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Appleseed: The Promethean Challenge (Appleseed #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,144 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
World War III is over, and nomad soldier Duenan Knute and her cyborg partner Briareos struggle to survive in the abandoned cities and demilitarized zones of the post-war wasteland, the "Badside." Matters appear on the upswing, however, when they are found and brought to Olympus, an urban utopia and centerpiece for the reconstruction of civilization. Duenan and Bri join the ...more
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Published March 1st 1990 by Eclipse Books (first published February 15th 1985)
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CaliGirlRae
Apr 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi and graphic novel fans, also fans of the movie series
I'm a huge fan of the new Appleseed CG movies directed by Shinji Aramaki and I had to pick up the original manga series that started it all. Both are not exact copies of each other which is great and the manga seems to take more time in expanding the conflicts between the bioroid council and the humans.

Deunan and her partner/lover Briareos have already moved on after the war as they settle in safe yet desolate parts of the wartorn city. Hitomi is sent to find them and bring them to the utopia of
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Michael Lionhart
Terrific paneling and artwork. The architectural and mech details are amazing. Solid story and world building with likeable characters and believable interactions.
Burt
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cyberpunk Enthusiasts, Manga Readers
I had originally read these piecemeal in my college and high school years but got around to reading these again recently. It's a solid story with good characters and of course features the art of Masamune Shirow in his formative years.

It's the story of two soldiers fighting a war that's been over for years. They're retrieved by a new world superpower, Olympus, and introduced to their 'utopian' society. Even this society has a use for soldiers and they are drafted into the city's defense corps, E
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Andy Zeigert
I read this because another comics creator that I really respect has often cited it as an influence.

It's good! I'm not really much for manga books, though. And as with most translated works, there's often a stilted feeling to the dialog that makes you wonder if you're really following what's happening.

That being said, it's a picture-driven story, and you could ignore the speech bubbles altogether and still probably get the gist of it: Two post-apocalyptic wanderers end up in a supposed utopian c
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Sean
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 really
Alexander Engel-Hodgkinson
So, it's the aftermath of World War III, and a good chunk of civilization is in ruins. We open up with Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires (Masamune couldn't have picked names that were any harder to spell, could he?) living among these ruins as an isolated couple, only to have their fun times rudely interrupted by a girl sent from a newly established utopia assigned to bring them back--a mission that just happens to coincide with an attack by remnants of some fallen army from the war. Of co ...more
Tyler Hill
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I read this, and volume 2 years ago, but recently had the chance to revisit them. Having done so, it's interested in to see what holds up, and what doesn't. Overall, I enjoyed it, but the sense of depth that I remember seems to have faded a bit. I imagine, though, that it probably has to do with my age, more than anything. When you are in your teens, your understanding of politics and government are a lot shakier, and so a lot of this would have seemed a lot denser.

As far as being a Masamune Shi
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Brandy
After World War III, soldier Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos have been living in an abandoned city, making their plans for their future survival in Badside. They've been on their own for some time, so it's a shock to discover that there's someone else in their city, a hulking cybernetic machine who has been taking surveillance photos and monitoring the couple. Together, Deunan and Briareos take down the creature and open the battle armor. The girl inside it, Hitomi, has been sent from Aeg ...more
Nate
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, graphic-novel
I was first introduced to the world of Appleseed by 2004 CGI-fest, which I rather enjoyed, and the 2007 sequel Ex Machina, which fell flat for me.

I'm finally getting around to catching up on a very long list of classic manga that I need to read, including this story. I liked it. I don't think it was great--the action sequences are hard to follow sometimes, and even with a general knowledge of the world and the characters, there are times when the dialogue is impossible to parse and the transitio
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Adelaide Metzger
I read my sister's copy of this (since I'm not partial to buying anime) and she said I'd love it because there's military sci-fi stuff and a cyborg with a human personality.

However, I just felt like there was so much going on--visually--that I don't really look forward to in a comic. The pages felt crowded making it hard to identify the action sequences. I did like the tenderness in Deunan and Bri's relationship and kind of wish there was more of that. But one thing that makes a good story is
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Nicolas
Ce premier tome présente clairement les enjeux et les intérêts de cette série : il y sera question d'un monde reconstruit après une guerre mondiale, monde dans lequel les développements cybernétiques ont permis l'apparition de robots humanoides emportant dans un cockpit intégré leur pilote (ma description est évidement moins claire que les dessins).
Les deux personnages principaux, Briareos et Dunan, quittent une ville abandonnée qu'ils squattent pour rejoindre Olympus, une vile un peu utopique d
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Evelyn Eve
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Science, the new black magic." That quote won me over.

While this is the first (and only) book in the series I have read, I believe I may have found my favorite comic book series outside of the Transformers universe.

Time, of course, will tell...but this title alone was wonderful.

It has robots, cyborgs, androids, mechs, guns, fun art, and an intriguing plot. In the first book alone, I detect a lot of foreshadowing...interesting developments/possible angles that are bound to become really exciting
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Desirée
I was a little disenchanted with the way the story was told. Especially the action scenes confused me quite a bit. Neither did I know enough about the different players or the political situation in this future reality to care who came up on top in the showdown.
I might however pick up the next volume anyway, because I did like the premise and the relationship between Deunan and her companion/probable lover, who is some kind of cyborg. Plus the political situation does sound intriguing - if only
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Ashish
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, comics
Interesting, but in the sense that I had seen the movie before and liked it, so most of the comic was about applying the panels to the scenes. Felt a bit disjointed. Also seemed to be a direct transliteration from the original Japanese or something, so the panels read right-to-left (is Japanese manga read right-to-left?) - which made for some effort in continuity and natural flow.
The movie was awesome, though, so watch it if you can.
If you haven't seen the movie, try the comic - pretty ok.
M
Okay, screw it, I give up on Masamune Shirow's manga, at least for right now. I got through about 3/4 of this, and suddenly I just lost all ability to follow the plot or understand what is going on. His artwork is nice, but in any combat scene it quickly becomes difficult for me to tell any of the characters apart or determine the flow of action. Plus, there didn't seem to be much of a plot so far, and given my experiences with Ghost in the Shell, I'm not sure I'd enjoy whatever the plot proves ...more
Sam
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent work of science fiction manga and is a great representation of the genre. I really liked the dynamic relationship between Deunan and Briareos. They've been a team for so long they can laugh together, fight together, tease each other in ways others wouldn't get away with, and predict each other's thoughts. I also like how they compliment each other, with him being the huge level-headed cyborg and her the fiery human with attitude. The plot was also really creative and I love ...more
Víctor Segovia
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
debo ser honesto, las dos películas animadas basadas en esta obra fueron las responsables de interesarme en la obra original, pero muchos elementos tales como la relación de los protagonistas y sus preguntas sobre la metrópolis donde viven se dejaron de lado ¿A qué se debió eso? Esas preguntas en un ambiente cyberpunk son la base de un buen personaje. Pero a pesar de eso, este primer libro deja una.pequeña sonrisa y muchas preguntas por responder
Chris Tackett
Had some of the most confusing writing I'd ever seen. Characters would pop out of nowhere and act like they've always been there, motivations were confusing, the general plot was muddied; I couldn't tell what the shit was going on.

I did like the characters well enough, though. And the character designs and technology designs? Fucking amazing.
Rally Soong
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually like this better than ghost in the shell. Tight story, good action, and a workable model of how to operate a robot suit if we ever go that way. You can see the proto-type characters for Ghost in the shell here. But Deunan is to me more interesting. I like the Snake (from Escape from New York) reference, as this manga is old.
Denisa
Another rating: 7/10 (for whole series)

Very interesting, nice characters, awesome fights but pacing really killed me sometimes, too slow and just too much text. I usually like a lot of text but in this it was unbearable...
Tim Franklin
Fun, but far from great. The mechs are too difficult to tell apart in the action sequences, and coming from other graphic novels like Sandman, Hellblazer, and Preacher, it sometimes feels very light in story-telling - pages at a time of the same explosion from different angles.
Ashley
Waifish Japanese girls battle in robot suits in a post-WW3 utopia. Much exposition between the action scenes. The artwork was sensational, the story... less so. Could hardly tell what was going on at times. Great to look at, hard to recommend.
Gabrielle  (Little fox in plaid)
I've been on another Appleseed bender this last week. Rereading the series is only natural. Stay ready for the tears when I finish.

First read in: July 2015
Bryan
Feb 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this one...but I just couldn't. Still, the concepts behind the story are interesting.
Boyd Mcmillan
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
finally got to read a hard copy - easier to enjoy the strength of the draftsmanship in the artwork, story setting seeds of the plot arcs to come
Andre
Aug 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Masamune shirow's original sci-fi series. The visual and take on the future are interesting as well as the plot.
Oliver
Jun 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prämisse, Story und Figuren prima, die Mechafights sind aber so chaotisch gestaltet, dass ich kaum folgen konnte.
D.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is definitely a classic 80s manga title. Yep.
龍帝
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Haven't read it since 1998, still a masterpiece.
Zain
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
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Masamune Shirow (士郎 正宗) is an internationally renowned manga artist. He is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, which has since been turned into two theatrical anime movies, two anime TV series, an anime TV movie, and several video games. Shirow is also known for creating erotic art.
Born in the Hyōgo Prefecture capital city of Kobe, he studied oil painting at Osaka University of Arts. Whil
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Appleseed (6 books)
  • Appleseed: Prometheus Unbound (Appleseed, #2)
  • Appleseed: The Scales of Prometheus (Appleseed, #3)
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