Sunday, June 3, 2012

Manga Review: X, Vol. 2: 3-in-1 [Paperback]

I've finished "X Vol. 2 3-in-1" by Clamp.

Product Description

Reads R to L (Japanese Style).

X, the epic series from CLAMP, is now available in this deluxe collector’s edition. The pages have been recomposed in the original right-to-left reading order and restored to the highest quality. Each volume contains three of the original graphic novels, along with gorgeous, full-color illustrations never before published outside Japan!

Japan's greatest seer, the blind prophet Hinoto, has foretold the end of the world. At the center of her prophecy is a young man named Kamui Shiro, who possesses startling psychic powers. But Kamui is far from alone in this destiny. Armies are gathering, other people with unique powers: the “Seven Seals,” who seem to be Kamui's allies, and the “Seven Angels,” who might be his enemies. All are somehow linked to the destruction to come, and all are now coming to Tokyo to choose sides in the upcoming battle.

About the Author

CLAMP is an artistic team of four women — Satsuki Igarashi, Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi, and Nanase Ohkawa — whose works are beloved by fans worldwide. They debuted with the manga RG Veda in 1989 and went on to create such internationally bestselling series as X, Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Angelic Layer, Chobits, xxxHolic and Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, all of which have been adapted into TV anime series. In addition to manga, CLAMP also produces illustrations, book designs, screenplays, and essays.

Product Details
Paperback: 584 pages
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (April 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1421540428
ISBN-13: 978-1421540429

My Review:

This omnibus collects volumes 4 - 6 which have been previously released.

In this volume more Dragons of Heaven and Dragons of Earth are arriving in Tokyo for the great battle which will determine the outcome if humanity will either live or die.  There is a little backstory for Sorata and we find out what happened to Kamui's family.  We meet some of the major players, what powers they wield
and their personalities.

Fuma is still trying to figure out his role and how it's related to Kamui.  He seems to be having nightmares and he managed to break a Dragon of Earth's seal to save Kamui and his sister Kotori.

Kamui has a major attitude problem and is still undecided if he wants to save the world or not.  Sorata has decided he will die protecting Arashi.

The artwork is very gorgeous and colorful and there are tarot illustrations that were releases with the Japanese version.  At the back they show all the major players and what role they play in the fight and when all the color pictures were released.


Thanks Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

1 comment:

Ning said...

Omg I love Clamp! I'm debating joining manga mondays because I've just started reading mangas again. Anyhow CLAMP is absolutely one of my favorites. They're the reason I got into manga in the first place. Have you tried Rayearth? That's my first manga ever. Anyway, X is sooo sad. For fear of spoilers I won't say anything, but Clamp always manage to write a story that makes me cry. Not to mention their drawings are absolutely gorgeous!

Ning @ Reading by Kindle Fire

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