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Karakuridôji Ultimo, #1 (Karakuridôji Ultimo #1)

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Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Pure Vice vs. Pure Virtue. Can one win without corrupting the other?

Kurenai Doji: With girl and money troubles, life is hard enough for hgh school student Yamato, but then he stumbles upon Ultimo, a peculiar-looking puppet. Things only get stranger when Ultimo awakens and his archenemy Vice shows up. Will this be the battle that finally deci

Paperback, 216 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Viz Media (first published 2008)
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Jeridel Banks
Nov 16, 2014 Jeridel Banks rated it did not like it
Shelves: manga
Didn't like it except for the art. Even though the story and art were done by Hiroyuki Takei, I hated the concept. It just screams, "Cliche!" I don't know if it's because it was written to satisfy Stan Lee's original concept or Stan Lee's want to enter the Japanese market (outside of the manga versions of X-Men, Spider-man, and Wolverine). Even Stu Levy's Princess Ai collaboration with Ai Yazawa and Misaho Kujiradou had a definite brand and didn't put every single manga cliche in one volume.
James Jr.
Jul 01, 2014 James Jr. rated it it was amazing
I was surprised at how good this manga was! The story is complex yet not overwhelming and the characters are all very dynamic! I enjoyed how well the pages flowed and the artwork is brilliant! I was a little confused by Ultimo being called a boy in the manga, in fact all of the characters like Ultimo were referred to as boy's but Ultimo looks more like a girl to me. Also, the women in this manga are drawn so that they look wayyy younger than they actually are, that was a bit strange. However, it ...more
Variaciones Enrojo
Reseña de Micaela Desprès para el blog de La Revistería Comics:

Y un día, Stan Lee decidió probar con el manga. El coautor y padre de varias criaturas como Spiderman, Hulk, X-men, Iron Man, entre miles de otras pensó que esa prolífica industria proveniente de Japón podía ser un buen terreno para probar sus ideas. Porque a los 88 años, Stanley Martin Lieber continúa en la carrera y no parece siquiera pensar en jubilarse. Así que, con la colaboración en los d
Carla Lewis
Nov 27, 2014 Carla Lewis rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, manga
Which is stronger, good or evil?
That is the essence of why Ultimo and Vice, two mechanical puppets or Karakuri Doji, were created in ancient Japan. When they are awaked at the same time they to the death to see which trait, good or evil, is truly the strongest. Agari Yamato and his gang of bandits made this very mistake. Now skip ahead to 21st century Japan, high school student Agari Yamato is in serious need of a present for, his crush, Sayama’s birthday. In a thrift store, he comes across Ulti
Hannah Heath
Jun 26, 2016 Hannah Heath rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
This was pretty good. I liked the storyline, the fact that it takes place in several different time periods, and some of the concepts were pretty awesome. The guy creating two souls that are an ultimate good and ultimate evil just to see who would win was a neat twist. That being said, the MC's crush was a bit annoying, as was the awkward "sleeping beauty" scene. Both felt unnecessary. But overall the story was fun and the artwork was solid. I'd read the second volume.
Feather Mista
May 31, 2014 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans de los autores y de las mezcolanzas
Recommended to Feather by: Sus autores
Qué cosa rara este Lee. Hace más de 40 años escribió unos comics (en su mayoría geniales) que hicieron historia. Hace una década más o menos, hacía colaboraciones esporádicas y bastante pedorrotas. Y en los últimos años, se metió en el místico e inentendible -desde una cabeza estadounidense estándar- mundo del manga. Y el resultado se deja leer, si uno no se pone demasiado pretencioso y se deja llevar por la acción trepidante y la moral de los personajes que paradojicamente parece una mezcla de ...more
Emily Heinze
Feb 23, 2012 Emily Heinze rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Comicing giants Stan Lee, ruler of Marvel Studios, and Hiroyuki Takei ,author and artist of Shaman King, etc., have joined forces to create a one-of-a-kind fusion of east and west. As Lee co-writes the story of the young man, Yamato, Takei's artistic style brings the characters to life and fills each page with action.

As for the story itself, Ultimo was an interesting read. The first book has set the reader off to a good, steady, pace as we learn about this mysterious boy named Ultimo. It's a won
Ms. B
May 31, 2016 Ms. B rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, graphic-novel, 2016
First manga written by Stan Lee, this is part of a 12 book series. In the first book, we are introduced to characters and learn (in a nutshell) that this is a story of good vs evil. Which side will win in this manga series?
Samuel Miravet Verde

Siendo poco amigo del manga y más del cómic americano, sentí atracción por esta obra con argumento de Stan Lee, padre de muchos de los héroes que admiro.

Ultimo no está del todo mal en cuanto a idea base, mezclando cosillas de la cultura japonesa y demás...pero resulta que de Stan Lee tiene la firma y nada más y la verdad no me acabó de convencer.

El rollo Mechas tampoco es de mi estilo por lo que quitando un par de personajes salvables, decidí posponer la lectura de esta obra a otra época en l
Aug 10, 2015 Rickie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-reading
A great collaboration piece that is worth taking the time to read. The art is amazing, the plot is enticing, and the development between characters is lovely in my opinion.
Apr 23, 2013 Jacki rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
This was an interesting read I picked up while hosting the after-school adventure. I originally picked it up because it was written in part by Stan Lee and we had just finished watching part of his show "Superhumans" in class. Yamato, the reincarnation of the man who woke up the "puppets," Ultimo and Vice, finds Ultimo in a antiques store. Ultimo and Vice fight, as the question "Who would win in a fight between ultimate good and evil?" is asked. Yamato doesn't believe all this is true until afte ...more
Dony Grayman
Edición española incluida en el pack promocional que aúna Ultimo, tomos 1 al 5.
Nov 21, 2014 Kannon added it
This was a really good manga i really enjoyed it i think you should read it
Feb 16, 2011 Hayden rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like manga
This book reads from right to left. It's lucky I've had a lot of practise at doing that!

This book ended more suddenly than I thought it would. I still enjoyed it very much, and the art was great too! Ulti is so cute :)
I'm looking forward to getting the next volume, it came out last august.

*Update* What?! Rune is a boy!!!??? That's so unexpected... he looks so much like a girl. Wow...
Jun 04, 2012 Jenifer rated it liked it
San lee is such a visionary. This was a really cool concept for a book...what happens if the embodiment of true evil and the embodiment of true good fight? Who would win? I also really like the use of settings, flashbacks, and ancestral memory as story conventions. All this plus awkward teenage love, and you've got a fun read.
David Yi
May 20, 2010 David Yi rated it it was amazing
This book is about good doji and bad doji fight. Dunstan, the maker of dojis want to see which is stronger, good or evil. The strongest good doji is Ultimo. The strongest evil doji is Vice. The two will be fighting each other.
Apr 03, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
The art was alright. As for the storyline, a few things made more sense since I read the bit in Shonen Jump. Going from that, a few things were changed. I wouldn't mind reading the second one when it comes out in August!
Oct 25, 2010 Dorcas rated it liked it
More violent than I anticipated and a little strange. Kind of reminded me a little of Zatch Bell with the whole destined doll war coming up.
Logan Simpson
Dec 08, 2013 Logan Simpson rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
One of my friends let me borrow this back in 2011. I didn't know if I'd like it, going in, but it was pretty good!
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