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Clover Omnibus Edition: v. 1 [Paperback]

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26 May 2009
Kazuhiko is a young, but already deeply wounded black ops agent of a baroque, retro-tech future - pulled out of retirement to escort Sue, a mysterious waif, to a destination she alone knows. Sue and Kazuhiko have never met, yet she knows him, having grown up since the age of four with her only human contact, two distant voices: that of her elderly "grandma," General Ko, and of Kazuhiko's dead girlfriend, Ora. And Sue has been kept in that cage all these years because of what she is, and what the Clover Leaf Project found her to be - a military top secret, and the most dangerous person in the world!

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (26 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595821961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595821966
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah R
Format:Paperback
If you're not a follower of Clamp's manga, or you're not an excessive reader of manga in general, you won't release how special this release is. Clover is a manga that was cut sort after the magazine it ran in Japan was cancelled in the late 90's, finishing with only 3 completed parts of a 4 part story. Tokyopop released this series with the left-to-right format in the Western markets in early 2000, but it went out of print in 2005. Dark Horse have now brought the series back to life for Clamps' 20th Anniversary; with all 3 parts in one huge book, with added colourful artwork (previously only available in Clamp art books) and with in its original right-to-left format.
Having not read Clover before, and being a newly made Clamp fan, I decided to pick up this omnibus edition for myself.

Clover is set in a futuristic world and follows Kazuhiko, an ex-military soldier who has been forced to undertake the task of taking a girl with mysterious powers to her destination. Along the way though, he gets more than he bargained for.

As mentioned before this omnibus only contains the first 3 parts of a 4 part story (as the last part was never released, anywhere). But the story doesn't feel 'incomplete', in fact the main story is told within the first 2 parts, with the 3rd part going back in time to give details on character's backgrounds and relationships. This may seem odd but it somehow works, the main story wouldn't be as effective if it was told in the chronological order.

The story itself is sweet; I found the first part hard to get into at first as I wasn't sure what was going on, who the different organisations were, how this guy knew that guy, etc. Similar to how I felt when I was watching the X movie (I haven't seen the TV series).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clover Omnibus Edition 14 Jan 2011
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It was really nice to have the whole story in one great book. It also has a lot of extra full colour drawings. I love CLAMP's work and will be looking out for other titles in omnibus editions. Well worth buying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great 20 Jan 2014
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Absolutely beautiful in both design and concept and it's great to get all the released issues
in omnibus, the characters are compelling and it is a great read.
(on the downside the authors, CLAMP never completed this story, so some character's motives are never revealed)

The book it's self is very well put together with a lot of coloured artwork separating each of the original volumes.
defiantly worth buying for any manga fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 4 Oct 2013
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the art stile is amazing as usually all clamp comics are, really catchy story. i really suggest it to science fiction lovers
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long Awaited Return 30 May 2009
By J. Gebhard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For many CLAMP fans Clover was a rather hard title to locate. Dark Horse has republished the work in its entirity beautifully.

First the pages are thick, pristine white with beautifully contrasting black ink. The color inserts are republished on glossy paper making this a true collector's item.

As for the story itself: it is one of CLAMP's more off beat works. Sure there is the general angst and sweet heroine, but Clover feels very similar to xxxHolic. Not everything has a happy ending. The futuristic setting is a bit disorientating. The reader is thrown directly in the middle of things wihtout a clue as to what is happening or why. Moreover, the character's motives and who is allied with who is rather difficult to discern.

Also the story format is unique. The first two volumes contained in the work are the main plot of the story. The third volume is more like a prequel and the fourth is a side story. I believe that the story would have been less jarring to the reader if volume 3 had been placed in front of volume 1. Also the impact of volumes 1 & 2 don't hit until you have the background from volume 3. Still, despite this order the work is well done. It tugs at your heart strings and still manages to throw in a few laughs.

Lastly, the art is as expected wonderfully done. It is an earlier work by CLAMP so the style is more like Wish than newer works such as xxxHolic or Tsubasa.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Four Leaf Clover is Finally Found! 12 Jun 2009
By J. Landreth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Clover is a series that I have been hoping to find, but had been out of print until last month thanks to Dark Horse!
This book (which is one book with all the four books that belong to this series and over 500 pages) is done by the famous manga group Clamp. If you're a Clamp fan and have fell in love with Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Tsubasa, etc., this book is really different than their other works. It is much more serious and dark plus the artists chose to use a more minimalistic page layout (click the preview of this book and you'll see what I mean) to tell this story and create the needed dystopian atmosphere. There also isn't a lot of dialogue in this story; it's mainly a song repeated over and over as it relates to the events occuring. The characters develop through their actions and as their pasts are revealed in contrast to their dialogue revealing them like in other works.
The pluses is that Dark Horse included a bonus colored gallery of pictures from this work that are absolutely beautiful and make the book worth it's cost (plus the fact that it's 500+ pages long.) The downside is that the story may be a little confusing a times because the order of the books are put (intentionally) out of place, so reviewing a few pages may be needed to understand a moment. If read "correctly" it could be read like this: Book 3, Book 4, Book 1, and then Book 2.
All in all, I would recommend this book to all Clamp fans because it is another Clamp masterpiece and to all non-Clamp fans (or people unfamiliar to their work) because of the interesing choice of page layout.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great manga for great price 18 Jun 2009
By C. B. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an amazing manga that exceeds all expectations. The quality of the manga is good and the paper is nice an thick. Also the color pages are great also. The only issue i have is that it's easy to crease the binding unlike the vizbig editions viz put out the cover isn't thick. Besides that this should be in every manga lovers collection.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent manga for older teens and adults 23 Feb 2011
By GraphicNovelReporter.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Clover, an early, unfinished work by Japan's manga supergroup CLAMP, is a work that deserves more attention. This is a work that is both visually intriguing and emotionally explosive, both simple and complex. Combining dystopian and steampunk elements with a few love stories, this work would appeal to teen and adult readers alike.

At the center of Clover is the character Sue, a young girl who has been isolated for her entire life and who mysteriously needs protecting by the retired agent Kazuhiko, a character we assume is the protagonist. As we follow Kazuhiko as he escorts Sue to a destination that even she does not know, we discover other mysteries behind Sue's abilities, the history of the people around them, and the mystery of Sue herself. What is a Clover? Why has Sue been isolated? Where will their journey take them? These mysteries alone would captivate any reader. But the more involved the story becomes, the more it becomes clear that the depth of the story lies not in mystery, but in characters: in their emotions and in their isolation.

It is essential to point out that Clover is not about Sue alone. The cover (and most descriptions) of Clover focuses solely on Sue and Kazuhiko; however, Sue's story is only the first part of the story. The stories of many other characters are explored, including that of Kazuhiko's girlfriend Ora, a beautiful singer who died too young, and that of Ran, a mysterious young man who can literally transport people to different places with his mind.

One particular point of the work that I greatly enjoyed was the exploration of the character Ora. This is a character that in most shojo manga would be a near-villain; she is Kazuhiko's dead girlfriend, someone who is beautiful enough to seem perfect, and seems an obvious target to create conflict and jealousy between Sue and Kauhiko. In Clover, however, this is a character who symbolizes hope. She goes beyond the evil ex-girlfriend stereotype and becomes something truly original.

The fact that this story was never completed, and that it purportedly needs two more volumes to conclude the story, is evident in the unfinished feel of the end of the book. But this truly makes no difference when it comes to the impact of the work. The emotion and isolation of the work are expertly expressed by the art style of Clover. The style, somewhat different than many of CLAMP's other works, is at once detailed and sparse. This perfectly reflects the complexity of the emotions, as well as the isolation in which the emotions are felt. Any page that you open in Clover seems a beautiful black and white work of art; the color images interposed throughout are almost unnecessary.

Overall, this is a work that I would highly recommend to older teens and adults. Some of the sexual content may be a bit too mature for younger teens; however, older teens will surely be drawn to the emotional rawness of the work and its near-steampunk art style.

-- Kyla Hunt
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed 9 Aug 2010
By Kvothe - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to agree with Yama below. The story itself makes little sense when you think about it. The presentation itself is nice though, and for the price you can afford to check it out for yourself if your on the fence, just don't get your hopes up.

Unlike a few other reviewers, I did not have a problem with the order of presentation, if they put the flashbacks at the start you wouldn't have been as inclined to read them because you would have been bored. I can't say too much without spoiling it, but the way things happened and ended made no sense at all, but if you want a slight spoiler read below.

SPOILER: Suffice it to say some people in power were chasing this girl who is basically the most powerful being on this earth, and she does little to escape their clutches despite the fact that the story itself says she could crush them like flies.
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