Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga)
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Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 (The Parasol Protectorate Manga #1)

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The life of a spinster in Victorian London isn't an easy one on the best of days, but such a life becomes infinitely more complicated when said spinster is "soulless" - a preternatural bridging the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds. Miss Alexia Tarabotti has this unique distinction, and when she is assailed at a formal gathering by a rove vampire, an encounte...more
Paperback, 228 pages
Published March 1st 2012 by Yen Press
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Stacia (out of inspiration)
Dayum. I love the artwork in this book. Heck, I feel like I need to go back and re-read Soulless (my thoughts) because I think I might have been way too hard on the original book version now after enjoying this so much. I linked my review for the book because I'm not going to refresh my review for the story...the manga/graphics are a condensed/reworked version of the original, so my thoughts about the story itself are in my review for the print book.

Seriously. I wish that I could share some of...more
Lois Bujold
This review stands for the first two volumes in what I hope will be a continuing and concluding manga series that adapts five original novels.

I think this story made a better manga than it did a novel. For one thing, manga plots usually are deeply goofy and don't make a whole lot of linear sense, so this slots right in to the expectations of the form. Some of the overfill viz genre-blending in the novels seemed to drop out in the simplifications needed to change media, and the artwork generally...more
Ren
I really love Soulless.. Its one of my top ten favorite read on 2011
And when I know Soulless made into manga, well,before read novel,I'm a huge comic/manga fans. So, this one is def must buy for me.

The art is pretty good. Love how Rem portrayed Alexia, Conall, Ivy Hesselpeny, Lord Akeldama, Countess Nadasdy, Loontwill family and others. And... she draw Alexia very well. With curves. And big breast. Now, now, I admit I love women that have curves, especially in manga that usually dominated with...more
Caro
I'm usually a bit sceptical about manga/graphic-novel adaptions of books I liked. Will the characters look the way I thought they would? Will the new adaption have the same feeling the book did? Will it be horrible?

I was especially sceptical about Soulless, the Manga, since the Alexia on the cover looks much too girlish and "cute" to be the real Alexia. I was however proved wrong in my assumptions. REM did an awesome job with this manga. Although the Cover Alexia doesn't really fit my image of t...more
Sophie
I loved, loved, loved the Soulless novel and I was unbelievably excited about the manga. They finally got them in our local bookstores and read it on the commute home.

The Good Stuff:
I liked the round and organic feel of the art, it didn't have that overly sharp and angular art that I'm not too fond of in a lot of manga.The backgrounds were gorgeous, and it was lovely to see little steampunk touches here-and-there, like bizarre bikes in the the park, dirigibles randomly in the sky, The Vampire H...more
Julie Hayes

Breakfast at the Loontwills’ table includes gossip gleaned from the newspaper, as well as a recap of the previous evening’s ball, which the young ladies attended. The paper reveals that a gruesome discovery was made in the library at that very same ball by an unnamed young lady. Funny, no one remembers any such incident. No one other than Alexia, that is. For she is the young lady in question, the recipient of an unprovoked attack by a starving vampire. Good thing that Alexia Tarabotti is more...more
ALPHAreader
‘Soulless’ is the Yen Press manga adaptation of the first book in Gail Carriger’s ‘Parasol Protectorate / Alexia Tarabotti’ steampunk paranormal series. Art and adaptation is by Rem, lettering by JuYoun Lee.

I love the recent trend of graphic novel adaptations. I really enjoyed Dabel Brothers ‘Mercy Thompson’ adaptation, and I especially loved Del Rey’s adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s ‘The Exile’. Now, I know that lots book fans haven’t really embraced the graphic adaptations, for a number of rea...more
Beth Cato
After reading a terrible, awful, no good very bad book, I needed something fresh and happy. I've had this manga in my to-read pile for ages, so it seemed a good time to grab it. Wise choice.

It's been several years since I read the novel for Soulless, the first book of Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. I was excited that it came out as a manga. Steampunk is a visual feast for the eyes--the technology, the fabulous clothing, the dramatic settings--and REM is an incredible artist. The novel t...more
D. Moonfire
I was fond of the novel version of Soulless first, but I enjoy manga so I picked up a copy. The manga is true to the plot of the novel and the various characters. However, like most graphical mediums, it doesn’t quite have the rich details of the novel. Some of the intricate Victorian quirks didn’t quite transfer through. In addition, the lavish details in the book for scene where moved to the background, where they rightly belong. This doesn’t diminish from manga, just a quirk.

I loved how the c...more
Michelle
In this alternate history tale vampires, werewolves, and anything else that goes bump in the night is part of everyday life. Alexia Tarabotti has some problems, mainly she has no soul. She is what is referred to in polite circles as a preternatural or if you want to be vulgar, soulless. While at a bore of a dinner party Alexia was enjoying a perfectly good tea in the library when a rogue vampire comes out of nowhere an attempts to bite her. She takes matters into her own hands and defends hersel...more
Whitelady3
Very funny just like the book it adapts. Now I remember why I loved the book better than the others on the series, Alexia and Connal's interaction is way funnier than after their marriage. I mean, the others are still good and kudos for showing us their married life, but the bickering in this book is so much better! :D

The art is really beautiful. The four pages in colour are amazing and it was a pity the others were black and white, but I did like the drawings though Connal and Lyall weren't exa...more
Dian
I love this manga! It made me so happy to find this at the bookstore. If you love the series you should pick this up its totally worth it just to see all the scenes play out that you have only seen in your head. The only true drawback of this manga is that they tried to fit the while book in one volume which gives the pacing a bit of a rushed feel and of course there are some things left out and some characters greatly minimalized. For example Floote is one of my fave side characters yet he had...more
Teresa
Feb 23, 2012 Teresa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
Oh wow I loved this! This is probably my favorite book in the Parasol Protectorate series so to see it in a new light and with pictures was great. I loved the artwork and getting to see all of the character's expressions, although Lord Maccon's were my favorite. This obviously isn't everything that happened in the book, since then this manga would be exponentially longer, but the main story is still there and adapted in such a way that I thought was easy to follow. The only thing that bothered m...more
Rinou
I bought it for my daughter, but my curiosity prompted me to read it even though I didn't care for the novel. And I liked it way better! Everything supposed to be funny but which only annoyed me in the novel are perfect in comic. The art is good (well, apart from Alexia's breasts, which are very big and are always way too much out of her dresses to be realistic), and the plot is well condensed to fit in one volume.
Hanna
Not much has changed between the manga of Soulless and the novel Soulless. Both share the same witty dialog and adventure. The biggest shift of course is in the art. Mostly the fact that Soulless the novel has no pictures while Soulless the Manga is, well, a comic. If you liked Soulless the novel and wanted to see it rather than read it this is an excellent book for you. If you are interested in finding out about the series but have no interest in reading the full novel you won't be missing too...more
Danielle
I picked this up earlier tonight, and I have to say I loved it. I read the book when that first came out, and this just makes me want to go back and read it again.
I enjoyed seeing how the charaters were brought to life in the managa. Even the tacky hats Ivy wears are in there :) Seeing the actual facial expressions Connal has throughout the manga just made it even more funm I could not stop laughing while I was reading this.
If you have read the book, I highly suggest grabbing this to add to you...more
Rachel
A true blending of the trending western esthetic, and the Japanese art style. Unlike the attempts by many other international based artists, this one is true to the style. Those who are considering their first foray into manga, will find this an easy transitional title, due to its left to right format, and content catering to western tastes; vampires, werewolves, and a strong female lead will appeal to many teens.

With the backdrop of Victorian England, Miss Tarabotti needs to consider her statu...more
Les Chroniques Aléatoires
Oh shit !!! C'est la première fois que je lis l'inverse d'une situation, c'est à dire lire le manga avant d'avoir lu le bouquin. Et c'était que du bonheur !!! Bien entendu, un manga avec moi c'est toujours que du bonheur mais là, je ne connaissais pas du tout le roman auquel il était tiré. Non non, une amie m'en avait vaguement parlé parce que j'avais fait un commentaire sur ma page perso concernant le livre Emergency et c'est là qu'elle me parle du Protectorat de l'Ombrelle (qui est d'ailleurs...more
Jennifer Haight
In general I am dis-interested in vampires and werewolves. That said, the quick wit, elegant setting, unexpected twists and action make this story completely engaging. Can't wait for more silver topped parasol adventures.
Evamaria
A very entertaining manga version of the already very amusing novel. As is the norm with mangas, everyone looked a bit young, but I really enjoyed the drawing style and thought the adaptation was very well done.
InfinitexLibrary
This was so much better than I thought it to be from the premise - reminded me a little of The Infernal Devices but with a more bad ass heroine. Definitely gonna hunt down the novels now.
Louise
Not having read the original Soulless book, I had no preconceptions about the story when reading this graphic novel version, but whether that would have positively or negatively influenced my opinion, I loved this version! The story rolls along nice and fast, presumably cutting out some of the scene-setting parts of the book, but reading it I didn't feel there was anything missing. The illustrations are highly expressive, giving a strong impression of the backstory and interplay between the char...more
Kay
Oh. My. Gosh. I can’t remember the last time I had such a “squee!” reaction to something I read. That is seriously almost embarrassing!

It’s funny when I think of it, because my reaction to the first book of the series (which is the exact story told by the first manga) had been a little “blah”. Not bad, just a bit disappointed. I understand now that it came mainly from a mix of too high expectations and a misunderstanding of what the book was about. But I didn’t have such expectations for the man...more
78sunny
5+ von 5 Sternen
*Meinung:*
Ich möchte hier gleich noch einmal darauf hinweisen, dass ich die englische Variante gelesen habe. Man kann die Reihe auch auf Deutsch kaufen – dann bei Carlsen Manga. Ich persönlichen bevorzuge bei Mangas, Comics und Graphic Novels aber die englischen (bzw. die Originale) Varianten, da hier der Witz viel besser herüber kommt.

Die Handlung ist der Hammer. Am Ende des Mangas hat man das Gefühl ein richtiges Buch gelesen zu haben. Die Geschichte ist komplex, man hat nicht...more
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Soulless is based off of the Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, this particular issue is based off of the first novel of the same name.

I read Soulless a couple of years ago and I really loved the way Carriger mixed the serious with the fun, as well as the great mix of steampunk Victorian and paranormal fantasy. The manga is a condensed version of the same story, beautifully drawn and tightly packed into 228 pages. I can say that if you’re new to the story the manga might not be the wa...more
Amanda
Considering that it was marked 75% off at the bookstore, I was pleasantly surprised by this manga. I very much enjoyed the Victorian steampunk world of vampires and werewolves.

Now, I know what you are thinking - "Ugh! Vampires, werewolves, steampunk! SO overdone!" However, while not the most creative of ideas at first glance, the author does make the story her own and when you mix that with excellent artwork you've got yourself a damn good read. I was so fed up with stories like this that I sto...more
Melody
J'ai trouvé l'histoire/l'univers un peu spécial(e) au début, mais au final ce n'est pas mal. Je tenterai peut-être le roman...
Karissa
This was a very well done graphic novel retelling of the Soulless novel (1st novel of the Parasol Protectorate series). I enjoyed it a lot. Lots of humor and action, along with a Victorian and Steampunk flavor. There is also quite a bit of romance.

Miss Alexia Tarabotti is a soulless or preternatural and finds herself attacked by a rove vampire at a ball. She refuses to be dismissed and insists on helping Lord Conall Maccon solve the mystery behind the appearances of more and more rove vampires....more
viktoria
Let me start this is off with a disclaimer: this is literally the first manga or graphic novel I've read in about a decade, and I didn't read that many a decade ago, so I'm certainly no graphic novel and/or manga expert by any means. With that out of the way, this was seriously super cute, with a beautiful design that supported dynamic characters and an interesting plot.

Pros: Strong characters, an adorable but strong protagonist in the form of the very well drawn Miss Alexia, a strong female cha...more
Kate
It was fun to go back to "the beginning" of this series having just finished the last novel installment. I didn't like how some of the characters were drawn - Alexia was way too cutesy. Where was her big nose (although she certainly was well-endowed). But, overall a decent read. I'll definitely look forward to the next one, especially the development of some of the other characters.
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Ms. Carriger writes steampunk urbane fantasy comedies of manners to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. She then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by a...more
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