Kabuki Omnibus Vol. 2 by David Mack

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26 thoughts on “Kabuki Omnibus Vol. 2 by David Mack

    1. Yep. 😉 And I think Piotrek has read these too; not sure if he has copies for you to borrow though. 😉 It reminds me of my experience with Morrison’s Arkham Asylum. Every page is full of details, miniature lettering, sometimes (often) forcing you to rotate the book around as you immerse yourself in the story!

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  1. I have never read this, nor do I know very much about it. But as you know I love anything that’s got something to do with Asian culture, so you have me enormously interested in this one. Combined with you skillfully written review (as always) this is one that is now very high on my list of things to look out for! Great post!😊

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  2. Ugh, sorry, but I hate the watercolor style of art. I’ve never stopped to analyze why I like or dislike any particular style of art, because honestly, that would take more work than I’m interested in putting in.

    Other than that, I’ll leave a Piotrek inspired “Good job, great review” sentence here 🙂

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  3. So glad to see you enjoyed this one, as well. The two volumes bound in this one are my favorites, perhaps for sentimental reasons. I was first introduced to Kabuki by a comic store owner. Each week I’d visit the store and each week I’d look at all the books he had displayed on the wall behind the counter. He noticed my gaze kept falling on one set of books with those amazing covers. Apparently he was also a huge Kabuki fan, so he pulled down one of these two volumes and said it wasn’t the first book in the series but he’d recommend starting here. If I liked it then he said to go back and read them all. So that’s what I did (though I’ve not yet read the entire series that will make up the next volume). I just love Mack’s artwork, especially when he uses watercolor. And I found it fascinating how he spread the text sometimes all over the page, winding along one area then weaving over to another. It kept me moving the book around and looking for any hidden text I might have missed. Granted, I did find some of the text a little more difficult to read in this library edition than I did with the older trade paperbacks, but it’s possible that’s just my eyesight having gotten worse over the years. And I love the story, the heavy influence of Japanese culture that he obviously put time into understanding before writing, and the almost poetic quality of much of the prose. I plan to start volume 3 soon. Great review, Lashaan!

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    1. Yep! I remember your origin story with this series from my previous review. It is indeed a curious but clearly beneficial decision to make you pick up the second library edition before the first. But he was right to do so, if you ask me, since even Kabuki’s and her mother’s stories are re-explored and better explored here. All you truly miss out on would be how Kabuki really got her scar and the whole sequence before she almost dies, leading up to the beginning of this edition. 😮

      Apparently, David Mack responded to me through social media that the third volume is even better as he grows both as an artist and story-teller! I can’t imagine where it goes and how it will be but I am excited to get my hands on the next volume and to find out like you how it goes!

      Looking forward to exchange notes on that one in the near future. Thanks for reading, Todd! 😀

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  4. Your review definitely makes me want to check it out. There seems to be nothing wrong with the plot.
    When I saw the watercolors, I took a step back. Not my style. However, I think the difference in art along the story might have something to do with the actual story and the mood, which got me intrigued. Or am I reading too much into it?

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    1. I don’t think you are because, unlike some other stories, this one feels like a journey where you have to take your time with how it’s told, to savour every page of his masterful watercolour work, to watch as the story but also the creator evolves in his craft. I definitely couldn’t showcase everything, but there are soooo many mind-blowing artistic moments too. You definitely have to be malleable in terms of mood to allow this story to work for you. The story won’t look to blow your mind, it’s mostly there as a foundation for the rest of Kabuki’s personal transformation. 😀

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