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In the future world of Supermarket, it's the literal truth - legitimate and black-market economies rule the City, overseen by the vying factions of the Yakuza and Porno Swede crime families. Pella Suzuki, a 16-year old, finds herself in the middle of it all, but hitmen on both sides aren't taking any chances.
Paperback, 104 pages
Published November 8th 2008 by IDW Publishing (first published November 7th 2006)
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Gonzalo Oyanedel
May 02, 2015 Gonzalo Oyanedel rated it liked it
Un conjunto de clichés muy vistos en el manga y la cinematografía de oriente, que sin embargo atrapa por la feroz narración y excelentes diálogos de Wood. Destaca también por sus grandes méritos gráficos e impresionante trabajo del color.
Anne Armacost
Great artwork throughout and the story is fun and a little weird at times but I felt like it came to an end way too soon. Like there was more to the story.
Lorenzo Vargas
Oct 14, 2016 Lorenzo Vargas rated it it was ok
Bei disegni, un potenziale di caratterizzazione notevole (benché non troppo originale). Peccato che la storia frustri tutti questi elementi riducendoli ad un paio di chiacchiere ambientaliste ed uno dei più grossi "molto rumore per nulla" che abbia letto negli ultimi anni.
Meh.
Dawn Rutherford
Sep 27, 2016 Dawn Rutherford rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Fun and stylistically enjoyable, but a bit weak on plot.
Monk
Jun 02, 2008 Monk rated it liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel
Recently got this as a gift from a friend and read through it last night before bed. Brian Wood is a good author, and Steve had bought it for me as I had liked DMZ and Channel Zero. It's definitely a bit of a change from both.

It centers around a girl who is the child of a Capulet and Montague wedding arrangement. When they realized they were having a kid, they went underground and gave her a legacy that ends up getting her into a lot of trouble. The backdrop is the Supermarket - a city where the
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Andy Shuping
Aug 23, 2011 Andy Shuping rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
In a not too distant future economics rule the world. The haves and the have nots are bigger than ever before. Buying is a way of showing power. And the economy is governed by the Yakuza and Porno Swede crime families. One day Pella Suzuki is caught in the middle of the warring factions as they hunt for the fortune Pella is heir too. Pella must navigate her way through the City and avoid both factions who are coming for her. At the same time she must solve the clues to why her parents were ...more
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Jul 24, 2014 Online Eccentric Librarian rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

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I enjoyed this right up until the last bit - when the story became far too rushed and ended with a quick, pat, and really rushed feeling anticlimactic ending.

The story is quite fun - an amalgamation of East and West pop culture with Yakuza gangs fighting the Swedish porn industry over a half Japanese/half Swedish spoiled bratty suburban teen.

There are several quirky and unexpected plot twists in there but at times the st
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Nicholas Karpuk
Jul 20, 2009 Nicholas Karpuk rated it liked it
One of the advantages of a graphic novel like this is it's ability to deliver a movie length visual story in a very economic amount of time.

The tale of a girl in the near future caught between the Yakuza and a Porno Swedish Mafia (less weird than it sounds) is breezy and likable with a protagonist who manages not to be a stereotypical heroine.

I'm always wondering about people with a preference for writing protagonists of the opposite sex. Sometimes I think it's writer/artists who just like drawi
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Artur Coelho
Apr 07, 2012 Artur Coelho rated it liked it
A morte violenta dos pais leva uma jovem a mergulhar na distopia futurista da Cidade: paraíso neoliberal onde reina o dinheiro e o domínio de dois cartéis criminosos - a Yakuza e a mafia pornográfica sueca, é total. As desventuras da jovem rapariga às mãos dos criminosos despoletam o desmoronamento dos impérios do crime.

O conceito é interessante mas desenrola-se de forma previsível. Rapariga perde pais, foge dos vilões, encontra aliados inesperados, é apanhada pelos vilões, age corajosamente e
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Feather Mista
May 01, 2011 Feather Mista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Los mismos a los que les haya gustado Kill Your Boyfriend
Recommended to Feather by: Bucletina
Diálogos geniales y dibujo más que bonito, con coloreado que suma muchos puntos extra. Por momentos me hizo acordar del Kill Your Boyfriend de Morrison y por otros (menos) a Ghost World. La cagada es que no llega a meterse tanto en la cabeza de la adolescente protagonista y deja un regustito a "Está bueno pero podría haber estado mejor". En cuanto al dibujo, enorme aliciente, lo que me molesta es lo mismo de la gran mayoría de dibujantes mainstream: la inexpresividad. No me creí mucho la ...more
Aaron
Mar 22, 2007 Aaron rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Comics lovers, futurists
Pretty good coming-of-age tale about a mixed race teen learning her parents are former high-level members of the Yakuza and "Porno Swede" crime empires, all set in a hyper-capitalistic America of the near-future. The world and it's trappings (the most difficult part of creating good future/sci-fi) are well realized with Kristian's artwork, and his highly stylized inking leads to pretty rollicking if somewhat muddy action sequences. The whole thing still comes off as poorly planned, however, as ...more
Cassandra
Apr 05, 2016 Cassandra rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really wanted to like this book. It had beautiful art that borrows just as much from European comics as Japanese comics with pleasantly muted colors that add a certain coolly stoic malaise to the art.
The art is where it stops being interesting. It isn't the weird sexual hangups, the plot's breakneck speed on a bridge to nowhere, or the unnecessarily uncomfortable and unsatisfying drama that makes this book suffer. The problem is that when you set out to make mindless fun, fun is the operative
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Martin
Feb 25, 2009 Martin rated it liked it
Good but light.

I thought the artwork was great and the story has a nice quasi-realism to it that brought to mind elements of Snow Crash and a few other near-future scifi social satires. And while there are some real great quirky moments of personal emotion and some great leaps of imagination, the story telling is ultimately pretty thin. I was left not feeling dissapointed per se becuase it was a fun quick read but overall my reaction was more "well that was nice" than wow.
Mikael Kuoppala
Nov 24, 2012 Mikael Kuoppala rated it liked it
Brian Wood gives us a well paced and nicely drawn story of a near future where a supermarket salesperson discovers she has a somewhat unusual background.

"Supermarket" has a really interesting feel to it, and Wood even remembers to deliver some social commentary we've come to expect from him. Still, the plot is a bit too standard for my liking and the story is left on a too generic, by-the-book level. Cool looking, pleasant, but too forgettable to be anything exquisite.
Andy
Mar 06, 2009 Andy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix-novel
Great series about a spoiled Californian suburban brat who becomes the target of both the Yakuza and Swedish porno assassin girls. Brian Wood's writing is witty and clever all the way through but Kristian Donaldson's eye-popping artwork makes it come alive. His colors are vibrant and enhance what could have been an ordinary crime story. The ending was a little hard to believe, but barring that its a great book.
 TheGriffinReads
A short read with a complete story.
Donaldson's comic craft uses some unique elements to communicate action. His artwork reflects the overpowering commerciality of the city. I read the "cash money edition", four-issues collected, and it was beautiful. Color pallette, draftsmanship somewhere between Paul Pope's work and "Scott Pilgrim." Enjoy!
Venessa
Feb 19, 2008 Venessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: graphic novel admirers
Recommended to Venessa by: my QT
18 February 2008
Pella, the main character, while deeply flawed and not always likeable at times, has to come to terms with being the daughter of parents of the two biggest organized crime families. Oh yeah, and escape them when they realize who she is and need her DNA to secure their fortune. With illustrations by Kristian.
Robert
Jan 16, 2014 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
The artwork by Kristian Donaldson is pretty cool, but the story itself is pretty juvenile. If the story had been stretched out and expanded, the characters more fleshed out, it could have been something special. A common perception is that a story for kids travels at a breakneck pace, and adult fiction proceeds more slowly. That is apparent in this effort.
Michael
Apr 06, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
8/10 (Really Good)

This is a really cool comic. The artwork in this book is simply amazing and the use of bright neon colors makes the story pop off the page! Speaking of the story, it's short but really solid. It's got a good flow and pace, fun and interesting characters and surprising depth for this short of a story. This book is another big win for Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson.
Shannon Knight
Jun 05, 2014 Shannon Knight rated it it was amazing
This was an old favorite series that I never got to read the first issue of when it first came out. It recently occurred to me that I could, like, get the book! So glad I did. I could look at this artwork all day. And I love the story, and Pella, the main character. But seriously... the colors. The details. I love it all.
Chris
Oct 25, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kristian Donaldson's art is a joy to behold in this book. The colors are incredible(!), garish and saturated yet perfectly balanced, the drawing is stylized in fun and interesting ways, and the ink work is lively with a nice, slashing sort of line.

The story is kind of a lightweight mafia thriller in a near-future with a few witty touches.

Pleasant enough to read, REALLY fun to look at.
Carmen
Dec 03, 2008 Carmen rated it it was ok
The art is awesome. The story has a decent build and then a severe rush to the end. Disappointing, but it only took 20 minutes or so to read, so no great loss. After all, the pictures are pretty.
Wai Hoi Tsang
Jan 07, 2009 Wai Hoi Tsang rated it liked it
Hilarious concept involving the Yakuza, some 'Porno Swedes' and a teenage girl with issues. The dialogue is as always with Brian Wood top notch and the art was be-au-ti-ful, which made up for the plot being quite light in the end.
Latoya
Jan 01, 2015 Latoya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story and good character design. My only issue is how fast the story was. It should have been. Should have been spread out over two or three volumes to build up. It felt a bit too rushed and too little was explained.
M-AY
May 08, 2011 M-AY rated it it was ok
Une critique de la société de consommation qui se voulait acerbe et mordante mais qui se révèle pauvre et caricaturale. Le dynamisme du dessin arrive cependant à quelque peu sauver un récit sans aucune originalité.
Tippy Jackson
May 01, 2012 Tippy Jackson rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic, crime, 2012
Awesome! So it sounds like it would be all over the place, but it all actually makes perfect sense in this world. The main character is pretty rad. A very satisfying ending makes this short comic very fulfilling.
K T
Jun 20, 2008 K T rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The first three quarters are four stars, the last quarter 2. I wonder if there were some deadline pressures that lead to dropping the ball there.

It has a cute, cartoony art style, and I love the coloring. Very bright, but in a stylish/tasteful way. Mood colors rather than realistic colors.
Tyler
Aug 18, 2009 Tyler rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, own
Another quick read - almost too quick actually. The book had some cool things about it, but it almost felt like an outline for a good story. Still, the art was really great (which is why I bought it), so I still really enjoyed it, even the though the story was a little lacking.
Nick Kives
It was going so well, but then the ending felt a bit too rushed, but it is a very short book to being with.
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Multiple Eisner Award-nominee Brian Wood released his first series, Channel Zero, to considerable critical acclaim in 1997 and has gone on to create hard-hitting original series such as DMZ, Northlanders, The Couriers, and The Massive. He’s also written some of the biggest titles in pop culture, with work on Star Wars, Conan The Barbarian, Lord Of The Rings and The X-Men. He lives with his wife ...more
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