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My first foray into Manga...,
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This review is from: Akira Volume 1 (Akira (del Rey)) (Paperback)
I've always been a huge fan of graphic novels/ comics but for one reason or another I've never given any Manga books a chance, and on the strength of Akira this certainly won't be my last.
Narratively the book creates a fantastically realised dystopian society and Katshiro Otomo has a superb ability of giving you just enough information to want to want to keep turning the pages but without giving away too much about what is actually going on. It's a very fine balancing act to be able to this but Otomo manages it perfectly. Artistically the book is even better. Within the first few pages you are entirely drawn into the incredible world that has been created.
If, like me, you've never read any other Manga before then I would highly recommend this as a good starting point. It's certainly whet my appetite and I will be looking to read many more in this genre.