte Knalleffekte. Das Buch versammelt sehr viele verschiedenen Zeichenstile, so dass man sich einen Überblick über die Größen des Genres verschaffen kann. Zu jedem Zeichner und Autor gibt es eine kurze Vita, die mir, die ich eher wenig Comics lese, nicht wirklich viel geholfen hat, weil da reihenweise Werke zitiert und gelobt werden, von denen ich noch nie etwas gehört habe und die ich wohl auch nie lesen werde. Die Ausgabe ist auf Hochglanzpapier gedruckt und meist schwarz mit weißer Schrift. Man sieht auf den Seiten also jeden Fingerabdruck, was ich nicht so optimal finde.

  8. 5 out of 5

    AintGotTimeToRead

    It's alright. Well drawn, eclectic art styles, readable dialogue; one spelling mistake near the end. There a complete lack of a human element, with nothing profound that resonates beyond the page. Machines are bad, the matrix has you, shooty shooty, choppy choppy, people die. The Matrix was cool in the 90's, when insecurity was trending, and the millennium bug was going to wipe us all out. Nowadays we are married to technology and probably wouldn't have it any other way. Give people a choice betw It's alright. Well drawn, eclectic art styles, readable dialogue; one spelling mistake near the end. There a complete lack of a human element, with nothing profound that resonates beyond the page. Machines are bad, the matrix has you, shooty shooty, choppy choppy, people die. The Matrix was cool in the 90's, when insecurity was trending, and the millennium bug was going to wipe us all out. Nowadays we are married to technology and probably wouldn't have it any other way. Give people a choice between a matrix and a wasteland, I think they'd take the matrix every time (Not like Morpheus tells people what they're in for) Chicken might not actually taste like chicken, but the chicken I know, tender cooked with soy, garlic, and honey, is bloody banging, and I'll take that every time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ile Jovcevski

    Some gems in this one, the short story Goliath, as well as the first and the last two comics come to mind. However most of the comics aren't all that inspired in my opinion. Some have outstanding art design and presentation, but they just don't contribute enough to the lore or provide much context for the story as a whole. If a dedicate Matrix fan, hungry to gobble up more content set in that universe, then this one is probably for you. For the rest, aside from a handful of comics and the story Some gems in this one, the short story Goliath, as well as the first and the last two comics come to mind. However most of the comics aren't all that inspired in my opinion. Some have outstanding art design and presentation, but they just don't contribute enough to the lore or provide much context for the story as a whole. If a dedicate Matrix fan, hungry to gobble up more content set in that universe, then this one is probably for you. For the rest, aside from a handful of comics and the story mentioned above, it's just ok. High production values though. The ink, the pages... but i especially liked the hard covers.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Blaine

    It's real cool to see the Matrix diffracted through the lens of so many different comic artists' styles and attitudes. The comics that were written based only on the screenplay are the best, the most boldly idiosyncratic, and they've equipped me with new ways of making sense of the movie. The comics written in the sequels' day mostly ape the look and tone of the movies, which is less interesting. Interestingly, a LOT of these comics are curious about what happens to the bluepills while/after they It's real cool to see the Matrix diffracted through the lens of so many different comic artists' styles and attitudes. The comics that were written based only on the screenplay are the best, the most boldly idiosyncratic, and they've equipped me with new ways of making sense of the movie. The comics written in the sequels' day mostly ape the look and tone of the movies, which is less interesting. Interestingly, a LOT of these comics are curious about what happens to the bluepills while/after they're possessed by an agent. Probably the most common theme in the collection!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Moving, hilarious, and everything in between - a fantastic collection. Well worth a read even if you're interest in The Matrix is pretty shallow (I have only seen the first film once, several years ago, but loved it). Every contributor to this collection is insanely talented, and it was really cool to see such a variety of artistic interpretations of the same universe. Moving, hilarious, and everything in between - a fantastic collection. Well worth a read even if you're interest in The Matrix is pretty shallow (I have only seen the first film once, several years ago, but loved it). Every contributor to this collection is insanely talented, and it was really cool to see such a variety of artistic interpretations of the same universe.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dustin

    pretty solid anthology of stories, more hits than misses, some things do stick with you and the first story is even expanded upon in the animatrix solid book, but idk if i can recommend paying $60 for it unless you're a diehard matrix fan pretty solid anthology of stories, more hits than misses, some things do stick with you and the first story is even expanded upon in the animatrix solid book, but idk if i can recommend paying $60 for it unless you're a diehard matrix fan

  13. 5 out of 5

    AJ

    If you are a Matrix Fan, and can get your hands on the 20th anniversary. Do it. Other than that, it doesn't really have great story telling compared to the films. Or other comic books based on film/tv-series, like Serenity-Firefly. If you are a Matrix Fan, and can get your hands on the 20th anniversary. Do it. Other than that, it doesn't really have great story telling compared to the films. Or other comic books based on film/tv-series, like Serenity-Firefly.

  14. 4 out of 5

    _

    Great artwork, several of these graphic short stories are very nice. The script and story arc is for me less than expected. Recycling the same ideas and not very much added creative imaginative content. Missed opportunity for me as The Matrix offers a great world for backstory and side story work.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bryce Kopp

    This book is basically a “who’s who” of the medium. It’s jaw dropping just how much talent is in this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    A great collection of Matrix comics by some of the industry's finest creators. A great collection of Matrix comics by some of the industry's finest creators.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gabomur

    Awesome, good artists involved in this publication

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eloo

    Je l'ai adoré ! C'est une édition magnifique avec 4 nouvelles histoires et annonçant the Matrix 4 (Resurrections). Toutes les histoires sont intéressantes et enrichissent le monde de Matrix ! Je l'ai adoré ! C'est une édition magnifique avec 4 nouvelles histoires et annonçant the Matrix 4 (Resurrections). Toutes les histoires sont intéressantes et enrichissent le monde de Matrix !

  19. 4 out of 5

    Suden Käpälä

    In 2007, I entered a Matrix phase. (I have periodical 'phases' in which I delve into a particular franchise or subject; e.g., where applicable, listening to related music, watching shows and films, reading books and comics, playing a game, browsing wiki[pedi]a, ...) It was long ago, but I have some notes and downloaded wallpapers, hence I could backtrack the general era of this particular "phase". I took to the internet and found the Matrix comics collection there, right at the official website In 2007, I entered a Matrix phase. (I have periodical 'phases' in which I delve into a particular franchise or subject; e.g., where applicable, listening to related music, watching shows and films, reading books and comics, playing a game, browsing wiki[pedi]a, ...) It was long ago, but I have some notes and downloaded wallpapers, hence I could backtrack the general era of this particular "phase". I took to the internet and found the Matrix comics collection there, right at the official website. Couldn't find the collecting volumes back then, so I enjoyed the works online. (Are they still there? Let's see... Hmm, barely.) They were a bit hit-and-miss, especially in the area of My Taste Vs. Their Art. (I really can't stand television or visual art in b/w; we're in the technicolour age, so please, use the whole visible photon frequency spectrum! Nah, kidding -- I can respect the artists' tools, materials and/or esthetics choices; but I don't have to like the results.) As a whole, I really loved the multi-media concept -- the comics project having started before the first film was released, even! (And not to mention the AniMatrix DVD that I was able to buy with accompanying awesome soundtrack album.) And as it turned out, in the end, I liked the diversity in styles and even in media format -- there's 2 short stories (by Gaiman & Brite), and something ("Bits & Pieces") that could be categorised at exactly a lagrange point between comic and story. The stories -- as far as I remember -- didn't always blow me away, but they were diverse as well, and entertaining. Solid stuff, for such a digital world. It seems that some comics in the actual, physical omnibus that I posted this review for (which, if collecting vol.1 + vol.2, boasts 28 works in total) (edit: yes), are titles that weren't posted on the website, way back. ("Who Says You Can't Get Good Help These Days?", "Saviors", and "I Kant".) So, I have read most (25 stories, it seems from the above-linked wikia), but not all of the material. And I think I also missed the 'hidden QuickTime movie' in the old site, for the "Broadcast Depth" comic! I'd certainly have loved that; at the very least, due to the concept of incorporating yet another kind of medium.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    The Matrix is one of my favourite films, and when I heard about the latest movie and started watching a YouTube channel called Matrix Explained, which does talk about this comic collection, I knew I had to get my hands on this. Luckily, I found a copy, and though it didn't quite live up to my expectations it was still an enjoyable read with some real gems inside. For the ones I liked, there was Goliath (written by Neil Gaiman with art by Bill Sienkiewicz and Greg Ruth), The Miller's Tale (story The Matrix is one of my favourite films, and when I heard about the latest movie and started watching a YouTube channel called Matrix Explained, which does talk about this comic collection, I knew I had to get my hands on this. Luckily, I found a copy, and though it didn't quite live up to my expectations it was still an enjoyable read with some real gems inside. For the ones I liked, there was Goliath (written by Neil Gaiman with art by Bill Sienkiewicz and Greg Ruth), The Miller's Tale (story and art by Paul Chadwick) and Broadcast Depth (story and art by Bill Sienkiewicz). I also liked the first story, Zion Archives (written by The Wachowskis with art by Geoff Darrow), A Life Less Empty (story and art by Ted McKeever) and A Sword of a Different Color (story and art by Troy Nixey). There were some funny additions, like Get It? and Who Says You Can't Get Good Help These Days? Both of these were by Peter Bagge. The reason why this only got three stars is that I found some of the art not quite to my tastes, and some of the stories either too short or a bit aimless. Overall, this was a nice addition to The Maxtrix universe, and one I'm glad I read. I'd recommend this to any die-hard fans of the movie franchise as there are some useful bits of lore in here which are worth reading to get a better understanding of some of the references in the films or The Animatrix.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tony Bergstrom

    Interesting set of supplementary stories to the matrix. It led me to rewatch the main movies.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kurtis

  23. 5 out of 5

    𝓟𝓻𝓲𝓷𝓬𝓮 💔💦👿

  24. 4 out of 5

    52_reads

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sean Smart

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nick

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rob Schamberger

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ari Herzig

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jonas Pettersson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Furkan

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