Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, Volume 1 Paperback – 27 Aug 2009
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About the Author
Shirow Miwa debuted in Ultra Jump magazine in 1999 with the short series Black Mind. His next series, Dogs, published in the magazine from 2000 to 2001, instantly became a popular success. He returned in 2005 with Dogs: Bullets & Carnage, which is currently running in Ultra Jump. Miwa also creates illustrations for books, music videos and magazines.
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I stand in-between those two camps.
I absolutely adore the setting. It's grimy, horrible, and filled with some horribly seedy characters. Then you have Haine and Badou, two badasses who are the focus of the first volume. It seems that they don't like each other at all, when in fact they work extremely well together. They rescue people, fight criminals, bite said criminals in the face (then claim it was just a peck on the cheek), and... that's about it. It's highly action based, so if you like that kind of thing, great! I was really worried after reading the first few chapters that it would devolve into action scene after action scene, but every now and again, a little golden nugget of plot shone through.
And this little chunk of plot was enough to keep me going. I would be reading action scene after action scene, and then my interest was piqued. Normally I would have complained about this emphasis on action over storyline, but Dogs' setting is interesting enough to keep me going. In fact, it's a lot like Nitro+Chiral's visual novel/anime Togainu no Chi. Dark dystopia where crime is an everyday occurrence? Check. Plenty of action scenes? Check. Badass main characters? Check. But of course, that's where the similarities end. (Togainu no Chi does apparently translate to 'Blood of the Reprimanded Hound, though. Heh.Read more ›
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When you first meet the main characters in Volume 0 you learn about them and a bit of their back-stories but not how they're connected. In this volume that process starts. You have Mihai, the retired assassin. Naoto, a sword wielding girl who's searching for her parents killer. Heine, a genetically altered killer with a bloody past and a deep fear of women. And Badou, a nicotine obsessed informant and Heines occasional partner in crime.
The story is interesting and leaves you wanting more. The art is clean and the fight scenes are pure brilliance. Unique and flowing they offer a clear play by play of the action, not the incomprehensible "page vomit" you get in some manga.
I've found myself addicted after only these two volumes and am eagerly awaiting the next release.
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