The Great and Secret Show (Clive Barker’s…)

 GASB   (Idea + Design Works, 2006–2007)

™ and © 2006 Idea + Design Works

Anyone who’s familiar with Clive Barker’s writing knows what a Herculean task it should be to adapt The Great and Secret Show to a comic book. Points to the powers that be (also known as Barker and IDW) for making this a 12-issue effort, instead of death-culling it to anything less. Still, even with 12 issues, writer Chris Ryall has his hands full.

In this first issue, he appears to be on the right track. He uses protagonist Randolph Jaffe’s adventures to make a highly entertaining and enjoyable series debut. Gabriel Rodriguez’ art seems perfect for the task, especially with the gloom-and-doom emotions apparent in the characters’ faces. This is dark art that’ll hold the eye.

For those who read this issue and aren’t sure if they want more, odds are the situation won’t improve; Barker’s material doesn’t make for one- or two- or three-issue taste tests. Either sign up and hang on—or pass altogether.

Fans of horror, especially horror with macabre supernatural elements thrown in willy-nilly, will find that IDW’s adaptation of this Barker novel is satisfying.

— Ray Sidman

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#1 Variation A

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Cover A: mailbox in the desert (day)Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#1 Variation B

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Cover B: mailbox on the beachside (night)Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#1 Variation C

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B&w sketch cover of a path winding through palm trees under the sunChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#2 Variation A

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Regular CoverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#2 Variation B

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Retailer Incentive A: Boy watching girl struggling in whirlpool (with electric sparks) coverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#2 Variation C

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Retailer Incentive BChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#3 Variation A

Date: 5/1/2006
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Regular coverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#3 Variation B

Date: 5/1/2006
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Black and white sketch cover; Retailer Incentive AChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#3 Variation C

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Black and white sketch cover; Retailer Incentive signedChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#4 Variation A

Date: 6/1/2006
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Regular Cover; B&WChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#4 Variation B

Date: 6/1/2006
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Sketch cover; B&WChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#4 Variation C

Date: 6/1/2006
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Sketch cover signed by Clive Barker; B&WChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#5 Variation A

Date: 7/1/2006
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Cover A (regular cover): color cover with a man and a floating orbChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#5 Variation B

Date: 7/1/2006
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Cover B (retailer incentive): Clive Barker b&w Sketch CoverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#5 Variation C

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Cover C (retailer incentive): Clive Barker b&w Sketch Cover signed by Cliver BarkerChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#6 Variation A

Date: 9/1/2006
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Cover A: Broken Glass Cover; Includes sneak preview of Angel: MasksChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#6 Variation B

Date: 9/1/2006
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Cover B: Clive Barker Sketch Cover (Retailer Incentive)Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#6 Variation C

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Cover C: Clive Barker Sketch Cover signed by Clive Barker (Retailer Incentive)Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#7 Variation A

Date: 11/1/2006
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Regular Cover (2 characters on cover); Includes sneak preview of #0 Days Of Nights: Spreading The Disease #1Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#7 Variation B

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Clive Barker Retailer Incentive cover (zombie-like creature on cover)Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#8 Variation A

Date: 12/1/2006
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Regular Cover; Continued in The Great and Secret Show Book 9Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#8 Variation B

Date: 12/1/2006
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Retailer Sketch Incentive coverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#9 Variation A

Date: 1/1/2007
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Regular CoverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#9 Variation B

Date: 1/1/2007
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Retailer Incentive cover by Clive BarkerChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#10 Variation A

Date: 2/1/2007
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Regular coverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#10 Variation B

Date: 2/1/2007
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Retailer Incentive sketch coverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#11 Variation A

Date: 3/1/2007
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Regular coverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#11 Variation B

Date: 3/1/2007
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Reatiler Incentive Sketch coverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#12 Variation A

Date: 4/1/2007
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Regular coverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

#12 Variation B

Date: 4/1/2007
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Incentive sketch coverChris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

Book #1

Date: 10/1/2006
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Collects The Great and Secret Show (Clive Barker’s…) #1–6Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

Book #2

Date: 8/1/2007
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Collects The Great and Secret Show (Clive Barker’s…) #7–12Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez

Deluxe Set #1

Date: 12/1/2007
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Softcover; Collects The Great and Secret Show (Clive Barker’s…) #1–12Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez, Clive Barker

Deluxe Set #1 Hardcover

Date: 12/1/2007
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Hardcover; Collects The Great and Secret Show (Clive Barker’s…) #1–12Chris RyallGabriel Rodriguez, Clive Barker