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Rohan at the Louvre (Louvre Collection) Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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If you are even searching for this book then you are already a huge Jojo fan and don't need to be convinced to buy this. 10/10 "Bizarre" ~ DruPublished 8 days ago by Dru
If you're a fan of Araki or Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, you'll love this book. The art is gorgeous, the story is sharp and interesting and it always makes me happy to see some more... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MandiCat
This book is huge! Definitely not your average manga work, and that makes it all the better. Each page is illustrated in beautiful, vivid colors, and the large pages keep Araki's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Le Collector
This book has a really nice art style and story. A fun read for after Diamond Is Unbreakable / Part 4.Published 5 months ago by Jessica Thompson
While the story left a bit to be desired when compared to other works by Araki, the artwork is right up there with some of his best works. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. E. Williams
In between the beautiful artwork and the fascinating story, this book deserves a place in the collections of Jojo and graphic novel fans.Published 6 months ago by CR