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Billy Bat, Band 1

(Billy Bat #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  523 ratings  ·  48 reviews
USA, 1949... Kevin Yamagata, Amerikaner japanischer Herkunft, ist Schöpfer des Comic-Bestsellers »Billy Bat«. Hauptcharakter ist eine Fledermaus - der Comic ein Stil-Mix aus klassischen Disney- und Superheldencomics. Plötzlich erfährt Kevin, dass es die Fledermaus-Figur in Japan schon lange geben soll. Hat er »Billy Bat« gar nicht selbst erfunden? Kevin entscheidet sich, n ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 2012 by Carlsen Manga (first published June 23rd 2009)
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Jokoloyo
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I didn't expect when started reading this series, there is secret history theme of various historical events around the world. To enjoy reading this manga maybe requires some all-round historical knowledge.

For the setting, I see this manga as further exploration than mangaka's previous works. His previous major hit, Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1: Herr Dr. Tenma the main theme of this series is also psychological thriller. Then in later works, PLUTO: Naoki Urasawa x Ozamu Tezuka, Band 0
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Rahul Holani
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Start to another masterpiece by Naoki Urasawa.
Tobias
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even if you do not consider yourself someone to get into comics, let alone japanese manga, I urge you to still give this a go. You would be missing out on a strange and enticingly poetic journey that has you coming out a different person.

Billy Bat is an exciting thriller that is absorbing and not bound by prior knowledge of any kind of given culture (which is what might have turned you away from manga before), it taps into the supernatural and fantastical in a very slight and feasible and fun w
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Rikito
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I started reading this manga, I’ve heard that the protagonist will be changed in the middle of the story. I’ve never known the author who changed a protagonist. I’m really surprised at it. Also this is the story based on the real history, it’s fictional though. I’m into it now because there’s lots of betrayals and conspiracies happening which makes me excited. One more thing, I was reading “Pluto” from Naoki Urasawa, and it’s the story of “Atom Tetsuwan” which is the old Japanese animatio ...more
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Another masterfully drawn thriller from Naoki Urasawa sensei. It's just the beginning, but already there are lots of unanswered question. The protagonist was setup by the secret organization or did he actually commit the crime? What is the motive behind all the incidents occurring around Kevin Yamagata? What is the cult mystery behind the symbol of Billy Bat? And there is a duality of Black and White Bat. The story telling of the manga can be confusing at times, but that's the true beauty of it.
Leandro
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Manga que consiste en 20 libros.
Para no arruinar mi conteo en goodreads solo subiré el tomo 1 de las colecciones de manga en lugar de subir toda la serie.
Mi querido Naoki nuevamente me mantuvo al filo!
Sus historias siguen siendo enredadas y complejas.
El arte como siempre fue de lo mejor, muy estilizado. Las partes de comic tuvieron un arte "oldie" pero muy agradable.
El final esta dos dos.
Hális Alves
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Urasawa’s antics amped up to the max, though this time we have very little to lose if — or when — things go full kaput. Let’s see what happens around the next corner.
Sebastien
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Depuis que j’ai lu Monster de Urasawa il y a de cela plusieurs années, je suis devenu un grand fan de cet auteur. Que ce soit Pluto, Happy ou encore l’excellent 20th century boys, Naoki Urasawa ne m’a donné que du bonheur. C’est donc avec beaucoup d’attentes que j’ai commencer Billy Bat sa dernière oeuvre. C’est aussi avec une petite crainte, car les critique sont plus que mitigés pour ce manga, que plusieurs décrivent comme un rassemblement de moments excitants et entouré de moments très ordina ...more
Duc Hoang
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, reviewed
Cây bút làm nên những bộ manga thriller tuyệt vời nhất - Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto..., đã trở lại. Nếu ở 20th Century Boys là những bí mật, tuyến truyện đan xen chồng chéo, thế lực và âm mưu toàn cầu vẫn nằm trong giới hạn của thế giới hiện thực (tối tăm, ám muội) thì ở đây, ông đã đi xa hơn và mang huyễn tưởng vào câu chuyện của mình, bằng một con dơi - Billy Bat, nhân vật xuyên suốt lịch sử loài người như nó tự giới thiệu. Những sự kiện lịch sự qua khung tranh Billy Bat được kể lại hoà ...more
Jamie
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Billy Bat is definitely one of the more unusual manga I’ve ever read, but unusual in a good way. I liked how the lines between the Billy Bat comic and Kevin’s life blur. There is an interesting conspiracy going on that left me with many questions. The first volume does a wonderful job building up suspense.

The art was not the typical style that I like, but I did really appreciate the mixing between the real world and the classic cartoon style during all the comic panels. The Billy Bat comic remin
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Camilo Guerra
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Kevin crea un comic famoso con un personaje llamado Billy Bat, pero...¿la idea es suya?, ¿la robo?, esa duda lo lleva hasta Japón, en donde se encontrara con el Japón post-guerra, se encontrara con el mismo, con verdades sobre el arte, momentos de la vida real, situaciones del comic ,del arte...todo con una conspiración muy rara detrás de todo. El arte de Naoki Urasawa mas alla del detalle fotográfico, es hermoso, detallado, animado y muy dinámico.
Lou
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, seinen
Naoki Urasawa es un genio y este primer volumen no es la excepción. Me encantó la historia y espero continuar con la serie.
Vittorio Rainone
L'inizio di BB è molto carino: c'è questa storia che ha lo spirito delle strip di un popeye o (magari di più) dei fumetti di un Osamu Tetsuka, filtrato attraverso un immaginario alla Black Sad. Un pipistrello investigatore, un mondo di animali antropomorfi. Tutto raccontato con tempi semplici ma giusti. Poi veniamo alla realtà: l'autore del fumetto che scopre per caso di non aver inventato il personaggio, ma di averlo assorbito durante un viaggio in giappone. Decide quindi di tornare a Tokyo per ...more
Ulfah Nur
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe someday there will be Urusawa-esque for kind of bikin pusing tapi nagih story. Billy Bat ini bikin inget sama tomodachi di 20th century boys. MCnya tidak meyakinkan untuk jadi hero, tapi lebih berkarakter Kevin Yamagata. Jujur, gw tipe yang tidak terlalu suka, orang biasa yang tiba tiba jadi orang penting yang bisa menyelamatkan dunia. 20th century boys lebih bisa dimaklumi karena mereka saling kerjasama. Please gw baru volume 2, dan Om Naoki ini jalan pikirnya gimana dah, mana dari ngomon ...more
Federico Elías
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leído-en-2019
Un comienzo muy interesante, surrealista a más no poder combinado con un excelente policial. Creo que Urasawa tiene mucho potencial para hacer historias parecidas pero diferentes al mismo tiempo, partiendo de la misma base, el misterio, pero darle todas las vueltas de tuerca posibles hasta crear algo diferente. Esa escena final no hace más que llenarme de preguntas y más preguntas, pero no me queda duda de que tendrán respuesta
Rici
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
Ich bin ziemlich verwirrt, wir haben so viele Elemente und so viele Gegenspieler und wir wissen rein gar nichts. Anscheinend gibt es mehr als eine Fledermaus, aber dann hört es schon auf. Was sind die Hintergründe? Wer hat diese Fledermaus erschaffen?
Aber ich mochte den Einstieg mit dem Comic von Billy Bat.
M. Carmen C. González
Vista Monster. Leída Pluto. En proceso Billy Bat. Con tres obras del autor, ya puedo decir que me gusta mucho este hombre. Y que tengo que pedirle más droga de esta a mi camello de los mangas. Que se vaya preparando òOó
Aurelio Ippandoza
Interesting so far,but then I love manga-ka stories.Stories about comic book artists.in the same vein as his previous manga: mystery-thriller. (Should be a good series).
Jaci
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Wow! Que historia más interesante.
Este manga es uno d niños mejores que he leido👍🏻
Shoroug
3.5
Stelladia  Blue
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Si no me gustase no sería Urasawa. Si supiera a donde va, tampoco sería Urasawa. Un arranque perfecto.
Marc
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not the best opening from a new Urasawa's story. There is something missing in here. It doesn't amaze you like Monster or 20th Century Boys did from the beginning.
Federica
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, manga, thriller
(Il voto vale per tutta la serie.)
Kurtis Burkhardt
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, perfect
Good manga within a manga, so far it looks like it's got great potential 😍😄
Tar Buendía
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es todo lo que quería y Urasawa no me ha fallado.
Al
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es raro, pero pinta bien
Berber
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: online
Interesting so far. Less so than Monster or Pluto. The story feels very rough and chaotic, there's not much build-up.
Tom Ewing
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My experiences with Naoki Urasawa's other work suggests that he likes to allow the themes of his manga time to simmer in the background before emerging. Judging Monster or 20th Century Boys by their first volume would have given a skewed sense of what the comic is actually 'about'. And I wasn't reading those comics in my broken French (after a while I caved and got a scanlated version to read side by side).

Even so, Billy Bat is unusually enigmatic and playful. It devotes its first two chapters t
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Un volume molto introduttivo per una storia dai toni neri che ancora deve iniziare a prendere forma.

Il tratto del disegno è gradevole e pulito, a mio parere, ponte tra il "classico" e il moderno.
Il protagonista è un fumettista americano di origini giapponesi che, nell'immediato dopoguerra, torna in Giappone (dove era stato durante il conflitto come interprete per le truppe statunitensi), dopo aver scoperto che il personaggio che pensa di aver inventato è molto simile al protag
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Cuando se habla Naoki Urasawa se usan palabras mayores. En nuestro país disponemos de una amplia colección de sus obras como Pluto, Happy o Master Keaton entre otras. Planeta Cómic edita Billy Bat,donde lo que parece una simple historia puede dar lugar a grandes tramas unidas a través de un largo viaje.

Kevin Yamagata es un simple dibujante que se dedica a realizar caricaturas de un murciélago en tinta y papel. Tras descubrir que el personaje es re
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Urasawa Naoki (浦沢 直樹) is a Japanese mangaka. He is perhaps best known for Monster (which drew praise from Junot Díaz, the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner) and 20th Century Boys.

Urasawa's work often concentrates on intricate plotting, interweaving narratives, a deep focus on character development and psychological complexity. Urasawa has won the Shogakukan Manga Award, the Japan Media Arts Festival exc
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