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Takio Hardcover – March 16, 2011
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I bought a copy for my niece, who is your typical smart, hyperactive and semi-mischievous 7 year old. She read it twice on the first day. I'm hoping that it will spur her to read other comics as well.
Portland, Oregon isn't exempt from its share of overprotective parents. One such mom - a widow - insists that her two daughters, seven-year-old chatterbox Olivia and sullen adopted thirteen-year-old Taki, do everything together so that Taki can watch over her younger sib. And no measuring gauge on the planet can quantify the sheer resentment a teenager feels over being saddled with such an unfair mandate. Olivia and Taki both attend Clarastir Middle School, and, yes, Taki resents that, too.
One early evening, a scientific experiment (gone wrong) douses Taki and Olivia, grants them strange abilities. And this is how Oregon - and the rest of the world - gets its first superheroes. Now "Takio" - derived from the girls' merging of names - patrol the streets of Portland in search of crime or whatever. They just have to be home by six.
TAKIO is touted as an all-ages graphic novel, and I do think that, with its inherent charm and innocence, this is appropriate to most kids but also a diverting read for adults. Preschoolers will find TAKIO very relatable, especially since it's the seven-year-old who serves as the engine to the sisters becoming superheroes. But, parents, keep in mind that there's at least one scene in which henchmen in suits shoot bullets at little girls. So there's that one dark cloud.
Bendis's ear for dialogue knows no limits. Olivia and Taki talk and behave and squabble like children their age would, and their interactions with each other are believable. Olivia simply adores Taki and follows her around, which incenses Taki to no end. And yet there is no doubt that Taki loves her little sister. When the chips are down, she doesn't even think twice about racing to Olivia's side. Taki is a Japanese teenager but notice that Bendis doesn't emphasize her ethnicity whatsover, and this itself is a welcome statement. And I couldn't help grinning at their sheer excitement and wonder as they explore their newfound super powers, their awesome "kung fu karate mind powers." Bendis deliberately applies broad strokes in his characterization work, breaks out his cookie cutter to mold his cardboard villains (that wackadoo scientist is plenty creepy). The action is exaggerated, giving us a whiff of that Powerpuff Girls vibe. Be warned, o ye blessed with - or bedeviled by - little girls. Exposing them to TAKIO may land you days and days of them little tykes leaping around, striking karate poses, and yelling "Kung fu telekinesis!!" at the top of their lungs. I suggest a judicious use of time outs or the cowardly bribery of sugar confections. If not for them, then for you.
Similar to acclaimed series such as Runaways, Ultimate Spider-Man, Kick-Ass, and acclaimed vibrant superhero art from All Star Superman, Astonishing X-Men, this has a similar feel, yet like Runaways and Kick-Ass is completely original from the first page on.
You will be so happy you bought this. Watch as two sisters that don't always get along get superpowers, and have to learn to deal with them fast! They receive super strength and "Kung Fu Telekinesis." The rest, I won't give away.
Also, the cover art is printed right onto the beautiful hardcover. A paperback will never be released, according to the author. Without haveing that flimsy paper cover that quickly gets torn, this hardcover is a better format. Get it now, and at such a great price too. Volume 2 is reportedly being completed now.
I'm a big fan of Bendis' work, and was willing to buy this unseen as a fun read for my niece. Big mistake--got it yesterday, and it's a spectacularly boring story. Not much happens, except a bunch of emo whining from the older sister and a fairly blah origin. The whole thing feels forced (particularly the dialog, which employs scatological humor as a shortcut to talking-like-a-young-kid).
For me, this is one of the few Bendis books I've purchased that's turned out to be a waste of money. I'm certainly not going to give this to my niece, and now I'm stuck with this dull graphic novel. From now on, I'll stick with the excellent Power Pack and Franklin Richard digests Marvel has been releasing for youngsters.
Taki and Olivia are both adopted sisters in a multicultural family. Their father has recently died, and their mother is doing the best she can. When the girls happen to be visiting Taki’s best friend’s house, a weird accident occurs (the best friend’s father is a scientist, so naturally, an odd explosion is a distinct possibility here). The two sisters gain telekinetic superpowers. Alas, so does the best friend, and it turns out she’s a little on the evil side. Taki and Olivia go to work to defeat the menace…all while minding their mom’s curfew and avoiding punishment.
As much as POWERS is an adults-only delight, TAKIO is a thrilling all-ages adventure that is truly funny, truly well-drawn, and truly exciting storytelling. This is not a dumbed-down comic; it’s a great action series that comics-reading kids and adults (and those in between) will love.
- John Hogan