Whiteout by Greg Rucka


You can't get any further down than the bottom of the world - Antarctica. Cold, desolate, nothing but ice and snow for miles and miles. Carrie Stetko is a U.S. Marshal, and she's made The Ice her home. In its vastness, she has found a place where she can forget her troubled past and feel at peace... Until someone commits a murder in her jurisdiction and that peace is shattered. The murderer is one of five men scattered across the continent, and h...

Details Whiteout

Release DateMay 7th, 2001
PublisherOni Press
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Mystery, Crime, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Thriller, Comic Book

Reviews Whiteout

  • StoryTellerShannon
    This is the tale of a female U.S. Marshall (Carrie Stetko) banished to Antarctica. It's business as usual until a body is found and after a bit of investigation it seems to be murder. What follows is an investigation into a string of murders blended in with the extremely harsh weather of the continent. People get about in the storms on metal wires because you can barely see six inches ahead. In fact, some people have died a few feet away from she...
  • Sam Quixote
    Someone in Antarctica is murdering people – enter disgraced US Marshal Carrie Stetko, hot on the cold, cold trail. That’s pretty much it really. The plot is your standard cops’n’robbers template story given a new slant by setting it in the coldest place on the planet. Stetko wanders about asking questions, being overly tough because she’s a woman in a place where they’re outnumbered 10/1 and because she’s supposed to be the law. And...
  • Anne
    I wasn't as impressed with Whiteout as everyone else seems to be, but I think it's just because this isn't my cuppa. Oh well. It wasn't bad. If you're looking for a mystery/thriller in graphic novel format, then you should check this out.
  • Albert
    Whiteout Vol 1 by Greg Rucka is a stark, black and white graphic novel that at its heart, is a Sam Spade murder mystery of lost fortune, bloody bodies and law enforced prior to the Miranda rights were ever uttered. All in the cold frozen wasteland at the bottom of the world; Antarctica.US Marshal, Carrie Stetko, has come to make the barren ice world of US Base McMurdo in Antarctica her home. Leaving her past and her career stateside behind her, s...
  • Sesana
    A fairly standard mystery, enlivened by the setting: Antarctica. Rucka certainly seems to have done h is research, as Whiteout has a general ring of authenticity about it, and the setting is used as more than a pretty backdrop. That said, the actual mystery itself isn't really terribly interesting. It's executed well enough, but it just isn't that absorbing. Bonus points for strong, realistic, and realistically drawn female characters, though.
  • Sooraya Evans
    Strong female characters.The somewhat dated art style will surely make this book timeless.I loved how trivia about Antarctica was strategically inserted throughout the narrative.One sure gets to learn a lot.
  • 'kris Pung
    3.5 out of 5The pieces fall together a little to neatly for me but it's still an enjoyable murder mystery.
  • 47Time
    This might be one of the few stories I've read that happen in Antarctica. The author was kind enough to highlight several interesting facts about the dangerous conditions of life in that part of the world, so that part was entirely welcome. The story is basically a murder investigation, something quite rare in a place where even breathing hard can get you killed because of the cold. Her investigation is made all the more difficult by the sexist m...
  • David Schaafsma
    Fairly unsurprising crime story with a couple differences, I guess: main character Carrie, tough woman Marshall, set in Antarctica, part of it taking place in a whiteout... and the black and white drawings with plenty of white/snow/whiteout and the flow of the images are well done, that is the challenge artistically, in some ways, to give that sense of space and yet make it a people focused crime drama, like: in a place with very few people, what...
  • Martin
    Notable for being Greg Rucka's first foray into comics, this whodunit's plot is pretty straightforward: greed, murder, cover-up. You know, the usual. What sets Whiteout apart from the pack is its (dare I say exotic?) locale: Antarctica. Right there, you know this isn't your run-of-the-mill mystery, as the environment directly affects the story. A lot of research went into this, yet it never feels like that research is just being *dumped* on you. ...
  • Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
    I am going to openly state that I think you should see the movie. First Kate Beckinsale is pretty cute and she does a great job of playing this role. The book is all done in black and white pages. It helps enhance the the feeling of the complete cold and desolate continent that Antarctica is. The storyline is pretty intense, Carrie Stetko is a strong female character that gets put through a lot of scary shit as the story progresses and with the a...
  • Mayank Agarwal
    Nice Crime Thriller Although Expected MoreI have enjoyed Greg Rucka works in Gotham Central so was expecting something special from him, kind of disappointed on the plotting, it’s just not exciting. Still, he does show us a unique side of our world in this murder mystery based in Antarctica, loved all the trivia we get to know about of this continent, the story telling does feel realistic but can’t say entertaining. The author gives away the ...
  • Christopher
    Yes, I pulled this out because I had seen the preview for the Kate Bekinsale movie. I haven't seen the movie, but I'm amazed at 2 items from the preview.1. Kate Beckinsale? What? Carrie Stetko is no Kate Beckinsale (and this is a good thing in my opinion).2. Lilly has been replaced by a male UN inspector. Again, why? Rucka was involved in the filming so I can't see why he allowed these two changes.Whiteout is a tight little noir murder-mystery. L...
  • Ryan
    Crime stories, noir ones at least, tend to have a love/hate relationship with their setting. Their plots are almost always dependent on them being in large cities, yet they often seem disdainful of cities - the city is seen as a hive of scum and villainy, one that corrupts those living in it. Whiteout reverses the expectations of noir, both on a visual and a story level.The art in the book relies heavily on the use of white for negative space, wh...
  • Sam
    Having heard about the movie adaptation of this (but still not having seen it) I knew the basic premise of the story with a murderer on the loose in the Antarctic and our main character being the US Marshal intend on bringing them to justice. I found the story fast paced and intriguing with enough twists and turns to keep you interested and the danger of the location was an interesting addition to the story and allowed for a greater sense of urge...
  • Megan
    This is an excellent piece of detective fiction. Greg Rucka hails from the style of detective writing that's not exactly hard-boiled or noir, but still very fast-paced and action oriented, without a lot of introspection or flowery prose. Steve Leiber succeeds in making Antarctica look lonely, dangerous, and beautiful with his sparse black and white illustrations. Short and sweet, it's an excellent if simple murder mystery tale with well-paced sto...
  • Tiffany
    Yay graphic novels. I think I was just disappointed there wasn't more fantasy stuff. I thought for sure there was going to be an alien. Like that movie, "Alien vs Predator" where there's a temple full of aliens built in Antarctica for predators to train to kill. But that wasn't in this book. Yeah, this definitely wasn't fantasy. It was pretty much a straightforward detective story. But the heroine is fantastic. And while the plotline is a bit mud...
  • Katie
    I didn't like this graphic novel as much as I enjoyed Rucka's "Queen & Country" novel, but only because it was shorter. The plot was very fast-paced, but Carrie's character was developed very well. I am interested enough to follow Carrie's adventures in the follow-up edition, however. Rucka is quickly becoming my favorite graphic novel author.
  • awesomatik.de
    Schöner Stil und vielversprechender Anfang aber die Story taugt leider nichts. Schade...
  • Al Keller
    Forgot to log this one as I sped through it
  • Michael Emond
    This is one of Rucka's earlier (or earliest) ventures into comics and he does a great job. The premise is simple "Carrie the US Marshall for the continent of Antarctica has to solve a murder mystery". As a mystery it isn't that mysterious but setting it in the Antarctic and making that backdrop such a prominent part of the story is what made this such an exciting read. Right off the bat you have that feeling of isolation and claustrophobia - it c...
  • Soobie's scared
    My first book set in Antarctica!!It was weird at first, because I couldn't get a grasp on what I was reading. The murders and the description of what's life in Antarctica were a bit confusing. And, let's be honest, I didn't really like the art. Well, neither the plot... There are many murders and the reason for them is a bit laughable. The protagonist is a tough woman in a world of men and she has to show it. She doesn't appear to be a likeable p...
  • Keith
    This probably should be a bit higher, but GR doesn’t allow half stars. Also, I deducted a little because this undersized edition is harder to read than a standard sized comic, and in particular doesn’t do the detailed artwork any favors. Despite that, it’s well plotted and paced mystery that uses its unique setting to full advantage. Lead character Carrie Stetko is appealing and maintains interest throughout. Everything comes together in a ...
  • Ron Turner
    I liked the idea of it, adventures in Antarctica. And I liked the characters, an oddball mix of scientists, spies and outdoors people. But the stories were rather cookie-cutter, Nancy Drewish. I think they should have played up the wacky humor of it all. Apparently Reese Witherspoon thought so too. She wanted to star in a movie version, but it fell through, so we ended up with a boilerplate thriller starring Kate Beckinsale instead.
  • Poruri Sai
    I kept coming across Whiteout as one of the best comics out there and having read it, it definitely lived up to the hype and the expectation in my head.The premise is interesting and the visuals are beautiful and captivating. You start getting hints of who the bad guy is but that doesn't ruin the story as there are still pieces missing. I loved how well the landscape was weaved into the story itself.Lives up to expectations. Definitely worth a re...
  • Joe Sergi
    A whiteout is a condition that occurs in polar regions, when all visual clues to direction and distance are lost, leading to a dangerous state of disorientation It is also the name of a comic book limited series from Oni press written by Greg Rucka and drawn by Steve Lieber. The story has been adapted into a motion picture starring Kate Beckinsale. There are two Whiteouts (not counting the correction fluid, the Japanese film or the hockey traditi...
  • Amanda
    I devoured this graphic novel in one sitting. I loved how the mystery and characters unfolded, especially the well-defined character of Carrie Stetko. Normally I prefer color illustrations, but in this case black and white was perfect because it complimented the sterile, deadly cold that is Antarctica so well. Can't wait to read volume 2!
  • Lucy Green
    While the blood and guts level didn't come anywhere near that of Tales from the Crypt, the black and white palette and the sinister overtones of this graphic novel certainly reminded me of the older comics. Interesting characters, and a well-crafted mystery. Kudos for well rounded and developed female characters.
  • Kaitlyn West
    I read this book in one sitting. It only took me about an hour and a half, maybe - I had some distractions. But I throughly enjoyed it. As someone that grew up on mystery novels, I greatly enjoyed the depth and thought that Rucka put into his characters. The art is beautiful and given the setting (Antarctica), beautifully captured.
  • Susan Haines
    Nice artwork with bits of dry humor you might overlook if you aren't careful, but the story is a very typical mystery/whodunnit that is hard to follow and isn't as interesting as the characters. It's rare for a graphic novel or regular novel of this genre to feature two female leads as cops, and I appreciate the passing of the Bechtel test, but even that can't bump it past three stars for me.