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Black Wade: The Wild Side of Love [Hardcover]

Franze & Andaerle
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

August 1, 2009
Black Wade shows the entertaining love story between a rough, square-edged pirate and a young fine officer finely detailed and brilliantly colored.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Bruno Gmunder Group (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3867870365
  • ISBN-13: 978-3867870368
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,363,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sexy, entertaining, fun October 18, 2009
There was a time when ships were the only form of transportation between the old world in Europe and the new colonies across the waves. In those days, the oceans were full of bold pirates, waiting to seize large war-ships and merchant vessels and rob them of the riches they carried. There was not a port or tavern where the sailors did not recount the tales of the notorious Captain Black Wade, the terror of the seven seas...

So begins Black Wade: The Wild Side of Love, a beautifully illustrated and surprisingly engaging book from Bruno Gmunder by Italian duo Franze and Andarle. Officially a "gay adult comic," to simply call it that does it a major injustice; this book is visually stunning, with a story that not only flows, but flows well- and somehow allows you to escape almost immediately into the story. Black Wade brilliantly combines rich graphics with a captivating tale- of pirates!

Of course the story is simple, as it should be. It's also superbly crafted, however, by someone with an excellent grasp of language, expressing much in so few words. Of course, most people won't be focusing on the words- and who can blame them when the images are this hot? Between the dark, mysterious and slightly hirsute Captain Black Wade, the young, strong, smooth blonde Lieutenant Wilkins, and the men of both the pirate ship and the British fleet, there's enough eye candy - and resulting sexual encounters - for a short series, yet somehow it's never gratuitous.

And while the story may be somewhat predictable and borrow from old legends - and stereotypes - it's also enthralling and highly erotic... with a surprising ability to arouse.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but so worth it! January 6, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book popped up under one of Amazon's "recommended also" features. I hesitated to buy it since it seemed a little expensive. However, I found that it was well worth the price. "Black Wade" is a gay romance graphic novel - similar to hard yaoi in theme and tone. And I do mean HARD yaoi, this book contains very graphic sex scenes, including noncon at the beginning. A typical yaoi manga runs about $12.95 to as much as $15.95 for a trade paperback in black and white. This is not only a hardcover edition, it is also FULL COLOR throughout like standard graphic novels. So the higher price is actually reasonable. There is no dust jacket, but the cover image is printed right on the binding. It has 80 pages, but the pages are larger format so readers get about as much content as a manga, perhaps a tad bit less. Also, the production values are high quality. The paper is heavier stock than normal graphic novels, and very bright showcasing the brilliant coloring of the artwork.

Art is subjective, but I found the artwork here to be excellent, and extremely well done. Clean lines and good proportions on all characters and the text was carefully placed to retain clarity but not block any of the imagery. I found no typos, and the language fit with the period nature of the story. I enjoy yaoi, but sometimes the characters look a little feminine. Not so here, these are "manly men." Right down to having hair on their chests (and other areas ;-) Still, they were attractively drawn. It's a pirate story, so there's action outside the sex as well and the ending leaves room for more without cliffhanging.

I enjoyed the novel so much, I went looking for the publisher's site to see if there would be more from the authors. No news yet, but I really hope they do a sequel. Highly recommended to hard yaoi fans, and M/M fans looking for something new to try.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah
I can understand exactly what Franze and Andärle mean when they say that their style is; nifty and thoroughly in the details. This precision makes the world of Black Wade incredibly rich and one that you will want to revisit often.

The opening is well scripted with a backstory that deftly gives you an understanding of Jack. A young man, engaged to the luscious Annabeth, but filled with forbidden desires for more masculine curves. Jack has great strength of character and integrity, but he is no match for the merciless pirate who captures him and subjects him to all manner of wicked, nasty goodness. Black Wade is a swarthy, likable rogue with much lustrous hair and beard. I'd like to give him pats. He also has rugby player thighs. These are the very best kind of thighs to have you understand! heh.

The art is incredibly beautiful. The tension and lust between Jack and Black Wade is palpable and so spectacularly hot. I think my favorite panels are of Jack when he is sleeping early on in the book and having some rather erotic and lickable dreams! I also liked the images of Wade lolling about in his room, ship, bath and bed. All of them! He is just lush. The whole book is so gorgeous and it is difficult to narrow it down to just one or two images. The emotion conveyed through the color is also a large part of what makes this such a memorable read and the moody, dark palate used in the picture of Wade on the bridge illustrates this point beautifully.

This is absolutely a must have and has to be one of my favorite reads I've purchased this year. It has everything, dashing heroes, star crossed lovers, bad guys, knee breeches, ships, rope, leather boots and more swashbuckling than you can shake a stick at. Clever, beautiful, utterly romantic and total 5 star plus read.

So, I liked it. Just a bit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing story, great graphic novel.
I just finished reading this book last night. I'm impressed. The artwork and story was good, it does have sex in it, but that's not the focus of the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert Pieprzica
5.0 out of 5 stars black wade
wow! a bit more than i thought it would be! but to my joy and edification, i was more than happy i purchased this risgay copy! if your into dudes this is your cup of tea. Read more
Published on August 26, 2012 by Clayton E. Cote
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoist me timber me hearties.
Enjoyable love story for those who have fantasized about love on the seas in the days of pirates of old. Beautiful illustrations and wild it is.
Published on January 16, 2011 by Yogidad
5.0 out of 5 stars A fairy tale that Disney hold back from us all!
Black Wade is by far the best well put together Gay graphic novel i had picked up. It felt as if you were watching a R rated Disney animated film. Read more
Published on October 18, 2010 by Vejigantes
4.0 out of 5 stars exactly what it said :)
i was very pleased with the hardcover it wasn't what i was expecting at definitely looked new and i was really happy with how fast it got here (it got here way before the... Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Tres chaud!
As I'm learning French I've found an accessible and fun way into the language is by reading comics. They often use street language and are easy to follow because of the... Read more
Published on June 17, 2010 by Agatha Christie
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, oh yes
Beautifully drawn, rather witty and filled with fantastic man-on-man sex. Some BDSM, but that's what I'd expect from a Pirate book! Read more
Published on June 3, 2010 by Jetta Goudal's Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars WADE SAILOR LOVE
Hot and super fun -wish there was more of this one - the story is fun but the images are explicit and create fine eros
Published on May 13, 2010 by Lucien66
3.0 out of 5 stars Black Wade Review
It was all right for a comic book man to man lust story. It was a descent period piece. The art was nice. The storyline was plausible. The characters were cool. Read more
Published on April 15, 2010 by Alienographer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous erotic artwork.
I was not going to get this as it is really too expensive with freight added for a mere 80 pages. But I am glad I did. Pages after pages of glossy quality artwork and so erotic. Read more
Published on February 8, 2010 by R.Parklane
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