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Undertown Volume 1 Paperback – August 14, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1427801036 ISBN-10: 1427801037

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Product Details

  • Series: Undertown (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427801037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427801036
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #831,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This fantasy manga presents the right mix of familiar tropes along with new ideas that should capture the imaginations of more than a few readers. Pascoe's story stars young Sama, a boy whose father is in the hospital following a heart attack. Sama wants to mend his father's health, but feels powerless in the face of the situation. A strange old man tells him of Undertown, a magical place that holds, among other things, the Sugar Stone, a magical object that could help Sama's father. After transporting to Undertown, Sama is thrown right into the middle of a land at war. Insects and Furmen, such as the anthropomorphic rabbit and hedgehog Sama befriends, vie for control of the Sugar Stone. Undertown's real strength lies in how all these concepts are introduced with a breakneck pace and with grand strokes. Myler's art makes sure that this is a book with plenty of action and characters in dramatic poses. The situations sometimes overwhelm the art but most of the time all the figures and their adventures are rendered in a very readable style. (July)
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More About the Author

JIM PASCOE is a writer, designer, and an Emmy Award-winning creative director. He is perhaps best known as the co-founder with Tom Fassbender of UglyTown, the influential crime fiction publishing company that discovered such new voices as Victor Gischler, Sean Doolittle and Brett Battles. In 2013, Akashic published the 15th anniversary edition of the first UglyTown book -- Pascoe & Fassbender's BY THE BALLS: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION. Jim Pascoe is also responsible for the packaging design of over 100 DVDs, including Life of Pi, Mad Men, the 2010 Kubrick Collection, and Coraline, which won Best in Show at the Hollywood Reporter's Key Art Awards. He has written comics and books featuring Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kim Possible, and Hellboy. His graphic novel series UNDERTOWN was serialized in over fifty newspapers worldwide, and his recent crime fiction has appeared in LOS ANGELES NOIR and FLORIDA HEAT WAVE.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jett on January 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought Undertown back when it was first released in 2007 just because of the interesting premise: a boy's father falls gravely ill so the boy embarks on a journey through an alternate world called Undertown to find an object called the Sugar Stone, which he believes can help his father. The idea is very original and in manga-form the story really comes together well. The characters in the book are also insanely charming - Sama, the main hero of the story who mirrors us when we were his age; Eddie, his fast-talking and witty teddy bear; Joey P.P., a porcupine-guy with a serious attitude; and so much more. This fantastic ensemble of characters really propel the story along and you want to follow them as Sama makes his journey through a world he thought at first was a place of happiness and joy but finds that it's actually a dark wasteland torn apart by civil war and evil forces. What's surprising about the kid-friendly facade is how mature the themes are in the book, dealing with death, deception, and betrayal without really letting up, creating the perfect subliminal mirror image of how when we're young the world is innocent but when we get out there we discover the harsh reality of it all. Not only is Undertown one of the best graphic novels I've ever read, it's also one of the most heartfelt and personal stories anyone anywhere will ever find in a book of this medium.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on April 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book at a yard sale today. I just finished it. I would have given it more stars, if it were a standalone instead of an incomplete series.

The back of the book gives a good description of the book's plot, so I won't write one.
The book is well made, the artwork is good and the story flows at a good pace. It's a bit, um, well, if your getting this for your child, you might want to preview (flip through and make sure the artwork is ok; blood and such) the whole book at a library before you buy. I think it's very interesting. The plot certainly kept me entertained, and when I finished it I looked up the second book online. It's not available. I hate it when I'm interested in a book and it never gets gets an ending. At this point, I don't see much hope for it since I couldn't find anything about the next volume's availability dated within a year of today (though the writter said something about volume 3 being finished in a very recent twitter post).

So here's my advice: if you're thinking about getting this book, go to volume 2's amazon page and sign up to be notified when the next volume is available. If and when it is available, flip through the first book at the library to make sure it interests you and is suitable to you. Then buy both books to show support and hope the 3rd one makes it to the press. (here's the page: http://www.amazon.com/Undertown-2-Jim-Pascoe/dp/1427807655/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1271520277&sr=8-2 )

I hope this helped you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sadie on January 26, 2014
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I haven't finished it yet since i'm pretty lazy but I'm enjoying the book so far its got a good storyboard to it. It was something I've been looking at for a long time now so i'm glad i got it.
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