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Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold (utgåvan 2000)

av Alisa Kwitney (Författare)

Serier: Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold (1-3), The Sandman (Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold 1-3)

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In the plague-riddled years of the early twenty-first century, the inhabitants of a small village live in fear until an enigmatic stranger arrives, offering a prophetic glimpse at the Book of Destiny, and the hope of salvation.
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Titel:Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold
Författare:Alisa Kwitney (Författare)
Info:Vertigo (2000), 160 pages
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Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold av Alisa Kwitney (Writer)

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First appearing in Weird Mystery Tales #1 from 1972, Destiny predates Neil Gaiman's work with the Endless in the Sandman series and, like Death, is able to work as the driving force of a short story of his own if not a continuing series. Alisa Kwitney's Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold shows Destiny as the cause of the Plague of Justinian (541–542) after creating Pestilence, who brings the plague through time, causing the later Black Death during the 1300s, the Eyam plague outbreak in 1665, and a 21st century recurrence of the bubonic plague. Kwitney uses these parallel narratives to explore Destiny's role in the DC/Vertigo universe with art by Kent Williams, Michael Zulli, Scott Hampton, and Rebecca Guay to give each time period its own unique aesthetic. This story could be read as a companion to Gaiman's Sandman series or as a continuance of Destiny's older incarnation, as Kwitney only mentions the other Endless in a passing manner and none of them make an appearance. The open ending could either set up a future standalone Destiny story or feed back into the Sandman series or DC Universe at large. ( )
  DarthDeverell | Aug 14, 2016 |
As with WitchCraft and the Triple Goddess, I doubt anyone was clamoring for a Destiny spin-off, but he is one of the Endless, and he's the easiest for DC to do as it will with, for he predates Neil Gaiman. Curiously, this book follows the same format as WitchCraft: there's a frame story by one artist, and then three substories, each illustrated by a different artist, ranging through time. Our story opens in the far future year of 2009, when bubonic plague has devastated the Earth and a strange man, one John Ryder, shows up at the house of Ruth Knight, one of five survivors in a rural village. He brings with him The Book of Destiny, an 1899 publication reconstructing the meaning of the Destiny Scroll, a page torn from the Book of Destiny. It connects the four comings of bubonic plague to Destiny of the Endless and the mysterious John Ryder himself.

I like this a lot at first. The art in the frame story (I don't know which of the four artists was responsible, unfortunately) is angular and moody, perfect for this postapocalyptic world, and Kwitney's writing is powerful enough to match. The relationship between Ruth and John is very well done, too-- it's complicated, as each wants something out of each other. The first flashback story is great, too, about the wife of the emperor at the fall of Byzantium and her illegitimate child (who turns out to be John Ryder), who becomes the pawn of Destiny, carrying the plague. But after this, the flashback stories get muddy. What is John Ryder trying to accomplish in 1348 or 1665? It's not quite clear. And thematically, I never figured out what the book was trying to do, either. It wants to be about destiny and Destiny, but there's a lot about plagues in it, and that never really links together. I guess those who die of the plague are destined to die? But so what-- according to the mythos here, everyone has an inescapable destiny, so the plague stuff feels like too much. And as for that ending... I just didn't get it.

Despite my comment at the beginning, I think there's definitely possibility in a story about Destiny, as in all the Endless. The inescapability of Fate has been the basis of many a tale. Destiny looks cool, sounds cool, and even gets in a good joke here, to my surprise. But this story isn't it; it never coheres into saying or doing anything in particular.

Neil Gaiman's The Sandman Spin-Offs: « Previous in sequence | Next in sequence »
  Stevil2001 | Jul 3, 2011 |
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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Kwitney, AlisaWriterprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Guay, RebeccaIllustratörmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Hampton, ScottIllustratörmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Williams, KentIllustratörmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Zulli, MichaelIllustratörmedförfattarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Klein, ToddLetterermedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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