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Necromancer Volume 1 (v. 1) Paperback – July 3, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Necromancer (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Top Cow Productions/Image Comics (July 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582406480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582406480
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's an amazing story, powerful, well drawn, and full of truths.
Diana Muñoz Carbonell
As you would expect with a Top Cow book, it is filled with very attractive female characters but this isn't about style over substance.
Tim Janson
This was a good teaser for what i am thinking might shape up to be a decent series.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
This trade paperback collects the first six issues of the ongoing series and I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I enjoyed the book. Abby Van Alstine is a typical suburban teen. She hangs out with friends, she's a cheerleader...but Abby is soon to find out that she holds a dark secret - she can control magic. Abby discovers this ability with terrifying and tragic results when she accidentally summons the demon Mali who promptly kills her friends and parents. Abby is captured by cultists who worship Mali, and refer to her as the transcendant. They want to force Abby to again call up Mali but she refuses.

Abby is rescued by a centuries old sorcerer named Locke, who takes her into his home and begins to teach her how to use her powers. Abby is sent to a new high school and discovers that there are other students like her that can use magic. But even going to a new school, Abby cannot escape her dark secret. When one of her classmates hangs himself, he still manages to carry on a conversation with her! Much of the book is told in a flashback sequence as Abby is at the mercy of another demon who is mentally torturing her. He is trying to get Abby to endure more and more physical and mental anguish until she takes her own life.

As you would expect with a Top Cow book, it is filled with very attractive female characters but this isn't about style over substance. The character of Abby is very well-defined. Abby actually acts like a teenager with the same problems they all face such as peer pressure and strict parents. There's still a lot yet to be revealed about who Locke is and why Abby and the others have the powers that they have. Francis Manapul's art is lush and bold and a bit reminiscent of Joe Chiodo's work with the big, watery eyes. This is a great place to start if you have not been reading the series up to this point.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana Muñoz Carbonell on April 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was attracted to this comic book by its cover and by the tittle. I hadn' seen a single issue of it before, so I didn't know if I would like it. Finally, after readng the other review there is for this item, I thought I would order it because I was thinking that the premise of the comic book was good. And like it I did. It's an amazing story, powerful, well drawn, and full of truths. Is a story that moves you, because you can feel what she feels when magic wakes up in her and unwillingly she calls on a demon who kills everyone that matters to her. From here, there's a story of learning, of growing, of being able to forgive oneself and fight to master her new magic abilities.

I really liked this one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I picked up the Necromancer books several years after their release hoping to discover more about the Artifacts that now dominate the Top Cow universe. None of that stuff is in here, but I wasn't disappointed because this is an amazing book. Francis Manapul is one of the most amazing pencilers ever to work in comics. Just to look upon his work is to be at peace with the universe. Grace and beauty flow from pages that are quite horrifying to read. This is a very dark story: edgy, painful and leaving very little hope, but it's a beautiful piece of storytelling and art in an industry that is getting better at churning out garbage. If you're one of the lost souls condemned to wander the Top Cow universe, pick this one up for sure.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Flores on March 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
The only problem with The Necronomicon is that Top Cow never made more. To be honest, I didn't expect much, but this book packs a lot more character development into its pages than the cover would lead one to believe. A worthwhile journey into teen despair and redemption.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on March 18, 2011
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I don't read many graphic novels or manga, and I bought "Necromancer" on a recommendation. It turned out to be a good suggestion. The story is interesting, the character is likable, the artwork is attractive and helps to advance the story.

The story involves a teenage girl who discovers that she has a cult powers, though not in a Harry Potter sort of way. It's a dark and unhappy revelation, but one she's going to have to try to cope with. Overall, a short but good read.

The best compliment I can pay is that if there was a second volume, I'd buy it, too.
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