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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Gen Manga Entertainment, Inc.; 1 edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983613400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983613404
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,046,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's free, and has some great stories in it. Wolf is a retro-style sports manga about a young man angry at his father, who goes to the city to find him. Vs. Aliens is a neat little tale with a lot of twists and turns about a girl who may or may not be an alien. Kamen is more traditional; a mysterious man with a talking mask encounters soldiers in old Japan. Souls is sort of a spiritual ghost story. All are well done.

For seven volumes, I think I paid five dollars, and it was quite worth it. If you like really traditional Shonen Jump manga, or moe ones, you may not like it; these feel a little old school, or quirky. But it's a good quirky, and there isn't a dud manga in the set. Well worth it for manga fans, especially with how rare actual manga is on Kindle.
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Wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but was pleasantly surprised. Each volume contains part of a different on-going story. I was startled and disappointed when the first story, "Wolf" stopped, but my disappointment was short-lived because it was followed up by "Vs Aliens" which is easily my favorite of the bunch--cute, lighthearted school drama with a big dash of intrigue stirred in. All four stories are enjoyable and interesting and made me want to keep reading.
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Admittedly I did not know much about Japanese Manga nor would I call myself a fan when I was given a copy of GEN1, but immediately as I opened it I was struck by the cinematic quality of the drawings and stories. Each story is very unique from each other and completely different from the rest in both tone and appearance. I loved this. I did not expect to get sucked in, but lo and behold I was! My favorites so far are VS Aliens and Souls. There's something really spooky about Souls and never ever did I expect to get the creeps from a comic book.

GEN1 could very well have created a new Manga fan out of me!
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The thing with indie comics is not having a professional editor providing feedback or adulterating the comic to make it more mainstream and marketable. So what you have is pretty much a raw comic, like an unedited college paper with zero spell check (this is just metaphorical, there are no spelling errors to my knowledge). This lack of mainstream focus is what draws the appeal to Gen #1. It is pretty much a collection of several short stories in one volume, like Shonen Jump, but for hipsters. It's a cool project, and one I whole-heartedly support, but like I said with it not having any professional intervention, some of the stories made by the creators in Gen are pretty hit-or-miss. Art-styles and themes vary. One story can be shonen-esque, the next more seinen, etc. But entertainment wise, only a few stories were actually interesting.

The stories:

1) Wolf- a boxing manga with a theme of revenge
2) Vs. Aliens - a science-fiction slice-of-life
3) Kamen - samurai fantasy in old Japan
4) Souls - a cerebral drama in old Japan (the best I can describe it)

Kamen and Souls were my favorite, but that's because of my particular taste. The art-styles for all of them aren't exactly "top notch" like Kishimoto or Obata, but it's a lot better than most indie manga out there.

I think the comic may have some issues on Kindle, because previously the pages would skip or copy the previous page. I don't know if it's a Kindle problem or the comic, but I want that to be known. It went away once I got to Kamen, but I just don't know.

All in all, for just $2 on Kindle, you're hardly breaking the bank if you're not satisfied with Gen #1. For just pocket change, you can grab a digital copy for a good, quick read and at the same time, support the indie scene. Gen #1 has its charm, but if you're expecting blockbuster stories similar to Naruto, Bleach, w/e, you won't find it here.
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VS Aliens was the lone manga I really liked (characters in typical large-eyed Japanese anime fashion with a decent storyline and some humor). First manga was average at best (ok story but weak drawings), third and fourth manga were better drawn than first manga, but story lines were way underdeveloped. Can't justify keeping it given only one-fourth of the previews provided were very appealing hence the 3 star review. If looking for several free comics bundled in one please give my review for "Ash-Tray Comics #0" by Eric Shock a look as it also mentions several other free comics available. Bottom line, Gen 1 was worth a look if only because it was free.
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Short but decent. I'd assume these are mangaka who are getting started. I've read the monthly manga compilations from Japan and their english counterparts since I was a kid and this one is not up to that level but oddly I like it anyway. As it was free, it was worth the time to read and I might check out the next one depending on the price.
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I love the idea of graphic novels, manga, and really any artistic story-telling endeavor. Sadly, I wanted to like this more than I did and was not motivated to download any of the subsequent issues. They artwork and stories are not really BAD; I simply did not find them engaging. I might have continued the one about the young man who meets the aspiring sumo wrestler had I known where it was going. A synopsis or basic plot-description for each story would be helpful.
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