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Old City Blues Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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More specific to this exact product, however, I feel the quality of the publication deserves special attention. Every page is very dense, high quality paper that feels far more substantial than your average comic or manga page. The hardcover binding, front, and back are minimally designed (mine was a canary yellow book completely different in appearance from the thumbnail on Amazon's page) with subtle embossing of the art. It's a very clean, obviously well-crafted package that's visually appealing within your living space, condensed and light enough to be easily taken anywhere, and sturdy enough to last. However, if -for whatever reason- you find yourself particularly taken with the blue and white cover Amazon displays, you may come away disappointed, or at least surprised.
To preview the actual product design, as I received it, see Mr. Milonogiannis' web page.
What is this graphic novel about? Here's a description:
"The murder of the CEO at the head of the world's foremost cybernetic corporation sets the stage for Old City Blues, the gripping new futuristic noir from publisher, Archaia Entertainment.
Old City Blues begins in the year 2048 of Southeastern Europe. Built on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens is a city crawling with life--low-life, that is. From mech smugglers and drug dealers, to corrupt politicians and all-too-powerful corporations, the city is at the mercy of high-tech criminals. And it's up to Solano, Thermidor, and the rest of the New Athens Special Police to keep the city in order. When the cybernetically augmented founder of a tech corporation called Hayashi is found murdered, it seems to be just another case of cyborg persecution. But Hayashi Corporation's strange response to the incident raises suspicion in Solano and the Special Police. The mystery they unravel will lead them straight into the wasteland of the Old City."
What were my thoughts on this graphic novel?
While the premise is one that sounds somewhat 'familiar'... The different style artwork by Giannis Milonogiannis gives a new approach to this genre.
It does help that Giannis is also the writer, in that he can illustrate his vision of the storyline in a black & white format.
The only possible problem in a work such as this, is that when one person is both the writer & illustrator, they are the one responsible for the total work.Read more ›
If you are someone who enjoys Gundam, Ghost in the Shell, Blade Runner, or Metal Gear, this is for you. If you just like comics and a good story, this is also for you. Milonogiannis is extremely talented and I am hoping he makes more installments to this series soon.
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Not much to say. A solid book that has me wanting to see what comes next. Good art and plot.Published on August 4, 2013 by bubbajoe
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was like a tightly edited movie that flowed from dialogue to great action sequences. Read morePublished on May 18, 2012 by Davexbit