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Gyakushu! Volume 1 Paperback – February 6, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Gyakushu! (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598169696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598169690
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hipp's original manga is a story of revenge, brutal and primal. All the standard plot points concerning retribution are done early on, but freshened by his attractive art. Of all the Western artists illustrating with a manga influence, Hipp has definitely created one of the most unusual and satisfying approaches. His action scenes flow, brimming with plenty of power and drama. His characters' environments are strangely dark and atmospheric. The character designs are striking, especially the bandaged lead. But Hipp is not well served by his own writing. In the early chapters narration is overbearing and muddled. Characters spout dialogue that is sometimes awkward when it should be dramatic. These flaws soften the blow of a comic that could hit real hard, although the book improves as the plot takes over. The two forces behind the epic battle that takes up the second half of the book run into each other to start off the spectacular fight. The visuals are what's strongest here: many of Hipp's shortcomings are easy to forgive given what he can do with a comics page. (Feb.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
Gyakushu isn't your typical Tokyopop Manga...first, it's written and drawn by not by a Japanese creator but rather by American Dan Hipp in a kind of Americanized Manga style, less cartoony that typical Manga. Secondly, this book is much grimmer in tone they most Manga. It's really like a fairy tale where everyone does NOT live happily ever after. Gyakushu is raw, unfettered violence and brutality and filled with sickeningly evil characters...and that's all within the first two-dozen pages.

It starts out like a very pleasant tale as we meet a retired thief and his wife Demi, and young son Spencer, out for play on a warm, idyllic day in a wheat field. A wizened narrator tells the story in a series of flashbacks. We learn the unnamed thief stole a book of shadowy secrets from the malignant Viktor. The book led him to the secret land where he now lives, in the false belief that he and his family are safe. But Viktor has other ideas. He tracks the thief to the peaceful village, killing nearly every man, woman, and child along the way until he finds the thief. His henchman is a blackheart known as Wretchit, whose face was carved into a permanent, twisted smile by the thief.

They show absolutely no mercy as the thief is mutilated and left to die, only after seeing his wife butchered in front of him, and the whereabouts of his son unknown. Years later, Viktor is now emperor, ruling as a true tyrant, until a mysterious figure, heavily bandaged throughout his body, comes stalking out of the wilderness, killing the Emperor's soldiers. Could this possibly be the thief? And what connection does he have to the small boy who has been told the now legendary thief was his father.

Gyakushu is about as darkly violent as it gets in a Manga title.
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