Great read, I liked Conrad but this volume was the best of the series, I liked the shorts and seeing the rest of the North World cast and their littleGreat read, I liked Conrad but this volume was the best of the series, I liked the shorts and seeing the rest of the North World cast and their little adventures was pretty cool. It kept me interested and reading....more
Naoki Urasawa is a plot master! Weaving such great stories. Monster is one of my favorite stories/series' of all-time. When I heard about 20th CenturyNaoki Urasawa is a plot master! Weaving such great stories. Monster is one of my favorite stories/series' of all-time. When I heard about 20th Century Boys from a friend whilst inquiring as to what manga/graphic novel I should read next, I had no idea it was written by Urasawa. I'm so glad he lent me this copy of the first volume.
20th Century Boys is about a group of childhood friends who started a secret society for a short while, fort and all, even went as far as to create an emblem for their group. Shortly thereafter it was forgotten, gone with the summer. Years later when they are all grown up one of the childhood group, Donkey, commits suicide, or so the news/police report; however, this friend contacted the main character Kenji asking him if he remembered their old emblem as it had turned up again, also another person who worked with Donkey AND their whole family goes missing and outside their door the emblem is written. A new cult also emerges in their town worshiping someone called "Friend," this cult also uses the same childhood emblem.
Urasawa's writing style hasn't lost a beat in this new series, he sells the story well seamlessly transitioning from Kenji's childhood and the present day, and Urasawa leaves me wanting more as was the case with EVERY volume of Monster. I can't wait to see where the plot goes.
Highest possible recommendation for manga lovers of the serious fiction/suspense type or anyone who just loves good writing and plot twists....more
My gosh Urasawa never ceases to amaze me with his layered complex form of storytelling. I had to put Pluto down for a while as this first volume grabbMy gosh Urasawa never ceases to amaze me with his layered complex form of storytelling. I had to put Pluto down for a while as this first volume grabbed me. I love tales of childhood that come back to haunt the children later in life. If the first volume didn't bind you to this series then the 2nd one will, by the last page of volume 2 this series completely owned the highest admiration I can give a manga series, which in my opinion Urasawa also holds the title for with Monster.
This volume evoked a lot of emotions from me without being cheap about it. No I didn't cry, I'm just invested in the future of all the characters and can't wait to see what lays in wait for them all. I think Kenji, the main character, is easy to relate to, he's just an average guy with a job and his sister's kid strapped to his back. Kenji, like many of us, had dreams in his younger days, but reality came knocking eventually. I'm also really starting to like Yukiji, I hope she gets a bigger role moving forward, a strong female character that develops over time is something that Monster lacked and I look forward to seeing Yukiji's history and what happens to her in the future.
What does the future hold for Kenji? What will this "friend" organization do next? Will germ warfare break out in London? What did they really get themselves into as kids to lead to this point? All this and more, on the next volume of 20th CENTURY BOYS!...more
I realy liked Neil Gaiman's twist on the Marvel world. And Andy Kubert's illustrating was beautifully done. The story worked out wonderfully too, someI realy liked Neil Gaiman's twist on the Marvel world. And Andy Kubert's illustrating was beautifully done. The story worked out wonderfully too, something happens to mess with the fabric of time, possibly bringing the impending destruction of the universe forcing the season of heroes and marvels to come hundreds of years early, almost like the world is fighting to save itself. It was done so well and half the fun was figuring out who all the characters were, some are blatantly obvious but others were more subtle and tricky to uncover....more
Honestly I have never read a batman comic before, just seen the cartoon and movies, I know the general storyline of batman but this is my first time gHonestly I have never read a batman comic before, just seen the cartoon and movies, I know the general storyline of batman but this is my first time getting introduced to the multiple Robin's. It was very interesting and made a lot of sense. I love what Grant Morrison did. The story and art were very well done, I enjoyed the many villains and the Red Hood arc. I look forward to the rest of this series....more
Kirkman does an amazing job with setting up this story. I can see why this series has gotten so much acclaim and had such success. I did however, watcKirkman does an amazing job with setting up this story. I can see why this series has gotten so much acclaim and had such success. I did however, watch the first season of the show before I knew it was a graphic novel. And once I started reading I finished this volume in a couple hours without putting it down.
The zombies! They are amazing, and he wrote them so well, you really feel for them, they aren't your crazed psycho zombies, or your fast constantly hunting zombies, no, they lounge around, are slow, they wait for the scent of people, and at times you feel sorry for them.
The plot and characters! Its not all zombies, death, and gore, although that definitely has a huge effect on things. The character development, surviving without much sleep, always around the same people, the lingering grief that comes with losing everything, everyone, and your past life, how the breakdown of society and everything we know can effect people differently, this was the focus of most of this volume. The survival and how to move on with life as we know it when everything else has gone to crap.
It was a very good read and Kirkman brought a great in your face realism to it, and the black and white artwork was a great touch and throwback to old zombie flicks....more
While I love the story and the characters this volume's illustrators were different and it was a bit difficult to tell some of the characters apart, aWhile I love the story and the characters this volume's illustrators were different and it was a bit difficult to tell some of the characters apart, at times I confused Dale and Herschel, other times I confused almost all the women.
This volume touched on finding a safe home to live and regrow, settle down. Everyone wants to go back to how things were and it looks like the reality and weight of things is sinking in. The group encounters a family on a farm that wants to protect themselves and have done so successfully up until now. Herschel wants to help them and their wounded and do the right thing. But sometimes there is a terrible price to pay for helping strangers.
I have constantly loved the close quarters quarrels that go on, everything seems very realistic, this volume also touched on the physical needs of people as we saw a bunch of the group pair off. Looking forward to part 3....more
I really liked this volume, the story arc shifts from the zombies and the fear of safety to the prison and the people as they take shelter behind barsI really liked this volume, the story arc shifts from the zombies and the fear of safety to the prison and the people as they take shelter behind bars to stay safe.
This volume is so bloody and yet none of is is from zombies. We see the group get emotional and raw as someone has been killing off their own. We learn that you don't have to be bitten by a zombie to change, and we learn Rick and Lori have gone crazy cliche, man the mood swings were annoying at times as was their dialogue. The whole groups tensions are high and the breakdown of all the main players and characters really saves this volume. Kirkman's story, writing, and delving into the human psyche and range of emotions really is growing and improving by the volume.
Some of the plot arcs that start here look to have a promising end in the future and I look forward to seeing how this progresses....more
**spoiler alert** Trouble hits the new "sanctuary" AKA the prison our group has taken over. 2 of the 3 original surviving prisoners attempt to take ov**spoiler alert** Trouble hits the new "sanctuary" AKA the prison our group has taken over. 2 of the 3 original surviving prisoners attempt to take over the prison and leave a gate to cell block A open. Zombies attack and in the process of taking out the zombies Rick kills one of the prisoners who was trying to take over. Tyreese cheats on Carol with a newcomer throwing Rick into a crazy rage, both air the skeletons in their closet to the public and get in a fist fight, Rick losing. The group loses trust in Rick and decides to go to a committee system of leadership, and Rick doesn't understand why nobody sees things his way or how dire their situation really is.
I enjoyed this volume. It boiled down to an everyone vs. Rick sort of model which I hope the volumes going forward steer away from, I mean it was good to see the leadership role put to question and to see how the stress level of being the leader in charge of survival was taking its toll on Rick, but it can't continue along this path without losing my interest. Also I like that the artwork has improved a little from the last volume, its a little bit easier to differentiate who is who; however, I still find myself every now and then looking in the back of a frame saying, "Wait, who is that? Or is that somebody I know but because he is in the back he got the slipshod artwork for this frame? Or is he just a nobody?"...more
The last volume I kept thinking this is a little whiny, the characters did a lot of complaining and grieving, I thought to myself something needs to hThe last volume I kept thinking this is a little whiny, the characters did a lot of complaining and grieving, I thought to myself something needs to happen, something to jar the characters and drive the plot forward. It looks like we have a villain here in volume 5.
Our travelling band that has settled in a prison sees a helicopter, LIFE is out there! They then see said chopper crash and they want to learn where they are from and see if they are ok. When they see boatloads of footprints surrounding the chopper and no people Glenn, Rick, and Michonne decide to follow the tracks and stumble upon a nearby city. That's as far as I will say, because what they find in that city is crazy.
I remember hearing that The Walking Dead had one of the best villains in it, and to that I said, "wait, how does a zombie survival story have a villain? How can there be a villain? What would he look like? What would he do?" Well that I have met this Villain (If he is the same villain I heard about) AKA The Governor I can now see that he is ruthless and heartless and I'm sure I will hate him more in the future.
I'm constantly impressed by how the plot is pushed forward. Yes, the characters drive the story, they might not be as in depth and emotional as some people like, but their range of emotion is pretty powerful. Some people push their sadness and grief from losing friends and loved ones down, because they have to, because they need to move forward and get business done; whereas, others just break down, some harder then others. We've seen some people just snap and take it out on their friends or the zombies. It keeps me coming back to read more. Also as stated in my last review the art is getting better and easier to tell people apart, big plus!
I'm really digging The Walking Dead and can't wait to read the next volume.
HUGE turning point in the story here, from volume 5 to volume 6 so much happens to change the groups dynamic at the prison.
Glenn, Rick, and Michonne wHUGE turning point in the story here, from volume 5 to volume 6 so much happens to change the groups dynamic at the prison.
Glenn, Rick, and Michonne were locked up at Woodbury when they find a few sympathizers who don't like "The Governor" and his crazy ways either. So they decide when everybody is distracted to get outta Dodge and escape. Without giving too much away they make it back to their prison safehouse only to find things vastly different from how they left AND that one of them isn't who they made themselves out to be (cue creepy music). Haha.
It's a very good volume with a lot more detail and focus on the individual characters in the group. You learn a lot about them and delve deeper into the survivalist mentality. I look forward to seeing where things go from here. Is Woodbury going to find them? Are they going to try to make it to a National Guard station to get more ammo/weapons? How is their new medical student plan on delivering this new baby that's coming? All these questions will be answered AND MORE on the next volume of The Walking Dead! Same dead time, same dead channel!!!...more
The title is fitting and this volume was chock full of Kirkman character development goodness.
So much happens! Really I think this, aside from the fiThe title is fitting and this volume was chock full of Kirkman character development goodness.
So much happens! Really I think this, aside from the first volume, is the best so far at individual development of characters. After the Woodbury incident and story arc everyone realizes they need to restock on ammunition and supplies if they are to survive any possible attack by Woodbury which seems imminent now. Rick comes to terms that with his new disability he can't do everything and be the hero/leader anymore and needs to take a backseat role to the able bodies people they have.
Yes this volume still has guns firing and bullets flying, even people dying, but the majority of it revolves around relationships being made, Rick and Lori having a baby, Glenn and Maggie debating about having a baby of their own and starting a family with things how they are, Dale having to cope with jealousy and some other new developments, Alice getting thrown into her new role as the doctor, Andrea taking the role of the group protector/sharpshooter/firing instructor, etc. A lot happens and Kirkman is true to form with a last page cliffhanger that leaves you screaming!
A real great volume and must read for any Walking Dead fan....more
Speechless... I don't really know what to say. Walking away after this end was hard. I wish I had the next volume right here to dive in to.
Made to sufSpeechless... I don't really know what to say. Walking away after this end was hard. I wish I had the next volume right here to dive in to.
Made to suffer was a fitting title... So much happens, this was like a season finale right here. This volume has the knock down, drag out fight that was promised in the last volume. The last volume was more sensitive and slow focusing on rebuilding and preparing for impending doom. Well its here and it comes in a big way. The Governor of Woodbury is ruthless and yet very very good at manipulating his people. From first glance it would seem that this battle was one sided in favor of Woodbury but once things start going down you realize that the Governor's people aren't trained fighters who know how to use guns, and this levels the playing field for Rick and his gang.
By now there are some characters I'm sure you have grown attached to against your better judgement, you know what to expect with Kirkman, do not become attached to anyone because this is a series, a zombie apocalypse, where people die regularly. And this battle, well this battle ends like you wouldn't expect, everything changes from here on out, and by the time I read the last panel I said to myself that I have absolutely no idea where Kirkman will go from here.
I only hope that the television series can capture half the drama and emotion that unfolds in this series. Seriously there were a few times during this volume where I kept saying, "NO WAY!" Shock after shock pulling on your heart strings. If the series can pull it off as well as Kirkman I will be surprised, I can only hope. Bravo Kirkman, another killer volume....more