Kabuki, Volume 1: Circle of Blood

Kabuki, Volume 1: Circle of Blood


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Collecting all six issues of the first Kabuki series plus the hard to find prequel one-shot with new pages of art from scenes that for space reasons were left out of the original story. It also includes in-depth notes and story analysis about the subtext of the story. Circle of Blood recounts the origins of the government operative known as Kabuki who works in Japan's near future, It's an exploration of the relationship between Japan's government and organized crime on a truly epic scale!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781582400488
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication date: 02/01/1999
Series: Kabuki Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

David Mack is the author of numerous Star Trek books, including Wildfire, A Time to Kill, A Time to Heal, Warpath and the critically and fan acclaimed series Star Trek: Destiny. With Marco Palmieri, he developed the Star Trek Vanguard series, for which he has written two novels, Harbinger and Reap the Whirlwind.

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Kabuki, Volume 1: Circle of Blood 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
soniaandree on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have found this book to remind me of the 'gothic' comic, 'The Crow' by J.O. Barr, as the tone of both graphic novels and the plots are similar: the death of someone dear brings ideas of revenge towards the villain. But what I appreciate most with Kabuki, is that she is always conscious of her power over her enemy, as she remembers her training in martial arts when she was young (the scene about the insects is really something I have never heard of before); she has a double persona and she uses it to get to the head of the organisation.Only her constant link to her mother is her leading line in the narrative, because revenge is her only motivation. I wonder what she will become, because she lived only for revenge, and her revenge has been achieved in this book. It's worth getting the rest of the books, just to know.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down. From the very first page I was taken in by the absolutely beautiful art and enthralling story. It's so easy to get caught up in. It feels like it should be really complicated, but it's actually pretty easy to follow. It's a surreal, mind-blowing ride that I already want to take again. And the story is so -good- that David Mack gets away with being very, very dramatic. In anything else it would seem a bit over the top, but it's just so -perfect- that it fits right in.It's just gorgeous.
caerulius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book kicks ASS. With strong influences of Alice in Wonderland, Mack tells the story of Kabuki, a secret agent working for a shadow organization called the Noh in Japan, who comes face to face with her own dark past. Kabuki's mother was an Ainu girl, shipped to a Japanese base to be a "comfort woman" during WWII, and though she escaped the horrors that many such women faced at that time, her story ends in a brutal tragedy and the birth of Kabuki, who trains from childhood to be a warrior-girl. There is an epic scope to this story that is both ambitious and wonderfully realized.Five well-deserved stars.
GingerbreadMan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I guess this is an attempt at creating a more introspective version of superhero (or, vigilante, really) comics. But instead of being lyrical and full of ambience, to me it just comes across as pretentious and conceited. Instead of being dense and focused, it comes across as repetitive and picturing a Kyoto populated by about eleven people. Utterly without humor and with gaps in the plot big enough to wield a katana in, Kabuki seems mostly to be about over-clever graphical solutions and any excuse to show off perfect female bodies in skimpy battle-wear in elaborate poses. This was puffing-air-out-of-the-nose-annoying, and my worst read of the year so far. Not terribly eager to continue this series, no - in case anyone was still wondering.
VioletBramble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this first book in the series we learn about the origins of the Noh operative known as Kabuki. Kabukis mother Tsukiko (Moon Child) was from an Ainu farming family. She was one of the thousands of women taken by the Japanese military to be " comfort women" for the soldiers during WW II. She found herself on an island base under the control of The General. The General commanded that the comfort women be used only to perform Kabuki plays. Tsukiko performed in a play about the ghost of a woman out for vengeance. There were no costumes so she wore the flag of the Imperial Navy as a gown. After the war the General plans to marry Tsukiko. His son, Ryuichi Kai, is enraged. The night before the wedding he attacks Tsukiko in the temple, leaving her for dead. She lingers in a coma and is later found to be pregnant. She dies in childbirth. The child is named Ukiko -Girl of the Rain - and raised by the General.When Kai becomes aware of Ukikos existence he attacks the girl, on her mothers grave, carving the kanji "Kabuki" onto her face. He believes she is dead. She actually dies for nine minutes and a death certificate is signed. The General takes advantage of the death certificate. He lets the world believe that she is dead. He grooms her as an operative in the Noh agency. The Noh is a secret government organization designed by the General to balance the scales of corruption between organized crime and the government. Ukiko is trained until her body is a living weapon. She receives a new face (mask) and the name Kabuki. In honor of her mother her costume uses the pattern of the flag of the Imperial Navy and her weapon is the farmers sickle. One night Kabuki disobeys orders and takes revenge - for herself and for her mother- against the directors of the Noh.A great beginning to the series. The story and the art are amazing. The black and white graphics have multiple layers. I had to use a large magnifying glass to make sure I caught all the details. Macks repeated use of certain panels and their positioning with similar panels ( a technique he uses throughout the series) frames the story and adds depth. He uses numerous allusions to Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass throughout the story. "Alice" imagery is used -- decks of cards, cheshire cat smile. The story takes place during Japans rainy season so the majority of panels depict rain. Fitting, since Ukikos name means Girl of the Rain. The first line: The rainy season has begun.Highly recommended 4.5/5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago