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21 down : the conduit
Palmiotti, Jimmy.
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Publication Information:
La Jolla, Calif. : Wildstorm, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm
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Collects the critically acclaimed first 7 issues of the 21 down series.
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Equal parts intriguing crime conspiracy and supernatural suspense thriller, 21 DOWN: THE CONDUIT tells the tragic tale of Preston Kills, a super-powered young man destined to die in the upcoming year. When a mysterious man known as Herod grants Preston the ability to sense how a person would die, the young boy also learned that he would die on his twenty-first birthday. Now entering the final year of his existence, the tattoo artist has resigned himself to his upcoming fate. But when a rogue female FBI agent offers him a shot at survival, Preston accepts and embarks on a mission to save his life and uncover the deadly secret behind Herod.

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Booklist Review

The basic setup of the comics serial 21 Down, the first seven issues of which this book collects, resembles that of Deanoontz's Odd Thomas BKL D 15 03: a 20-year-old hero gifted with a power he'd rather not have gets increasingly involved in murderous mayhem. But whereas Odd Thomas foresees havoc, Prestonills visualizes it postmortem. When he touches a murder victim's corpse, he sees what the victim last saw, usually enough to allow his cop older brother to bag the perp. So his brother exploits him, without giving any brotherly love in return, which Preston could live with, except that his capability has an expiration date, his twenty-first birthday, on which he'll die. Moreover, an unfriendly FBI agent is coming to get and, it seems, prematurely terminate him and others like him, who are called genies. Fortunately (at least, at first) for Preston, a gorgeous female renegade agent is after genies, too. If Preston and his friendly pursuer both appear incredibly buff, well, concessions must be made to the series' action-movie-ish good looks. --Ray Olson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

On his 20th birthday, Preston Kills receives a birthday card telling him he will die when he turns 21; his world then goes haywire with strange events and shady characters, but it also holds the promise of redemption. This is a noir action series about a gifted and cursed man with superpowers who is anything but a hero. The artists render the story against a gritty urban backdrop, in vibrant colors and a clean, slick representational style that makes good use of lights and darks to convey an ominous tone. A tattoo artist leading an apathetic, nondescript life, Preston possesses a dark gift: the ability to see a dead person's final moments before death. The power comes in handy for Preston's brother, Robert, a homicide cop investigating a series of extraordinarily gruesome murders. After Preston receives the ill-fated birthday card, a mysterious older woman named Mickey Rinaldi saves his life. An FBI agent, Mickey is flirtatious and secretive, but what she knows may be the key to understanding Preston's cursed past and future. It evolves that Preston is part of the Genies, a secret government experiment to genetically alter children for military and reconnaissance purposes who all share the doomed fate of death at 21. While the dialogue can be prosaic, the story moves along with fast-paced action sequences. It should intrigue action and superhero fans seeking something darker and less conventional. (Nov. 2003) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved