domenica 15 febbraio 2009

Death Note - Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

Death Note by by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata

In short, the story, as already said, is mainly about a notebook which is a tool of the gods of death to, as the name of the notebook already says, causes death in people. This book falls into the hands of a high school student, who has his own idea of an ideal world. However in his journey of achieving it, he faces powerful adversaries who try to stop him from reaching his ideals, or tries to take the note.
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Naruto - Masashi Kishimoto

Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto

"One of the best and widely read Manga in the market now has to be Naruto. There are other noteworthy mentions like Bleach, DeathNote, FMA and many others. I will put up information on them later.
Naruto is a manga by Masashi Kishimoto with an anime TV series adaptation about a loud, hyperactive adolescent ninja, Uzumaki Naruto, who constantly searches for approval and recognition.
The manga was first published by Shueisha in Japan in the 43rd issue in 1999 of the Shonen Jump magazine. So far there have been 31 volumes of the manga series published in the country, with a total of 303 chapters written since its initial release in 1999."
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The Dark Knights Returns - Frank Miller

Frank Miller
The Dark Knight Returns

"The Dark Knight Returns dawned on comic bookdom like Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor - without warning, with nothing ever the same again.

It’s a story that came along at the right time, during Reagan era politics, fanning the flames of Cold War mentality with political rhetoric, written with clenched fists pounding keys in a tick-down rhythm to the Doomsday Clock. Dialogue and characters chew the scenery with a square-jawed barrage of literary staccato bereft of any traditional poetic requiem in Miller’s staccato machine gun bursts with devastating effect."

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Watchmen - Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons Review
Has any comic been as acclaimed as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen? Possibly only Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, but Watchmen remains the critics' favorite. Why? Because Moore is a better writer, and Watchmen a more complex and dark and literate creation than Miller's fantastic, subversive take on the Batman myth. Moore, renowned for many other of the genre's finest creations (Saga of the Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, and From Hell, with Eddie Campbell) first put out Watchmen in 12 issues for DC in 1986-87. It won a comic award at the time (the 1987 Jack Kirby Comics Industry Awards for Best Writer/Artist combination) and has continued to gather praise since. The story concerns a group called the Crimebusters and a plot to kill and discredit them. Moore's characterization is as sophisticated as any novel's. Importantly the costumes do not get in the way of the storytelling; rather they allow Moore to investigate issues of power and control--indeed it was Watchmen, and to a lesser extent Dark Knight, that propelled the comic genre forward, making "adult" comics a reality. The artwork of Gibbons (best known for 2000AD's Rogue Trooper and DC's Green Lantern) is very fine too, echoing Moore's paranoid mood perfectly throughout. Packed with symbolism, some of the overlying themes (arms control, nuclear threat, vigilantes) have dated but the intelligent social and political commentary, the structure of the story itself, its intertextuality (chapters appended with excerpts from other "works" and "studies" on Moore's characters, or with excerpts from another comic book being read by a child within the story), the finepace of the writing and its humanity mean that Watchmen more than stands up--it keeps its crown as the best the genre has yet produced. --Mark Thwaite --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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