31 thoughts on “Kabuki Omnibus Vol. 1 by David Mack

    1. Yes! David Mack is a phenomenal artist and his Kabuki series promises to be a true visual treat! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog, Jee! And yes, absolutely. I’m a huge fan of graphic novels and am one of those people who will always vouch for them within literature circles. They have so much to offer to a reader, especially those who don’t want to crack open a huge book with too many words! ๐Ÿ˜› I also highly enjoy adult fantasy, science-fiction, and classics! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Well Lashaan I can say that I totally agree with you on the art and the blurb also seems very promising. I love learning the backstory of heroes!

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  2. I read Kabuki a few years ago, and I remember loving it. Not necessarily the story, although it wasn’t bad, but the aesthetics… it simply looks great. It’s one of the comics that. to me, are more art than story, and good because of that – and usually I’m heavily concentrated on the script. It might be a delightful TV Series!

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    1. Absolutely with you there, Piotrek. I think it’s a real visual story rather than one that is explored through narration and dialogues. I too am curious for the TV series and hope that it won’t be one of those Ghost in the Shell live-action attempts! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  3. I’ve been interested in Noh Dancing ever since I watched the anime Gasaraki, so this comic sounds like it has some real hooks for me. Once our library opens up I’ll have to see if they have this or any of the series…

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    1. That’s definitely interesting to hear! I’d be curious to see what you’d think of it. I have to warn you that the heart of this story lies in the artwork more than the words spoken, although the flowery prose filled with imagery is a delight in itself. The lettering follows the artstyle and I think it can get quite hectic in volume 2. You’ll have to inevitably focus more on what’s shown on each page to even be able to follow what’s going on in the story hahaha

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  4. I’m very glad to hear you enjoyed this, Lashaan. Knowing you’d be reading it I just finished a reread of Circle of Blood, and will continue rereading all the volumes. I absolutely love these stories and the artwork and how it all meshes together into something different than typical comics (which I also enjoy). What did you think of the transition in art style? When I was first introduced to the series my comic store owner gave me one of the latter, full-color volumes to read first, then he started me down the series from the beginning after he’d hooked me. So when I saw the first volume was black and white it was a bit of a shock to me, though I was quickly hooked by it. I’m curious your perspective where you’re coming at it in order. I was also fascinated the first volume was actually written in college as part of his senior thesis. If I were stranded on a desert island and had to pick a small selection of books to have with me I’d want this entire collection to be a part of it.

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    1. Thank YOU for giving me that extra push into prioritizing this one sooner rather than later. I need to get my hands on the other new omnibuses as they release too. It’s such a beautiful artistic project that makes for a wonderful change from the usual comics/graphic novels out there.

      So interesting that you got through this in a different order. I think going through it chronologically allowed for a fascinating transition that in fact gives us an idea of David Mack’s emotional status as he developed these. You could tell that his own loss of his mother could be felt through Kabuki’s attachment to her mother. The sudden use of colours and a whole different art style in volume 2 also goes perfectly well with the story (as she “dies” and explores her attachment to her mother even more, giving her new purpose and meaning to her life).

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  5. I’ve always wondered what this is about. I have Kabuki, Vol. 1 on my shelves. I bought it because of the illustration style. I agree it’s unique. I’m also glad you’ve rated it highly as well because I was a little unsure about it. I look forward to reading it. I seriously need to have a month of nothing but comic books.

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    1. I think volume 2 is an even more stunning visual treat too. So, if you are intrigued enough by what the first volume offers, I think you’ll be stunned by the change of style in volume 2. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you get the chance to try it out soon!

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        1. Oh. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I probably won’t be the one recommending you to read volume 2 before volume 1 though hahah Some have done that but I guess you’ll have to remain open-minded regarding the series’ story to do it like that hahah Otherwise, I hope you get your hands on volume 1 someday soon!

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