- Series: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 1--Phanto (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 330 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421578808
- ISBN-13: 978-1421578804
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 138 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Part 1--Phantom Blood, Vol. 2 Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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About the Author
Hirohiko Araki made his manga debut in 1981 with the Wild West story Busô Poker. He experimented with several genres, including mystery (Mashonen B.T.) and action-horror (Baoh), before beginning JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure in 1986. Propelled by imaginative storylines, weird imagery and individualistic artwork, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of the longest-running and most popular shonen manga ever. Araki’s current works include a new series set in the JoJo universe, JoJolion.
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Of course this gets five stars, it's JoJo. If you haven't read the manga or watched the show (the fourth part should be out really soon) then you need to start. I know some people like to skip to part 3, Stardust Crusaders, since it's the most popular part, but you would be hurting yourself greatly by skipping the first two parts. Oh yeah and even though the anime for this part is basically Stardust Crusaders style of work, this is much more 80s, so it looks a little dated. I like the little interview at the end too, it gives a little insight to the author's creation of the characters.
It's fitting that this adventure comic should start in Victorian England, as this was the historical origin of boy's adventure stories in general. Luckily, Araki wrote this before "steampunk" (SF adventure stories set in the Victorian era) became a movement, so he avoids its cliches.
The art in this early chapter is sometimes crude, but always filled with energy. There's a clear parallel with the way Araki ignores realistic proportions & anatomy for maximum energy and Rob Liefeld's work in the 90's. The main difference being that Araki evolved while Liefeld stagnated...
This story might be a little too violent for young children and a little too silly for disaffected teens. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in older "manga" and doesn't mind a little bit of blood and a lot of over the top acting.
Two dogs die in this book. Be aware that this will keep happening.
Although VIZ had released the 3rd arc in its entirety, the other arcs have not seen American shores...
that was until now!
Phantom Blood is the very start of the story. Even though it wasn't so much until the 3rd arc where the "stand" ability was developed and the story began to embrace its full craziness, Phantom Blood still manages to stand out.
Araki draws very detailed images of muscular and flamboyant young men. Even if his art is a little rough, you will still find yourself spending plenty of time looking at it. There's just so much to look at! With more and more popular manga and anime titles embracing minimalist style, JOJO is a pleasant surprise.
In addition to the art, Araki shows his eccentricity through his story. Romance, tragedy, violence, humor, friendship, morality, the supernatural... these are all themes he managed to incorporate into the story.
As for the physical release, Viz has done a very nice job. A sturdy hardcover with new images from the artist, colored pages interspersed throughout, good quality paper with clear printing, and even a little bonus interview from Araki himself makes this a lovely addition to your JOJO collection or your manga shelf. I hope this level of quality continues throughout Phantom Blood and any subsequent releases of this unique series.
I'm looking forward to the release of volumes 2 and 3!
PS: You can't go wrong with the book's physical quality. Love the hard cover that doesn't include a slip.
The art itself looks great with some color pages thrown in and the translation is top notch. As for the story itself, it's Jojo, just read it already!