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Drops of God, Volume '04: The Second Apostle Paperback – June 19, 2012
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“Absolute page-turner… It’s the sweeping two-page illustrations of taste-transporting moments (a shirt-tearing jam by rock band Queen, a maiden fleeing through strawberry fields) that better capture wine’s great allure than a thousand dry scribblings on history and weather conditions.” —Time Out New York
“An almost psychedelically beautiful work… It’s like Speed Racer crossed with Wine Spectator.” —The Daily Dish (LA Times)
“I have already ordered the second volume (out in December) and I guess that in terms of reviews that is a definitive statement.” —Wine Psych
“Penchants for French wines drive the selection of vinos described with dramatic, often fanatical detail.” —Wine Enthusiast
“Through the dramas of their wine-drinking characters, [Tadashi Agi] instructs readers on how to taste wine. It’s hilarious, for sure, when a young woman swoons over a man’s decanting skills, but it’s also a great way to draw attention to the technical proficiency of a beautiful pour without getting too technical. And that’s what’s truly extraordinary about Drops of God: It makes learning about wine—which, let’s face it, can be a totally tedious thing for the non-obsessed—really fun… Seriously, this is juicy stuff!” —GILT
“This is not only an influential wine book in Japan (and France) but is a gem of a find—something that is out-of-the-ordinary, yet based on serious wine understanding, i.e. that wine is a living thing and the memories that fine wines can evoke. It is a real page turner!” —WEINGARTEN
“This book is extraordinarily easy to like, and I vastly prefer whiskey over wine. I’ve been hearing everyone and everything hail The Drops of God as the latest best thing ever since 2009. As it turns out, the hype was right. This is good comic-booking.”
About the Author
Tadashi Agi is the pen-name used by the best-selling brother and sister duo Shin and Yuko Kibayashi. Veteran writers the Kibayashi's debuted on the Japanese scene with the award-winning and best-selling comic series Kindaichi's Case Files(published in English by Tokyopop). Agi's next hit was the series GetBackers, which would cement the pair as Japan's most innovative thriller mystery writers of the early part of the new century. GetBackers success would extend across the globe becoming a strong seller in the US, selling approximately 200,000 units. Lifetime Agi's works would amass to millions of units in Japan and nearly 300,000 units sold in the US. Yuko and Shin Kibayashi are also well regarded wine enthusiasts who were also voted one of Decanter magazine's 50 most influential people in the wine industry in 2009. They have been featured in interviews with the New York Times, CNN, and Wine Aficionado regarding global wine trends.
Shu Okimoto is a veteran comic book illustrator and book jacket designer.
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In volume three we discovered the identity of the first apostle. Know things are getting serious. Since the test has now proven to be anyone's game, both sides have raised the bar and begun to take the other more seriously. In this volume we see some interesting back stories on several of the characters as well as encounter some dramatic twists and turns.
Being a wine lover, I really do appreciate the metaphors used to describe wine, whether it be an allusion to Rachmaninoff's 2nd symphony or a reference to Pegasus. Though much time is spent oohing and ahhing the big, expensive wines, an equal amount of the story revolves around the characters seeking the best values or looking for wines that can compete with more expensive wines. Like finding something that is better than a 1970 Margaux from the same vintage and from the left bank as well (a lot of left bank Bordeaux was better than Margaux that year, and the reason is explained in the course of this story - and the wine that they decide to put up against the Margaux is considerably lower on the classification hierarchy).
Expect the story to continue to deliver. The drawings are amazing, and the translation is solid. If you enjoyed the last three volumes, then you will enjoy this one. I'm just sad that we have to wait until October 30th for volume 5!
UPDATE: Volume 5 will actually skip ahead past 8 volumes and we will be reading about the new world wines. So the publisher, apparently at the behest of the authors, will skip a HUGE chunk of the story, equal to 8 volumes (or twice as much content as we have up to this point). Just wanted to put that out there. I think perhaps the Japanese publisher felt that Americans aren't really lining up for this because of the focus early on with European wine. So they are going to skip ahead to the New World in order to appease the 'unsophisticated' Western palates.