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Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Vol. 1-2 Paperback – November 4, 2014
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“Various genre elements are stretched to their limits, and then woven into an engaging, imaginative story.” ―ANIME NEWS NETWORK
About the Author
Satoshi Mizukami is a Japanese artist best known as the creator of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer, Sengoku Youko, and most recently Spirit Circle. He has provided a one-shot story for the Trigun: Multiple Bullets anthology released by Dark Horse.
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The translation is solid, and the book has a good print quality. I suspect this is going to fall apart on me someday - it's a fat "omnibus" edition of two manga volumes and books like that always develop binding issues, but mostly because I know I'm going to read the heck out of it. For anyone who's already a fan of the series like me, trust me, it's a worthwhile purchase to get a good, physical copy.
For anyone else, well, I'm obviously very biased. Again, the translation is good and the art is clean and direct. Mizukami has a few issues with proportions and faces that you won't be able to un-see once you've noticed them, though they rarely detract from his excellent panel and page composition, and wonderful pacing. Action and dialogue bounce along, rarely getting bogged down, and you can almost see the fight scenes animated on the page. The characters are smart and funny, and it's very easy to grow attached to them over the course of the series. If you're anything like me, then this comic will just pick you up and sweep you along.
Finally, the decision to release this as an omnibus edition is a good one. The first volume is fun and energetic, full of good jokes and swift action. However, the second volume provides some of the first big moments that make you realize there's a lot more going on beyond the humor and fights. Together they make a more solid first part than just volume 1 does on its own, and I hope anyone willing to buy a copy to check it out can overcome any reluctance inspired by the cost of a two-volume collection versus just one volume.
The plot serves as medium by which characters are explored and philosophy discussed, with a very generous dose of action to provide excitement. In Lucifer, the the characters are not two-dimensional stock characters that serve to advance the action. Instead, they are fully realized human beings with hearts and souls, who befriend each other and grow as they fight to prevent the hammer from falling. Satoshi Mizukami's characterization is perhaps his greatest feature. |If you want a manga with very well written (and very cool) characters, Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is perfect for you.
In short, this is my favourite manga, I've read through it three times, and with that in mind, I recommend it to everyone.
Yuuhi doesn't really care much for the world, so he's inclined to pass up the call of duty; that is, until he's approached by the fearless and mighty Princess Samidare, leader of Earth's defenders. Samidare presents him with a proposal: help her save the world, so she can destroy it herself! The hilarity only escalates from there as the many Beast Knights of Earth join the fight, all unaware of the ulterior motives of their leader and her right-hand man.
Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer is a downright hilarious, action-packed, heartwarming, and often tear-jerking trip through the lives of a large cast of wonderfully well-developed characters as they band together to save their world. This manga is an absolute gem, and one of my all-time favorite stories in any medium. Fans of just about any genre can find something to love here. Give it a shot!
This manga has some decent fights, but the focus is undoubtedly on the characters and their journey.