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Clover: Omnibus

(Clover #1-4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,623 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Kazuhiko is a young, but already deeply wounded black ops agent of a baroque, retro-tech future -- pulled out of retirement to escort Sue, a mysterious waif, to a destination she alone knows. Sue and Kazuhiko have never met, yet she knows him, having grown up since the age of four with her only human contact, two distant voices: that of her elderly "grandma," General Ko, a ...more
Paperback, 512 pages
Published April 8th 2009 by Dark Horse
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Rebecca McNutt
Clover is a beautiful novel art-wise, but its disjointed plot and odd formatting made it a very confusing read. I liked the manga right-to-left reading style but the strangely sized panels and odd text pop-ups didn't make a lot of sense to me. Someone sent it to me as a gift but I think this book is better read in print than online.
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Nyssa by: Saw it at the looked interesting.
What the hell did I just read!?!

I honestly thought, after seeing in the synopsis that this was originally intended to be a six book arc, that the powers that be reworked the story since the whole thing ended after four books.
Boy, was I wrong!
After a very confusing beginning in Clover One, there followed two more comprehensible, and interesting volumes. Clover 4, the final book, however, launches into another possibly interesting story line but then spirals into nothingness! The book, the omnib
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I remember flipping through the first volume of this, years ago. I was intriugued by the art but even before it was taken out of print it was a bit hard to find. Imagine my surprise when I saw that it had been reprinted as an omnibus version including all 4 of the original books (as well as a bunch of nice colour art)!

It's hard to rate this as a book, because the story is not only incomplete (the magazine it was serialized in went out of publication) but a bit lacking at times (and I will admit,
May 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favourites
I wish for happiness; I seek happiness; to find happiness with you.

Clover is a work by CLAMP that has long been out of print in English due to Tokypop's rather ridiculous, in my opinion, decision to stop printing it. I've been searching high and low for this manga for years, and it's taken at least six before I've finally been able to get my hands on it in the omnibus edition in the original format of right-to-left. I was a fan of Card Captor Sakura back when I was twelve and CLAMP was, of cours
Matt Midlock
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Incredibly beautiful manga. Curious story about love with a heap of sci-fi thrown in. The story was told a bit strangely and may not fit everyone's tastes, but good lord is the art glorious. Worth reading just to look at the artwork even if the story is not your cup of sakè.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
for starters, this book is huge. but you soon discover the reason for its size; it contains 4 volumes. totally made the 20 bucks i spent on it, worth it. but regardless of its size, it only took a couple of hours to read, and was finished in one siting (not something i'm normally able to do with manga of this size).

i wish i would have started with clover as my first clamp read, it would have totally changed my perspective on their writing style. i had orginally picked this up a couple of weeks
Sep 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"I love you, Sue. I wish we could have met. I would have held you in my arms." Each CLAMP story inevitably has a scene that reduces me to tears. This was the one.

I read Clover for the first time in what must have been middle school, when the separate novels were published in an especially artistic style, intricate covers with green translucent parts and color splash pages included. I'm afraid that at the time, I did not appreciate the manga at all. I read it once and then never picked up again u
Charmaine (CharmySketches)
Manga Review:♣ Clover By CLAMP ♣
Before I began reading this series all I knew about it was that the art was gorgeous and many people seem to find the story confusing. I never found the storyline confusing, and felt a lot of sympathy for the main characters, especially Sue. The setting was intriguing and provided the perfect backdrop for this whimsical tale. The experimental style of the panels was very refreshing. I was absolutely blown away and inspired by CLAMP’s art work here and imagine that
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Fascinating story with exquisite art by Mokona. The art style and science-fiction element remind me somewhat of Chobits. However, the art is much darker and definitely has a steampunk-retro-science-fiction style, and the same is true of the story itself which is more along the lines of X. Both are engrossing, and have that CLAMP style of implying and hinting at backstory that is never told, or only doled out in the smallest bits along the way. I wish this short manga series had been more popular ...more
I normally don't include manga in my list of books read, but this is the omnibus edition, and the series needs reviewing. The art is gorgeous, detailed, and yet minimal. Clover is one of Clamp's earliest works, and in terms of art, it's arguably, the best. The story is short, focusing on four "clovers", especially strong psychics, and how they meet and how their lives are intertwined. The use of symbolism is consistent and beautifully employed.

This edition includes gorgeous color images from Cl
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
The artwork is heartbreaking beautiful, but it left me wanting. I understand that more volumes were intended but never completed, and the ending, or lack of, shows that. Still, I'm glad I read this, though I think the four volumes could have very easily been one. I found myself flipping past pages, because they were repeat after repeat of the same lines. For dramatic effect, to bring out the emotions they wanted to evoke, but it was a bit too much for me. But gorgeous art, and although this was ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
That's the best manga CLAMP have ever made!
my favorite manga!
Ugh, CLAMP, why do you do this to me every. single. time? Your art is so so so gorgeous, but your storylines are so disjointed and weird... not as weird as the ending of Tsubasa or X/1999, but still weird. This struck as me very similar to X/1999, especially the story-line and main male character.

Seriously, the best part was definitely the art. The characters are just so gorgeous and the layouts in this series in particular were gorgeous: stunning backdrops, the song lyrics, and Ora, just wow.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favorites
classic old-school CLAMP
as in, "how about I make you my bitch?" (this really isn't one for younger readers)

and the Japanese government experimenting on children, isolating those who are sorcerers of varying levels (only three remain - two three level Clovers, and one four who is destined to be alone forever; the threes, in true CLAMP fashion, consist of twin boys and a boy who was killed by one of those twins, who are curiously adorable like a certain small wolf boy we all know and love)

really g
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve never read manga before so this was something new. I would say i didn’t enjoy the style and I probably won’t read more. This is a big part of the poor rating.
The best part was the artwork: uniquely done and laid out in a way that seemed fresh throughout the 500 page book. I found some of the pictures a little small and hard to see and it took a while to be able to tell some of the characters apart. I found the story to be repetitive and a little flat. The first couple stories followed each
Leah Nugent
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Clover is a surprising gem. It develops a complex world with multiple competing political factions and magical beings. While the main plot revolves around a developing romantic relationship between two characters, the flashbacks, side characters, and larger political conflict is the star of this manga. Clover also has gorgeous, cinematic art with steampunk character designs.

My main complaint is that the story did not have the time to delve into the world as much as I would have liked. CLAMP shou
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-comics
Beautifully drawn, heartachingly written... An old classic of CLAMP's genius. The minimalistic and incredibly symbolic style of manga is groundbreaking, genre-bending (to quote the preface to the book itself) and makes the reader feel something so unlike much of the shojo manga out there in existence...a sense of wonder at what manga can be.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
First off, the artwork is lovely. It’s what made me pick this book up to begin with. Now that I’ve finished it, I feel like I missed a lot within the stories. It felt very disjointed and left me confused 80% of the time. The 20% of it that I did understand was quite moving but I have no idea what was going on the rest of the time...
I wish CLAMP would finish what they start. This is a beautiful manga, but it's clearly not finished. The story is lovely, but much shorter than it should be.

I can't help giving it a higher rating than it should have. The art work is just that gorgeous.
Miss Moore
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a whirlwind ride. Though I enjoyed it, I was confused at times, and chunks of exposition seemed to be missing from the narrative.
Couldn’t really get into the story, but the art, paneling, page layouts are incredible. Really beautifully created world—wish the narrative plot was strong enough to carry the graphic plot.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This was not what I expected. A story about a young girl who needs to make a journey. Then the story goes back in time and tells the back story that is hinted at in the first part.
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Art is amazing (another reason to love Mokona), and story was moving.
Matthew Dauber
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This graphic novel was a very new and interesting experience for me. This book tells the story of a girl, named sue, who, alone, had one wish: the desire to see a place called Fairy Park, and how her wish was granted. This kind of book would be enjoyed by a person who enjoys visual effects and pictures. In Clover, there aren’t as many words as normal in a comic or graphic novel, but the pictures make up the details even more so than just words. This is because the panels are not always constrict ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn toward this massive volume of manga, partly because of its cover, partly because of the acclaim of the writers (CLAMP is a highly-tutted group responsible for such series as X, Chobits, xxxHolic, and more), and because this is a series that went out of print for the longest time, and was finally assembled in full by Dark Horse Manga. This volume is also notable for presenting the complete series in its proper back-cover-to-front-cover, right-to-left format as was originally intended. ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Out of the handful of Clamp series I've read so far, Clover is by far my favorite. In fact, I must look into getting my own copy of the compilation book, as I've nearly ruined the one I checked out from the library. You're probably wondering why I've nearly destroyed the book (actually, it isn't that bad, but it's certainly not in the brand-spanking condition I checked it out in). I can't help reading it, for three main reasons.

First, it's one of those stories that needs to be read several times
Miz Moffatt
Jun 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
Full review posted on Across the Litoverse

Far in the future, children with special abilities have been collected and contained under a set of military directives known as the Clover Leaf Project. "Clovers" possess unusual, unexplained powers over various technologies, allowing them to teleport people and objects, to summon weapons from thin air, and more. In this world, Sue is the sole four-leaf Clover, and she has grown up isolated in a gorgeous, clockwork cage. She is barred from all human con
Izzy Q
Besides my already undying love for every and anything CLAMP, this is one their serious masterpieces (I know it's really hard to pinpoint which of their works are because every story they tell is simply unbelievably wonderful). The story of gorgeous and the art is even more so. I just wish they'd actually finished the story, I felt like there were so many loose ends in this story and it needed some serious closure. I truly and honestly recommend to anyone as a gateway to everything CLAMP and the ...more
Dimitris Hall
I read the other reviews on Goodreads before setting out writing this (as I always do for good or ill) and it seems that we only got 2/3 of what Clover was originally meant to be. Maybe that's why it's nonsensical. The "written word" part of it is just that: incoherent. The lyrics from that song, in 110% cliché anime style (i.e generic song that has the words love, happiness, forever, together, alone, tears and heart mixed, sautéed in soy sauce and served on the spot) repeated ad nauseam was qui ...more
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[born: 2 May 1967; Ōsaka, bloodtype: A]

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[born: 16 Jun 1968, Kyōto; bloodtype: A]

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[born: 21 Jan 1969, Kyōto; bloodtype: O]

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