Teen outcast Andy, upon smoking his first cigarette, gets an impressive set of superpowers and discovers a ray gun that delivers a fatal blast, in a full-color graphic novel by the acclaimed creator of Ghost World.
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The latest from cartoonist Daniel Clowes isn't meant to thrill. It's meant to unnerve. The 48 pages of The Death-Ray are supersaturated with art, dialogue and ideas — not to mention bitter high school vengeance.
Andy, a miserable high-schooler in 1970s Chicago is filled with shame at the constant taunts of his classmates. So when super-strength comes, he uses it for neither good nor evil, but in a brutal playground showdown. Read an excerpt from The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes.