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Domu: A Child's Dream [Paperback]

Katsuhiro Otomo
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26 Mar 1996 Domu
From the creator of the highly acclaimed manga epic Akira comes a horrific tale of of extrasensory power, mind control and psychic warfare! Gifted with extrasensory powers, a twisted old man holds silent sway over an entire block of apartments, its occupants puppets at his control. Life is his to give...and take. But suddenly there is a new voice in his head, and before he knows it, a young girl with a battery of psyhic powers arrives to challenge him! Winner of the prestigious, international SF Grand Prix Award.
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse Comics,U.S.; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Mar 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569716110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569716113
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.3 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A word from the translator
When I got into translating and publishing Japanese comics in America ten years ago, Domu was on my short list of manga I wished to work on. I was fortunate enough to get my wish, and I remain very proud of the translation work we (Dana Lewis and myself) did on Domu. Tomoko Saito's superb lettering (which also includes the very difficult task of replacing the sound effects and retouching the art) was also a work of love. I've translated 20,000 pages of manga in the last ten years, but Domu remains in my top three! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Katsuhiro Otomo is one of the most respected and influential Japanese storytellers in the history of modern comics, and - apart from Akira - his work includes Domu and The Legend of Mother Sarah. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Domu: The dreams of children. 19 July 2003
The creator of Akira, Otomo Katsuhio, comes one of his most acclaimed works. When bizarre deaths occur in a high-rise block of flats; it takes all the manpower of the local police department to solve the murders. This book surprised me with its unsuspecting graphic violence from innocent circumstances. The clever storyline ties in with its excellent artwork keeps you hooked to the bitter end. An absolute must for all Katsuhio and Akira fans everwhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another amazing book to add to the collection 8 Jun 2003
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The artwork in this book is some of the best i've seen in a long time, because the artist is able to capture such fine detail through the different tones.The story line is immense, and it has an ability to make you re-read it time and again.Another great achievement for Katsuhiro Otomo
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5.0 out of 5 stars the beginning of ideas that led to AKIRA 3 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Domu was one of Otomo's first major comic works, and won the Japanese Grand Prix in 1983 - the first work of graphic fiction ever to do so. It's easy to see why. The book moves along at a lightning pace, and involves for the first time in his work the ideas that would come to fruition in AKIRA. There're psychic children at war with a twisted old man in an apartment block, suicides, graphic violence, explosions, and a pervading sense of innocence throughout it all. In short, it's amazing. If you read AKIRA and want more of his stuff, get this. If you wanted to read AKIRA but were put off by its size, get this. If you like comics, get this. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superior work from the artist behind Akira 6 Nov 2009
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
Otomo's first major work and featuring a spectacular flying battle between two opposing individuals with psychic powers, Domu is the classic stuff of manga comics, one moreover that sets the tone for the artist's only other major comic work - the masterful Akira.

A series of unexplained deaths at a high-rise block have the police baffled, the deaths being too varied and frequent to be explained as suicides, accidents or even the action of a single murderer. This is because the deaths, mostly falls from the upper floors of the tenement building, are being caused by a malevolent person or entity with psychic powers. However there is someone else within the building - a young girl who has noticed who is behind the events and who has the power to oppose his random and senseless actions.

There could be some social commentary in the generational struggle that ensues, but principally, and after the slow build-up, what Domu really presents is an opportunity for Otomo to depict the spectacular battle that this confrontation allows, building it up to hugely destructive and bloody proportions. Even if that is all that Domu is about, it's more than enough, Otomo achieving it with a remarkable sense of pacing in his gradual building of the action, finding the most dynamic way possible to express the battle in his impressive layouts and splash pages where the force of the tensions simply rise off the page. It's not hard to see themes and a style that would be taken to perfection, with greater finesse and to an even more apocalyptic level in Akira, but Domu is recognisably the work of one of the major Japanese manga artists.
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3.0 out of 5 stars confusing names 17 Mar 2002
By A Customer
this is a great story, but i found i had to keep flipping back and forth to work out the names of the characters! Like other people have said on their reviews, it isn't a patch on Akira (its shorter for a start!). it is more of a murder mystery story with a bit of a psycic paranormal element chucked in. I LOVE IT!
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