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Product Details

  • Series: Sharknife (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Oni Press (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934964646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934964644
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's an effortlessly enjoyable comic that instantly defines 'page turner' with a fast-paced action extravaganza of mechanized ninja awesomeness, with the titular Sharknife cutting a path of destruction through the pages that lives up to his namesake." - Multiversity Comics

"It's clever, jam-packed full of action and also has a sense of humor, not to mention the slick artistic style" - ComicBooked.com

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"The biggest, silliest, craziest ball of fun I've read in ages." - Aint It Cool News

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I'm really glad I picked this one up.
Damien Lambert
The artwork is amazing, it brings a sense of energy into every bit of this comic, and the dialogue sounds like it's coming out of the mouths of real people.
D. Chinn
If you love video games, and action, check this out!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Damien Lambert on July 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I picked up Sharknife on a whim unsure of whether I wanted to drop ten bucks for it or not....but I decided to go for it after I read a few pages and laughed outright! Corey's artwork is also very alive and fluid, and it embodies everything I had hoped to achieve with my own style (mixing manga, graf, and action). The characters in shark are hilarious, and one feels as if they're watching an anime while reading the book. It's a short read, but trust me, if it doesn't earn it's $10 price tag with cool points alone, then nothing will. It's the Pulp Fiction of manga esque titles! I'm really glad I picked this one up. If you've ever seen FLCL and like the art of the Gorillaz, give shark knife a try. I cant wait till volume 2 comes out, it's made a fan out of me. Hell, I'm even downloading the songs from Guan Gong's jukebox!. Why September?
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian P. Stone on November 3, 2006
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If all you want out of a comic is 200 pages of fight scenes, then by all means pick up this book. The artwork is fantastic, but I also like having a bit of story to back up good artwork.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. P. Stearns on November 25, 2008
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I wanted to like this manga, I really did, but I didn't. The unique art style drew me in. In to this mess. The whole thing is written like a video game. A very lame video game. The art is pretty cool. The story makes me want to scoop my brains out with a rusty spoon. Do they sell rusty spoons on Amazon?
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SKuds on July 26, 2012
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This was a fun one, a little lacking in story, but a real fun escapism comic book. The art is as stylish as your favorite Paul Pope book, yet holds it own as something completely new and refreshing. If you need a break from reading serious comics take a break and relax with this baby, you'll breeze through it but your mouth will be dropping to the floor when its over.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Chinn on April 17, 2012
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I'll be honest, I bought this book on a whim because it popped up in my suggestions, little did I know how much trouble I would have putting it down! This comic is cover-to-cover fun, high speed, monster fighting action! The artwork is amazing, it brings a sense of energy into every bit of this comic, and the dialogue sounds like it's coming out of the mouths of real people. The premise is unlike anything I've seen before, and I mean that in the best way. If you love anime & manga inspired work akin to Scott Pilgrim, filled with robots, monsters, gangsters, sharks, Asian cuisine and video game references then make some space on your bookshelf and get this graphic novel now!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Alford on January 27, 2013
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Taking into account the genre-crossing that Scott Pilgrim pulled of by bringing together elements of video games, anime, manga, and American comics, Sharknife is a bad-ass kung-fu superhero for the Nintendo generation! Think, Viewtiful Joe meets Kung-Pow: Enter The Fist. Creator Corey Lewis has worked on projects like this before with the American comic adaptation of the Rival Schools game, or his own comic of Peng.

Gung-ho busboy Caesar Hallelujah works at the Guangdong Factory which is a multi-layered restaurant that is constantly being attacked by his adopted brother Ombra Ravenga who keeps sending wave after wave of "monster-of-the-week" to topple the competition. Win evil monsters show up, Caesar gets a fortune cookie from his sexy fly love interest Chieko, and transforms into the superhero Sharknife to stop the daily terror. Caesar was granted his power by a strange ancient shark god, while Ombra was also given the powers of an orca. Once Caesar eventually defeats a hundred monsters, he is given the powers of Double Z, although Ombra uses this power to level up too.

This is a profoundly unexpected surprise for otaku and video games alike. The story is engaging enough, even though it has a bunch of stereotypes thrown in that actually make it work. You'll catch some crossing over with Lewis' Peng comic too as both stories take place in the same universe. BTW, there are two versions of the first volume, the second one is a reprint titled Stage First features additional material, including stuff from Oni Press' Free Comic Book Day specials. If Street Fighter consumed your Saturday nights as a teen, then you will be all fired up for this one!
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