- Series: Phoenix (Book 2)
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 2nd edition (December 14, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 159116608X
- ISBN-13: 978-1591166085
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phoenix, Vol. 2: A Tale of the Future Paperback – December 14, 2004
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Top Customer Reviews
In this volume, Tezuka uses his signature cinematic style which is now so often copied that it seems commonplace to the modern reader. Compare anything he draws to the best American comics drawn during the same era, and the difference is staggering- it's like comparing a 3D HDTV set to an old black and white cathode ray tube.
This is the second volume of the lengthy series. It takes place in the distant future, as man destroys himself through world war. The eventual rebirth and the hero Masato underscore themes of pacifism, environmentalism, and buddhist thought for which Tezuka is famous. This is a must read for serious and casual graphic novel fans alike. Even if you've never been a fan of manga before, you are likely to enjoy this serious, thought-provoking, and entertaining work.
The artwork is incredible. It can be glanced over as you fervently read through the engrossing story or you can pour over it, looking at each and ever detail: the faces of each man, beast and machine, the apocalyptic earth, the dazzling sight of the phoenix in all its glory.
I suppose people can say "It's been done" when it comes to the story, but bah to them! The eternal cycle, the bond of love, the danger of freedom, the folly of creation, of power, of ideals and control. Give it to someone young and they can touch on these themes, give it to someone old and they can marvel at the detailed creation of such a frightening world.
It ain't the highest-caliber medium to present these grand ideas, but if any doubt that a graphic novel/comic book/manga can only cover an eensy-weensy niche of cliches and dribble...then I suppose this is one of many that can prove otherwise.
I know so little Japanese that I cannot vouch for its translation (so I suppose I cannot defend it well) but it does not insult the English language or the reader flipping through.
Now enough doom and gloom - whether you wish to be taught some overwhelming moral or not, this manga is definitely enjoyable and should be read just for the story. So run, or click quickly or something, and get this book and immerse yourself in the perennial tale of the Phoenix.
From this review I hope to influence the mainsteam-north-american-comic-book-readers to delve into this masterpiece, as it is pretty much the one and the only manga I pick up, and since then I pick up everything that Tezuka comes out with because he's just that fantasitic. Don't second guess picking up this work, in fact snag anything that says Tezuka on the back cover. Again, I'm not into manga whatsoever, but Tezuka's work on this series is a must have for any serious TPB or Graphic Novel collector, as we label them today.
So why only four stars? Well, Viz has chosen to present this in a Westernized reading order, i.e. left to right instead of the original Japanese reading order, right to left. This subtly changes the artwork (for example, almost everyone is left-handed) and does does not convey the artists original intention.
Oh, well, even with the flipped artwork it's an excellent read. If you read manga at all, and maybe even if you don't, pick this up. You will discover how great manga can be.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a life-changing experience. It would give you a different perspective on life and definitively our future. Just get it!Published 5 days ago by Isaac
Disney declares to provide human stories for family and children. Osamu Tezuka learned and copied from Disney. Read morePublished 5 months ago by E. André Lhuillier
I really enjoyed seeing the old school artwork in this manga, however the storyline did not meet my expectations. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Emma
Phoenix Volume 2 is an amazing story that stands alone, you don't have to read the other volumes to read this one. The art was great and the Story was phenomenal. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by xavier bojorquez