**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
I was expecting at least some connection from Volume One (which seemed to only have the characters in common with the TV show), but this had more in cI was expecting at least some connection from Volume One (which seemed to only have the characters in common with the TV show), but this had more in common with the show. There were no references to the previous volume and I was confused by some bits until I realized that they must have been in the show (and pretty prominently too). Overall, the story was as goofy as expected. Everything revolves around the power of friendship and people are made stronger by banding together with their friends. I thought it was an interesting touch that the typically vain pony Rarity was the one picked to by the darkness. I personally would have gone for Applejack or Rainbow Dash because they are both insecure of themselves without outside pressure (at least in their nightmares). Once you get past the corniness and the fact that each pony is fairly one dimensional (and that I find Pinkie Pie annoying), the story is quick and a good read as long as you aren't expecting anything too profound. It's fun and has made me consider suggesting them for the library. There isn't very much violence (even the pony battle scenes are so tame it's hard to tell that it is a battle). There is absolutely no cursing and the only sex is Spike's crush on Rarity....more
I thought I had reviewed this one back when I read it because it was an arc, but I guess not since this is almost 5 months later.
I was glad that I reaI thought I had reviewed this one back when I read it because it was an arc, but I guess not since this is almost 5 months later.
I was glad that I read this while my boyfriend wasn't around because he would make fun of it (and he did when he saw me add it to my read list). I loved My Little Pony as a kid, but I've been hesitant about Friendship is Magic because it doesn't have any of the old characters and so many adult men like it... Rather than try the show I gave this a try. You don't need to have seen the show for this one because the characters are pretty one dimensional. Some of them are still interesting, but one or two are annoying. The story is about as cliche-filled and fluffy as expected. It has moments of genuine humor and intelligence that make up for a lot of it though.
All in all, while I understand this is a crossover for younger girls and adults, it manages to connect to both without leaving either out. There isn't anything that would offend parents and make it inappropriate for the kids, but there is still clever stuff for adult (nerd/geek) readers to catch....more
This is basically a compilation of information from the manga series. It does include several tidbits that you might not otherwise know. It also featuThis is basically a compilation of information from the manga series. It does include several tidbits that you might not otherwise know. It also features the original manga that Naruto was featured in, which has nothing to do with the series. There is some violence and a little bit of innuendo, but nothing too objectionable. There isn't any language that I recall as being offensive either....more
I'm pretty prepared to say that this isn't my kind of graphic novel. There is a lot of absurd stuff going on from the inter-dimensional delivery systeI'm pretty prepared to say that this isn't my kind of graphic novel. There is a lot of absurd stuff going on from the inter-dimensional delivery system, to needing to fight ex-boyfriends and falling in love with a girl because she travels through your head space. I was also not terribly keen on the characters. Scott is pretty much a slacker. Him dating Knives is borderline statutory. Ramona is pretty well not likable in my opinion and the other characters are basically throwaways (although the room mate does get in a few good lines).
Apparently I'm alone in my opinion of its mediocrity because it checks out very well at my library and I need to buy the next book for my teens.
There is a fade to black sex scene. The main character gets in an over the top fight with another character. There is also some cursing and the main character's male room mate appears to have a crush on him....more
Not allowed to play video games as a kid, Gene starts playing at a high level during college. That is until his dad passes away and the angels from aNot allowed to play video games as a kid, Gene starts playing at a high level during college. That is until his dad passes away and the angels from a card he gave his father appear to put him back on track. He gives up games and goes to medical school.
I truthfully found the angels really, excessively creepy. I also can't imagine a world where my father's mindset would make me change mine. Or one where he would want me to change my dreams in favor of his. Luckily, Gene figures things out and finds a balance that he can be happy with after he comes to truly understand his father. The story as a whole isn't as funny as I was expecting, but it is something that will definitely touch certain people.
No violence, except some minor cartoon violence. Some romance, but it isn't really explored. There isn't any cursing or even any rude language....more
Since it is based on the book, I suppose that I have to blame the original source, but I wasn't as thrilled by this one as some of the others. For oneSince it is based on the book, I suppose that I have to blame the original source, but I wasn't as thrilled by this one as some of the others. For one thing, the plot twist in the last one was completely taken back. Then, the flock splits in two and both halves are pretty stale during their separation. Writing a blog won't change the world, and getting captured yet again prevent you from saving it too. There were two plot lines running simultaneously and yet neither of them really got anywhere interesting by the end of the book. Now I just have to wait for 7 and hope that it's good enough to keep me reading.
The level of violence in this book is somewhere between PG and PG-13. It isn't very graphic and there aren't that many battles/fights to begin with. There are medical experimentation on humans, weird parentage situations and other slightly awkward moral issues. There isn't any cursing or sexual situations....more