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Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter Hardcover – December 3, 2013
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I hesitate to write this, because Dan deserves to have the sales, so please understand that I am simply recommending not to get this book from Amazon:
Amazon's packaging, unfortunately, absolutely terrible. 2 of the corners on the hard cover book came smashed.
Book came laying flat in a box that was fit exactly to size in length and width, with 3 air bags placed on top. Having been on the pre-order waiting list for 3 months now, and waiting, this was very disappointing.
Replacement by Amazon shipped with even less care. Same box, no air bags this time. Corners smashed, again, but not as badly so I am giving up.
If you look closely at the cover, you'll see the actual killbook attached in chains to the belt of Gabriel, the protagonist that artist Dan Luvisi has created for his story.
Gabriel is a super soldier who was framed by a military corporation with global power. The story isn't really original, but it's still quite interesting to see this world that Gabriel lives in. With the help of a secret agent, he managed to escape the prison and is now back for revenge. This killbook collects all the bad guys on his hit list.
The book is presented as a scrapbook, with photos, artworks, documents and notes. The writing style is like snapshots from what Gabriel still can remember. Basically, there's no actual flow to the story. The book starts off with the introduction and background to the world, and then moves on immediately the the hit list, and ends with a gallery of concept art from children who still believe in the innocence of Gabriel.
While the writing isn't as good as it can be, the idea is fantastic. There are lots of bad guys with profiles and interesting analysis. Since the genre is sci-fi, you get characters that are not humans. There is a lot of content to read through and digest.
The last part of the book is quite creepy. It features fan art of Gabriel and other characters by children, fictitious of course, mostly under the age of 10. The artworks are look great, and there lies the creepiness because the kid's photos are shown beside their art. It's difficult to imagine young kids creating such accomplished pieces of work. Imagine a 5-year-old with an almost 3D painting of a muscular man-shark or shark-man with teeth that looks like it can bite through your neck like french fries. Interestingly, when you follow the websites of these kids, you'll be brought to the actual artists who created them.
This is a visually wonderful book and could be more awesome with better writing.
(See more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
-Portraits of each character are rendered extremely hyper-realistically. The scrapbook layout fits perfectly well to help the readers drink in all the little details without getting overwhelmed. Artists will definitely have kick out of this!
-Even though it's a good 240 pages, the reader will not be bored by the witty commentary of each character introduced and the rich history of this world.
-The details paid attention in both creating the characters as well as the world they live in are stunning. From the bizarre to the fantastic, the creativity invested in these characters is extremely evident from, not just the artwork, but also from their background stories and Gabriel's commentary on them. I absolutely loved this distinctive and beautiful vision of a futuristic world
- Dan tries to flesh out each character in their way but sometimes it feels very clichéd with some of them (tragic past, abusive childhood, etc). Even though no two characters are the same, it still feels as though their stories have been told before and is all too familiar. But this is only with some characters, not all of course.
-Since this is only a guidebook of all, the story is only bare bones and so the writing, at times, seem very juvenile and underdeveloped. The tone, though supposed to be snarky and sarcastic, tends to sound immature at times. I'm probably being too nitpicky but it would be nice to know that there is some purpose to the protagonist aside from simply getting revenge on the people who framed him for crimes he didn't commit.
- It's very BIG (coffee table book sized) and so it may be a bit of a hassle for some. Though this is only a minor complaint, the size is WORTH containing the epic quality of its contents.
Overall, I can't say the Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter is perfect and will astound everyone who comes within a four feet of it. But, it is definitely worth reading if you want to take a dive into the world of a dark but beautiful future.
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'Story' and art are amazing.
*Waits patiently for Gabe figurine*