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Ronin TP [Paperback]

Frank Miller
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Book Description

29 Mar 2006
Written by Frank Miller; Art by Frank Miller In this tale of a legendary warrior, the Ronin, a dishonored, masterless 13th century samurai, is mystically given a second chance to avenge his master's death. Finding himself suddenly reborn in a futuristic and corrupt 21st century New York City, the samurai discovers he has one last chance to regain his honor. But to do so, he must defeat the reincarnation of his master's killer, the ancient demon Agat. In a time and place both foreign and unfathomable to him, the Ronin stands against his greatest enemy with his life and more importantly, his soul at stake.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1ST edition (29 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930289218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930289218
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 17.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His brutal yet elegant noir renderings, pulpy yet eloquent scripting, and thoroughly uncompromising attitude make [Frank Miller] one of the most distinctive voices in comics."--"ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY""A successful work of fusion, bringing together the tone and sci-fi weirdness of European comic magazines like Metal Hurlant...alongside Japanese manga, and 60's Kurosawa samurai-eiga. --"MTV Geek""This is Miller in his creative infancy and the groundwork for the future is clearly on display." --"IGN" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Frank Miller began his career in comics in the late 1970s and rose to fame while first drawing, and then writing, Daredevil for Marvel Comics. He was also the creative force behind Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again. His many works have not only redefined classic characters, but also, on a few occasions, revitalized the comics industry. His creator-owned Sin City hit the page in 1991, and then the silver screen in 2005 -- with Miller on board as co-director. His multi-award-winning 300 graphic novel was brought to full-blooded life in the 2007 motion picture of the same name, and in 2008 he directed the feature film of Will Eisner's The Spirit. His most recent graphic novel is Holy Terror, published in 2011 by Legendary Comics. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 26 Jan 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Haunting and and disturbing, Ronin goes from formal horror to the hopelessly comic and has a twist ending that kept me guessing until the very last page. This is one of the best graphic novels I have read. It is easily on the same level as Kingdom Come and The Dark Night Returns.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, leaves you guessing 26 Jun 1998
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Format:Paperback
I often reread this superb book. The artwork is of the finest calibre, and the story line is brutally effective and subtle in the extreme. It leaves you guessing at the end, and in my case mildly hoping. Combines all the subject matter of a good science fiction story along with that of anexcellent and unusual psychological thriller. Definitely Millers best, if least acclaimed work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miller's Overlooked Classic! 17 Jan 1997
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Format:Paperback
Probably the most unappreciated of Miller's work, "Ronin" is nevertheless one of his greatest achievements. It was originally shunned by many because of its wild combination of art styles and overall departure from Miller's typical work, but it is this uniqueness that makes it so memorable. Miller creates a convincing, if unrelentingly brutal, vision of the future, and fills it with strong characters you'll never forget. The story unravels in a fascinating way, as the reader realizes that nothing in the story is what it appears to be. I won't spoil it for you--just read the thing. You don't even have to be a Miller buff to enjoy it--any fan of good science fiction will find this one hard to put down.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of te finest graphic novels out there. 15 July 1999
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Format:Paperback
If you like science fiction and suspence all in the same book along with japanese characters then you have got to read Ronin. Like Millers other masterpiece "Batman:The Dark Knight Returns" it has the same artwork and depth. Even though Mr. Millers artwork doesn't come close to that of someone like Chaep Yaep, the story more than makes up for it. In the tradition of "Akira" it combines Japanese cultue with a futuristic prescence. If you liked "Dark Knight" you'll love Frank Millers' "Ronin".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Imaginative 17 Nov 2011
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So far I have read all the 'Sin City' books and '300' by Frank Miller, and while I enjoyed them I still found faults. Yes the art is incredible and definitely stylish, but for me there seemed to be more effort in the style and the art than story, and both seemed a little ruined by the over-the-top masculinity present in the misogyny of 'Sin City' and the heroics of '300'. Both were original yes, but also somehow cliched. 'Ronin' was the book that finally proved to me that a genius was at work.
I couldn't help noticing that there were strong similarities between 'Ronin' and the TV cartoon 'Samurai Jack' which was an enjoyable and original show but didn't run as deep or dark as 'Ronin' did. Yes I felt at times the artwork of 'Ronin' could be improved, particularly the ancient Japanese scenes at the beginning, and some of the characters could have been designed better, particularly the demonic villain Agat, whose appearance I feel could have been even darker. There are also still some Miller cliches present, such as romance. Apart from these minor faults, however, I was blown away. The almost poetic story of a masterless but honourable samurai being sent to a nightmarish future to battle a demonic enemy went to depths and complexities I never imagined or expected, helped by a shocking twist and characters who keep surprising you and forcing you to change your perceptions of them. Featuring themes of dreams, technology, science, horror, psychology and violence, this is sci-fi of the highest order. I read that Miller was influenced by manga during his period of making this comic, and I definitely felt undertones of Akira. The plot also reminded me of 2001, Carrie and Mad Max to name a few sci-fi/horror favourites.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars rockin' ronin 11 Feb 2003
Format:Paperback
Before "The Dark Knight Returns' Frank Miller turned up with this, his 'second' greatest work. A tale of japanes demons, science barely under control, sacrifice, greed, nobility, weakness and ultimate triumph.
I don't mean to come over all Homeric but this work is a GRAPHIC NOVEL , where the art, Miller's own and truly distinctive ,is fully comlementary to the superb dialogue and the characterisations of both major and minor figures. From the opening sequence in ancient Japan - and oh how powerful that is to the near future, with nearly -omniscent and disturbingly human computers - Miller does not put a pen-stroke wrong.
And I use the words "disturbingly humen" advisedly as the main computer is more humane than many of the characters with souls.
A disturbing vision of the future? A disturbing vision of humanity much more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's...ok. 8 Mar 2014
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Not a bad story - a nice psychological piece, but not as good as his Dark Knight novels. The artwork is messy to follow, but I wonder if that was intentional to reflect the psychological content and direction of the story. It wasn't a gripping tale, but I was still drawn into the world and intrigued and confused by some of the central characters.
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