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King City, Volume 1 (King City)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  299 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Joe is a young man with no home, no purpose, and almost no friends...though he does have a very special cat. With a simple injection, Joe's cat can be anything: a weapon, a tool, or even a cuddly companion. But what--if anything--can transform Joe? Whatever it is, it can probably be found in King City, an outrageous semi-futuristic city full of spy gangs, alien porn, and r ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by TOKYOPOP (first published 2007)
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Erik Herz
Apr 10, 2012 Erik Herz rated it it was amazing
There is a marvelous, dirty, magical, extremely dangerous city in fiction and it lives in the mind of Brandon Graham. King City in not just a comic book, it is a conglomeration of genre, story, theme and art nicely bound up and selling at the low price of $19.99. In case you could not tell, I really enjoyed this book.

At it's heart King City is a story about Joe, the Catmaster and his friends, Pete and Anna. Joe has recently returned to King City after journeys 'down south' and now needs to figur
Feb 12, 2008 Nick rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: A
Synopsis: King City, by Brandon Graham, follows Joe, a man with little going for him aside from his cat. Fortunately for Joe, his cat is a super cat. With an injection of cat juice, he can be anything from a weapon, to a tool, to a snuggly companion. Joe carries the cat everywhere in a bucket. He's a sweetie like that.

I kept picking King City up in Chapel Hill Comics, but wasn't sure whether to buy it or not. It had an interesting concept, the art looked awesome, and it seemed
Jan 05, 2009 Damon rated it it was amazing
Best thing I've read in a while. I don't know that mentioning any aspect (or combination of aspects) of this book will capture what made the whole of it so good. The art was great, graffiti-inspired but not sloppy, and clear but with a ton of detail which rewards multiple reads. Story-wise, it's all over the board in a really great way: oddly-themed street gangs, drug-addicted zombie war veterans, martial arts master thieves, sasquatch spies, an amazing super-powered cat, weird demonic godfather ...more
Apr 23, 2013 D rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This was such a delightful surprise of a book. Brandon Graham has rapidly become one of my top 10 favorite writer/illustrators, and with King City it's not hard to see why. The book is quirky and the art extremely intricate. The story is so off-the-wall, but told so nonchalantly and so well that it is fully believable.

If you aren't familiar with his work, pick this book up. It's a great introduction to his style and a gateway to some of his crazier work (Prophet).
Jul 21, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is the beginning, so I'll need to read the rest! But i love the story, the cat is cool, need more cat.I also love all the whimsical things in the background like "Vandal Sassoon" familiar words and ads all twisted up in an example of the constant advertising visuals forced on us everywhere in daily life, but more in the King City universe. Good read, will need more.
Thomas Yount
Jun 07, 2008 Thomas Yount rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.
I feel its necessary to create a new word or invent a phrase to describe the elements of coolness involved with a secret agent who wields his cat (master) whom he keeps in his bucket...

Having worked with Brandon on a comic I was making before just adds to it as well.

Excited for the next volume to come out!
Melissa Dominic
Jul 15, 2008 Melissa Dominic rated it it was amazing
one of the best graphic novels to come in most recent times. interesting characters, amazing setting and an strangely engrossing plot weaved together with a unique stroke of artistic talent, you're doing yourself a diservice if you're not reading and enjoying this one.
Samara Steele
Mar 25, 2008 Samara Steele rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A unique indy-comic-style sci-fi adventure where injections can turn cats into parachutes and zombie-war veterans get high off their own dead flesh. The strange spontaneity of the artist's style makes this comic a pleasure to read, and I look forward to the next edition!
Feb 12, 2011 Ryan rated it really liked it
Fun stuff - Seattle made "manga" set in some sort of humorous mercenary future where cats (and other animals) can be weaponized via pharmaceutical injections, zombie wars rage across Korea, a sasquatch cosmonauts operate spy motels under freeway overpasses.
May 14, 2015 Aharon rated it really liked it
Cat power! Crazily inventive.
Sep 05, 2010 Gaelen rated it really liked it
About a spy with a cat with super powers for a sidekick. I look forward to the second half.
An excellent tale about a lovely (and terrible) futuristic city and the relationships intermingling within it! One of my all time favorites.
Nov 27, 2016 Sonja rated it it was ok
Two stars for magical cat weapon. everything else was terrible.
Jon Carroll  Thomas
Feb 10, 2009 Jon Carroll Thomas rated it really liked it
This was good fun. I like the way he draws kitties and lips. I am disappointed that part 2 will only be published in French.

Is that still true?
Michael William
Apr 05, 2014 Michael William rated it really liked it
Way fun. Wonderfully devilish details. Brandon Graham is stealing my weird heart :)
Jul 30, 2014 Sebastien rated it liked it
Remind me of scud for it's craziness ,you get hooked easily and want to no more about this universe and it's mysteries.
Dec 01, 2012 Josu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pese a que es corto y claro, el final no lo es, y quizá eso me ha dejado el sabor amargo.
Feb 03, 2016 Erik rated it it was ok
Story and art are fine but it's filled with bad puns.
May 30, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Weird, Original and Awesome. Just how i like 'em.
Noah Soudrette
Jan 11, 2008 Noah Soudrette rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, not-owned
A highly imaginative, funny, and quirky comic about a bunch of drifters, some cannibals, and a cat that can do anything. The only reason this isn't five stars is that it has little to no real plot.
Dec 06, 2016 Monique rated it really liked it
Good story with good explanation. Interesting world building to. Some sexual themes
James Schneider
Sep 12, 2011 James Schneider rated it it was amazing
King City is marvelously crammed with ideas, jokes, and sundry cleverness. This is wonderful, and v2 can't come quickly enough.
bugeyed rated it it was amazing
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Brandon Graham (born 1976 in Oregon) is an American comic book creator.

Born in Oregon, Graham grew up in Seattle, Washington, where he was a graffiti artist. He wrote and illustrated comic books for Antarctic Press and Radio Comix, but got his start drawing pornographic comics like Pillow Fight and Multiple Warheads (Warheads would go on to become its own comic published by Oni Press in 2007). In
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