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Rohan at the Louvre (Louvre Collection) Hardcover – April 1, 2012

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"Mischievous humor. A great find."  —Library Journal on the previous books in the series


"A great story of a hearing-impaired young man trying to find his way."  —Miami Herald on the previous books in the series


"It's a straightforward, beautifully drawn, and delicately colored tale, filled with emotional bursts, sudden death, and the scent of eternity. It's also a great deal of fun." —Foreword (June 2012)


"Wondrous insanity." —www.TCJ.com (The Comics Journal)


"A must read! With its attention to the artistic process and the almost INDIANA JONESesque mystery of an ancient relic, mixed with a little bit of Japanese fairy tale whimsy, Rohan at the Louvre is a truly unique reading experience." —www.AintItCool.com


"The previous . . . title in the Louvre's distinguished graphic novel series, The Sky Over the Louvre, set an even higher standard than the first three high quality titles, and Araki's gorgeous ghost story easily matches them all for plot, drawing chops and emotional gut-punch. This excellent volume is recommended for fans of extreme manga artishness and for horror otaku." —Library Journal (May 2012)


"Araki's book will be relished by readers who are fans of the manga format, especially those interested in art." —VOYA magazine


"Published in a large hardcover format this unique title should find an audience. Should be popular with manga fans." —School Library Journal (July 2012)

About the Author

Hirohiko Araki is a manga artist and the author of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series and the Steel Ball Run series, both of which have been serialized in the popular weekly magazine Shonen Jump.
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Product Details

  • Series: Louvre Collection
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: NBM Publishing (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561636150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561636150
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a huge fan of Hirohiko Araki and his comics, so when I heard that Rohan at the Louvre was being published in English, there was no question I'd buy it; in fact, I already had it in the Japanese magazine serialization and the hardcover French edition. It's a five-star for me, or for several other groups of people, but there are some problems with this volume regardless.

It's a gorgeous volume; the hardcover binding isn't too hard or too flimsy-feeling, like a nicer picture book. The printing quality is excellent, and while the author is known and loved for occasionally garish color use, the beautiful coloration on the interior pages is soft and dreamy, with colors reminiscent of early 1900s children's books accented with splashes of blacks and brights. If you're a fan of Hirohiko Araki's art, you want this regardless of whether or not you like the story as the single most inexpensive "artbook" you'll ever find.

The story is a decent standalone; its themes are similar to some of the other Rohan short story one-shots that haven't been published in English, but that's not necessarily a drawback. What is a drawback is that you really will get far more out of this comic if you have already read some of Araki's other work including Rohan Kishibe as a character, none of which has ever been published in English. There's a charming scene where three characters from Diamond is Unbreakable show up to say a few lines; for a dedicated Araki fan this is a wonderful shout-out, but for someone who hasn't read those comics, you might be left wondering who these people are.
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I loved this book. "Rohan at the Louvre" reminds me of a Poe poem brought to life, almost the Casque of Amontilado, this time, the Art of Araki brings the same intense feeling of dread, release, and love lost.

The art is stunning, and the story is evocative of much, much, more. The question of what art is, is central to the story. What emotion does art evoke in its' viewers? What inspired the art? What part does the art play in history? The last painting by Nizaemon was so much more, was a mystery unlike any other. Reading this reminds me of the Black Museum radio series, actually, this could be an episode of such.

The book is a good example of exactly why NBM has risen to the top of the graphic novel realm. Their Papercutz products are award winning, and these should be too.

This comes highly recommended for art (almost Gil Kanish), story telling, and the international favor it brings to our book shelves.

Tim Lasiuta
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I will preface by saying that this book assumes you're caught up with Jojo up to the end of the fourth arc. Being that this book is released by the Louvre publishing company, it's readily available for print at the museum and online shops. But passers-by may be confused by its plot, if they become intrigued by the artwork alone. And they should; Araki's stuff is some of the best and most detailed in the manga world. Sometimes, however, it can be TOO detailed for the smaller manga panels, but in this large paper print it works handsomely.

As many readers familiar with the arcs may guess, Rohan at the Louvre is its own side story that has nothing to do with the main series. Rohan's adventure happens in two parts. The first half seems to happen before the events in Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. The second half happens either during or after the events of the fourth arc, so it seems.

The story itself is very interesting and captivating. I'm usually not a fan of side stories because I feel they're not as polished or intricate as the main story. Readers are already so heavily invested in the main series that side stories usually get in the way, often harming a character by delving too much into their background for their own good. But this side story is great, and really can act as one of the subplots of the main story, since there are so many anyway.

As an amateur author, I admire Araki's mastery over his characters. He's created hundreds, and each has their own unique personality setting them apart from the rest; even the smallest of characters who appear for no more than a few panels have some depth.
The artwork is gorgeous, as you'd expect from anything by Araki.
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I'm very pleased with Rohan at the Louvre. I've always been a big fan of JoJo, so when I heard that it was coming out in English, I was ecstatic. The discount and early shipping were just icing on the cake. There are a handful of minor grammatical errors, but nothing that will prevent one from enjoying this unique little story. Hirohiko Araki is the patron saint of illustration combined with tension-building storytelling and just plain weird stuff.
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It would be very helpful to the reader to have previously read JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4 - Diamond is Unbreakable to understand who Rohan is and what he can do. In the book he explains that he's a mangaka with "a curious ability, of little use and of no great importance"' with a single illustrative panel to explain that he can read people. I can imagine new readers to be completely baffled by this. But that aside, this is a beautifully illustrated story that celebrates art and the discovery of it even in the grotesque. The pages are large and in color, it's in English and it's dirt cheap! Any fan of Araki's art should own it.
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