**spoiler alert** This graphic novel starts off with a fairly interesting premise: alchemists open a rift that calls beings from another world that al**spoiler alert** This graphic novel starts off with a fairly interesting premise: alchemists open a rift that calls beings from another world that almost destroy all of humanity and civilization. Even the process of killing these beings known as kaiji, using their remains to make weapons, leaves carcasses and desolate areas that are largely uninhabitable. Into this world, the author introduces a young kid who is determined to be a ninja and is more curious and daring than his circumstances should allow. He gets into trouble looses most of the fingers on one hand and joins a street gang. Then the real trouble starts, he steals from a band of mercenaries. The sword, one of the weapons made from the kaiju, protects the owner. He and two of his fellows try to run from the mercenaries whose current employer is trying to gather all of the weapons made from one kaiju. In the end, the kid manages to do it by accident, but nothing feels ended despite the impression that there won't be another book.
The action was a bit disjointed. There were plot elements that didn't entirely make sense largely because they felt like they were part of something that was incomplete. Things also felt a bit rushed.
Finally, I had trouble deciding what age group this was targeting. Some of the elements and art style seemed to be aimed at 9-12 year olds, but the severity of the violence and gore was definitely intended for older readers no matter the style. The language and the colors are unusual for comics for older readers, but the content is just not suitable for younger readers. Even if the book felt completed or I thought there might be a sequel, I wouldn't know who to recommend it to so I don't feel comfortable putting it in the library. It really wouldn't appeal to our adult graphic novel readers and our YA readers mostly like manga....more
All the scenes I remember from the movie (since I can never remember whether I read the book...) are rendered beautifully in this manga edition. The cAll the scenes I remember from the movie (since I can never remember whether I read the book...) are rendered beautifully in this manga edition. The characters seem spot on to me. I don't have much to complain about, except that it lacks the presence of the movies. It was well done, but not exceptional and without Liam Neeson as Valjean, I just can't give it anymore stars. I also had to keep it at 3 stars because the backgrounds could have been a little more detailed (it is Paris).
Other than that, I can safely recommend this to any of my teens (though not as a substitute to the original novel)....more
It was a bit more graphic than I generally prefer especially in full color comic books. Although the story was over all interesting, I had trouble relIt was a bit more graphic than I generally prefer especially in full color comic books. Although the story was over all interesting, I had trouble relating to any of the characters. They seemed hyper sexual to me and although that could just be me being a prude it could also be the result of a guy trying too hard to write strong women that he overstepped into men in women's bodies (at least for me). At times, Violet seemed the easiest to understand, but then at the end she is just as focused on sex, drinking and drugs as the others. I might be willing to give the next volume a go, but only if I had another opportunity like Netgalley. If I still had mixed feelings after that, I would probably be done.
This comic features full color illustrations of fantasy battles that are drawn in gleeful detail. The author also delights in as much colorful cursing as he can fit in around the innuendo and jokes about fantasy cliches. There isn't any on screen sex, but several of the women have large busts that are exposed by their armor. Also, several of the non-story images are just blood soaked pinups. I was impressed by the detail and variety in the characters, but not so impressed by the tendency towards blood, drinking and mushrooms....more