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Klaw: The First Cycle

(Klaw #1-3)

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  151 ratings  ·  68 reviews
A population of secret were-animals hide among us, and young Angel Tomassini is about to learn just how widespread -- and dangerous -- it is!

Beautifully illustrated by Joel Jurion, best known throughout Europe and the worldwide animation industry for his gorgeous and dynamic character design, written by Antoine Ozenam, this exciting young adult series explores a world of
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Magnetic Press (first published 2011)
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Venus Maneater
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, netgalley
Please join me in a few moments of silence to appreciate the AH MAY ZING work done by artists Joel Jurion and Yoan Guillé. While they’re not that well known in the English-speaking comic scene, they both have a large online fan base, with most of those fans (me included) following Jurion for his stellar NSFW art. That said, I’m also a sucker for Guillé’s work – this man has a knack for colors and it shows. His character designs are on point, but he is truly a master of scenery and backgrounds. M ...more
Magda Żmijan
I just realized this novel's publication date was yesterday and since I've finally read it [yesterday because the pdf's deadline was up] and I can't decide whether I liked it or not.

The story is split into three parts, well it actually does contain 3 issues of the novel, so that's logical. The first one deals with the kid finding out he actually has some pretty cool shape-shifting power. The second moves on to him learning to use it and giving him a reason to do so. And the last one moves on few
Ije the Devourer of Books
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great start to a new series. This volume introduces us to Angel Tomassini who is your everyday high schooler or so it seems. Angel wonders about the appearance of a tiger who rescues him from difficult situations. He also wonders about the way his teachers defer to him so often and he is puzzled about the number of uncles he has, all of them with different names.

And then suddenly Angel begins to discover the truth about himself, his family and his mystical heritage. Nothing is as it seems and
Another lucky "Read Now" snatch from NetGalley

This story had a lot going on, but I never felt overwhelmed or confused. Mythology, Astrology, Mafia, Bullying, Friendship, First Loves, Super Villains. Angel Tomassini had a lot to grapple with and I think he did a damn good job. It was easy to route for him, right from the start. Another thing that happened right from the start was falling in love with the artwork. It was marvelous! Even when the story plateaued a bit here and there, the artwork ca
Wayne McCoy
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Klaw: The First Cycle' by Antoine Ozanam with art by Joël Jurion and translation by Mike Kennedy is about people who are linked to symbols of the Chinese zodiac, which seems to be a popular story idea these days.

Angel Tomassini seems like a normal kid and when we meet him, he's being beat up by bullies. When he suddenly transforms into a tiger and gets away, things get weird. Angel is not an ordinary kid, though. He has a chauffeur/bodyguard pick him up from school and his father's fish busines
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: bd-manga
Petite trouvaille réalisée grâce aux 48h de la BD qui permet de découvrir des BDs pour 1€ seulement.
Ce sont souvent des BDs méconnues et celle-ci en faisait partie. Et comme j'avais vu passer quelques avis intéressant je me suis dit ... "pourquoi pas !".

Et franchement je ne suis pas mécontente de mon achat car j'ai trouvé ce premier opus assez sympathique. Il s'agît d'une mise en abîme, un peu rapide certes, mais qui nous plonge dans l'univers sans tout nous expliquer histoire de nous donner env
Nicolas Arseneault
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
On dirait le croisement parisien entre l'émission pour enfants de Jackie Chan et un manga... mais en moins drôle que la série pour enfants.
Plusieurs clichés...
Les dessins des animaux sont absolument sublimes. Je l'ai lu seulement pour la couverture; je ne savais rien d'autre avant.
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Klaw from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I picked this one up and nearly forgot about it! It had caught my eye because of the concept, but I didn't really know what to expect. After finishing it, I learned that the artist is praised for his style, and while I did think it was gorgeous art, the story is what I focused on when reading.

Klaw is about Angel, a young boy who comes from a wealthy family and is bullied at school. He even has his own driver/bod
May 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Angel Tomassini is being ganged up on by bullies at school and ends up being saved by this Tiger. Odd, but ok. I kept going with it and we realize the Angel has been living with his head in the sand because he has no idea that his family is actually the mafia. As it goes on we find out there are these animal powers called Dizhi that each ancient family could possess. From there it lost me. While I liked the idea of the Dizhi, it just got more and more strange towards the end of it. I wish it wou ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it liked it
*I received an ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Hmmm. Mixed feelings about this one.

This volume is divided in 3 parts. The first part was amazing, the other two were... "meh".
At first I thought the artwork was amazing. Colorful, detailed, very clear etc... but then it became a bit more "sketchy". It felt like the artist had to hurry more and more and didn't have time to define the details.

As for the story: same as for the art, I really enjoyed the first part and then the t
Jan 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
The art was the only nice thing about it, and it closely copied Disney style (the chauffeur is Disney-Tarzan's twin brother) and often crammed too much into one panel (action and the reaction to it) which loses the impact of the moment, since the reader might have to go over the panel a couple of times to be clear what just happened.
The protagonist is naive to the point of dimwittedness--how can a high school kid not even *suspect* that his family is mafia when everyone else in town knows?! The
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-comics
Klaw interested me first and foremost because of the cover. The art did not disappoint, although it is different than the style I am usually drawn to. The artist uses bold lines and lots of warm colors, which was a nice change from all the Batmans I read.

The premise interested me as well. Were-animals living among us and a secret ancient war? Sounds great! The premise continued to be promising throughout the first section of the book, but unfortunately sort of slowly loosened its grip in the sec
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Maybe a stronger 3, but definitely rounds up to 4.

Really promising start to a new series. Dynamic, colorful artwork and expressive character design. The art could get a bit busy and in general, it's not quite as beautiful as some artists out there - for example, Monstress or Saga (a personal favorite) - but enjoyable and definitely solid. There's tons of action and an interesting new fantasy/superhero spin. But in spite of the layers of characters and in-world mythology, I didn't feel lost. The
Jesse Richards
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Incredible art and nice mythology, but not paced well, cramped, with flat stock characters.
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Source: I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Magnetic Press and Diamond Book Distributors!

The review:

Klaw has a fascinating premise: “secret were-animals hide among us”. The protagonist is Angel Tomassini, who can transform into a fearsome tiger. (Were-tiger?) He learns that there are various families who possess the power to turn into their zodiac totem. H
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Art was mostly fantastic; best during action sequences. Story... meh. It's a superhero origin story and feels like a comic book: tween FBI agent, mafioso father, training montage. There's almost no character development.
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

I received a copy of this book from Diamond Book Distributors on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Angel Tomassini thinks he’s just a normal kid from a rich family. It turns out nothing could be further from the truth. His dad’s a mafia don and Ange is actually possessed by the magical spirit of the Tiger zodiac. After he starts developing Tiger powers Ange has to learn to control the Tiger, while
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This was....a mess. To be honest, it was so poorly written, with plot holes and logic issues you could drive a mac truck through, that it was difficult to slog through. Characters as cardboard cliche'd as they come, the plot jumps around dizzyingly, and nearly every scene is stupefyingly unbelievable. Granted, it is likely aimed at prepubescent boys. But that doesn't mean it should read like it was written by them, too.
3.5 stars

This was a fascinating graphic novel that incorporated shape-shifting tied in with the Chinese zodiac. I think the art was what really blew me away (such a sucker for great art in graphic novels) and I'm a fan of tigers, so point to both writer Ozanam and illustrator Jurion.

The story was very high-paced and action-driven, which I went in expecting. However, the jumping around was a bit head-tilting and made me have to look back a few pages to make sure that I hadn't missed something (I
Apr 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy from Netgalley for an honest review. Thank you, Netgalley!

This is actually a 2.5 rating. Overall this felt rushed- both in story and in art. The things with comics- the art HAS to be on point and it wasn't in this one. While some of it was really well drawn and colored other parts did not get the required attention and so the perspective was off and looked rushed. All of the artwork should have been consistent. For example- let's take pages 75 , 76, and 77. Page 75- looks rushe
Neko Neha (BiblioNyan)
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, french-lit
When I first saw Klaw: The First Cycle, what immediately drew me in was the cover. While being immensely minimalistic, there was just something captivating about the sharpness of the tiger and the young man. There was a magic behind it that lured me towards its contents with great interest. When I was offered an advanced copy of the title for reviewing, I jumped on the opportunity with great vehemence. I am so proud to say that not only was I not disappointed, I was genuinely shocked with how fa ...more
Afreen Aftab
This is the story of Angel Tomassini, son of a major mafia boss of the city, hormonal teenager and just as clueless about everything as harry potter. Only he is worse. And he is immature. And also a Dizhi.

I guess I had high expectations from this considering the mythology and characters involved but I was let down pretty hard.
So chapter wise:
1. Awakening: Pretty run of the mill origin story albeit a little rushed. A tiger-like creature seems to be killing people and especially one who has bullie
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Klaw surely had potential, but was a bit too scattered and not well paced to work out fully. The story revolves around the mafia family Tomassini and the young son named Angel, who ends up sucking in these were-animal powers that enable him to turn into a tiger. There are other were-animals too and they follow the Chinese Zodiac. Mostly the comic is about power struggles and Angel growing up with these powers, so in a sense - a coming of age story with action, crimes and mysteries.

I enjoyed tha
Emmanuel Boston
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This graphic novel feels like a couple of good ideas, 3/4 baked, and intermingled with superhero cliches.

The premise is interesting. Without giving away spoilers: it's worth noting the limits of the 'super' elements. It enables a tension in the story that makes mechanics and plot points interesting. Unfortunately, the premise is only that... a premise. When it's fleshed out, the story is rife with superhero cliches. If you've read or watched Batman, Spiderman, or Daredevil, you'll be
The premise was interesting but the plotting was way off, feeling incredibly rushed. Characterizations were very shallow, with inconsistent behavior on the part of several characters who seemed to change how they acted for the sole sake of the plot. The plot was also completely all over the place. It was like the creators didn't know if they wanted a high school story, a paranormal story, a mob story, or a superhero story. It had all that and more. It felt like the story was going through a cons ...more
I received this comic for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It'll be available through 30 April under the "Read Now" option if anyone is curious. :)

This is the first collection in a series of comics called "Klaw." The comics revolve around a boy named Angel who discovers that he is part of an ancient series of totemic warriors who have the ability to transform into certain animals at will. Couple this with astrology, government conspiracies, first-loves, and mafia gang wars a
The premise is intriguing: though once there were 24 families each blessed by the presence of spirit animal totems, only 12 survived into present day, having inspired the Chinese zodiac. One family discovered the secret to absorbing the chi of rival family's totems, so now all the totems are either vying to consume one another, or in hiding.

Our young protagonist, Angel Tomassini, is about to discover that he is one of two hosts of the tiger totem. At the same time, he'll make an unpleasant disco
Liked that the bad guys were seen as bad guys and not glorified as good guys; call me simple, however, too often these days evil is shown as right. The art is pretty terrific, and the ending caught me by surprise. I hope that it continues in the same direction.

Adult issues: MUCH violence, smoking, drinking, murder, bullying, lying, etc.
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