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Witch & Wizard: The Manga, Vol. 1 (Witch & Wizard: The Manga #1)

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Imagine waking up to find that the world around you - life as you know it - has changed in an instant. That's what happens to Whit Allgood and his sister, Wisty. They thought that they were just a couple of normal teenagers, until their rude awakening at the hands of a dozen armed police! Charged with being a wizard and a witch, accused of having incredible powers they nev ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 259 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Yen Press
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Sandy
Considering the things I have heard about James Patterson books I have never been interested enough to read any novel by him. Not even the original novel from which this manga is adapted from but from the moment I found out on Svetlana Chmakova’s livejournal that she would be doing the artwork for the adaptation I was on board.

First of all to get my fangirling out of the way I will comment on the artwork. I loved it (points to cover). Svetlana does a great job of portraying different emotions th
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Skye (Skye's Scribblings)
I was reminded a lot of Maximum Ride (which I read Volumes 1-5 of the manga before getting bored): teens with powers become independent and fight against warped and controlling adults who want to torture and kill them and discover they are supposed to save/rule the world. While kids ruling the world isn't always a bad thing (most of the time, but not always), I didn't like it in Maximum Ride and didn't like it here either. The adults were too evil and the kids too righteous and organized - it ju ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I've never read the James Patterson novel that this manga has been adapted from but when I found this at Goodwill I figured I'd check it out anyway.

Whit and Wisty's world changes dramatically over the course of one day. They wake up to be taken from their homes, tried, imprisoned, and possibly executed for having magical talent. They have absolutely no idea what's going on because as far as they know they're both a couple of normal teens. As it turns out they're not as they begin to discover tha
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David Williams
Wisteria and Whitford Allgood has always lived there normal lives up until the New Order began to take place. Things weren't how they used to be. Everything was just about the opposite as it was the day before. There seems to be no hope with the lost of their parents and their home. Trapped in a prison for being accused of using supernatural powers, the Allgood kids try to find a way out to search for their recently captured parents dead or alive.
Ultimately, I like the plot and storyline to this
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M
My initial interest in this graphic novel series was due to the art being done by Svetlana Chmakova. I was saddened that her Night School series had to go on hold due to her involvement in other projects, other projects being this series, I assume.

I was not a fan of the straight up novel. But I do love the art of Svetlana Chmakova. If I get to look at 250+ pages of her art, I don't care what sort of dribble I will have to read through in order to get that opportunity. As I set forth to read thi
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Carol
Nov 02, 2014 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes a good coming of age story
I really enjoyed this and I've just found out that it's based on a series of books, Witch & Wizard, which makes me very excited.
In a world where (heh, heh, heh! I've just heard that in a deep, dramatic, voice over voice!! But I digress...) where the government have been taken over by the N.O. (New Order) magic has been outlawed and children are being whisked away to prisons to be corrected and improved.
Unfortunately for our two heros (Whit and Wisty) there is something their parents never t
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☆Kiran ☆
Mar 16, 2013 ☆Kiran ☆ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who loved witch and wizard the book
I loved this book so much that i might just have to steal my friends copy of this~! Everything that i imagined the book would be like is in comic form. What could possibly go wrong ,right? The comic really helped me in some parts where i couldn't really imagine what actually happened.
Selena
This. Was. AMAZING.

I love Svetlana Chmakova's artwork. And combined with this story, it was definitely a win.

Great characters. Great plot... I don't think I've ever liked a Distopia story so much.
Emotional-Wreck-XO
This book just flew by. The art was beautiful, beautiful, especially Wisty's hair. So pretty!


And the fire. Ooohhh.

The story lines were very interesting, and it had many action sequences, so it's a good choice for reluctant readers.
And magic. MAGICCCC...


However, I wished that they had developed some of the characters a bit more; (view spoiler)
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Filia Martin
I have yet to read the actual novel for this, but if the book is like this, I'm going to love it. The story was good, the characters were good, and the art was good. About the only thing I disliked was the ending to this volume. I understand that it's supposed to be continuing what was introduced in the first few pages, but it just didn't seem to be a good part to leave off on. It just seemed weird to me to continue from the intro at the end of volume one rather than when the story was actually ...more
Rozey
Whit, Wisty, and their parents have been arrested by the New Order for being witches and wizards. This is news to Whit and Wisty as they have grown up believing they were normal kids. With the help of Whit's murdered girlfriend, Whit and Wisty's one-time tormentor, now turend ferret, and a resistance force made up entirely of children, they must find a way to control their new-found powers, escape the horrible prison they've been sent to, and find out what happened to their parents...and taking ...more
Audrey Wilkerson
I read and reviewed Witch and Wizard in April of 2012. I was not a huge fan, mainly because it felt like the writer (writers?) couldn’t decide if they wanted to be clever or serious or juvenile or smart-assy. It was a combination that didn’t work for me. My daughter saw the graphic novel, and even though she did not finish the book series, since she loves manga, etc., she decided to give it a try.

At her recommendation, I read the graphic novel quite a few months later. I, too, enjoyed this versi
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Ryan
This could have been great. The premise is excellent and the setting is interesting. The description on the back cover grabs your attention. The prologue opens with the main characters facing execution, and then flashes back to explain how they got there.

It's just the "how they got there" bit that is riddled with problems. There are massive issues with characterization, from the two-dimensional main characters that seem to take everything up to imprisonment and mortal peril in stride to the simi
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Karin
Whit and Wisty are violently taken from their house in the middle of the night and thrown into jail with many other children. Their family (the Allgoods) are being accused of being magical – Whit being a wizard and Wisty, a witch. The news is a shock to the brother and sister since their parents never told them about their power.

The two eventually break out of the prison and reluctantly join the resistance and fight against the New Order and The One Who Is The One. Whit and Wisty’s main goal is
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Ms
I'm past my James Patterson stage- there was a time I read his books- when I was in university and wanted a fast read. I know why middle and high school students would enjoy this manga series but unfortunately it did not inspire me to go into book two. However, if book two is available at the library and I'm looking for a quick read, I may continue with the story.
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Well, this was interesting, sad but at the same time, you want to know where the story will go. Plus the art was good, not great but it has its moment like that. Love the cover. About time I catch with graphic novel or manga series I been wanting to start reading for some reason haven't. Or hadn't had the time.
Mingo Johnson
It reminded me that your life is your life and that we must remain open to more than what is handed to us. We must continue to push the "norms" of conformity and allow ourselves the freedom to be ourselves.
Kyra Thompson
This Witch & Wizard Manga is an absolute perfect (maybe even better) portrayal of Patterson's series. I think I might even like it better than the novels themselves!
Galion Public Library Teens
Review by A.J.: "I liked the magic part and since it's a very good book everyone would like it."
Nora
Manga. Not my favorite medium. In spite of having teenage children who adore it. Possibly an acquired taste or something you catch if you aren't immunized...and I am. Honestly? Didn't like the books & like the manga even less--if possible.
Emma Fosdick
All I have to say is: I want Wisty's hair on my head. Now.
Thank you
Sarah Wiegman
I was a bit disappointed with this book to be honest. I definitely did not like the point of view changes, every 25 seconds and although I like the concept of the book and the possibilities of where it could go I found the writing itself choppy and not at all what I would have expected from James Patterson.

I love YA fiction but it seemed that maybe the author wasn't as comfortable in this genre as he is with adult fiction. Again, I liked the plot but something was definitely missing from the ove
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Anastasia Sachlikidis
haha, i really liked it and wanted to read the book
K.e.pinales
really funny and enjoyable could read it all day
Lupe Dominguez
Aw yea! I'm excited for this series!
Fantasy Nebula
OMG read like 1,000,000 times 5 stars
Sandy
Whit Allgood and his sister Wisty Allgood are a wizard and witch, respectively, living in a dystopian today. But they don't know it until the night police storm their house and arrest their family. What follows is a flurry of questions, beatings, testing, etc. Until Whit and Wisty manage to escape their prison. They join up with a group of other children, some of whom also have powers, help them out a bit, and then go searching for their parents. The artwork is fantastic, especially the variety ...more
Bethel
love it!!!
Lainies
Good book
David Alonso
Very enjoyable fast paced manga!
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