Joe Golem and the Drowning City by Mike Mignola

Joe Golem and the Drowning City

In 1925, earthquakes and a rising sea level left Lower Manhattan submerged under more than thirty feet of water, so that its residents began to call it the Drowning City. Those unwilling to abandon their homes created a new life on streets turned to canals and in buildings whose first three stories were underwater. Fifty years have passed since then, and the Drowning City is full of scavengers and water rats, poor people trying to eke out an exis...

Details Joe Golem and the Drowning City

TitleJoe Golem and the Drowning City
Release DateMar 27th, 2012
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFantasy, Horror, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Fiction, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels, Urban Fantasy

Reviews Joe Golem and the Drowning City

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    Joe Golem and the Drowning City is a lovely sort of homage to HP Lovecraft and the Jewish golem folklore tradition. One wonders how they can exist together harmoniously in the same work, but Mignola and Golden do exactly that.New York City is a very different place from the one we know and love in this book. Some sort of ecological disaster turned half of the city into what is essentially a Venetian-like, water-logged environment. Downtown floode...
  • Lisa
    I think I have ADD. Whenever I felt like I was getting into the story, my mind would veer off. I spent a lot of time trying to imagine the world the story takes place in, but I just couldn't do it. It's 1975, fifty years after lower Manhattan has been hit by earthquakes and flooding, but apparently people have stuck around. There is a mention of a plague, but nothing more as to say what it was or did. Maybe I missed it? So it's 1975, but you woul...
  • Eric Guignard
    REVIEWED: Joe Golem and the Drowning City: An Illustrated NovelWRITTEN BY: Christopher Golden and illustrated by Mike MignolaPUBLISHED: March, 2012Great, fun book. A wild, imaginative adventure in an alternative sinking New York, amongst a cast of strange specters, magic rites, and steampunk. Imagine the grittiest visions of Batman's Gotham City being submerged and taken over by H.P. Lovecraft - that's a visual to the world that Christopher Golde...
  • Jessica at Book Sake
    As this book was listed as an “illustrated novel”, I was expecting more illustrations. The fact that Mike Mignola (Hellboy) was the illustrator is what really drew me to this book. Unfortunately the illustrations were few and far between, the majority of them didn’t take up but 1/8 of the page, and they were all in black and white. I haven’t read a book by Christopher Golden before, but he is a good storyteller. The story flowed logically...
  • Orrin Grey
    I read this right after World Horror, but I have let myself get way behind on updating my Goodreads! I loved this (I mean, of course I did) but not quite as much as Baltimore. I think my favorite part was probably the Sherlock Holmes-alike detective.
  • John
    Mignola is obsessed with the transformative power of fate and destiny - so many of his stories are a race against time to stop the tearing of the time fabric or thwarting the tentacles in the sky. This one is basically that story retold. Also there is the indestructible monster hero of the title, the clockwork man full of delicate metal organs and steam blood, the evil sorcerer and his slimy gas-men henchmen. All familiar Mignola/Golden material....
  • Samantha
    Holy hell this is a slog. It's not terribly long but it goes on FOREVER. The story is boring; the artwork is boring. The only thing that's not boring is the premise, but that doesn't matter given that it's ruined by the way the story is told and the artwork that feels wholly half-assed.
  • Allie
    It makes me so sad how awful this book is. It's rotten. I love Mike Mignola so much (SO MUCH!) but this was total garbage. The prose was so insanely stilted, and it seemed like they just threw words together. Yikes. It bums me out so hard that this book was such a tremendous disappointment.
  • Mary
    Got this for Xmas, on the recommendation of our local comic slinger. He knows about my weird obsession with previous Mignola-Golden team up Baltimore: or The Steadfast Tin Soldier & The Vampire and he told us that Joe Golem was better.Let's get one thing out of the way first: it's not.It's not bad! Don't think that. It's a fun, interesting story with a great pulpy sci-fi fantasy setting but I can't help feeling that the story would have been bett...
  • Pamela Huxtable
    Molly is an orphan who has managed to survive in the lawless, cutthroat Drowning City - lower Manhattan of an alternate reality. Note: after superstorm Sandy, this alternate reality seems almost prescient. Molly works for the magician Felix, who is mysteriously kidnapped. While trying to find and rescue Felix, Molly meets a detective, Mr. Church , and his partner Joe. The plot is exciting, and action packed, and the characters, while stereotypes,...
  • Jennavier
    This definitly was NOT what I was expecting. Maybe I'm really naive but when I thought of An Illustrated Novel I assumed a certain level of innocence. Maybe I should have read the back about how this came from the creator of Hellboy. AKA not innocent. The good news is that definitely didn't hurt the quality of the book. The story of the old magician being kidnapped is fun, and his apprentice Molly won my heart as she tries to rescue the man that ...
  • Stewart Tame
    Lovely stuff! Mike Mignola has a knack for pulp-inspired dark fantasy with Lovecraftian and steampunk overtones. The Drowning City is New York, or at least Brooklyn. The city started sinking in the 30's, if I'm recalling the book correctly; not in the real world, obviously. This is alternate history. Molly is a young girl living in a half-sunken building, along with Felix, an elderly clairvoyant. Mysterious beings kidnap him and chase her through...
  • Bondama
    This is an extremely unusual novel, with one of the main characters a golem who comes to real life, and then is transferred back to his original golem state. A golem, for those unfamiliar with the term, is a "fact" from the Jewish Kabbalah, the mystical side of this religion, this way of life.A golem is constructed of clay, by a rabbi. But he has no meaning other than a statue until the rabbi transcribes the name of God on the golem's forehead. H...
  • Britt Wisenbaker
    I love this book! It is like a whole alternate "Mignola-verse" to the one which has been unfolding for years in the Hellboy comics. For whatever reason, Baltimore (which I did like) did not feel as rich with esoteric detail as this book. A half drowned NYC? A partially mechanical detective of the supernatural who has lived well over a century? A man who is a reborn stone golem, who converts back to stone after his human form is killed? Strange me...
  • Wil
    This was a little gem of a book. It takes a little bit to get going, and I was wondering where it was all heading, but the ending is well worth waiting for. It's kind of a mix of Cthulhu and steampunk, with a little Sherlock Holmes thrown in. A lot of times a pastiche like this can come across as contrived, cheesy, or just plain boring. Or it starts off strong and fizzles out once the originality of the concept wears off. But I was pleasantly sur...
  • Garrett
    Lots of Lovecraftian themes at play here, and stuff that you would expect from Mignola and Golden working together on a project: old men with secrets and terrible burdens, crazy people who seek apotheosis, young people filled with moxie, monsters with too many limbs, blue-collar palookas with magic powers, abominations, and sadness, sadness, sadness. Heroism, to be sure, but also ruin and death and tragedy. Worth the read, and beautiful to boot.
  • Peter
    This book works best in the history of the characters and the atmosphere of the different scenes. It is kind of lacking and slow when you get to the big action. A great fun read all together, though.
  • Mike
    nope. next time draw the damn book, mignola. this outsourcing thing just doesn't work.
  • Heather
    Easy read but totally enjoyable. Our library has it as an adult sci-fi but I would consider it more Teen fiction.
  • Conor
    A real nice read. I like Mignola's work in comic books, and I would read lots more of the mixed medium ones like this.Minus a star (maybe) for being a bit thin.
  • Shannon
    The pictures were distracting as opposed to enriching the story and it felt like there was something missing from the entire tale.
  • Dustin Blottenberger
    I want to give this book 4 stars. I really do. The concept is so fascinating: New York city fell victim to terrible earthquakes in the 1920s, which resulted in the "drowning" of Lower Manhattan and some of the outlying boroughs, as the water level rose and reclaimed the lowest 30 feet of the city. Now, circa 1970s, Lower Manhattan exists half-underwater, and the poorer residents, scavengers, gang members, and steadfast hangers-on eke out an exist...
  • Arden Powell
    Joe Golem and the Drowning City is a Lovecraftian-steampunk-noir adventure with one of the bleaker endings I've read lately, but not entirely hopeless. It was the bleakness that ran all the way through and culminated in (view spoiler)[the tentacle-ridden destruction of the city (hide spoiler)] that sold me on the book; it would never have worked with a happy ending, and frankly I'd have been disappointed if it tried. The atmosphere and the imager...
  • Horror DNA
    2012 may be the year that the Mayans predicted the world will end, but what if an epic catastrophe occurred a hundred years prior? What if this caused half of New York City to get sucked underwater, leaving the rich uptown area and the poor downtown? That's the location of the latest work of prose from Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden entitled Joe Golem and the Drowning City. In case you hadn't figured it out, the city referenced in the title ...
  • Dave Irwin
    I really enjoyed this book. Definitely see shades of Hellboy within the titular character and while I do not want to give away any spoilers, the ending was beautifully dark. A dark and twisted lovecraftian fantasy/horror story set in a drowned Manhattan about a girl who grew up faster than she should. Definitely recommend.
  • Stefanie
    I have such a weakness for Lovecraftian lore. This story is an adventure about a golem and a girl, but also a treatise on meaning; death; and large, interdimensional, tentacled monsters. It is also sparsely illustrated.
  • Alan
    3.5/5.Great concept, great story, clumsy prose that stumbles a lot.
  • Saravanan Mani
    Fantastic art, intriguing plot and setting... The writing is good, the focus on the humanity is pretty touching. Overall, a solid start, makes you want to read the second part.