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Book 1 of 4 in the Zombie Powder Series

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Gamma Akutabi is a master criminal ("class S-zero") with a chainsaw sword and a metal arm that allows him to catch bullets. He's also a Powder Hunter, which means he's chasing after the Rings of the Dead. If he finds 12 of them, he can make zombie powder, which resurrects the dead and grants the living immortality. He's joined in his quest by his partner, gun-toting, suit-wearing CT Smith, and John Elwood Shepherd, a young knife-thrower turned pickpocket who wants to resurrect his dead sister. The series originally appeared in the Japanese magazine Shonen Jump, but was canceled before it could be completed. If these first chapters are any indication, it's not hard to figure out why. Written and drawn by Kubo (Bleach!), the promising setup is little more than an excuse for a series of mindless action scenes. Kube's art begins by doing some intriguing things with grayscale and shading, but quickly devolves into generic action sequences that sacrifice clear storytelling for dramatic, anatomically impossible poses. Combined with the already chaotic plot, the overall effect is like reading a hyperactive cartoonist's book after his Ritalin has run out. (Sept.)
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Bleach is author Tite Kubo's second title. Kubo made his debut with ZOMBIEPOWDER, a four-volume series for Weekly Shonen Jump. To date, Bleach has been translated into numerous languages and has also inspired an animated TV series that began airing in Japan in 2004. Beginning its serialization in 2001, Bleach is still a mainstay in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2005, Bleach was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen (boys) category.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1 edition (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142150152X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421501529
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bleach is author Tite Kubo's second title. Kubo made his debut with ZOMBIEPOWDER, a four-volume series for Weekly Shonen Jump. To date, Bleach has been translated into numerous languages and has also inspired an animated TV series that began airing in Japan in 2004. Beginning its serialization in 2001, Bleach is still a mainstay in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2005, Bleach was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen (boys) category.

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Also if you are a Bleach fan then this is an absolute must.
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And the story, what we get of it here anyway, is a good starting point.
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"Zombie Powder" is blended well with the action and comedic elements.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. Nichols on September 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am both pleased and disappointed in VIZ's translation; however, since I rarely buy the US releases I don't really know if it is a VIZ thing, or if it just me. I've digressed.

Well, first of all, the book looks amazing. VIZ did a great job of maintaining the art quality. I have no complaints there. The cover was- eh. I think they lost some of the color depth but whatever. They made up for it inside.

The translation itself is good, not as good as I was hoping. There were instances where I felt it was translated to loosely, others where I felt it was too literal- however since I cannot read Kanji, these feelings come purely from other translations I have read. It is 100% personal preference.

More than that I really, really hated how the translation was really softened from the original. Maybe that is a VIZ thing, I dunno. I think this is the first manga I've bought from them. Anyways, instead of the coarser and more violent language I was expecting, it was bland bordering on the rediculous (Hombre? Mano a Mano? Seriously, I could NEVER have imagined Gamma saying that. Thanks VIZ.) I also got annoyed with the repetitive SFX, but I guess there isn't SO much that can be done with that. However, I don't need to see another DO - OM anytime soon.

However, if the stronger language was softened, I felt like VIZ redeemed itself in the humour. There were some comic panels that lost something (Gamma's fork in the head lost it's comedic value through the bland reactions of background characters) but most were truely funny. I found myself laughing in several places that I hadn't found humourous before.

My biggest disappointment by far were the actual characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Moore on January 16, 2007
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The title for this is ZOMBIE POWDER not Bleach. Why do so many people compare this to Bleach?? It was his first work. BEFORE Bleach... Anyway, I don't see why this manga is getting such poor ratings. I picked it up and read the back cover not even noticing it was by Tite Kubo. It seemed interesting so I bought it and enjoyed it. No, it is not as good as Bleach. But is it a good manga? Yes, and well worth a read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
"Zombie Powder is from VIZ Communications Shoen Jump line of Manga and is written and drawn by Tite Kubo, best known for another Shoen Jump series "Bleach". Zombie Powder is a near-future action/comedy manga that's brimming with sword-chopping and bullets-blazing action. Gamma Akutabi is a legendary criminal and an even more legendary powder hunter. He seeks the 12 Rings of the Dead. The source of the mysterious zombie powder which myths say can return the dead to life, or grant immortality to the living. Gamma also is known for his metal arm and very large, chainsaw sword. He first appears in the town of Blue Note, seeking a ring He befriends a young pickpocket named Elwood and his ailing sister. His ill sister is the reason that Elwood steals, he's trying to raise money for an operation that will save her life.

A local gang led by boss Mr. Kinqro not only wants whatever Rings of the Dead that Gamma has, but there's also a hefty price on the criminal's head. The Gang attacks and Elwood's sister is shot. Elwood demands to travel with Gamma, hoping the Zombie Powder will bring his sister back to life. But all along the way, there are other Zombie Powder hunters, all seeking the same prize.

"Zombie Powder" is blended well with the action and comedic elements. Elwood provides the comic relief, dragging Gamma and later his partner Mr. Smith, into one worse predicament after another, while still managing to keep his nimble fingers in the pockets of all those around him. Gamma himself is an intriguing character with his black metal arm and the powerful sword. Gamma is a hero who loves to trash talk with his opponents, annoying them even more than with his incredible fighting skill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J on August 25, 2006
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This is volume one of Tite Kubo's first series, Zombie Powder. It is one of his masterpieces and I am glad that Viz bought the rights to it. If you are a fan of futuristic cowboy animes or mangas then this is for you. Also if you are a Bleach fan then this is an absolute must. I bought all four of the Japanese mangas a while ago because I figured that it would never be brought out to the states. But I am to buy them all over again from Viz. The sad part about the series though is that it does not have an ending but that does not mean the adventure through the four is any less exciting. Maybe one day Kubo will pick up on this series again.
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Tite Kubo, Zombie Powder: The Man with the Black Hand (ViZ, 1999)

Tite Kubo is known these days as the author of Bleach, one of the best-selling manga of all time. Before there was Bleach, there was Zombie Powder, Kubo's first miniseries (it runs only four volumes; Bleach is now up over thirty). For years, it was damnably hard to find, but ViZ has taken pity on us Bleach fanatics and released it in America. Finally.

In the first installment of Zombie Powder, we meet Elwood, a kid who has resorted to pickpocketing in order to earn money to pay for his sister's heart medication. (You've heard this before, no?) All that changes when he meets Gamma, class S thief extraordinaire, a class S criminal who hunts bounty hunters in his spare time (and occasionally picks up a bounty himself). Elwood finds himself drawn to Gamma when he finds out Gamma is looking for the Rings of Death, twelve bands that when put together will produce Zombie Powder, capable of raising the dead--or making someone immortal. Of course, it turns out that everyone else in Elwood's town is also looking for the Rings of Death, including Elwood's boss...

I have to say that Zombie Powder, at least in the first installment, may be the most violent manga I've ever read. (The main difference between this and something like Bleach or One Piece is that people who get injured do, in fact, die every once in a while. You wouldn't think that would be such a big shift in perspective, but believe me, it is.) And yes, that includes Reiko the Zombie Shop. It's also talkier and not as accomplished as Bleach, but you can see the seeds of Kubo's later work in the early stuff. And the story, what we get of it here anyway, is a good starting point. Likable.
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