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Livewires Vol. 1: Clockwork Thugs, Yo Paperback – October 26, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (October 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785115196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785115199
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Trevor M. Downs on June 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I really like Livewires. I like it so much that I have all six issues of it. I really wanted to give this edition 5 stars but Marvel's horrendous choice of going with the digest format has ruined this wonderful book. The pages are shrunk to about ¾ the original size and the print quality of the details really suffers, especially the light line-work of the dialogue boxes. Despite this, I heartily recommend this to any anime or espionage fans.
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A comic shop near my school was having a big sale. Manga, comic and graphic novels were 70% off. So when I saw this I thought I would give it a try. I'm very glad that I did. When I was done reading it was like "Wow. That was awesome." I love the set up and characters. The only complaint I have is the fact the series is so short. The should of at least made it 2 books/12 comics long, if not more. That way the readers can get to know the characters better and care for them more. If there's ever a 2nd series, I will be picking it up. This comic is worth a chance.
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Livewires was a product of the ill-fated Marvel Next imprint, meant to showcase original material aimed at a teen audience. Whereas Runaways relied on teen drama, and Spellbinders explored the magical element of the Marvel Universe, Livewires was an action miniseries involving artificial intelligence and top-secret quasi-government tech projects.

This six-issue miniseries was written by Adam Warren, better known for his own comic Empowered. Warren's ideas are a breath of fresh air for the Marvel Universe, starring not traditional superheroes but five "mecha" (they dislike the term "robot") whose sole purpose is to hunt down and destroy rival robotics projects. It's told mostly from the perspective of Stem Cell, their newest recruit, who is meant to replace the team's recently destroyed tech specialist. Warren's dialogue might seem odd at times (it might just be Cornfed's midwestern colloquialisms), but he manages to keep the reader engaged with both action and a steady stream of ideas up until the end. The art, although not Warren's (who is a good artist in his own right), is a manga-inspired style that's still pretty darn good, despite the bland cover art on this volume. Stem Cell in particular has a cute, farm girl look, whereas Gothic Lolita sports the fashion sense that is her namesake.

The weaknesses in this volume come from the fact that six issues was not enough to fully explore the concepts presented. We never find out who is funding Project Livewire and why. Besides Stem Cell, the Livewires themselves aren't explored in depth.
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I love offbeat offerings from major publishers ('Mazing Man, Amethyst, Foolkiller, Sleepwalker) because they explore dusty corners of beloved universes and can take chances with their characters. "Livewires" fills the bill. It's about a bunch of top-secret black-ops androids tasked with taking out other Marvel top-secret black-ops projects. There are flaws, of course. There is an unfortunate attempt at street android slang, as the titular "yo" suggests. (Instead of a variant of the N-word ending in "a," the androids call each other "my mecha." Bleah.) The first chapter of the GN has so much exposition about the characters they might as well have gone a step further and said, "This is a graphic novel! Y'know, words and pictures artfully arranged and printed on smushed-up trees, my mecha!" Overall, however, I found "Livewires" an enjoyable, exciting and occasionally moving read. Marvel has plenty of both secret scientific cabals and ridiculous robots, and this series has a lot of fun mashing these together.
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