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Dragon Ball Z, Vol. 3 Paperback – March 12, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Series: Dragon Ball Z (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 2nd Edition edition (March 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569319324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569319321
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The runaway hit of the Cartoon Network . . . It's easy to see why Dragon Ball Z is going to be the headlining title of Shonen Jump."

About the Author

Renowned worldwide for his playful, innovative storytelling and humorous, distinctive art style, Akira Toriyama burst onto the manga scene in 1980 with the wildly popular Dr. Slump. His hit series Dragon Ball (published in the U.S. as Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z) ran from 1984 to 1995 in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. He is also known for his design work on video games such as Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger, Tobal No. 1, and most recently, Blue Dragon. His recent manga works include COWA!, Kajika, Sand Land, Neko Majin, and a children's book, Toccio the Angel. He lives with his family in Japan."

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Buying three at a time in sets is best way to go!!
deanna
Great present for anyone who enjoyed the anime (cartoon), even better for someone who grew up reading the weekly manga (comics)!!!
Chow T. Tsang
These VizBig editions of the the Dragon Ball Z story are such nice quiality it's totally worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By romevi VINE VOICE on December 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
Continuing with the story, my favorite villain was always Freeza (final form). Getting to read the original manga in this 3-in-1 tankoubon is a real treat, and just as thrilling as watching the show. Considering how hard it is to pull proper fight scenes on page (with finesse and wild action), Toriyama and his understudy did a great job in showing clarity while whopping punches. You can feel the speed and energy in the panels; it's like you're watching the show.
These VIZBIG editions are my favorite in that you get to read more without having to run over and getting the next tankoubon, and some of the intro comics keep their color (but why others don't is beyond me).

The only gripe I have about the translations (or if they're Toriyama's original dialogue) is that the characters stutter quite a bit. Sure, it's necessary for when they're frightened or angry, but during regular dialogue it seems out of place. I'm not sure if it's filler space in the English translation or what, but when you're reading it letter for letter, like me, it gets in the way sometimes.
Other than that, these comics are fantastic.
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I don’t think I’ve ever read a comic book as fast as I did this one. I mean the wordless ones, sure, but the ones with dialogue? This was 175 pages and I blew through it in what felt like 10 supercharged minutes!

The last volume left our heroes at the whim of Nappa, one of the Saiyans, who had just begun to fight Piccolo, Son Gohan and co. Son Goku is racing out of the Underworld to the battlefield in one of the most tense sequences I’ve ever see in a comic.

Akira Toriyama conveys the urgency perfectly and I mean totally and utterly perfectly - I actually stood up to read this part of the book! And the sequence of Goku’s flight from Underworld to Heaven to Karin Tower to Kinto’un and then right at the last second to the battle? Phewf! Real seat-of-the-pants entertainment!

With Yamcha dead at the end of the last book, even more characters die before Goku arrives (not Gohan though - that’d be too rough!) so it’s basically Goku vs Nappa, with Vegeta hanging back looking on. Goku’s training under the Lord of Worlds has given him some amazing new moves but it’s still a tough fight as Nappa’s no pushover.

There’s a real sense of menace with Vegeta and, though I’m sure Goku will somehow beat him, I still keep wondering who else is going to die and whether the cost of defeating Vegeta will be too high. Simply incredible storytelling from Toriyama.

The volume closes out with Goku having used his most powerful move on Vegeta, only for him to have deflected it. The two hover over the desert ready for the final battle. I think I need a lie down before I attempt the next book!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ann from NYC on October 5, 2011
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My 10 year old son is crazy with the dragon ball z series of books, so I got this one for him and he loved it.
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By Amazon Customer on October 23, 2013
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I love this, Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z have always been a huge part of my life and after purchasing these items everything just came back to me
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These VizBig editions of the the Dragon Ball Z story are such nice quiality it's totally worth the money. I wish there were more color pages for though. However the color pages it does have are prited very nicely. The paper doesn't change quality depending on if it's black and whit or color. This part of the story (Namek) is my personal favorite.
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Because of the resurgence of DBZ's popularity in the states (DBZ Abridged, Battle of the Gods, Dragonball Kai, Rock the Dragon, SH Figuarts from Bandai) I wish that Viz would reprint all of the Dragonball Z VIZBIG for the growing or re-interested fanbase. Some of the volumes are being resold for obscene amounts of money, I've seen some go for over 100 dollars both on Amazon and eBay! Luckily I did not have to pay for a price-scalped volume of DBZ VIZBIG. Reading the manga gives new perspective on Toriyama's familiar tale, and also since all of the artwork is his own, it's interesting to compare it to some of the artwork used in the anime. I recommend any fan of DBZ to read the manga, and VIZBIG is probably the easiest way to get into it. If people buy more of these wonderful volumes, hopefully Viz will reprint them!
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