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Jing: King of Bandits--Twilight Tales Volume 1: King of the Bandits, Twilight Tales v. 1 [Paperback]

Yuichi Kumakura

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We start at a funeral for Kummel, a kind of mafia boss who has passed away. Jing appears and thanks to some distractions is able to steal a valuable jewel from Kummel coffin. He is soon being chased by gangsters but is saved by a postman whom he is friendly with. The postman tells Jing he is delivering a letter to the leader of the city and Jing comments that he was on his way there too. More gangsters show up and Jing and co escape into the mines that this city is famous for. The postman guesses that Jing is after a very expensive communication device that is held in the city leader's house. Scene shifts to the large house where the leader, Orzo is but a child who has recently lost his mother. He is trying to contact her through a radio but it does not work and he is very depressed. In the mines, Jing and Co. meet the mine workers who are special creatures who stay in the mines digging their whole lives. The gangsters show up again but Jing is able to cleverly escape. But Kummel comes back to life, somehow, and starts attacking Jing using a robot. Jing takes the postman's motorcycle and heads off to Orzo's mansion.

At the mansion he meets up with Kummel again but is able to defeat him and deliver the letter to Orzo. The letter is from a girl that has been listening to Orzo's attempts to call his mother. She invites Orzo to her birthday party and Orzo is happy that he now has a friend. Jing slips away without stealing the valuable communication device but rather some kind of jewel. In the second story, Jing and Kir arrive at a city called Rusty Nail. There they are quickly attacked by a group of strange creatures but manage to escape. This city is supposedly run by the brain of God and stealing the brain seems to be Jing's goal. Jing is again cornered by the group of creatures in a cemetery but if able to escape by abducting one of their associates, a nurse named Shin Lu.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Jing 13 April 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on
During his search for gold and other stuff, he finds out about his mother. In twilight tales, Jing's mom has a messenger that helps Jing with the path he took, being king of bandits!

When I first had the book, number one, it was ok. Then when I got into it, it got fascinating and kind of funny. I would rate this book 8 out of 10 because all kinds of events are all astonishing.

Try this book out , you might even like it. In very book, it's about girls getting hurt or about to get hurt. I don't know everyone's taste about this book, but I like this book.

I think if you really like comic book this is the book you would really like. If you like books about adventure this is the book you want. If you like girls about to be hurt this is still the book you want. You could find this book in book places. Try it at Newberry Comics they got comics there too! This book gave me an idea of being a bandit and a person on the streets. If you read this book, you will find out why Jing does this for living!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Tale Continues 24 Oct 2011
By Benjamin Schweitzer - Published on
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This a beautiful read, and it follows a similar formula to the original. I recommend reading this, but only if you followed the adventures of the prior Jing: King of Bandits.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Step In The Wrong Direction 31 Oct 2004
By Kevin T. Rodriguez - Published on
When I read the first "Jing: King of Bandits" I thought it was a cute series to read if you had nothing better to do, but not much more. Jing was a likable enough character, but he was as boring as a brick. The stories were interesting, yet there was no major story going on to tie things together to make the series a page turner. And while I enjoyed the humorous romps Jing and Kir shared, there was never any tention or suspense in the series since Jing really only had one attack: Kir Royal. The first series was harmless fun, but not much more. And now we have "Jing: King of Bandits - Twilight Tales," the sequel to the original Jing series. Unlike the first Jing series, which which had a strange and fun world to explore, the world in "Twilight Tales" is darker and more sinister. Jing is a few years older, Kir is still his best friend and ultimate weapon (and still has trouble shutting up once in awhile), and the two are both still going on adventures to steal the world's best treasure's (well, best treasures depending on who you are). Jing's skills as a thief haven't evolved much since we first set our eye's on him, but the world Jing enhabits certainly has.

The world in the first Jing series looked like a world Tim Burton would create, yet it was lively enough that is was a strange yet fun world. There were lots of likable characters to discover, the cities had so much life in them, and even the gothic villains were fun to look at. The world in "Twilight Tales" still looks like a world Tim Burton would create, but the world is now a dark, sinister, evil place at times, and the new creatures are so strange looking that they either look creepy or just plain ugly. It should also be noted that there is not beautiful girl in this series so far (man Jing, you really[initialized] should have stuck with the good looking sharp shooter from the first series). As for the treasure hunts, they're still as simple as they were in the first series. Jing eye's something, someone stands in their way, mayhem follows, and when we start to get bored of the story (or lack therefor) Jing straps Kir on his arm and uses his "Kir Royal" attack to save the day. The formula may not have changed one bit since we last saw Jing, which includes pacing, characterization, and story twists, but since this new series goes out of its was to make the world and creatures dark and sinister the stories are no longer FUN to read! All the stories play out the same way as the first series except they play out the same way without any of the charm the first series had. I give you a story description of this series since (like the first series) there really isn't a main story to fact, this series is basically the same thing as the first series.

However this new series isn't fun to all. "Jing: King of Bandits - Twilight Tales" may feature the same characters, same storyline (and pacing), and same way of doing things, but the darker setting and mood is more likely to make people read this series and have them feeling sick. The new creatures are so ugly and sinister I can't stand to look at them, and the improved artwork seems like a waste since the art in this series creates places that we want to get away from rather then explore. If you thought Shaguille O'Neils acting in "Kazam" was ugly, then the mess that is contained withen this book will absolutly STUN you! "Jing: King of Bandits - Twilight Tales" is a MAJOR step back for the Jing character! The series is not fun, it's not charming, and I doubt too many people will like this. People new to Jing will not like how ugly and unattractive this series is, while people who are fans of Jing's first series will be put off by the new tone this series has. It's a lose lose situation, and if there is a third instalment in Jing's life I would hope that the author goes back to making this series fun again, because as it stands now I don't think Jing is ever really going to work as a dark gothic least, not without a story to back it up.
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